After much reading and soul-searching, I started 2015 with a list of goals. We are about half-way through the first month. Just enough time for all of us to be a bit discouraged by our resolution to abstain from sugar and run 3 miles a day. Maybe you finished the Christmas candy in the decorative tin on the kitchen counter while trying to declutter your kitchen. Not that I did that. And, this polar vortex! Who can run in this weather?!
In an effort to encourage us along, I thought I would stop in from time-to-time and let you know how I am doing on my goals. I always find strength in others’ successes. And comfort in their failures. We all like to know that perfection eludes every human (remember the viral blog post about messy being normal?).
At the start of January, I listed out the steps I needed to take to reach each goal. Then I selected a few to focus on during the month of January. Each week I pick a few of my focus goals to address. This keeps me from getting overwhelmed. I really love the Tools4Wisdom Planner; it helps me think through this process and keeps my goals in my face all week.
My overall goal for January is to establish productive and efficient routines, both personal and household.
Start scripture memory
Start Fitbit logging (food and exercise)
3. Exercise 3-4x a week
Scripture memory is an area of personal discipline I have struggled with through the years. I listened to a Revive Our Hearts broadcast in which Janet Pope recited chapters of the Bible. It inspired me! I also joined Beth Moore’s SSMT (thanks for the invite, Christy!). That added accountability helps so much!
Keeping track of what I eat helps me to think before I eat. Since I am home all day, I could snack all day and not realize how much I have consumed. Wearing my Fitbit helps motivate me to move! I even walked in circles during my daughter’s piano lesson. I am sure I looked silly, but I hit my 10,000 steps that day! I have exercised 3-4x a week so far and I feel so much better for it! There were a few days where I felt every muscle between my hips and knees!
1. Weekly movie night with David √ √
2. 1:1 time with each kid √
3. Start small group
Usually when we sit for tv/movie time, either David or I fall asleep. We made it through one episode of Breaking Bad the first week. We watched a touching movie, The Way, Way Back, last week. It is good to connect when things are so busy with work and home and kids. I grabbed one of my kids to ride along with me on an errand. These one-on-one times with our kids do not have to be big events. I think they just like hanging out with us. I am preparing for small group which starts in two weeks. I am so pumped about meeting with my girls again!
1. Establish morning routine
Establish a cleaning schedule
3. Complete Declutter 365 Challenge for the month of January.
I am still working my morning routine. When your toddler changes his sleeping patterns every few days, it makes the word “routine” a joke! But, I am committed to figuring out the best way to arrange my day. Declutter 365 has been invigorating! My kitchen is slowly clearing and I have more peace when I walk in there. Accountability has helped so much! I am working through each day with a few friends. I love seeing their before and after pictures! And, I am sure to spend 15 minutes working on the challenge each day because I have to report back to them.
2. Create an editorial calendar for the first quarter
That NBCOT renewal likely will not mean anything to you, but I learned something big from that little mini-goal. I put it off for DAYS thinking it would be a long, drawn out process of pulling records and answering questions. It took 5 minutes, maybe. Sometimes it is best to just eat the frog. I have an ongoing goal to read two books each month and one read aloud with the kids. I finished The Fringe Hours (Jessica Turner) and I am almost finished with Clutter Free (Kathi Lipp). Look for reviews (and give aways!) soon! The kids and I have started When Life Gives You O.J. I need to do some extra reading with them over the weekend to be able to finish it this month. They enjoy the snuggle time (and I do, too!).
We are two weeks into the year! How are you doing with your goals? Keep trying, even if you haven’t checked a single box yet. My first scripture for 2015 says:
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it but one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13
I will check back soon! Maybe I should set a goal to find some quotes that don’t involve eating animals!