It is always interesting to hear and see what other people are doing. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. HGTV. The Duggars. Blogging. We love social media and reality t.v.; it provides a glimpse into others’ lives. Reminder: we see what people want us to see. I have to remember that comparison kills contentment!
All of this “reality” is not all bad. We can learn from what others are doing. I love practical examples to connect to theory. Goal setting is a great idea. I have shared some principles and resources to help us set goals. I will take it a step further today and share my personal goals for 2015. Reminder: I am not perfect; this is a list of ways I hope to get closer to the me God created me to be.
Not that I have already obtained all of this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12
There are so many things I want to work on. My bathroom needs painting. Badly. Our yard is pitiful. I want to learn more about essential oils. My retirement portfolio looks like a collage done by a kindergartener. If I want to make progress toward my goals, I have to narrow my focus to the most important things. This year, I selected 3 areas to address: personal, relational, professional.
There are some givens for me. I have established the habit of daily Bible reading over the years. I did not set a goal for this because it is a lifestyle. I also met the goal of leading a small group and running a 5k in 2014 and will continue that this year. There are some new habits and milestones I want to reach in 2015.
- Memorize a passage of scripture every two weeks (minimum).
- Read at least 2 books per month (I am working on my list).
- Sleep 7 hours each night (minimum).
- Log my calories in/out + 8 glasses of water.
- Exercise 3-4 x week.
- Run a 5k quarterly.
I pinpointed the relationships I need to focus on for 2015. They include my husband, my kids, and my friends (in that order).
- Daily connection time with David, including a weekly movie/tv night.
- Monthly date night.
- Annual get-away with David.
- 1:1 time with each daughter each month.
- Read aloud 1 book a month (working on our list).
- Teach the girls life skills during the summer months.
- Quarterly family service project (the girls chose feeding the homeless as their #1 pick).
- Send one handwritten note to a friend or family member each month.
- Have coffee with a friend(s) at least once a month.
My professional goals get a little tricky. I am primarily a homemaker. I also work as an occupational therapist on the weekends. And, I have taken on the hobby-trying-to-make-it-a-job of writing. That makes this list long and diverse. As with my personal goals, I plan to continue habits established in 2014, including planning out my week on Sundays and working on writing/blogging in the pre-kid hours each day.
- Establish productive patterns for morning/evening.
- Establish a cleaning routine that is both effective and manageable.
- Weekly decluttering project.
- Create a family recipe book and monthly menus.
- Renew my NBCOT by January 31.
- Complete my professional continuing education hours by August.
- Complete BYPUniversity courses.
- Spend concentrated, distraction-free time writing 2x month.
- Complete my first ebook by June.
Whew! I am excited about 2015! I have great things planned. Now to roll up my sleeves and get them started! I hope to check back in regularly to let you know how it is going. Share some of your goals in the comments below. Like I said, I love getting a peek into the practical applications!