My Goals for 2015

Setting goals for the new year

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.

goal quotePersonal Goals:  Mind, Body, and Soul

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.

  1. Memorize a passage of scripture every two weeks (minimum).
  2. Read at least 2 books per month (I am working on my list).
  3. Sleep 7 hours each night (minimum).
  4. Log my calories in/out + 8 glasses of water.
  5. Exercise 3-4 x week.
  6. 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).

  1. Daily connection time with David, including a weekly movie/tv night.
  2. Monthly date night.
  3. Annual get-away with David.
  4. 1:1 time with each daughter each month.
  5. Read aloud 1 book a month (working on our list).
  6. Teach the girls life skills during the summer months.
  7. Quarterly family service project (the girls chose feeding the homeless as their #1 pick).
  8. Send one handwritten note to a friend or family member each month.
  9. 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.

  1. Establish productive patterns for morning/evening.
  2. Establish a cleaning routine that is both effective and manageable.
  3. Weekly decluttering project.
  4. Create a family recipe book and monthly menus.
  5. Renew my NBCOT by January 31.
  6. Complete my professional continuing education hours by August.
  7. Complete BYPUniversity courses.
  8. Spend concentrated, distraction-free time writing 2x month.
  9. 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!

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  1. Wonderful goals! I like that yours are very specific and give a “due date”. What is your ebook going to be about? Definitely going to check out the BYP University too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and I can’t wait to see you meet every single goal on your list!

    God Bless, love!

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