Define what's necessary. Say no the rest.
I have spent the past 4 days working on goals, meditation, and reflection.
First, I made a few minor changes to my home-management binder. My old binder literally busted at the seam. I weeded out some clutter but decided my new binder needed to be a roomy 2 inches. I also decided to use several helps from Ann Voskamp's aholyexperience.com website. Her daily planner sheets seem like they are going to work well for me this year.
Secondly, I decided to give each of my 5 categories somewhat of a theme. A few descriptive words to help me stay focused on what I would really like to accomplish this year.
Finally, I prayed that whatever is in store for me this year, I will accept it with grace.
In 2012, I experienced a few major setbacks early in the year. I struggled with a heart condition and my daughter experienced many conflicts at her old school. I put the brakes on my plans, stopped everything and homeschooled her (and her brother) for the last 12 weeks of the 2011-2012 school year. We switched schools this year and they're doing great!
Goals for 2013:
dream, create, reflect, connect
- Journal Daily
- Read 30 books (including audiobooks)
- Memorize Colossians - As Ann Voskamp suggests, I did print out, cut and paste the helpful memorization cards into a Moleskine journal I happened to have handy.
- Complete three 100-day challenges. Ann Voskamp offers a simple (free printable) chart designed to help develop or break 3 habits at a time. The chart can be used a variety of ways. Here's my plan for the year so far…
- First challenge begins: Jan. 2nd - no alcohol, no coffee, work on Bible memorization.
- Second challenge begins: April 15th
- Third challenge begins August 19th
- Begin working on my first ebook. (I will need to define a more specific plan for this in the days ahead.)
- Use the internet sparingly.
- Spend less time using social networks and more time with friends.
laugh, hug, fun, love
- Read 1 Read Aloud book to Elliot, Annie and Edward each month. (together) - I may pick a few books from Money Saving Mom's impressive 2013 list!
- Take one family road trip. (We haven't taken a road trip since 2004!)
- Finish teaching Edward (my soon to be 5-year-old) how to play chess.
- Begin teaching Edward how to read. I haven't decided on a curriculum yet. I've taught 3 of my children how to read using a variety of systems.
- Read at least 5 books on parenting.
- Teach Mia (my 12-year-old) how to sew.
- Volunteer twice, as a family, in the community
- Play chess almost every Friday after school with my children.
breathe, long walks, invigorate
- Sleep 8 hours each night.
- Quit drinking coffee.
- Quit drinking alcohol for 100 days.
- Quit smoking. (I rarely smoke but I want to quit completely.)
- Quit eating fast food for lunch.
- Spend at least 5 hours outdoors each week.
- Complete one 5K run this year.
- Lose 40 pounds.
simplicity, peace, refuge
- Become an actual member of our church.
- Listen to the entire Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University audio set.
- Plan meals weekly.
- Keep up with school projects and activities.
give, develop, encourage
- Write 3 blog posts each week.
- Sew 10 clothing items.
- Complete 3 DIY projects for the home.
- Continue writing book reviews for Cross Focused Media, LLC.
- Accept at least 5 opportunities in my community to encourage women.