to set myself up for successful goal setting in the New Year. I have my word of the year, I have
figured out what my long range goals are and I finally was able to go through those
goals to make them into more manageable goals using my word of the year. Now, since we are at the end of January, it
is time to share some of those goals with you, my wonderful readers!
can you be writing out your goals now?!
Well, although in years past I have loved having the opportunity to take
the week between Christmas and New Years to get all of my goals written out and
reflect on the previous year, the past couple of years that has not
happened. Instead of getting upset about
how I can seem to get my schedule to work, I have decided to embrace it.
combat the after Christmas blues, it has allowed me freedom to know that I don’t
need to make all the changes on day one.
If you are looking for a much more eloquent explanation of this, I would
visit Renee at Fimby – she explains this easing into the New Year and
how it is working for her this year.
first – read 100 books.
one of the past four years. I know that
I can do it, but trying to keep myself on track to read a couple books each
week is difficult. I definitely go through
phases of reading a lot, and phases of reading very little.
homeschooling, I do a lot of read alouds with my kids. I have decided that instead of only logging
the longer books, I am going to log everything that I read to the kids as well
as the books that I read for myself. I
think this will help give me a true picture of my reading for the year, instead
of only logging the books that I read for myself and some of the long read
alouds I do (Harry Potter) with the kids.
that self-care was something I needed in my life. I worked hard to find some of that in 2015,
and then it totally went off the rails in 2016.
that needs my attention, and my own self-care gets put on the back-burner. When that happens I get burned out, and that
is no way to live. If I don’t take care
of myself, how can I take care of my family.
myself. I want to have one planning
weekend a quarter and a bi-weekly evening of quiet.
be able to sit and figure out where we will go next in our homeschool
journey. I also want to use this
planning weekend as a time to revisit my goals, see what is working, make
changes and figure out next steps in the process.
I’m not sure how realistic it is with three little ones, but I am going to try
and get all of my ducks in a row so that I can at least try to get away for one
day each quarter and get my “work” done.
the other more recently from Renee over at FIMBY. Both of these women have written some amazing
words about the practice, and it is something I have come to desire in my own
life. I plan to use the tips that these
women have shared to create my own planning weekend retreat.
doing in the fall when I was at my breaking point. I would go down to my mom’s house, use her
internet, and really just sit and do nothing.
It was very welcome, and I plan to continue this in the New Year,
especially now that the holiday madness has calmed down.
cram as much stuff in after church as possible.
It is the one day of the week where we typically don’t have plans, so I
use the time to work like a mad woman; clean the house, get laundry done, write
for my blog, do social sharing, try and tackle big de-cluttering or organizing
create that in my life, and taking a Sabbath is going to help me to re-center
myself and prepare for the week.
need to take a rest from technology one day each week, but it is difficult, and
something that I definitely need to work on.
whether we will use that time to get outside and enjoy nature, whether we will
use it as a family game time, or if we will watch a movie and just enjoy each
other’s company. This is more of a
family goal, not just for me personally.
I know that having this time to reconnect as a family is important,
especially with how busy we have been over the past several months, and I think
observing the Sabbath is a perfect way to do that.
the bowls of beans and grains sitting on my counter soaking, I love the time it
takes me to make meals, the entire process is fun for me – except when I forget
to soak the beans, or miss the window of time to get the slow cooker going, or
if I just don’t feel like eating a specific meal that day.
when it comes to what we will eat in a day, and I think it is because I enjoy
cooking, and the challenge of coming up with meals using what we have in the
Unfortunately, this is the worst way to prepare meals for a family of
five. I have come to realize that trying
to make meals with three littles in the house is next to impossible. Come 4pm everyone is hungry, everyone is
cranky, and I am also at my wits end – not a great combo when trying to get
write down a bunch of meals, nothing to it.
The challenge for me is actually sticking to that meal plan. I can have all the ingredients in the house
for a meal, and then either not want to make it because I don’t feel like
eating that particular thing, or for the above mentioned forgetting to get the
food prepared in a timely manner.
year, in order for it to actually be successful, is to work more on freezer
recipes on Pinterest that go on and on about freezer cooking. The problem I have is that I don’t typically
have these types of ingredients on hand to make the freezer crock pot meals
that everyone raves about.
from beauty that moves called whole food freezer cooking. When the class was live, my entire family was
sick, so I didn’t actually take the class.
I did however download all the e-books and material for the class, and
now I plan to work through all of that material in order to stock my freezer
with some delicious and healthy meals for the future.
the freezer (beyond the soups that I normally make) will be
something that helps me when the evenings are crazy – and honestly, they are
with a ton of opportunity for growth, both personally and with my family.
will add more to the list, but I thought this would be a good place to start.
goal you are working on for this year?