I honestly love setting goals and making plans. I feel like if I write my goals, hopes and dreams down, I will be more likely to accomplish them and be intentional with my time. Really, I set goals for myself everyday, not just on New Year's. I love making lists and planning ahead. My mind often gets overwhelmed when I think of all that I have to do; which often results in me forgetting important events and deadlines. Not good. When I empty my brain onto paper or computer; I all at once feel like a burden has been lifted and I can accomplish all (or at least some) of the things that I have and want to do. Of course some of the goals I have set for myself in the past have not seen the light of day, but that's okay. I don't feel like I am a failure if I have not crossed them off my list. I have been learning to do what I am able. If God wants me to do more than I can he will open the doors and give me the grace and strength.
I have laid out my goals in different categories and I wasn't even planning on them starting with the same letter. I might have stretched the last one though.
I hope to elaborate on these posts in the future and let you know how I am meeting or not meeting my goals. Sharing them with you will be a great accountability booster!
My prayer and goal every day is to seek God first in all I do. Without spending time in his word; pouring out my heart to him and listening to his voice; I know I will not be able to do anything.
Somedays I find myself putting everything else before God but I know that he has so much grace for me. He sees my heart and still hears me and speaks to me throughout the day as I care for my family. My #1 goal/ heart's cry is to know him more and make him known. I really want to focus on him as I go about my day; being sensitive to his spirit so that I can be obedient to him.
One of my goals for the year is to get back into Woman's Bible study group. I have attended and hosted many but I had to stop last year as I entered a busy season. I feel the Lord leading me to join or start one soon and am excited to go deeper in the word and deeper fellowship with Godly women.
I love my family so much, but boy do they keep me going from sun up to sun down. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all that is required of me and lose my joy in caring for them. I want to be more intentional about giving them the attention they need without getting frustrated at the same time. This of course is only going to come about by much prayer and diligence.
I am kind of a workout nut. I am one of those rare people that love to workout.(which has only come about because of lot of hard work and perseverance.) I still go through times though when I need a little extra motivation and push. During the holiday season I kind of got out of my routine and I am ready to get back to business. I have really enjoyed being a part of a boot camp. I love that it has regular times every week that I know I can hop in on when I can. When you have little ones that do not stick to a regular sleep schedule it can be hard to commit to meet up with others sometimes. The boot camp meets 3 mornings a week at 5:30 am. I have kind of been hit or miss, so I really want to start showing up regularly. On the off days I sleep in or go running.
I am hoping to sign up for a few races this year and maybe even a triathlon. There is nothing like having a committed date and money invested, to get you motivated.
We are desperately trying to save up for a much needed big project and I know there are a lot of areas that I need to cut back spending. I know the best way for me to save money is not to spend money. Easier said than done. I tend to make sporadic buys just because I see something I like. That means I need to stay away from Target, Marshalls and TJ Maxx. My spending nemesis'. If I don't see it, I won't need it!
I have been very inconsistent in the meal planning department this year. One way that I know will help save us a lot of money is to be more consistent in meal planning. There is nothing worse that to hear, "I am hungry" coming from 5 mouths; only to find you have nothing to feed them and you don't feel like cooking. My goal this year is to stay on track with meal planning. I meal planned this last week and stuck to it and it was one of the best weeks ever! I planned out our meals, shopped for all the food we needed and actually made the meals. It was AMAZING! I need to keep this up!
As we start a new semester of school this year, I really want to be focused on giving my kids the best education that I can. Homeschooling is not easy, but I have found that when I turn my eyes off of myself and on to Jesus; he gives me everything I need to do this well. I may not feel qualified or know exactly what I am doing but as I invest myself fully in teaching my children, I find that God's grace is enough.
What are your goals for the year?
Do you like making lists and goals?
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