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Dec 30

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A Peek into My Plans for 2014

New Years

2014 is just around the corner. I usually take a little time over Christmas break to set some goals and evaluate the things that worked and didn’t work in the previous year. I was pretty ambitious with my goal setting this year and accomplished more than I would have if I had not set goals, but I think I need to be a little more realistic this year. Life happens and I tend to bite off more than I can chew. I will be sharing with you more about my word for the year in the next couple of days, but lets just say that I am planning to set goals this year, but I want to make them more attainable and realistic.

Here is my goal list from 2013 with a red stripe through the ones that I accomplished:

Household Goals

  • Get an estimate and begin saving for a fence
  • Caulk the master tub
  • Replace sink drains in master bath
  • Replace shower heads in both bathrooms
  • Replace tracks on bi-fold doors
  • Clean behind washer and dryer and clean vent 
  • Clean behind stove and refrigerator
  • Landscape around mailbox
  • Complete flower bed in side yard

Family and Marriage Goals

  • Monthly date night didn’t happen every single month
  • Attend a Lovand Respect class at church
  • Turn off the TV at least 2 nights a week  this worked for awhile
  • Initiate allowance system for kids
  • Alternate weekly game and movie nights ended up being about monthly
  • Sunday school devotionals with kids
  • Individual time with the kids (each kid gets one outing alone with parent)
  • Take a vacation

Homeschooling Goals

  • Complete 5th grade and start 6th grade with Drew
  • Complete 1st grade and start 2nd grade with Luke
  • Have consistent preschool time with Lydia
  • Participate in field trips and 4H decided to discontinue 4H at the end of spring semester
  • Participate in homeschool writing and life skills classes
  • Attend monthly Mom’s meetings

Homemaking Goals

  • Monthly cooking day did this until the end of summer
  • Weekly Home blessing
  • Replace one item that I buy regularly with a homemade or reusable item each month replaced paper plates, Febreze and Lysol wipes
  • Try a new recipe from Pinterest monthly
  • Eat from the pantry for a few weeks
  • Create biweekly to monthly meal plans – this one was sort of off and on, but I have found a system that works recently

Personal Goals

  • Continue daily devotionals and try to be more consistent with weekend quiet times
  • Teach a Bible study using the book Desperate
  • Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements© and make digital scrapbook pages- took 3 classes
  • Organize digital photos
  • Set monthly blogging goals
  • Participate in the TOS Review Crew
  • Read 18 books – (Look for a post next week listing my booklist for 2013)
  • Participate in monthly Blog cruises – did a few
  • Get back into couponing and playing the drugstore game
  • Make time to play the piano at least once a week
  • Reach my goal weight – lost 24 lbs only a few lbs from goal
  • Run in two 5K’s
  • Limit my computer time and take social media breaks every Sunday
  • Read and learn new things about blogging
  • Knit a baby blanket – started one, but didn’t finish

And now for this year……..

This year my goals are short and sweet –

  • Brainstorm a master goal list
  • Break them down into monthly goals that are attainable
  • Post them in a visible place
  • Blog about my goals monthly for accountability
  • Pray about my ideas and seek God’s direction for my plans

As this list develops, I will share more with you. I have been enjoying some time away from the computer lately making memories with my family lately and haven’t completely thought out my list. I plan to share a booklist, a music list and some new regular features on the blog with you in January so stay tuned…….

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1 comment

  1. Susan @Homeschooling Heartss & Minds

    My 2014 goals are similar in that I finally recognized that what has kept me from achieving my goals in the past was that they were too vague, without a definite plan (with achievable steps) for getting there. I’m slowly working on a workable plan.

    Thank you for sharing and have a great New Year!

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