Monday, January 31, 2011

Goal Progress - January

At the beginning of the year, I set some goals. To help hold myself accountable, I'm going to update how I'm doing at the end of each month.

1. Read through the Bible. I plan to do this by starting every day with Bible reading and prayer. I'm doing well with this. I've read all of Genesis and half of Exodus, plus most of Matthew.

2. Spend more time with Robb without the kids. Our lives get so wrapped up in everything the children are involved in that so often our relationship takes a backseat. I don't want that to be the case this year. We are planning to have a date night once a month. Last week we went out to dinner just the two of us, which is very rare for us.

3. Set aside at least one hour for each child individually during each week, outside of school time, to do something with that child. I have to admit that I haven't been as purposeful with this as I should be. I have done some things with the kids individually, but it hasn't been time set aside for each child. I'm planning to be more purposeful about setting a specific time aside for each one.

4. Be slower to anger with my family. Although I have been improving in this, I still have a long way to go. There are still way too many times I lose my patience.

5. Finish Ballerina's stocking by the end of February and begin Little Red's stocking. I have just a little bit of detail work to finish on Ballerina's stocking and then it will be finished. It is definitely on track to be finished by the end of February. I need to order the pattern for Little Red's stocking so that I can start it as soon as I finish Ballerina's.

6. Finish painting and decorating the 2 girls' rooms. I haven't even put any thought into this. I painted one room at the end of last year, but I still need to hang pictures on the walls. The other room I need to pick out paint for this month.

7. Lose 15 pounds. This has been a roller coaster of loss and gain this month. In total, I lost 1.4 lbs in January. I'm hoping to lose at least 2 in February.

8. Read at least one book a month, outside of books we read during school time. I have read 2 books by Beverly Lewis this month, and am almost finished with a 3rd.

9. Organize the printed pictures so that I can begin to scrapbook again. Didn't even think about this during January. This will definitely be on my priority list to work on in February.

So my priorities for February are:
1. Continue reading through the Bible by starting every day in Bible reading and prayer.
2. Go on a date with Robb.
3. Plan for one hour per week with each child doing something non-school related.
4. Get through each day without snapping at my children because I have lost my patience.
5. Finish Ballerina's stocking. Order Little Red's stocking pattern.
6. Hang pictures in the one girls' room. Pick out paint colors for the other girls' room.
7. Lose 2 lbs.
8. Read a non-school book.
9. Organize the pictures that have already been printed. Pre-plan 5 layouts.
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