Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goals for 2012

I really did a bad job of keeping up with my 2011 goals. So bad that I have no desire to go back and look at them to see just how poorly I did.

Instead, I'm going to jump right into my 2012 goals with the desire to be more intentional towards them this year, and actually review them at the end of every month to see how I'm doing.

Bible (reading and studying, memorization):
  • Read through the Bible - Our entire church is planning to study through the Bible in Sunday School this year. We have a reading guide that goes chronologically through the Word, reading 6 days a week. This is perfect for me because it allows me to have a day to make up my reading if something happens without me feeling like I've fallen behind. I figure if I'm on track, I can always read a Psalm or a chapter in Proverbs on that 7th day.
  • Memorize 12 verses - This is only 1 verse a month, which I should be able to do.
Obedience to God (attitudes or character issues that need to improve):
  • Not raise my voice to discipline - I hate when I yell at my children, yet still I do. I don't want to do that anymore.
  • Ask myself – True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? – before speaking - There are so many times that I speak first and think afterward. Then I regret what I said. Unfortunately once the words are spoken, it's like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.
  • Set aside 1 night each month for a date with Robb - I didn't do such a good job with this last year. I want to be more intentional with it this year.
  • Spend 1 evening a week with 1 child - With 5 children and a very busy schedule, it's easy to find that no one gets quality time with me. I know that I can easily schedule 1 evening a week to do something special with one of the small people one-on-one.
Learning (school, independent reading):
  • Complete 2012 Eclectic Reader challenge - You can check out my post here about this one.
  • Grade kids’ work at the end of every day and prepare their folders for the next day - By the end of the day, I tend to find other things to do and put off getting school stuff done. So many times this fall, I've had to hurry to get it done early in the morning before we start the day. I really don't like having to do this at 5:30 in the morning.
  • Declutter 1 room a month - My house has more stuff that it needs. Actually there's more stuff in my house than 2 or 3 houses need. It needs to go.
  • Make a menu plan each week - I hate not being organized about meal planning. I hate feeding my family fast food and junk because I didn't get my act together and plan meals for those busy days that we have. So many evenings we don't get home from our activities until right at dinner time. If I plan better and make better use of my crock pot, this will help keep us from eating poorly.
  • Complete Little Red’s Christmas stocking - I finished Ballerina's stocking in time for Christmas 2011. Thank you to Tina Boyle for helping me get the finishing touches on it! I've started the cross stitch for Little Red's, but it is very detailed and I will need to work hard to finish it this year.
  • Knit a scarf - I don't know how to knit. My aunt tried to teach me a few years ago, but apparently my mind is like Swiss cheese and all of that information fell through the holes. Robb and the kids bought me Knitting for Dummies and some other newbie knitting things for my birthday this year so I want to teach myself to knit. I figure a scarf is a simple enough project to start with.
  • Take at least 1 photo a day - I want to be more purposeful in using my camera this year. I will be posting the photos at Soccer Mom Photography, my other blog.

  • Weigh 120 lbs - Robb and I started P90X on December 1st. In the past month, I've lost one half pound. I'm trying really hard not to be depressed about it and am focusing instead on the fact that my clothes don't seem to be shrinking anymore.
  • Fit in size 8 jeans - When I married Robb, I was a size 2. Fifteen years and 5 children later, I am no longer a size 2. Far from it. I don't even want to get back to that size; I'll be happy getting into a size 8.
 Last night, Robb and I sat down with the 4 older children individually to help them set their own goals. Their categories were similar to the ones I have, with some slight variations.

One of Ballerina's learning goals is to read 52 books from a book list. She will be participating in the Excellence in Reading challenge.

What are your goals for this year? Are you willing to commit to check in with me at the end of every month to evaluate our progress? Will you help hold me accountable so that I'm not too embarrassed this time next year to see how I did?

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