Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Back at 2013 and Setting Goals for 2014

It's that time of year again. Time to look back over 2013 and see what went well and what didn't. What goals were achieved and what goals fell a little short.

2013's Goals
  • Read and pray every day. I fell a little short on this one. There were days when I didn't open my Bible, didn't set aside that time to develop my relationship with Jesus.  
  • Be deliberate in spending time with my family. I did better with this one. I think Robb and I had a date night almost every month. I wasn't always deliberate about it, though. There were months when I didn't even think about date night until it was the last week. 
  • Declutter the storage areas in the house. Whoops! I'm not sure I even thought all year about this being a goal. They still are in serious need of decluttering.
  • Read at least 1 non-school related book a month. Another one I didn't quite reach. I did read a few non-school related books this year, though.
  • Start an Etsy shop. Nope, didn't happen. 
  • Finish Little Red's Christmas stocking. YES! This one I completely completed! I forgot to get a picture of it before I stored it away with our Christmas items, though.
  • Lose 30lbs. Nope, this didn't happen either. I am about the same weight now that I was at this time last year.
Okay, looking over this list could make me feel like a huge failure, but I'm not going to focus on not completing every goal. I made progress on almost all of them, though, and that is what I will remember.

Now that 2013 is behind me, I shall instead set my sights ahead of me. This new year begins with a blank slate. An opportunity to start again, to change things, to do things differently or to keep doing those things that work well. I'm learning that in order for goals to be effective and for me to be more likely to follow through with them, they need to be achievable and measurable.

Here are my goals for 2014:
Spiritual
Read my Bible and pray every day. I have quite a few character flaws. (Shocking, isn't it? LOL) I plan to focus on verses that address those character issues, to work on memorizing more Scripture.

Relational
Have a date night with Robb every month. This has been a goal for the past couple of years, and it's one that I don't want to get rid of. I enjoy our monthly date night.
Spend 1 evening a month with each of the small people. Our lives here can be so hectic between soccer practices, ballet rehearsals, church activities, etc. The small people are growing up so quickly, and I want to make sure that I maintain close relationships with them through this time.

Home
Declutter 15 minutes a day. While 15 minutes may not sound like a lot, over the course of a year it means that I will spend around 90 hours decluttering. I'm hoping that by the end of 2014, I will have reclaimed all of the storage areas of my house - every closet, shelf, cabinet, and the garage.
Make home-cooked dinners 5 times a week. We eat FAR more fast food than I would like us to. It's not good for us, and it's expensive. In order to reach this goal, I will need to be more organized. I need to have a meal plan each week and to utilize my crockpot more for those days that we have afternoon activities.

Personal
Participate in a reading challenge. I haven't chosen one yet. (I should probably hop on that.) By taking part in a reading challenge, I will not only increase my non-school related reading, but I will read books outside of my normal reading box.
Start an Etsy shop. I know this was my plan last year, and I didn't get it done. This year, I have more of an idea of what I want to do, and I definitely could use some extra income.
Get more than 1/2 way through with Sassy's Christmas stocking. I've learned that it takes me about 2 years to cross stitch the small people's stockings. I've started hers so I would like to be more than halfway done with it by the end of 2014.
Lose 30 lbs. I weigh a good bit more than I should for my height and structure. Losing 30 lbs would get me in the right weight range.

What are some of your goals for this year? 
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