Back in June, I wrote a post that listed some goals for right now. Here I am less than 2 months later writing yet another post on goals. 2013 has been wonderful in many ways, but it has also been strange and unexpected. I haven’t been very successful at a lot of things I set out to do at the beginning of the year. Some of the goals I set then don’t quite fit with where we are right now in life. Since I view August and back to school time as the perfect time for a fresh start, I decided to revise my list of goals. They are ambitious, especially with the busy season of fall on the horizon. I know myself though. If I don’t start working towards these things, I will feel like a complete failure by the time the year is over with.
These are my end of 2013 goals.
- Establish and stick to a morning routine.
- Pray. Grow spiritually. Complete the ESV Study Bible reading plan. Develop a better relationship with my Heavenly Father.
- Be positive. Love, serve, and encourage others.
- Lose weight. Exercise regularly. Drink water. Eat healthy things.
- Start writing the first draft of my book.
- Finish 6 quilts. (It’s a lot, but I should finish the first of those tonight, and 3 just need to be quilted.)
- Make good (amazing?) progress on cleaning out/reorganizing/decluttering the house and other house projects.
What do you hope to accomplish during the last part of the year?
These are two of the first photos we ever took together. It was a warm Friday afternoon. We met on the quad after my last class. Our relationship was brand new. We sat together on one of the benches next to the mound. I don’t remember what we talked about, but I remember just sitting with him and laughing for a few moments. I was about to go home for the weekend, and I needed to tell him bye before I left town.
I treasured these photos all weekend. I showed them to my Mama. I stared at them on the tiny screen of my camera. I knew I missed him and couldn’t wait to see him again.
As I transferred photos from my external hard drive onto our new laptop this weekend, I got caught up in looking through all the photos of our relationship. They still make my heart pitter patter, just like the man in the photos does.
Kalyn and Amberly are hosting a Marriage and Relationship Goals link-up. I’ve never really thought about marriage goals. I’ve got goals for everything else in my life, but our marriage is a given. It’s the relationship I value the most on this earth. If I had to put it into words, my goal for our marriage would be to love, serve, and grow with my husband as we serve God together and work towards a Heavenly home one day.
With that said, I do think there are always little things we can work on. My goal for our marriage right now is to laugh and smile together more. We look as happy as we were in those first photos of us. It’s not that we don’t laugh now. We do. Currently, though, we are dealing with some of the more serious things in life. These deep conversations we have about our future are important, but I need to make just being happy in the moment with M a priority. We could use a little less serious and a little more carefree laughter in our marriage right now.
Just look at the photos. I love M’s smile, and i’m looking forward to seeing it more in the weeks to come!
August is like the prequel month to my most favorite time of year. I’m excited to welcome this month every year. It feels like an opportunity for a fresh start. New Years are great for setting goals and making changes, but August is a perfect time to get back on track. Maybe it’s because of all the back to school preparations. Maybe it’s because academic year planners start in August. For me it’s both of these things plus the fact of looking forward and preparing for fall. I love it when August rolls around!
The other wonderful thing about August is… School Supplies!! One year I messed up and called back to school shopping B2B. B2B will forever be code for school supplies and going back to school. It’s a tradition now. I no longer have a reason to buy school supplies, but I always manage to buy myself a few things. I wrote a post about it last year, too.
These are my B2B gifts to myself in honor of August and fresh starts.
I’m ready for August and the rest of 2013 with a new planner and journal, colorful pens, and sticky notes shaped like bow ties. The sticky notes especially make me smile, and I’ve had my eye on that pen set for a few months now at Target. Happy B2B, y’all!
What’s your favorite school supply?
Like many people, I set goals at the beginning of the year. I wrote about my 2013 Goals here. Today’s topic for the Year Long Blogging Challenge is about the goals we are currently working on, so it’s a good time for a little honest self-examination.
I’ve worked on most of these goals at least a little this year, but I haven’t accomplished or completed any of them. Some have temporarily fallen by the wayside due to the busyness of life or lack of motivation. Which goals am I actively working towards right now? If I’m being honest, I’m not putting a lot of effort into some of them.
The year is halfway over (!), and today is as good of a day as any to get back on track. It’s time to set some goals for right now.. These are really just baby goals. They are small steps I can take to help get me started.
1. Worry less. Trust more. Strengthen my prayer life.
2. Write something. Pick up a pen and just write. Write often.
3. Drink more water and start going back to the gym on my lunch break again.
4. Finish the baby quilt I’ve been working on forever.
5. Stick to the budget.
I’m hoping these baby goals will be just what I need to get started.
What goals are you working on?
Can this still count as a Manage it Monday post even though I’m posting so late on Monday night? Although, my belated posting does fit with the topic of my post. I simply ran out of time to write last night after all the Easter festivities. Before and immediately after work I wasn’t able to finish this post either. See, I need better organization and time management. That’s one of the reasons I’m doing this series. I don’t know what it is about this year, but I’ve done so much self-reflection thus far. Before I get into the meat of this series, I want to get a little philosophical for a moment,
Tonight’s post is all about the …
Why worry about getting things done? These are my personal reasons, my “why”.
1. I want to be a good steward of my blessings. Every day is a gift, and I want to use my time in the best way possible.
2. I want to get more done, but also stress less. I want to be productive, but also have time to relax and enjoy life.
3. I’m a pen, paper, and planner nerd. All things relating to productivity and organization interest me.
4. Our house feels so disorganized right now, and it’s driving me crazy.
5. I need it. See above
What’s your why?
Since I shared my 13 in ’13 post, I have done a lot of self-reflection on what I want this year to look like. I know I have a tendency to be an obsessive planner. Yet, I know that I don’t know what the future will hold. I do know that I want to use whatever time and opportunities I am given wisely and productively. With that in mind, I decided to flesh out my 2013 goals with more detail. I felt silly reading some of these out loud to M, but I decided to go ahead and share them all anyway. In 2013, I want to:
1. Find a way to serve, love, and encourage at least once a week.
2. Complete the ESV Study Bible reading plan. Pray. Grow spiritually.
3. Establish and stick to a morning routine.
4. Pay down debt. Save. Be able to comfortably buy a car by September.
5. Lose 25 pounds. Take care of myself
6. Be a good homemaker! Decorate. Declutter. Cook. Clean. Organize.
7. Be thankful. Be positive. Worry less.
8. Write. Improve my writing. Come up with a plan for the book I want to write.
9. Get back to quilting for fun. Improve. Learn. Set quilting goals…but don’t let them cause stress!
10. Win The Planner Challenge!
I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of this year brings!
Do you have any goals for the year?
9. Taking care of myself
12. Early mornings
13. Family time
2. Spending money
4. Dr. Pepper & Diet Mountain Dew
8. Social media
12. Eating out
13. Focusing on petty things
What do your lists look like?
Y’all, I wasted 2012. I look at this list of goals I made at the start of the year, and I came up short. Big time. Thinking about it makes me sad, but I’m glad that, Lord Willing, I’ll have another chance. In the sermon yesterday morning, our preacher mentioned not dwelling on the past. It made me think of this little book my Mama gave me years ago.
This year I’ll do things differently. I’ll let go of some things and hold tightly to others. I’ll do more and be better. I’ll have my struggles and shortcomings, but I’ll keep on going anyway.
Happy New Year to you all!
October is my favorite month, so it’s the perfect time to kick off this new blog series. Welcome to Best Month Ever. Every month I will share my goals, plans, and dreams for the month. Resolutions for the whole year don’t really work for me, and I’m much more likely to get things done with smaller goals. I’m sharing for accountability’s sake, but don’t worry, this won’t all be serious. It’s really just my way of welcoming a new month!
In October I’d like to:
- make a blog button for this Best Month Ever series
- While I’m at it, I should probably make a button for Love You Muches in general.
- get out my real camera to capture all the fun fall memories that are sure to come
- write, write, write
- finally finish reading Cold Mountain. It’s been forever.
- lose 5 pounds
- finish 3 quilts (this is the one thing on my list that seems impossible right now.)
- plan our trip to visit M’s parents
- consistently wake up early
- finish Exodus & read Leviticus
Fun things I’m looking forward to:
- my birthday
- picking out our pumpkins
- Fiddler’s convention
- Alisha’s wedding
- Tuscaloosa for Alabama vs Mississippi State game
- Laura’s birthday
- Storytelling Festival
Welcome October. It’s going to be a busy month. I’m so happy to see you!
What are your goals to make this the best month ever?
A child of God.
A loving wife.
Someone with a smile on her face and in her heart.
Someone who puts other people first.
Someone who leads others and her family to serving the Lord.
A hard worker.
A published author.
A writer just for fun.
Maybe the next J K Rowling, Fanny Flagg, or Harper Lee.
A sewer of cute things.
An early bird.
A good daughter.
One day a mom.
Someone who has it all together.
A skinny girl with long hair.
A decorator of our house.
Not a shopaholic.
A saver more than a spender.
Not a worrier.
A good housekeeper.
Someone who folds laundry neatly instead of stuffing it in drawers.
A decent cook and baker.
A reader of good books.
A wife my husband is happy to come home to.
Someone who actually likes to drink water and exercise.
Someone who can balance everything.
I have a long way to go.