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Umm.. how in the world is it already March?
The days just keep flying by but somehow I’m managing to keep up!
February was a busy month, between 2 birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and some snow and ice days, I didn’t actually accomplish as much as I wanted but small steps where taken.
I also took a step back from publishing new content on the blog since I was so focused on working through the Fill Your Cup course with the current members. Now that we have almost finished that, I have some big ideas, plans, and goals for new posts, a few new projects, and some other things in the works so stay tuned!
Alright, now for a little update on my goals for the year…
My Goals for 2018
This year I structured my goals a little different than before.
I created action statements. These serve as the focal point, a mini-mission statement if you will. These will be the guiding lights.
Underneath each action statement, I have listed the action steps, the work I need to take to achieve my main goals.
As I have made little steps toward achieving them, under each action step I have listed a goal update statement.
I will cultivate my faith by growing in the knowledge of the Word and strengthen my prayer life.
To do this, I will:
Read through the entire Bible this year through The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids reading plan and devotional by Nancy Guthrie and follow the She Reads Truth reading plans for more in-depth study.
Goal Update: I am currently working through the Lent study of Exodus with She Reads Truth but I have fallen about a week and a half behind on my Bible in a year plan.
Continue to write the Word this year by completing writing through the Gospel of John, Romans, and 1 book from the Old Testament (TBD)
Goal Update: I set a mini-goal to write in my Scripture Graces journal 3 times a week but in February I only wrote it in 3 days total 🙁
Create a prayer box (inspired by Mandy Hoffman’s Unboxing Your Prayer Life session from the 2017 Online Homemaking Conference) to help guide my prayers each day.
Read one spiritual growth book a month
Goal Update: I am currently (slowly) working my way through Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney.
Lead and participate in the woman’s Bible study at my church both in the spring and fall. (This spring we will be doing Jen Wilkin’s 1 Peter, the fall study is TBD)
Goal Update: We are about halfway through this study and it is soooo good! 🙂
I will strengthen my marriage by daily acts of affirmation, affection, and service towards my husband.
To do this, I will:
Ask, “How can I help you today?” on a daily basis (The idea is to seek ways I can better serve, help and meet his needs to bless and encourage him which I’ll be sharing more about the heart of this soon)
Go one 1 set aside date-night each month (Running errands together do not count)
Goal Update: The kids spend President’s Day weekend at Nana’s house so we were able to go out to dinner and have alone time at home!
Initiate intimacy and affection by kissing, hand holding, and hugging each day. Other activities encouraged too 😉 (I need to FLIRT with my husband more!)
Read the Word and pray together on a more consistent basis
Read 4 books on marriage this year
Goal Update: We are currently reading together Personality Plus: How to Understand Others By Understanding Yourself
I will build our family culture by pouring into and investing into each of my children.
I will do this by:
Working on stating clear expectations with plenty of time for my kids (This means working on patience, grace, and not getting frustrated with the kids for my poor or lack of planning to get everyone out the door on time)
Goal Update: I am working on clearly explaining what I expect for my children to do by listing out 1 to 2 things at a time instead of overwhelming them with a long list. I still need to work on being more realistic with our time and what we can reasonably get done in a set time frame.
Continue our afternoon table time once everyone is home from school where we read the Bible together, read aloud a chapter book, enjoy a snack, and just set aside time each afternoon to decompress from the day before the evening begins. (More on afternoon table time is coming soon!)
Have focused, undistracted one-on-one time with each child every week.
Goal Update: This naturally occurs with my youngest, who isn’t in school yet, so I need to work on figuring out how to incorporate this into my routine with my other two.
Attend church together as a family, and serve together in Sunday school at least twice a month.
Goal Update: We are served in my youngest child’s Sunday school class as the teachers.
Read 4 parenting books this year
Goal Update: I recently finished reading The Life-Giving Home by Sally Clarkson, which is both a parenting and home book.
I will embrace homemaking and create a life-giving home.
To do this, I will:
Create a homemaking system for cleaning, decluttering, meal planning systems that is simple and works for our family in this season.
Goal Update: This is a work in progress but I think I have adapted our meal planning into a new weekly routine that I’m still trying to tweak to make better use of my time.
Complete a massive, room-by-room decluttering and deep-cleaning house sweep-through
Goal Update: Tackled the pantry, laundry room, cleaning closet and the refrigerator/freezer in our kitchen this month.
Goal Update: Finished The Life-Giving Home by Sally Clarkson now I’m going to start working on the monthly guide
Read 4 books on homemaking, both from a spiritual and practical viewpoint
Goal Update: I read A Simplified Life by Emily Ley in January which gave me some inspiration to simplify our home and my home management routine.
Fill my cup with soul-care activities that pour in, so I can pour out and love well
To do this, I will:
Walk through myself, and guide other women, through my new course, Fill Your Cup, this winter and again later this year.
Goal Update: We finished this week and I have so many new ideas of how to make it better when I open it back up for enrollment later this year! 🙂
Complete a Whole30 in January and continue to follow my dietary plan to heal my body from the inside out.
Goal Update: I did it! I finished the January Whole30 now I am working on implementing lasting change through realistic healthy habits that are sustainable.
Read 75 books this year (from the categories above, as well as adding in more fiction this year by reading 1 fiction book each month)
Goal Update: In January, I completed 10 books (3 of which were carryovers from last year) and 3 more where audiobooks that I was able to listen to. I am giving audio books a strong priority this year to help me read more and to meet this reading goal.
In February, I slowed down a bit but finished All the Light We Cannot See and The Life-Giving Home.
I have also just started a fiction book called Reunion that I will probably finish reading this weekend then it’s own to a whole stack of books I have waiting for me!
If you follow me on Goodreads, you can see exactly what I read and what I’m currently reading, but here is a highlight of what I have read so far this year:
Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction by Asheritah Ciuciu
Business Boutique by Christy Wright (audiobook)
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
Food Freedom Forever: Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety by Melissa Hartwig
A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley
Emily Climbs and Emily’s Quest (Books #2 & #3 in the Emily series) by L.M. Montgomery (both audiobooks)
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (read aloud with children)
Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig (cookbooks count in my reading goals!)
Whole30 Day by Day by Melissa Hartwig
Making workout a priority and “scheduling” it into my calendar as a non-negotiable
Goal Update: I have invested in The Balanced Life Sisterhood with Robin Long and I am LOVING it! I used to do pilates pre-kids so it’s been good to get back into strengthening my core and toning muscles using my own body resistance.
Give my body rest by embracing the Sabbath and completely unplugging one day each week.
Goal Update: For a variety of reasons, Saturday is my rest day and so far I have been making a lot of good habits and disciplines on this day, not perfect but progress!
I will continue to pour into this online community by growing and maintaining the blog.
To do this, I will:
Focus on three new resources/products this year ( I went more in-depth to these here)
Fill Your Cup (Biblical self-care)
Goal Update: Finished, now I am entering the review and revise phase as well as gathering feedback from the first FYC crew.
A resource for creating and establishing a daily devotional time
Goal Update: I’m in the gathering ideas and resources phase so I can begin drafting soon.
Creating a Haven, a framework for understanding and embracing our roles as Biblical homemakers
Review and update existing resources/products
Goal Update: I have been brainstorming and have some BIG ideas! March is going to be a big development and working month for me! 🙂
Create work hours and stick to them by batch-working and prioritizing tasks
Goal Update: Wednesdays, Thursday & Friday afternoons are my dedicated blog work blocks so I am working on creating specific work hours for this time to be the most productive.
Work behind the scenes to update and improve the site, old content, and other blog housekeeping tasks. (There are some super specific, nitty-gritty steps that I will spear you from)
Read 4 business books
What small steps have you taken towards your goals this month?
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