Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Not a lot done on the goals list this week, but Michael was home unexpectedly mid-week, so we had some extra family time which was wonderful. Then Michael took Andrew (and Nugget) on the road with him! It is nice having some unplanned alone time. So here’s how the week went down:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Finish reading Five Children and It to Andrew. (Hopefully I will finish this book for real!)

3. Clean out homeschooling area. (I will get this done eventually, but this week I am turning my attention to Andrew’s room…)

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00.

5. Read a chapter of Proverbs a day and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

6. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

7. Finish paper for class and keep up with the reading. (Crazily, the professor returned the paper the same day I submitted it! Got an A. 🙂 )

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write two blog posts.

9. Finish book (It is on the Mass and will be free) and upload to website. (You can read about the eBook here, and sign up on that page, on the side bar, or below this post!)

10. Continue project for Red Cross.

Here are my plans for this coming week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Finish reading Five Children and It to Andrew.

3. Clean out and go through Andrew’s room.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00.

5. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

6. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

7. Read ahead for my class.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write two blog posts.

9. Create/upload a welcome video for website. One of my long-term goals is to get over my fear of video and speaking, so this is a first step.

10. Finish Red Cross project.

What are your goals for this week? So share below or come link up at moneysavingmom.com!

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Weekly Goals

Set Goals

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would stop blogging about my goals. I felt like my blog was going into a different direction, and publishing my goals didn’t fit. However, over the past months, I’ve been neglecting my goals, not living intentionally, and I feel like I have been so focused on my course work that everything else went by the wayside. I obviously need the accountability that comes with putting my goals out there! So, here I am back to setting goals. 🙂 My plan is to keep things simple and doable.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Finish reading Five Little Peppers and How They Grew to Andrew.

3. Write out our homeschooling plan for summer.

4. Clean out our homeschooling area.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:30.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible/praying.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

8. Start summer class (on Shakespeare) and keep up with course work.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Spend at least 30 minutes per day on my writing projects.

10. Write 3 blog posts.

That’s it! We will see how I do. 🙂

How to “Get Something” Out of Mass (Practical Steps)

In the previous installment of “How to ‘Get Something’ Out of Mass” I said I would share some practical tips and ideas for getting the most out of the Mass. Pick a few and them give them a try for a few weeks. If they work, great keep doing them and add a couple more. If not, scrap them, pick a couple different ones and try those.

Eucharist

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Before Mass:

1. Pray the Scriptures.

Sometime during the week, spend a few minutes reading  and praying over the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday. If you can read them on Saturday, that would be best that way they will be fresh on your mind come Sunday morning.

2. Get ready the night before.

Lay out the clothes and shoes for you and your family. Set the table for breakfast if you will be eating before the one-hour fast kicks in. Do whatever you can the night before that will make the morning go smoother and easier to get out the door in time for Mass.

3. Arrive 5-10 minutes early.

I know that sounds impossible, but if you can get to church early it will give you time to take the kids coats off (in winter), settle them down and do any last minute runs to the bathroom before Mass starts. It will also give you time do do #4.

4) Spend a few minutes in prayer.

Give your heart and mind a few minutes to quiet down and settle your heart. Re-read the scriptures for the Mass and give yourself to enter into the mystery that is about to begin.

During Mass:

5. Minimize distractions.

Getting rid of distractions all together is impossible. Well, it’s impossible for me, at least. But you can do things like avoid looking around the church, talking or whispering to those around you and such to minimize them. (One of the reasons I where a mantilla, or chapel veil is because it helps me to keep focused on what’s happening in front of me, not around me – but chapel veils is for a whole other topic of discussion!)

6. Stick to the missal.

This is actually a technique for avoiding distractions. Since the changes to the mass came out over a year ago we all went back to the missal to learn the new wordings. But whether you have all the responses memorized or not, reading along is a great way to keep focused. It also gives a whole new perspective. Sometimes when I’m following along with the priest by reading I’ll see something that I never noticed before.

7. Answer the responses.

A huge part of Mass is the communal participation of the faithful in the liturgy. We are supposed to respond at the appropriate places and sing along with the various songs at Mass. I don’t know about where you live, but where I live in NJ, the communal participation is sorely lacking. Very often the only people I hear singing along with the choir is myself (which is rather scary!) and my family.

After Mass:

8. Make your thanksgiving.

Years ago it was the norm that people would say for few minutes to thank the Lord after receiving communion. Nowadays, the priest is barely off the altar before people are rushing out of church. Resist that urge. Try and take a few minutes (or even one or two minutes) to make your thanksgiving and thank the Lord for coming to you. I remember being told by the sisters when I was with them that the body and blood of our Lord remain undigested for about 10 minutes after you receive communion. I don’t know for sure if that is true or not, but it’s certainly something being mindful of.

9. Discuss the Mass with your family.

On the car ride home or during lunch or dinner talk about the mass as a family. What was their favorite (or worst) part of the homily? What did the priest mean when he said such and such? How can we practically live out something that we heard at Mass today?

10. Prepare for next week.

The Mass is the most central part of our lives as Catholics. We are called to live out the liturgy in our lives and live for the liturgy (figuratively speaking.) Look forward to going to Mass each week. Go to daily Mass when you can. Read different books about what the saints say about the Mass. Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church about the Mass. The more you live your life within the liturgy the more the liturgy will live within you. (<–Tweetable!)

What about you? What are your favorite tips for getting the most out of Mass? If you feel like you don’t get anything out of Mass, why? We can all use a little help in getting the most out of the Mass so let’s get a conversation going about this.

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P.S. If you want support and accountability in living out your spiritual life, including getting the most out of Mass and prayer, I encourage you to get on a free clarity call with me. Together we can explore the possibility of working together in a way that further supports you and help you go deeper into your relationship with God.

 

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time. (Finishing this and adding the next verse for next week.)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read Flat Stanley, The Boxcar Children #6 and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew. (Worked on a birthday project for his uncle instead)

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

8. Dinner date with Mom and Sister (Wednesday). Had a great time!

Blogging goals

9. Write and post book review for “Past Suspicion.

10. Continue writing and posting 31 Days With Mary Novena.

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. Hopefull we will actually get to this this week!

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review.

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule.

(I also have some projects in the works. I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week, so I’m not including them. 🙂

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (April 22, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Weekly Goals

10 Words to Describe God

E-book Review and Giveaway for “That Works for Me!

The Intermittent Journey, Take Two

Top 7 Writing Resources for Bloggers

Top 7 Writing Resources for Bloggers

Okay, this is one of those “self-indulgent” posts. I’ve been wanting to put together some of the writing resources that I’ve found in one place and decided to take advantage of this week’s 7 Quick Takes to do so. I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. 🙂

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Grammar Girl. Good grammar is important. When you write well, then your readers will have an easier time understanding what you are trying to say! Grammar girl offers quick tutorials and tips about every grammar question under the sun.

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Writing from Your Soul. Dawn offers everything from extensive writing programs, to workshops to coaching. I have been a long-time subscriber to her fantastic monthly newsletter and have purchased her complete Writing from Your Soul Intensive Toolkit. It is amazing.

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Mystery Writing is Murder. Doesn’t seem a likely blog that would help bloggers write, but Elizabeth Spann Craig has a great post called “Resources for Bloggers” that offers links to help you come up with blog ideas and how to beat ‘blogging burnout’.

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Hubpages. Looking to do a little freelance blogging? Hubpages has “25 Writing Resources for Online Freelance Writers and Bloggers“.

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Blogging With Amy. Amy’s blog deals with blogging tips and tools rather than writing; but, she does have some posts about writing. For example, she has a great tutorial on “How to Write an Ebook” and a great article on how to find (or re-find) your passion.

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Aliventures. Ali is a writer out of the UK. She writes terrific blog articles that are applicable to all types of writers, including bloggers. She also offers writing coaching and several blogging guides.

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Internet Marketing Ninjas. This is a internet marketing site mostly for bigger companies, but they have a great post called “Six Kickass Writing Resources for Bloggers“.

These are just a few resources among many. What are your favorite writing resources? Share them in the comments.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week and how I did:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (on-going)

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Do last minute shopping and preparations for Andrew’s birthday party next Saturday. The party was a great success! Pictures and update to follow soon.

5. Read “Wake Me in Spring” and take Andrew to library to get more books.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-knit Kindle Cover and start scarf I’m making for a friend. (I get bored knitting scarves, so it takes me a long time.)

Blogging goals

10. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of April.

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!) I was going to take this off, but decided to keep it up one more week. If I have it in front of me, I may actually get it done!

Since we have just entered into Holy Week, I am paring down my goals for this week:

1. Besides my daily mass, rosary and bible time, spend some extra time in prayer and reflection on the mysteries being celebrated this week.

2. Help Andrew write out and mail his thank you notes.

3. Keep up with college course work.

4. Plan out blog posts for the month of April.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Monthly Goals: February

Set Goals

At the beginning of the month, I shared some of my goals for 2012. To help me stay focused and on track, I am going to update weekly and monthly here on the blog. I’ve been reading the weekly and monthly goals on Money Saving Mom, and have been so inspired by Crystal’s dedication and commitment to achieving her own goals. I’m hoping that by sharing my goals, others will be inspired to stay committed to achieving their goals!

As a nutshell, my goal for 2012 is to live a more Christ’s centered, intentional life, with an emphasis on peace. I wish to be more attentive and be more present to my husband and son. Finally to break my sugar addiction (more on that in another post), do well in my courses and work on some personal development projects ( a.k.a. learn some new skills. 🙂 ).

Here are the goals for February, along with a little update on how I did in January:

Spiritual Goals

1.Daily Mass, daily rosary, daily 10 minute bible study and meditation (Ongoing) Did OK, but missed several times…

2. Scripture Memorization: John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” (I didn’t memorize a scripture verse in January…)

Spousal goals

3. Write one love note each week to sneak into Michael’s work bag.

4. Ask him if there is anything that I can do for him at least twice a week.

Mothering goals

5. Read at least one chapter book a week and one “smaller” book each day. (I read a lot to Andrew, but I want to focus on being more intentional about this.)

6. Work on Character building. (This month: Obedience)

Personal Development

7. Knit cover for my Kindle Touch (once I figure out how!).

8. Exercise on the incumbent bike or treadmill 10 minutes a day.

Blogging Goals

9. Compose and pre-post a blog series on marriage.

10. Prepare first draft for ebook I’ve been wanting to get finished.

Did you make any goals or resolutions for 2012? How are you doing with them? Let’s support each other. Do leave a comment and share your successes so we can cheer you on and/or share your struggles so we can pray and encourage you!

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

Annual Christmas Blogging Break

I will be taking my blogging break to focus on family and fun for Christmas and New Year’s. I’ll be back to regular blogging on or around Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Wishing you all a blessed and faith-filled Christmas and New Year’s! God bless!

Mary and Child

Thanksgiving Blogging Break

Like last year, I am taking a week-long Thanksgiving blogging break. I pray you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. See you next Monday (November 28th)!

Happy Thanksgiving!