My Goals for 2018

(Piggybacking off of yesterday’s FB live about spiritual goals, today I am sharing my other goals)

In 2017, I did an experiment and didn’t make any goals for the year. My focus was on scheduling the things I wanted to do. However, it was pretty much a bust. 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, the scheduling part was great and I did get a lot of “stuff” done. The problem was that I felt scattered most of the time and unfocused.

This past year was a bigger challenge than 2016 and I didn’t think that was possible. And, not having specific goals left me feeling unhinged a lot of the time. I need structure. Goals give me that structure and allows me to have boundaries and white space. I also missed the accountability of not posting my goals online. It gives me incentive and have been told from readers that they like reading about the goals.

2018 Goals

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This year, I am going to combine the scheduling with the goals. I have 12 goals for different aspects of my life and I will be taking some time today to schedule those goals into my calendar (in bite-sized chunks). My hope is that by combining them both, I will have a scheduled yet focused year. I am also posting them here for the accountability and will give monthly updates about how I am doing. (Any encouragement or push would be much appreciated!)

So, without further ado, here hare my goals:

PERSONAL GOALS

1. Read at least one chapter of the Bible each day

2. Cut out sugar and dairy for at least 8 weeks (fast Wednesdays & Fridays)

3. Read one personal book per month (fiction, self-help, spiritual, etc.)

MARRIAGE GOALS

4. Go on one date with Michael per month

5. Send Michael (and Andrew) at least one love/text note per week

FAMILY GOALS

6. Read one book out loud to Andrew per month

7. Go on a family vacation

8. Pray with Andrew daily (daily devotional book before or after school)

FINANCIAL GOALS

9. Rebuild emergency fund ($1,000)

10. Save at least $10 per week

BUSINESS GOALS

11. Launch two courses/programs this year

12. Do at least 2 FB lives per month (aiming for weekly!)

Have you made any goals for 2018? If so, do share in the comments! I would love to support and encourage you in any way I can!

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P.S.: In an unrelated note, I want to remind you that today is the First Friday of the Month.

Goals for 2016

Like many others, I have spend some time last week reflecting on how I did with my 2015 goals and planning for the new year. I didn’t do too bad with my goals last year; however, finishing up school sucked up most of my time and energy that most of the goals were put aside. Thankfully, I graduated in May (with high honors!) and took a much needed break.

One big thing that I was able to do was self-publish a prayer journal, Catholic Prayer Journal for Women. It was quite a learning experience and I plan to do more (see below).

Goals for 2016

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In any case, for 2016, I am streamlining my goal setting and keeping them (hopefully!) short and actionable. Here they are:

Marriage Goals

  • Have a date night with Michael at least once a month
  • Read one book on marriage per month
  • Write Michael a love note at least once a month

Motherhood Goals

  • Read at least one book to Andrew per month (Now that he is reading so well on his own, this is falling by the wayside and I don’t want to let that happen anymore.)
  • Write Andrew a love note at least once per month (hat tip to Crystal Paine for the idea)

Personal Goals

  • Exercise/stretch at least 3 times per week
  • Do one bible study a month

Business Goals

  • Officially launch my self-publishing company
  • Create/Write one journal or book per month
  • Write 3 blog posts per week
  • Do daily “Mercy Moment” Periscope, Monday through Friday (more on that soon)

Financial Goals

  • Save at least $10 per month
  • Create a monthly budget with Michael and stick with it!

That’s it. My biggest goal is to be consistent in following these goals! On Wednesday, I will share my three words for 2016. Now its your turn. What are your goals for 2016? I’d love to know so please do share in the comments!

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Tweetable: Goals for 2016

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsMarriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” at least once this week.

2. Spend at least 30 minutes a day just having fun with Andrew.

3. Clean out my dresser drawers.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6am  at least five days this week.

5. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the bible and praying the rosary daily.

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

Educational/Blogging/Business Goals

7. Go to Georgian Court to get my books. (The break went too fast! Classes start next Monday.)

8. Blog at least twice this week.

9. Continue working on the grammar website (grammarplace.com).

10. Go through some paperwork and old notebooks and sort/get rid of as much as possible.

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsI did pretty well this week, although most of it was done with a heavy heart because of the sad news we received. A lot of people attended the memorial service and almost just as many went to my brother-in-law’s for the meal afterwards. It is going to be a difficult Christmas, well, it will be a difficult time for the family for a while, so continued prayers would be much appreciated.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Create Christmas shopping list and Christmas card list. (I also got my cards done and ready to be mailed today, and I actually started some shopping.)

3. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

4. Clean out Andrew’s room and get rid of some junk!

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am. (Didn’t do so well here, but I was up by 7 most days).

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and praying Advent devotionals every morning.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week. (Ashamed to say that apart from walking Nugget, I didn’t do any exercising this week.)

Educational Goals

8. Finish Anglo-Saxon final paper and submit. The semester is over, woot!

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Write and post book review of 20 Short Ones.

10. Continue working on the other website I am creating.

Here are my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

3. Clean out Andrew’s room and get rid of some junk!

4. Take Andrew to last play practice. (He is one of the three kings in our church’s Christmas Pagent.)

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and praying Advent devotionals every morning.

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

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write and post book review of 20 Short Ones.

9. Start reading A Most Inconvenient Marriage for review.

10. Continue working on the other website I am creating.

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.