Goals for 2016 Update

I can’t believe it is June. Really?It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. How did that happen? I don’t know about you, but this year isn’t exactly shaping up the way I thought it would. My father-in-law had a heart attack and my husband had two heath concerns. Well, life happens and it is important to be flexible – something I struggle with!

To help me refocus, and as a way to stay accountable, I am sharing an update on how I am making out with my goals so far. It hasn’t been perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I am doing pretty well for the most part. It really has helped me to print out the list and check off each item as it is done. Anyway, without further ado, here is the update:

Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Image by condesign (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Marriage Goals

  • Have a date night with Michael at least once a month –So far, we have made every month!
  • Read one book on marriage per month – Except for May, I’ve read at least one marriage/family book per month.
  • Write Michael a love note at least once a month – on track here.

Motherhood Goals

  • Read at least one book to Andrew per month – I haven’t necessarily finished a book a month with him, but I have been continuing to read to him, at least a little bit, every day.
  • Write Andrew a love note at least once per month (hat tip to Crystal Paine for the idea) – on track here and it has been fun watching how much he enjoys the notes!

Personal Goals

  • Exercise/stretch at least 3 times per week – I had some severe leg pain that preventing me from exercising for a while but I have been doing my walking tape almost every day since the beginning of May.
  • Do one bible study a month – if you are following along, you know I am on track (except for the session 3 reflection) with this because I have been blogging through the book!

Business Goals

  • Officially launch my self-publishing company – I am planning on launching this month, God willing.
  • Create/Write one journal or book per month – This has fallen by the wayside. I have put together a lot of ideas, but I’ve only completed three journals so far this year. Hoping to get back on track this month.
  • Write 3 blog posts per week – Mostly on track with this, give or take a week or two.
  • Do daily “Mercy Moment” Periscope, Monday through Friday – If all goes as planned, I am hoping to begin this next week!

Financial Goals

  • Save at least $10 per month – Not going as well as I hoped. We ran into some unexpected expenses which derailed our plan; however, I am hoping to get back on track soon.
  • Create a monthly budget with Michael and stick with it! – This is an on again/off again thing still. With Michael on the road so much, we don’t always get a chance to sit down together to do this. However, i am supposed to be taking over the bills soon and I will do it on my own, if I have to. 🙂

The perfectionist in me wishes I was further along with some of my goals but it is what it is. The good news is that I’ve made some progress and I keep reminding myself that that is enough. I just have to remember that I am further along than I would have been if I hadn’t made any goals at all. 🙂

Now it is your turn. How are you doing with achieving your goals? Do let us know in the comments!

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7 Quick Takes: Ode to Moms Edition

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Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday I thought I would celebrate by sharing some of my favorite quotes about motherhood. 🙂

1. “God could not be everywhere and therefore He made mothers.” –Jewish Proverb

2. “Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heart throb.” –Leroy Brownlow

3. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” –Robert Browning

4. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” –Jewish Proverb

5. “Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” –Marion C. Garretty

6. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” –Washington Irving

7. All I am, I owe to my mother. –George Washington

These quotes, especially #6 are certainly true of my mother. She has always been there for me and I am so grateful to her. I just hope I can be half as good as a mother to Andrew as she was to me. I love you mom!

What are your favorite quotes about mothers? Please do share them in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the other 7 Quick Takes entries over at Conversion Diary.

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Ode to Motherhood

Life is a gift. So is motherhood. Being a mother is a hard, often thankless, job. No doubt about that. But motherhood is beautiful and wonderful. I can’t even imagine what my life was like before my son. Sure I remember the ‘freedom’ of doing what I want, going where I want and not having the worries and duties I have now. But every second was (and is) worth it. Andrew has blessed my life in so many ways.

And I am so grateful to my own mom. She is an amazing, wonderful woman who sacrificed a lot for us – more than I think we will ever know.

This Sunday is Mother’s day, so I’d like to take this opportunity to honor my mom and all mothers with some quotes and images I’ve found on Pinterest. Enjoy!

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Emily Dickinson Saying

Pinned by Celinda Wickkiser from wishafriend.com

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A baby will make love stronger...

Pinned by Carita Lacount from Tumblr

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Pinned by Marina Diaconasu (no link available)

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Quote by Jill Churchill

Pinned by Jan O'Neil from famousquotesabout.com

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Before the Baby Wakes

Pinned by Margo Norton from beforethebabywakes.com

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When she held her child

Pinned by Nikaa Photography (no link available)

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When she held

Pinned by Monica Blood from Etsy.com

Happy Mother’s day to all you wonderful moms! God bless.

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