Monthly Goals: February

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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.)

My Ten Goals for 2012

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I’ve never been a fan of making New Year’s Resolutions. It feels like nothing more than setting ourselves up for failure. After all, how many of us make resolutions only to break them by the end of January (or by the end of the first week!)?

For me, I prefer to set goals that I want to achieve for the new year instead. A matter of semantics? Probably.  Setting goals rather than resolutions feels more doable and realistic. And, if I don’t reach the goal, I’m not as hard on myself: I just re-evaluate and set new goals.

In that spirit, here are ten goals I want to reach this year, divided into areas of life I want to work on/improve:

Spiritual/Virtue Goals

1. Prayer. A never-ending goal. I can always improve on this, of course. In particular, though, this year I am going to make a point of MAKING time for quiet prayer and meditation – at least 10 minutes a day. This will help me tremendously in my next goal.

2. Peace. My “Word” or “theme” for 2012 is “peace“. My goal is to allow God to work in me so that I handle each day, each situation calmly and peacefully.  The Lord has been putting John 14:27 into my heart:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

So, my goal is to let God’s peace rein in my heart and that I may be an “instrument of peace” to others.

Spousal Goals

3. Attentiveness. My goal is to be more attentive to the needs of my hubby and even to anticipate them when I can.

4. Positiveness. To be more positive in the way I interact with and think about my husband. To always give him the benefit of the doubt before I over-react and jump down his throat. 😳

Mothering Goals

5. Live in the moment. My goal in this area is to enjoy whatever activity we are currently engaged in, rather than rushing through them because I am too busy thinking of all the other things I have to do.

I don’t know about you; but, I have a tendency of looking ahead to what has to be done next or thinking about all the other things on my to-do list. I want to intentionally focus on the moment and enjoy each moment with my son. He is growing up so fast, it’s almost scary!

6. Foster a love of books. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that getting my son to practice his reading has been a bit of a challenge. {Ahem} It has gotten better in this area and I want to continue this progress; so, in 2012 I want to read to him more than I already do and hopefully spark in him a greater interest for books and reading.

Personal Goals

7. Break my blasted sugar addiction once and for all. My downfall is ice cream (vanilla with M&Ms to be exact); but, I’m not opposed to cake cookies, brownies…Oh the list goes on. So, I’m going cold turkey. I’m giving up sugar. I’ve done my research, prayed about it and I’m ready for the week from hell. 🙂 (I’ve read in several places that the first week is the hardest and then it gets easier. I hope so!)

I’m not doing this to lose weight; although I’m not opposed if that happens. 🙂 I’m doing it because I want to live healthier and eat better. I want to gain better control of what I put in my body as opposed to giving in to my cravings.

8. Get straight A’s. I haven’t mentioned this here yet, but thanks to a series of God-incidences, I am going back to school to get my bachelors degree [in English]. I have an Associates degree and have been wanting to go back to college to finish for a long time, so I am deeply grateful for this opportunity! I will be starting out with two courses in the spring semester, one in the summer session and going into full-time in the fall.

Blogging/Business Goals

9. Weekly series. One of my main goals for blogging this year is to do a weekly series focusing on an aspect of our faith. For example: In January I want to do a series on life, In February I want to do a series on marriage, etc. In the future my plan is to do a series on discerning God’s will, the mystery of suffering, the sacraments, etc. I still have to work out the particulars, but I hope to begin shortly!

10. e-Books. I have a few e-book ideas that have been brewing in my brain over the last few months. My goal is to publish 4 e-books – one each quarter of the year. (More details to come as each e-book comes to fruition – Hopefully!!)

What are your goals for 2012? Do share. Or, if you’ve done a yearly goals post, feel free to post a direct link to said post in the comments!

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)

My Wish For You

This Advent prayer speaks to my heart today:

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

(Prayer found at catholic.org.)

As we approach the final week of Advent, it is my deepest wish that you know Christ’s healing love for you. And that your heart is filled with great peace, hope and joy in the knowledge of His awesome and abiding presence.