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 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:

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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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Tweetable: Goals for 2016 Update

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

Goals for 2015

Last year, in spite of knowing that I had a busy year before me, I tried to focus on being intentional, rather than Goals for 2015reactive. I have to admit that it was very challenging and I don’t think that I was particularly successful in my attempt. However, that doesn’t mean I am going to give up. This year I am going to try again, and hopefully my 3 Words will help me focus and remind me to pay attention to what is important.

At the same time, things have to get done, so here is an overview of the major things I want to accomplish this year, while trying to be realistic:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Have a date night with Michael at least once a month.

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

3. Have focused quality time with Andrew at least 3x week (besides homeschooling and usual family time, such as chores, before bed routine, etc.)

4. Finally put up some pictures and decorate our apartment. I am a minimalist at heart, but our place is pretty bare, even by my standards. LOL! I am not much a decorator but it is about time I learn.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6am five days a week. Trying to force myself to get up early everyday seems to set me up for failure. So, I am hoping that giving myself grace to sleep in twice a week (Sunday and one other day), I will put less pressure on myself.

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

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week. We bought Andrew the Wii U for Christmas this year and it inspired me to break out my Wii Fit, so now I actually look forward to getting up to exercise.

Educational/Blogging/Business Goals

8. Keep up with my course work and graduate in May! I can’t believe it is almost over. I can’t wait!

9. Blog here at Simple Catholic Living at least once a week during school and 3x a week after I graduate.

10. Finish and launch my grammar website (grammarplace.com).

That’s it. I’m sure that these goals may be modified over the year, but I am okay with that. At least I have a guide to help me stay on track.

Now it’s your turn. What are your goals (or resolutions, if your prefer) for 2015?

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.

She’s Back…..! (Mostly) and Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Well, I haven’t posted since September 8th. I never planned for that to happen, but the two 7 1/2 week classes turned out to be very labor intensive, along with my other two classes, plus homeschooling Andrew, plus life…you know the drill! Plus, we had changes to my husband’s employment which has been a bit of a life-changer. Also, this Wednesday I have a big presentation for my Anglo-Saxon class, and after that, I’m pretty much good except for a couple of big-project papers and possibly a final. So, hopefully, I will be able to get some regular blogging in – especially since I am WAY past due on some book reviews.

As for goal setting, I pretty much blew it to the wayside for a while; therefore, I am not going to post my previous goals, just the ones for this week. Also, I am only going to start with eight goals, so I can ease back into the goal setting mode.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Stay on top of Andrew’s homeschool.

Personal Goals

3. Get up at 6:00 am.

4. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and prayer every morning.

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

Educational Goals

6. Finish preparing presentation and give to class.

7. Write pre-proposal for my Senior Seminar professor. (She is helping me with some ideas for my final paper.)

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write at least one blog post this week (besides this one).

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 Goals

Last Week’s Goals:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Host get-together with one of my good friends and her kids.

3. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

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

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

Educational Goals

8. Get books for my upcoming classes, and start reading ahead.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Pre-write some blog posts for the fall.

Classes start for me today, and what I have seen so far, it is going to be very busy and challenging semester. Therefore, I probably won’t be getting much else done, but I will try! Here are my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

3. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6:00 am.

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. Keep up with reading assignments.

8. Attend first official classes at the Wall campus on Wednesday.

9. Write rough draft of first “close reading” writing assignment.

Blogging/Writing Goals

10. Write two blog posts.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsSo happy to have had a good week! Here’s how things went:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Take Andrew to the pool at least twice this week. (If I include the pool club near where we had our family bbq yesterday, we went to the pool every day except once this week!)

3. Start reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am. (Got up at 6 once, the other days it was more like 7 or 7:30. But, I’m okay with that because I knew last week was to be a bit of a relaxing kind of week.)

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

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

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Finish reading and write review for Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. (You can read the review here.)

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

Final week before I start my classes for the fall. I really hope it is a productive week. I want to get ahead start for the fall schedule…

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

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

2. Host get-together with one of my good friends and her kids.

3. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

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

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

Educational Goals

8. Get books for my upcoming classes, and start reading ahead.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Pre-write some blog posts for the fall.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

 

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. 🙂

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Here are my goals from last week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Continue memorizing Ephesians 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

3. Play miniature golf as a family. (Something we’ve been wanting to do for a while.) [I took pictures but unfortunately they didn’t come out very good. We had a great time, though!]

4. Read Stanley and the Magic Lamp and Two Magic Treehouse books (Tonight on the Titanic & Buffalo Before Breakfast) as well as two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. [We also went to the library and he choose a set of Magic Treehouse audio books to listen to; so far 5 books listened too. 🙂 ]

5. Work on the Science Exploration kit with Andrew that he got for his birthday.

Personal Development

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

7. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

8. Keep up with the college chemistry course I am taking. It’s going to be a tough class. I’m only a few days in and my head is spinning. [It is so tough but I’m holding my own so far!]

Blogging goals

9. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco.

10. Continue writing project and updating website. [Little progress with this due to the chemistry class.]

And here are my goals for this coming week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Continue memorizing 1 Peter 1:6-7 (“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Read two of The Boxcar Children Books (The Pet Shop Mystery and The Hurricane Mystery) and  books  as well as two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew.

4. Work with Andrew on his Karate. He is going for his yellow belt next week!

Personal Development

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

6. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

7. Keep up with the college chemistry course. Take quiz two and exam one. Read ahead for the Unit Two.

Blogging goals

8. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco. I’m hoping to get this finished and the review up the end of this week or early next week.

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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