In Keeping with Goal-Setting (FREE PRINTABLE!)

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Well, folks, I’m back for the new year!  I can’t promise I’ll remember to post regularly, but I’ll try to post when I can.  I wanted so badly to post many of the projects and recipes we made last year but never got around to it.  Life happened.  I’m sure many of you other moms out there can identify.

I’m sure many of you are reading now about making new years goals and resolutions.  I’m not one to try to jump on the bandwagon, but I’ve been making resolutions since before I was a teenager, and though I fail many years at accomplishing many of them, I’m going to continue to try again anyway; though this year, I’m looking at my resolutions more as goals.  And I’m continuously working to establish the steps needed to accomplish them.

Here are my goals for this year:

For My Family:
 Spend 2 hours per month with each child
– Make devotions with Prince Charming a habit
– Make devotions with Rapunzel and Tinkerbell a habit

For My Health:
– Lose 52 pounds (I have a lot more to lose, but I figured if I shoot low then I’ll be more likely to achieve it…and if I lose more I’ll be thrilled!)

For My Career:
– Direct Sales: 12 parties per month, 5 guests per party, 1 recruit per year
– Church: Complete SEO on the website

For Myself:
– Read 2 Books
– Make devotions a daily habit

I have yet to make goals for my home, though I suppose this year, I’d like to finish scraping the paint off of our stairway railing and the porch.

I loved this free printable I used to record these goals!  Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find the link from which it came.  If you know who created it, please let me know so I can give them credit!

2014 Goals and Resolutions Printable

Along with these goals, I’ve adopted the concept of a word for the year, like many of the bloggers I follow.  If you don’t know what that is, check out this website:

I know I’m behind the times on this word, but this word feels right to me this year: INTENTIONAL

I want whatever I do this year to be intentional, thought out, purposeful.  I don’t want to do life haphazardly anymore.  I want to intentionally spend time with my kids, intentionally develop a better relationship with Christ, intentionally build a better marriage, and intentionally become a healthier woman.  Please help me with this goal; if I seem to be falling off the wagon, feel free to remind me about what I’m saying now.  I’ll need all the help I get!

What are your goals for this year?  Have you picked a word?

Welcoming 2013: My Hopes and Dreams for the New Year

Picture of a clock with confetti
Well happy new year, everybody!  I hope all of you had a safe and joyous end of 2012 and that you welcome 2013 with open arms.  I know I am!  Every year, I have high expectations and this year is no different.  I’ve been a resolution person ever since I can remember.  This year I’m sharing them with you; however, I’ve cut down my list.  Hopefully it’s a little more manageable this year, because I often have such high standards that I never follow through with my resolution at all.  Well, here goes anyway:

2013 Resolutions:

  • Lose 52 pounds (that’s 1 pound per week)
  • Pay off one debt

Okay, so it’s not very much, but then again they’re the only things on my list that are measurable.  Here’s what I really hope to accomplish this year:

  • Build my relationship with Christ
    I want to do this by becoming more regular with my personal devotions, marriage devotions, and family devotions; making time for prayer; perhaps finding a mentor; and attending faith-building activities like church events and camps/retreats
  • Strengthen family relationships
    I’d really love to spend an hour a week with each of my kids, but that seems to be a lofty goal since there are 4 of them.  I’d like to aim for half an hour per week.  I also want to continue working on the notebooks with the three oldest.  Family devotions and marriage devotions will fall into this also.  I’d also like to remember to call my grandpa and “grammie” more often and talk to my extended family more often.
  • Organize my home
    At the beginning of this year, I want to sit down and evaluate how things are done.  Our meal plan seems to work out (most of the time).  I think Cinderella is old enough to begin planning and preparing one meal a week.  This will help her learn some more responsibility and help me out too.  I’d like to assign each of the kids a couple of chores that they are responsible for each week, which will also lighten my load, and I have some printable calendars I’d really love to use to manage my weekly “to do” list.  Hopefully this will help me plan and schedule better than the haphazard disaster that I have now.
  • Become more positive
    There really isn’t a good way to measure this, but what I want to do is serve more often.  I’d like to help out more around the church with a better attitude, serve in the community with my family once in a while, and write notes/send cards to those who don’t usually receive them.  I think if I focus on others I’ll be happier about the situations going on around me
  • Build my business(es)
    This will go hand-in-hand with organizing.  When I schedule time to work on my business(es), I’ll be able to train more, write more, schedule parties, build community, and everything else that goes along with it.

Do you make resolutions?  What are your goals for this year?  Please share!