September Perspective and Goals

The purpose of this blog was to record my progress on the New Year’s Resolutions I made for the year, as well as to record ideas that I had and their practical applications. So, I am doing that by posting my September goals. I have not posted about my New Year’s Resolutions since the month of May, but I have made some progress on a few of my goals.

This month, I am going to:

1. Continue to follow my Bible reading plan. Actually, I have been doubling up on my reading, because I really want to achieve reading through my Bible in one year.

2. Exercise/Health: I have really regressed in the exercise category in the last three months as I completely stopped walking even though I had no medical reason not to walk. However, since Fall is approaching and cooler temperatures are headed my way, I plan on trying to do a little walking this month. I know it it will be good for me as I prepare to deliver my little one. When it comes to what I have been eating, I haven’t made any progress exactly. I started keeping a food journal in late August and I was appalled at how much sugary snacks I was eating and how little veggies I was taking in. I am working on improving that. I’ll report on my progress at the end of the month.

3. Spanish–Not a goal that I will be working on this month or the rest of the year. It really is not relevant to my life at this moment and many other areas need my attention.

4. Reading–Well, I am working on it! I read Purpose in Prayer by EM Bounds, and I read a biography, The Vow, by Kim and Krickett Carpenter. I am working on reading On Becoming Toddlerwise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam and I plan on buying and reading Wrestling Prayer by Eric & Leslie Ludy. For some fiction, I am reading the Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter.

5. Writing/Blogging: Here I am! 🙂 I am coming back to blogging. I’m also hoping that my new bedtime routine will allow some planned time for journaling on a regular basis.

6. Relationships. Humph. I don’t know what I am planning to do this month in regards to relationships. I am praying about this area of my life, and I think the best plan of action for me is simply to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit on a day to day basis.

7. Love Letters–Will write Luke a love letter this month!
Other goals for the month will be to:

1) Change my bedtime from whenever (or later) to around 9:30pm. The goal will be for me to be crawling in bed at 9:30 and then falling asleep by 10:30pm. I can use the hour buffer to write in my journal or read a book.

2) Keep implementing the FLYLady System. I am working on the morning routine and the before bed routine. I know that as I read her book Sink Reflections, that I will be implementing other habits and routines as well.

So, those are the things that I will be working on this month. I am really hoping to make progress in the areas that I have mentioned. The first priority for me is to be working on my bedtime. I need to go to bed at a decent hour!

I Am Back to Blogging

I am going to begin blogging again. I was recently struck by the connection I still feel with a lot of blog posts written in an on a former blog, and I realized that I am missing out on recording my thoughts in an more formal and orderly way than just writing in my journal. So, here I am at the beginning of September and saying “Hi!”

I will be posting my September goals on Tuesday, September 4th. I plan on using this holiday weekend as an excuse to take a little more time before I post. What I want to mention in this post is two of the biggest influences on my life right now.

The first one is something of a housework/house cleaning system. FLYlady is the name, and “FLYing” is the game. F stands for “Finally”, L stands for “Loving” and Y stands for “Yourself”. The thinking behind the FLYLady system is simply to create a peaceful existence for yourself and for your family. The emphasis is on doing what you can and then knowing that it counts, versus focusing on perfection and then procrastinating. If I follow the steps, then I am better prepared for everyday life and life’s many interruptions. I am really enjoying implementing this system. I am subscribed to the emails, but I have not had a chance to read the book, Sink Reflections. I plan on reading that this month. In fact, I have requested it from the library, but I haven’t been able to bring it home yet.

The second influence right now is Crystal at Money Saving Mom. I have been following her blog for a few months now, and because of the season of life I am in right now, her blog is keeping me inspired to live a frugal lifestyle. I also listened to her audiobook The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year a few months ago and was inspired to really focus on my lifestyle and grocery spending.

I highly recommend both resources! I know that I have benefited greatly from being exposed to them on a daily basis.

Goals for May

My goals for May are as follows:

1. Bible Reading–continue to follow the plan for shirkers and slackers.

In regards to my spiritual life, I want to make morning devotions a priority. Lately, I’ve just been reading/praying/journalling at the end of the day, however, I want to learn to seek God first. So, morning devotions is a goal this month.

2. Exercise/Health–I will continue walking for a half an hour 3x a week. I need to get more focused on adding in fruits and vegetables into my diet however. One way that I will do this is to prepare fruits and vegetables to have on hand for snacking.

3. Spanish–I never got a Spanish resource from my local library, but I have a few resources on hold to be picked up this week. In addition, I will be attempting to listen to some Spanish Christian radio.

4. Book reading–I did not finish Career Renegade in April, so I will go ahead and finish it this month. In addition, I am reading a book about blogging. If I finish those and have time, I would like to read Purpose in Prayer by E.M. Bounds.

5. Writing and blogging–I want to blog 3x per week or approximately fourteen times during the month of May.

6. Relationships–this is a hard one, but I am going to put time and effort into spending time with two different girls my age who are also mothers.

7. Love Letters– I need to sit down and write two this month!

I also have two other goals for this month that are not related to my resolutions. I want to earn $15 in Amazon gift cards through Swagbucks. I also want to complete two knitting projects that force me to learn a new skill or stitch.

Hopefully, I will be able to report some progress at the end of the month!

 

April Update

It is already almost halfway through April and the last time I published a post here was the eighth of January. This utter neglect of the blog shows that I have failed miserably in my resolution of blogging. I could explain all the reasons, why I have not been able to blog, or have chosen not to blog, but I feel like they are of no consequence because they in the past. In having these New Year’s Resolutions, I wanted to focus on the present or the future. I was going to do that by breaking my goals down by month as well as by continuing to try again when I failed. So, here I am, trying again!

Though April is half-past, I intend to continue my resolutions, picking up where I left off, or tailoring the goal to my present situation.

So, in regards to my Bible reading, I definitely am glad that I chose the plan for shirkers and slackers, because I have definitely shirked and slacked in that area. However, that is in the past, and for the rest of April, I intend to pick up right where I left off and press on with due diligence.

In regards to my health, I have been working on eating more fruits and vegetables. I slipped away from my plan to slowly add in more and more servings of fruits and vegetables in a way that I could track, but I definitely am confident that I am eating more of them on a daily basis. One factor that has aided me is my increased appetite due to pregnancy.

Exercise goals have changed as well because of my pregnancy. I am no longer working on sit-ups and push ups, but I am aiming to exercise by walking for a half hour three times a week. I really want to be in good physical shape when it comes time to deliver this baby. I want to have stamina for labor and delivery.

Spanish has gone the way of my other goals, but I am going to get up and try again. I plan on doing this by getting another Spanish language resource from my local library this week. In May, I want to try to go to the Spanish language group that I found online.

I have actually made some progress in my book reading. I know that I am behind, but I also know that I have at least tried to keep up a little bit. I know that I will be able to catch up just fine. The book I am currently reading is Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love by Jonathon Fields. By April 30, I want to have finished it and have written a review here.

Regarding my writing goal. I have to say that although I have not blogged, I have written. I have journal-ed as well as writing a few blog post drafts. So, I have not disregarded the idea of writing altogether. However, for the remaining two weeks of April, I want to write six blog posts. Preferably, I would like to have written three per week.

My second to last goal/resolution was regarding relationships. I am not going to lie, this is one that I let myself forget. I will redouble my efforts though. I will try to connect with at least two other girls over the next two weeks.

The last resolution was to write Luke twelve love letters. I am honestly not sure if I have written any at all. I know with the craziness of the past few months, he definitely deserves them! I am going to make time in my schedule to curl up and write him a  letter very soon!

My goals for the rest of April are concluded. I will report back on my progress, and hopefully have some other more interesting things to post as well!

My New Year’s Resolutions

This year, my resolutions are more involved than they have been in the last few years. First of all, I think that this is fine for me because I am not working outside of the home anymore. Hence, I do have more time that is free for me to use. Yes, I am a mom and that does take up a lot of my time, however, I can learn to manage my time much better in order to accomplish my goals.

So, in the process of making this years New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to travel through time in my mind. I thought about December 31, 2012 and I wondered what I would want to be looking back on.

I want to have read the whole Bible through, in a year.  I have read the whole Bible, but never in a year and I definitely want to make it this year. I found a plan for “Shirkers and Slackers” that seems like it will work well for me and my husband!

I realized when I look back on 2012, I really want to be able to say that I invested in my health by eating more whole foods, more vegetables and more fruits. I have a guideline I came up with that will help me to increase my daily intake of fruits and vegetables. I want to exercise consistently. One of the ways I would like to do this is simply sit ups and push ups about every other day or at least three times a week. Quantitatively, I would like to be able to do 50 sits ups and 30 push ups. Now, I will put a qualifier in here. I personally expect to be expecting at the end of 2012. I would be extremely surprised if I was not. So, with that in mind, if I am expecting, I will not be doing sit ups and push ups necessarily. However, I still would like to be in good physical shape.

I want to be able to speak Spanish. I want to achieve at least an intermediate level of Spanish this year.

I want to have read at least twenty books. This is less than two books a month, so it should be completely doable.

I want to have written. I quit blogging back in 2011 and while I definitely needed a break and that blog was definitely over, I really found that I missed writing. Realizing just how much I missed blogging and writing prompted me to begin this blog. My goal is to write and post at least three times a week.

Another thing that I really wanted to focus on this year is relationships with people. I have never put much emphasis on friendships with other girls/women and I think that it is definitely time for me to do that. I want to have three friends at the end of next year that I did not have this year. I want at least two “mom” friends that have kids themselves, preferably close to Ayealyn’s age. I also want a friend who is at least ten years older than me.

Also, at the end of 2012 I also want to be at least as much in love with Luke as I was at the end of 2011. This is a resolution that I think will probably be somewhat easy to keep, but I know that it is the little things that will throw me off on this one. One of the ways that I will protect and nurture our relationship is to write Luke 12 love letters this year. I enjoy the love letters because the ones we have from the past are a record of our love in the midst of either good or bad circumstances.

Like I mentioned in my post about how I make New Year’s Resolutions, I will be making monthly goals and evaluating the month before it begins. I plan on choosing what to read based on my circumstances somewhat. Although, I definitely want to get into the subjects of apologetics and prayer. Other topics I wish to cover are practical ones such as housekeeping, parenting and early childhood development. I will be trying to at least list my reading list and report on any ideas I find to be particularly interesting.

Introduction

Ideas applied to life will be a record of my own ideas that I apply to my life as well as musings on others ideas and there applications. I am a housewife and am striving to be a homemaker. I say I am a housewife because I am in the traditional sense a wife who stays at home and does “housewife-ly” things such as cleaning the house, cooking, laundry, etc. I am striving to be a homemaker in that I am still in the process of learning how to best facilitate ways to make my house atmosphere welcoming, inviting and relaxing.

I wanted to title my new blog “Ideas…Applied” because I often have grand ideas, but just as often, I fail to follow through. I want to apply my ideas to my life and actually do them! Not only that, but I also want to analyze the consequences of some ideas. I was introduced to the concept “Ideas have consequences” at Summit Ministries. While Summit Ministries concerns itself with the main topics relevant to worldview (topics like biology, theology, ethics, etc), I find that ideas about parenting or housekeeping do have consequences in my life that directly affect my family and those around me. I want a record of the consequences of my ideas or others ideas I adopt.

I plan to update this blog three times a week on average. Some weeks I will post a little more, and some weeks I will post a little less. Topics I will write about include my exposure to ideas through books, radio or church services, my goals and there outcomes, things I am thankful for as well as just writing about real life. I enjoy the theoretical and the ideal, but real life is not theoretical or ideal all the time! Sometimes we do just need to be real. I may also write an in depth essay about the consequences of an idea in the past, but I do not have a set schedule or even too many ideas about that just yet.

Hopefully, this blog will be enjoyable and maybe even an encouragement to any readers or visitors!

God Bless,

GabbyMel!