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! ūüôā 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!

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!

How I make my New Year’s Resolutions

Two kinds of people live in this world. Those who use the word¬†want¬†correctly, and those who say¬†want¬†when they really mean¬†wish. You see, a lot of people say “I want to do that” or “I want to be like that” or some form thereof. However, most of those people never take action on what they wish to attain. I propose that those people only¬†wish¬†they could have the outcome without all the work to realize their goal. People who truly¬†want¬†something will chase after it, do the work and make any changes necessary.

I have had to evaluate all of my New Years Resolutions in this way. Do I really want what I wrote down? Or is it simply a wish? When I went through and began the process of making action steps to be paired with each resolution, I would often come to an action step that about which I was hesitant. I would contemplate the original resolution; do I really want that result? Is this action really necessary to achieve that result.

I have always said I wanted to learn 7 languages in my lifetime. This year, I decided that I wanted to start learning Spanish. When I was thinking about how I would go about learning Spanish, I came up on the opportunity to meet up with a group within 20 miles of my house in order to speak Spanish. While I know this type of thing is essential for learning the language, I really balked at the thought of going and speaking Spanish, a language I barely know, among strangers. So I thought about it. Is learning languages something I really want or is it just a wish for the ability without the will for the work involved?

So, how do I make my New Year’s Resolutions? First off, I have a few go-to categories that I always have some sort of resolution. The first one is any type of resolution regarding my walk with God. The second category of my resolutions is always nutrition and fitness. I evaluate each of those areas of my life and see what kind of action I can take in those areas. Then, I tend to pick different things that I want to do or to improve in my life and make a goal from there. I do try to follow the SMART acronym when I am making goals and planning how to carry them out.

Another thing that I am changing this year that I am going to do in order to help me carry out my resolutions is simply to re-evaluate where I am at in my particular goals and plan for specific steps that month.

Lastly, I try to look at my goals and see if they really matter in light of eternity. I know that this world and the things in it will pass away. I want my life to focus on things that make an eternal impact. 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 says:

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

¬†If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

¬†If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

When I was growing up, the pastor of our church talked about how we can use our lives to build with wood, hay and stubble, or with gold, silver and precious stones. So, when I make my resolutions, I want to keep those verses in mind. I want to be building with gold, silver and precious stones so I can receive a reward.

Why I make New Year’s Resolutions

I know I am a little late posting in regards to New Year’s Resolutions, but I have an excuse! My husband and I are buying a house. We have been in this process for months, and no, that is not normal from what we are told. Anyways, for the last week and a half, we have been in limbo finding out whether or not we were going to get the house. So my New Year’s Resolution making and finalizing was put off until now. However, thankfully, we are getting the house! So we are praising the Lord for that huge blessing.

According to Wikipedia,¬†New Year’s Resolutions¬†date back to ancient times and some of the origins actually came from traditions related to pagan gods. However, Christianity also seems to have a history of resolutions. Personally, I enjoy the “new” start and beginning. It gives me a chance to put the old behind me and start something new, like the “put off” and “put on” in¬†Colossians 3.

I always make New Years Resolutions! I enjoy the idea of starting over and trying again. And yes, I always try again. People joke that their New Year’s Resolutions is not to make any resolutions! Generally, I have to disagree with that point of view. I mean, why not try again? Tenacity, persistence and determination all come from trying again and again and again. When you cannot go on anymore, but yet you still do, you develop perseverance. Those are all character qualities that I want in my life. So, every year, I exercise the “muscle” inside of me that gets up and tries again.

Other people seem to almost look down on those of us who make New Year’s Resolutions because they, in their words, “don’t wait for a special day in order to make resolutions!” But, for me, making resolutions on a fixed day of the year, specifically the beginning of the year, helps me to evaluate what is going on in my life. How did I do last year? What areas of my life need improving? I can look back on and evaluate a specific time period and act on my findings.

So, in the coming days, I will post how I make my resolutions and then I will also post most of my resolutions for this year!