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!

 

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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.

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.