Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Yearly Goals Update ~ July

This is my update. I want to stay accountable for achieving my 2011 goals. I want to do better than last year. I want to remind myself what my goals are and keep working toward them. I missed doing the update the First of July but at least I got it done the first week.
The positive steps I have made with my goals this month have a http://zaazu.comsmiling smiley face in front, the goals that I still have to work on have a sad face in front. Some are not really sad but that is the best contrast I could make between completed and not completed. The color thing was getting to complicated and I love smileys so I am sticking with them.

Personal Goals:
  • Be more consistent with my personal devotions. 
    • http://zaazu.comOur church started a year long challenge to read through the Bible. I am all caught up and doing well. I have really enjoyed reading lately but maybe that is because we did Psalms in June and are now on Proverbs. We are using Daily Walk from Walk Thru the Bible.
Health and Fitness
  • Exercise more, more often and consistently. I would like to be much more fit by the end of 2011. 
    • I was doing at least 4 days a week, with at least one day 45 minutes of exercise and one day an hour. So many things this summer have taken precedence and I have not done well with this. I plan to start back tomorrow. I have not been feeling as well or getting around as well since I stopped working out. I hope to work out at least 3 times for 20-30 minutes this week and work my way back up to more and longer workouts.
  • Eat better and loose weight. I have been doing great on drinking my water. 
    • http://zaazu.comI have done better with my water intake this week. I have not tracked my eating or my weight... I could give you all kinds of excuses but I won't.
  • Read some books on homeschooling and other educational topics. 
    • http://zaazu.com  I have finished reading:
      • Out on a Whim by Dave Meurer. Some chapters are so funny, but others are thought provoking and challenging. I need to do a review of it.
      • Instructing a Child's Heart This book is for Ladies Bible Study. I am done with this, hubby and I are reading it together now.
    • Now I need to work on finishing: 
      • Promises, Promises: Understanding and Encouraging your Husband by the wives of 12 prominent Christian leaders. Challenging reading for marriage 
      • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. I got a new copy from my pastor at church because mine was still lost. The next day I found my copy. So funny the way those things happen. 
      • Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling - this will be one I work on finishing reading over the summer.
  • Work on my own writing projects. 
    • I am working on the History Unit study projects and the E-book on Homeschool Organizing I was writing. I have other things that have taken priority. I plan to keep working on these but but don't know when. I am working on planning school for next year and I am working on my summer to-do list. We will just have to wait and see how much writing I get done.
  • Spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking. 
    • Stuff is piling up on my scrapbooking table again, showing me that I have not made time to do this. I wanted to make time to work on it this summer but the time is running away with me and I have a lot of planning to do. I have books and papers all over my bedroom. Hubby is getting tired of so many boxes being in the way. Maybe I will take one afternoon this week to do it because if I don't I will probably not ever get time... I have to make it a priority.
  • Read some books for pleasure. 
    • http://zaazu.comI am almost done reading Somewhere a Song by Judith Pella but I am not sure what chapter I am on.
    • http://zaazu.comI finished reading My Father's World by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. The first book from the Journals of Corrie Belle Hollister series.
    • I am also reading Emma
    • After I finish Somewhere a Song I plan to read some more of the Love Comes Softly series.
  • Continue blogging and remember it is supposed to be for fun and for the records for my family.Write more consistently on my blog at least 3 posts a week.
    • http://zaazu.comI have done pretty well lately.
    • http://zaazu.comI am back to doing my Blast From The Past, so join up if you want. I moved it to Friday so please join us. 
    • http://zaazu.comI posted 24 posts in June, not as many as May, but still good.
Homeschool Goals:
No goals here right now as we are in summer vacation. Instead of this see my summer goal update which I will post in a few minutes.

Family/Relationship Goals:
  • Get back to evening read aloud time with the boys. 
    • I have not been doing it. We are still on Little House in the Big Woods. I need to make it a priority at least 3 nights a week. I have not read to the boys since March.I need to talk to the boys about this.
  • Get back to meal planning because meals are more varied and we will have the ingredients shopped for ahead of time.
    • http://zaazu.comWe did well in May and June with planning and doing meals. Now I need to plan July meals... so does the rest of the family
  • Spend more time with my dear husband 
    • http://zaazu.comI watched a movie with him today and we have a couple dates planned soon. Our anniversary is coming up next week. I don't know what we are doing.
    • http://zaazu.comHubby also promised to play some games with me this week. I hope he keeps his promise.
  • Spend time once a week with one of my kids, just mom and one of the kids having lunch in my bedroom alone and then doing whatever the child wants to do. Usually a combo of eating, talking and playing board games and/or computer games. Goal is one child a week, so they all get one afternoon with mom a month.Start with my youngest and schedule it on the calendar so I can keep track of who is next for their turn. We can add time on the Wii together now
    • http://zaazu.comI have been spending a lot of time with the kids and hubby lately because of birthdays but mostly in groups. It is Jessica's turn and we have planned to do it this week.
So, that is my yearly goal update. I have 12 things with smiling smiley faces and 5 with sad smiley faces. 
Did you make goals for this year? How are you doing on your goals? Keep track of your goals and how you are doing will help you achieve much this year. Watch for my update on my summer goals which I will post in a few minutes.

Doing the weekly goals meme on Mondays helps too.


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