Thursday, September 15, 2011

Yearly Goals Update ~ September

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.

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. We are using Daily Walk from Walk Thru the Bible. I am a little behind but not as far as I was. I am currently reading Hosea.
Health and Fitness
  • Exercise more, more often and consistently. I would like to be much more fit by the end of 2011. 
    • http://zaazu.comI am getting back to exercising regularly after a summer of ups and downs. It's all good... it is a long term commitment to healthier living.
  • Eat better and loose weight. I have been doing great on drinking my water. 
    • http://zaazu.comI have done better with my water intake though I have been eating to much junk.
  • Read some books on homeschooling and other educational topics. 
    • I finished reading:
      • How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids by Rachael Carman
      • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.
    • 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 
      • I will be starting a new book for Ladies Bible Study this Friday. I don't even remember the name of it. See my Goal Planning Monday post next week for details.
  • 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 don't know when. I don't know if or when I will get to this.
  • Spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking. 
    • I have not done this because I have portfolio stuff from last year still to do. I have set my goals and I do want to work on some things for pleasure and not always be teaching school or planning it.
  • Read some books for pleasure.
    • Going to the Chapel (Tales From Grace Chapel Inn, Book 2) by Rebecca Kelly
    • Recipes and Wooden Spoons Tales from Grace Chapel Inn, Book 3) by Judy Baer
    • I am also reading Emma but that is slow going. I need to read some of this each week or I will not be getting all the Jane Austen books read this year.
    • I started reading a Love's Long Journey but then my Grace Chapel books came in and I need to read them before they have to go back to the library.
  • 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.
    • I have done pretty well. I posted 9 posts in the last week.
    • I am back to do my Blast From The Past posts... I have one lady participating. I moved them back to Tuesday because Friday is to hectic.
    • I posted 17 posts in July, August I posted 25 posts.
Homeschool Goals:
  • Be more consistent on recording daily in our school log.
    • http://zaazu.comI have been keeping up with this and doing well.... now to keep going.
  •  Be consistent with reviewing the boys daily assigned work and making sure they complete everything assigned to them and then put the stuff away in the folders/notebooks where it belongs.
    • I am being consistent with reviewing the workboxes but the boys have not finished all 12 boxes most days. Tomorrow is another day.
  • Complete the first half of my 3rd year on the TOS Homeschool Crew Review
    •  I have only one more review to write this week and then I am done with the crew. This was a hard decision but I feel at peace with it.
Family/Relationship Goals:
  • Get back to evening read aloud time with the boys. 
    • I have still 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. I need to get back to reading something to them. Either finish Little House in the Big Woods or pick something else.
  • Get back to meal planning because meals are more varied and we will have the ingredients shopped for ahead of time.
    • We did well in May and June with planning and doing meals.  I planned a few meals in August but need to get back to this... things go much smoother when I meal plan.
  • Spend more time with my dear husband 
    • http://zaazu.comWe went to a fountain show alone last week. It was a great night out. We need to plan something else but this weekend we are going up to PA to take my mom to get her hair permed and I get mine cut and she pays for it... so maybe next week or weekend. We have also been running errands together which is at least some alone time.
    • http://zaazu.comHubby has promised to play games with me but we have not done it yet.
    • After watching The Grace Card a couple nights ago Hubby and I have been praying together before bed. It means so much to me. The first night he started, last night he seemed down and tired and so I started it... I didn't want to quit after only one night. We so need the prayers and the closeness I feel when we pray together.
  • 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.comIt is now Christopher's turn. It has gotten put off and put off. If we don't do it this week and he puts it off again I am moving on to Nathan next week.
So, that is my yearly goal update. I have 15 things with smiling smiley faces and 4 with sad smiley faces so more things are done then undone. Things are looking good for my yearly goals.
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 final update on my summer goals which I will post Wednesday.

Doing the weekly goals meme on Mondays helps too.

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