Monday, April 2, 2012

Yearly Goals 2012 ~ March Forth

April Showers Bring May Flowers... we have already seen a lot of flowers and it was only March. We have had warmer than usual temperatures, which is really good. It saves on the heating bill. Hopefully that does not mean we will have a warmer than usual summer as well, then the air conditioning bill will be high. 

Twice as many things done as not done. I want to write down the things I am not getting done and make sure they get priority this coming month.

Now on with the update...

The main goal is in bold and under that are the smaller steps to reaching those goals.
  • Main Goal
    • The updates will be here
      • or here.. in purple.
The positive steps I have made with my goals this month have a smiling smiley face Happy Smileys in front, the goals that I still have to work on have a sad face Free Icons 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:
  • Have personal devotions daily. First thing in the morning. I will read a book of the Bible (more in depth), read a Godly Christian book, take notes in a journal, listen to Christian music daily, and pray.
    • Happy Smileys  I finished II Thessalonians.
    • Happy Smileys  I started reading How People Change for my daily devotions and there is a study guide also.
    • Happy Smileys  I did devotions daily missing only a few in early March, and listened to music, and prayed some days but not every day.
  • Read Godly books. Some will be for my devotions, some for Ladies Bible Study and some for Sunday School.  
    • I will be reading Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear by Max Lucado for my first book for devotions. I have had it for a while and wanted to read it. I think now is the time.
      • Happy Smileys  I finished Fearless on Mar. 7th.
    • I am reading God's Priorities for Today's Woman for Ladies Bible Study 
      • Happy Smileys  I read chapters 13-14 of God's Priorities for Today's Woman.
    • Read The Power of a Praying Wife and leave hubby a note for each chapter I read. He needs the extra prayers and encouragement. After I finish the book I will be reading it again. Not only does it encourage him but it encourages me and gives me hope when I know my God is working in our lives as I pray. 
      • Happy Smileys I read ch. 27, unfortunately that is all. I only did 1 week out of 4. Same as last month.
    • Read as much as possible of the books I got for our Sunday School study. How People Change and How People Change Study Guide: How Christ Changes Us by His Grace. Our Sunday school is on to other topics. I never completed the book and am concentrating on this for devotions until I get it done.
      • Free Icons  I have read chapter 3 and part of chapter 4 and did the lesson 1 study questions (which cover the reading of ch 3 of the book. I have already done lesson 2 (ch. 4 of the book) but I will review my answers.
Health and Fitness 
  • Exercise more, more often and consistently. I would like to be much more fit by the end of 2012
    • Start by using the Wii at least 3 days a week for 15 minutes and increase from there.
      • Free Icons  1/4th of the year gone and not much progress here. I spent much of March battling sinus problems. I do want to do better, but with sickness, giving in to temptations and skipping my workouts I am not doing better. I want to be more fit. I need to make this a priority.
  • Eat better and drink water. I hope by doing this and the exercising above I will be able to loose weight in 2012 AND keep it off! I want to finish strong and not gain back the weight I loose at the beginning of the year like I did this year.
    • Drink 48-64 oz of water a day Happy Smileys  Doing ok on this.
    • Eat more fruit and veggies throughout the day. Happy Smileys Doing ok on this.
    • Keep track of everything I eat in a food journal. Free Icons  Not doing well with this. Need to not buy or eat so many sweets, especially avoiding Easter candy. Need to make WW dessert, especially the 1 point kind, and stay away from the non WW stuff.

  • Spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking.
    • Happy Smileys  I scrapbooked with paper 2 days in March. Yeah!!!
    • Happy Smileys  I won a digital scrapbooking program in March and I have played with it a number of days. More than 2 days. 
  • Read some books for pleasure. 
    • Happy Smileys  Check out how I did on reading in March at my post - Reading Challenge ~ March Books Read.
  • 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 want to join back in on some meme's that are favorites... see my Memes tab at the top.  Happy Smileys Done.
      • I want to write some posts each month that are not linked to a meme. I want them to be interesting and informational for my readers.  Free Icons  Not Done. I have something I want to buy to enhance my blog... Blog Write Party I need some new ideas and I hope this will help. I need to buy this a.s.a.p.
  • Get back to meal planning because meals are more varied and we will have the ingredients shopped for ahead of time. This is a personal goal. If the family joins me that is fine if not I will still do it.
    • Plan March meals. Happy Smileys  March started out well and ended well but in the middle there was a mess. I planned my meals and so did Rachel, but my plans had to change. My hubby went back to eating Gluten Free, and this time even more serious than before. Then most of us were sick. Things fell apart. Hopefully April will be better.
  • I have a few projects for our home that I want to accomplish. I would like to do a few of the projects for the home that I have saved on Pinterest.  Free Icons   Nope... not yet.
Homeschool Goals:
  • Continue being consistent on recording daily in our school log. Happy Smileys  Done.
  • 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. Happy Smileys  Done.
  • Check periodically on the boys hours for school. I must do this especially for Nathan to make sure he has the credit he needs in a couple of his extra subjects in order to graduate.  Happy Smileys  Done. Nathan is working on the classes he has to finish for graduation. He has more to do but is making progress. I don't think he will be done his hours by the last day of school this year, but he will get done and graduate.
  • Complete Nathan's Sr. Year. Complete his transcript. Have his graduation ceremony. Next school year, which starts in July 2012 I will only have one student! That will be weird and I am sure we will have to make adjustments. Free Icons   Nope... a few more weeks to go.
Family/Relationship Goals:
  • Spend more time with my dear husband
    • Set up a date night/afternoon soon. 
      • Happy Smileys Hubby took me to Longwood, just him and I. I had wanted to get here during the orchid display and we did. It was a great day. We also went to visit my mom in rehab. The whole family visited her in the hospital but at the rehab just Court and I went.
    • Set up a dinner in our bedroom just for us to spend the evening like I did a couple times before... in order to do this I must clean up my bedroom first. Free Icons   Nope... one was planned for Valentines Day but plans got changed. I want to do it soon. Hopefully I can, now that I am beginning to feel better.
  • Spend time once a week with one of my kids, just mom and one of the kids doing whatever the child wants to do. Usually a combo of eating, talking and playing board games, computer games, or on the Wii.
    • Start with my youngest and schedule it on the calendar so I can keep track of who is next for their turn. Goal is one child a week and then a week off. Sometimes the kids don't have time or won't make time to spend with me. Sometimes I will skip that child and go on to the others. Sometimes I will just wait until the next week. Perfection in scheduling is not the goal. The goal is to spend time having fun with my kids. Free Icons   Nope... and I may take this off my goals list. It depends too much on my kids wanting to spend time with me. They don't want to get off their computer games to take time with Mom. This saddens me. I tell them to let me know when they are ready to spend some time with me and they never do it. Maybe instead of asking I need to set a time when I am available and bug them until they give in!!!
Happy Smileys 20 Done

Free Icons 10 Not Done

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