Friday, October 5, 2012

Yearly Goals ~ September was really good

September was good, I got some things accomplished that I wanted to do. I am also beginning to make progress on some long term goals that I have had. I even exercised a bit. Some goals that are impossible for me to accomplish because of our financial struggles have been removed from the list.

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 a book and started the next one... see below for details. I am doing pretty well on accomplishing daily devotions, I may miss one day a week or so but I am pretty consistent.... way better than other years I have to confess. Not only that I am learning a lot, getting a lot out of my devotions and enjoying them.
  • Read Godly books. Some will be for my devotions, some for Ladies Bible Study and some for Sunday School.   
    • 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.
      • Happy Smileys  I completed reading the book the first week of September and finished the study guide the second week. I have a review of the books on my Reading Challenge post just below this goal post. If you didn't read it yet scroll down and read it after you finish this one.
    • Read Promises PromisesHappy Smileys I don't think I read any of this in Sept. I need to get back to reading some each week.
    • Happy Smileys I began reading The Resolution for Women as my next book for devotions. I am greatly enjoying it.
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.
      • Happy Smileys I am happy to report that I started exercising some in Sept. It feels good to be back to working out on the Wii. Now to build back up to more minutes and more times a week. I can do that now that my hubby bought me a pack of batteries which I will be saving just for using on the Wii.
  • Read some books/magazines to expand my own education.
    • Some will be the spiritual books I already told you about. Happy Smileys  (See Spiritual)
    • Some will be about homeschooling. Happy Smileys Not recently but I did read a homeschool book this year already so it counts as completed. I do have a couple books and some Schoolhouse Magazines I want to read soon.
    • Some will be books I read to the boys for school... I learn a lot also... more than I ever learned when I was in school. Happy Smileys Christopher decided he like reading better on his own. I miss reading aloud to my kids and having only one student is strange, but I have to do what is best for him, not what is best for me. I have a couple books we started reading together and I want to finish. I will be working on them.
    • I also have a health and fitness book or 2 that I want to read.
      • Happy Smileys I  finished reading Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure in March. I don't have another fitness book I want to read right now, but that is ok since the goal was only to read 1 or 2 health and fitness books this year.

  • Spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking.
    • Happy Smileys  I don't think I scrapbooked in September. I am spending time cross stitching projects for Christmas. I do have a project I may work on this week, but we will see.
  • Read some books for pleasure. 
    • Happy Smileys  Check out how I did on reading in Sept., just below this post.
  • 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.  Happy Smileys  I have been working on this. I did a non-meme post last week and I have one ready to post tomorrow, I just have to check on a couple things then post it.
    • 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.  Happy Smileys I will be working on some gifts for Christmas and after that gets done I have some cross stitch projects I would like to work on for myself.
    Homeschool Goals:
    • Continue being consistent on recording daily in our school log. Happy Smileys  We are back to school and I recorded most of the work. I am a little bit behind but will catch up before this weekend is over.
    • 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.Happy Smileys  Done. I checked how many hours credit Christopher has for Computer class and he needs more so he is working to finish that. I need to do a count of his hours soon so I know how the year is going. I want to do a check on his hours at least once every 9 weeks and need to get that done this weekend as well.
    • 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. Happy Smileys  Done! Nathan graduated in June.
    Family/Relationship Goals:
    • Spend more time with my dear husband
      • Happy Smileys Hubby and I did a romantic dinner in our bedroom. It was good to be together and talk, after that we watched a movie. It was a good evening. I want to do this more often.
    • 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. Happy Smileys I spent time with my girls before they left for Texas. We played some games and watched some movies together over the last couple days before they left. It was a good, sweet time. Now in October I hope to spend time with the boys while my girls are gone. We have movies we want to watch that the girls don't like and we may play a game or play on the Wii once or twice.
    Happy Smileys  20 Done

    Free Icons 0 Not Done

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