Monday, December 31, 2012

Yearly Goals 2012 ~ December Do's and Did's and Year End Accomplishments

October was terrible. So terrible I never did do an update. November had it's moments as well... but even with the ups and downs, especially emotionally, I got some things accomplished. December did not go like I had hoped. I was sick on the couch, day and night, for almost a week, then on the couch daytime only for a few more days. Just over a week and NOTHING accomplished.

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.  

In bright blue I will be doing any additional thoughts on how I did for the whole year... so December updates in purple ... Year End in bright blue... got it!

Personal Goals:
  • Read Godly books. Some will be for my devotions, some for Ladies Bible Study and some for Sunday School.
    • Read Promises PromisesHappy Smileys I finished this book on Dec. 29th and wrote a review of it in my Reading post which was posted Sat. evening. I listed all the spiritual books I read this year above... you already read that... right!
    • Happy Smileys I started reading Honestly by Sheila Walsh in Nov. An interesting book about a woman from tv who went from hopelessness, to honesty and freedom, to real faith and joy. A book handed down to me by a cousin that I thought might do me good in this stage of my life and because of the circumstances of 32 months of unemployment for my husband. I am now just starting ch. 6 of 12 chapters total.
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 I am sad to report that though I started back to exercising in Sept. I have stopped, again! I saw this on Facebook then looked it up and pinned it on Pinterest.   I soooooo need this. I am tired of starting over... so I need perseverance... in exercising and a few other area of my life. This is my mantra for exercise for 2013. I had hoped to start again this month but that did not happen either.  Exercise was almost a total failure this year. That makes me sad. This is my focus for 2013.
  • Eat Better and drink water Free Icons I took this off my list because our financial position made it impossible to eat well. We can't afford fruit and veggies all the time. Some months I only had vegetables a couple nights with dinner, fruit a little better. We have eaten a lot of bread this year because we have been getting it free from a church run daycare across the street.
  • Read some books/magazines to expand my own education.

  • Spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking.
    •  Happy Smileys  I did scrapbook one thing in Dec. I did a timeline picture for my Facebook page for Christmas. Considering I was sick a whole week I am marking this as done.  I did fairly well in scrapbooking in 2012. I enjoyed it. I was excited my hubby got me the update to my digital scrapbook program in Dec. when they updated it... that gives me more options in the program and a bunch of new papers and embellishments to play with in 2013!
  • Read some books for pleasure. 
    • Happy Smileys  Check out how I did on Reading in December HERE. I accomplished my year's goal so that is great! I gave you my link to Goodreads above so you can see everything I read in 2012 there.
  • 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 I did a few in December but not as many as I had planned. I was glad just to get my regular posts done.  I did better on this some months than others. I ended the year not doing as well as I had planned but I did not plan to be sick. I know... excuses, excuses.
      • 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 I didn't get this done in Dec. I do want to do more of this but I struggled with energy and time to write in Dec. and I have also been struggling with what to write. I just need to do more personal how and what I am doing posts.  Same as the one before... just excuses.
  • Free Icons Meal planning was also taken off my list because our $$$ trouble made it impossible to plan... we just had to make do with what we had and some nights we didn't make anything! 
  • 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 got the Christmas ornaments done for my family and that was all. I did save a lot more ornaments and a few other crafts to my Pinterest boards so... I hope I can get some more craft things accomplished in 2013. 
    •   Free IconsCraft projects for 2012... not so good. I  really didn't get anything from Pinterest accomplished. I have some money I got for Christmas... I hope to use it to do a few things I want to do and a couple of them are home projects from Pinterest.
Homeschool Goals:
  • Continue being consistent on recording daily in our school log. Happy Smileys  I was doing very well on this until I got sick. Now I have about a week of school to log in before we begin school again on Thursday this week.
  • Be consistent with reviewing Christophers 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. Free Icons I need to do this first thing after my mom leaves... I don't think I will get it done before then.
  • 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.
  • Happy Smileys I did really well with homeschooling this year. I have done way better keeping up than in previous years. We have about 100 days done and about 80 to go... so I will just keep on keeping up, I pray, and we will end the year early (last week of April or sooner) and happy!
Family/Relationship Goals:
  • Spend more time with my dear husband
    • Happy Smileys Hubby and I have been spending time together in our bedroom. Both on our computers, chatting about things throughout the day. We spent a lot of time in Dec. doing errands together... especially a tiny little bit of Christmas shopping, including stocking stuffers.  I have been reading marriage books, writing my hubby notes and trying to enjoy our time together. He is still unemployed after almost 3 years and that can put a strain on a relationship. Marriage, in the good times, takes work... in the bad times it takes even more work... and we can't just go and do... I spend most weeks at home, some weeks not leaving the house from at all... so we must make the best of our time and be creative.
  • 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 The time we have spent together lately has been mostly together or in small groups, mostly watching movies. We also started a tradition of reading by candlelight on Sunday nights. We all read what we want and sit together at the dining room table. Everyone is not required to participate... but encouraged to. I have not been making time for each child like I should... though the kids don't seem to care much these days. I started out better than I ended up... but I still love my kids and try to spend time with them. Lately it has been more talking here and there instead of time together doing something... especially with the girls. I do want to play on the Wii more and games... oh, and I love our Sunday Night reading times... though we forgot again last night, bummer! After I got sick, and with my mom visiting it has been hard to do the candlelight reading... hopefully we will get back to it once she leaves on Friday.
For December 
Happy Smileys  13 Done
Free Icons 3 Not Done

For the whole year 2012 in review - I had 16 total goals and I count:
 Happy Smileys 12 as done - Devotions, Read Godly books, Read Educational books, Scrapbook, Read for pleasure, Blog, Record school daily, Review boys work daily, Check house for school subjects, Complete Nathan's Sr. Year, Spend time with husband, Spend time with my kids
 Free Icons 4 not done - Exercise, Eat Better, Meal Planning, Home Project

So a pretty good year. I got a lot more accomplished thanks to my monthly goal updates and the weekly meme I do... Goal Planning Monday. God Bless you all in the New Year. I still have to work on my 2013 goals!!

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