NO Resolutions: My 2016 Goals + Free Resources and Printables for Goal Setting

Need some help with goal setting?  I have several resources available on the site:

*Write a Mom Mission Statement

*Printable Brainstorming Questions for the New Year + How to Map Out Your Goals

*Printable Goal Sheet with Action Plan and Calendar

*One Word Challenge and printable worksheet planner

*Free Home Management Printables

*Get the Make Over Your Mornings course for just $9 through January 4.


Goals and resources for goal setting

I can’t believe we are already almost to 2016!!  Last year, instead of setting a ton of goals, I chose a word to focus on.  That was really good, and I’m glad I didn’t write out a ton of goals for myself because life really got overwhelming in 2015….lots of decisions were made, a move happened, a new job was taken, and some health issues popped up.  Needless to say, my word for last year was POUR.  And I learned a ton through that word.  Pouring out my selfishness, pouring into others, pouring out my expectations and idealistic plans, pouring out encouragement into my family and friends, and pouring out my heart like water before the Lord.

This year, I’ve chosen the word FOCUS.  And to focus, I decided I needed to write down my goals this year.  I’ve been all over the place lately with everything.  Sometimes I just think I have too many interests….or maybe it’s just the dreamer in me.  (This is a great book by the way if you have a child you just can’t quite figure out…or if you tend to be a bit more head-in-the-clouds like me, too.)

Anyway, as I thought about that word I wrote my 13 goals for 2015.  Here they are:


1)  Read my Bible, journal, and pray every morning.

I’ve been needing to get back to my MWG, MWM (meet with God, meet with me) routine.  I’ve been hit or miss, so I’m making myself accountable to a friend I meet with weekly.

2)  Attend a small group Bible study

I started attending a small group a few months ago, and it’s been so good.  We are going through Priscilla Shearer’s Armor of God starting in January.  I can’t wait!!



3)  Pay off our home mortgage as quickly as possible.

Several years ago, we took a Crown Financial study through our church.  Both my husband and I really felt led to get our mortgage paid off as quickly as possible.  We paid off our first house last year, and then we decided to sell it and move into a foreclosure we found a good deal on.  We owe just a little bit, and we hope to have it paid off by next December!!!

Anyway, to meet our goal we’ll put extra towards the mortgage each month.  Plus, we’ll make an extra lump sum payment in June and December (or before if we have money come available from our tax return or job income).

4)  Replace our 13-year-old Buick Rendevous.

We have just a small amount saved up to replace our car–it will hit 180,000 miles very soon–so we need to become a little more proactive about saving toward that goal.  This has been a goal for several years, but I want to keep driving it as long as possible!  Since I don’t want to get a car loan, we need to make sure we have enough to replace it when necessary!

5)  Continue to donate all proceeds from God’s Little Explorers to the orphanage we are supporting in India.

In the past two-and-a-half years, we’ve been able to raise over $50,000 with your help!  They still need another $45,000 or so to make the $300,000 goal, so we continue to donate 100% of the proceeds to that project.


Health and Fitness

6)  Lead a Revelation Wellness Fitness Class.

I took the Revelation Wellness instructor training last spring, and then I talked myself out of leading a class.  I’ve been fearful, but a friend pushed me to get started, and we have our first session starting January 4th.  I’m excited…but nervous!

7)  Average 10,000 steps per day.

I’ve really slacked on this over the past month.  I have a Fitbit that I love and got as a birthday present, but I need to stay accountable.  I’ll be launching a challenge, so stay tuned for that!



8)  At least two date nights per month.

This is super important to me because there have been so many marriages falling apart around us.  We want to keep communication open and prioritize our relationship, and date nights are a big part of that for us.

9)  Go on two overnight getaways together.

We celebrated 15 years of marriage last June, and we had planned to go on a cruise to celebrate…but due to some budget constraints, that did not happen.  Instead we are taking a short trip or two while we save up (after the car is replaced and the house is paid off)!


10)  Be a fun(ner) mom

I’ve been so overwhelmed, tired from some health stuff, and crabby more often than I’d like to admit lately.  I’ve taken a step back and realized some things have to change in our household for this to happen.  Being a “funner” mom is not necessarily a quantifiable goal, but I know how it feels when I’m there.  Part of that is why I’m restarting my Amazing Mess blog.  It will be a place I can share (and keep myself accountable to do) projects and activities.



11)  Read 36 books

I’ll be sharing my list soon!


12)  Declutter and decorate the house

We moved in August, and it still feels really unsettled.  My goal for the year is to declutter, simplify (again), and decorate.  I plan to tackle according to categories (like in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up).



13)  Write five eBooks.

Yes, this is quite a lofty goal for someone who has only written one eBook before, but I’d like to have several available to inspire moms and possibly even have them available as print books if I ever start speaking more often.


Did you write out your goals?  Feel free to share them!

Make Over Your Mornings: 14-Day Course for $9 (1/2 Price)

Do you struggle with mornings?  Wake up feeling stressed before the day even begins?  I understand…because some days are like that!  I’ve found it pretty effective to implement a MWG/MWM each morning.  It simply means “meet with God, meet with me”!  It’s a time to spend time in God’s Word and pray, review what needs to be done, get in some exercise, and get the day started in a calm and centered way.

I learned some other great ideas about the importance of a morning routine from my friend, Crystal, several years ago.  She is sharing these and many more in her 14-day course called Make Over Your Mornings

For the new year, you can get it today for just $9 (reg. $17)!

More info about the course:

You’ll learn how to…

  • Develop a morning routine and before bed routine that actually works—and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Streamline your morning tasks so that the biggest priorities are accomplished first.
  • Learn how to make to-do lists that support your day, instead of strangle your life.
  • Create realistic, but stretching goals and then follow through with them.
  • Discover the power of accountability and how to implement it into your life.
  • Establish internal and external motivations to create perseverance in your new routines.
  • Find time to refuel your tank and make space in your day for things you love.
  • Experience much more focus, organization, and clarity in your daily life.

When you purchase this course, you’ll get immediate access to all of the following:

  • 14 high-quality videos with motivational encouragement from me — one for each day of the course.
  • A behind-the-scenes peek into our everyday home and lives via short video clips throughout the course.
  • A comprehensive workbook with 14 chapters filled with practical ideas and inspirational encouragement.
  • Daily projects to guide you on your 14-day journey and help you implement and apply what you learned from the daily video and chapter.
  • Printable worksheets to walk you step-by-step through some of the projects and motivate you to follow through.
  • Additional links and resources for each day, if you’d like to dig deeper on a subject.

The course videos and materials can be accessed via any desktop computer, laptop computer, smartphone, or mobile device. You can choose to print the workbook or download it to your computer or phone.

This course is self-paced and you have lifetime access to all course downloads. You can begin it at any time and you can go at your own pace!


Check out more details about the Make Over Your Mornings course here!


Ultimate List of Inexpensive Gift Ideas: 101+ Gift Ideas For Under $20 + Homemade Christmas Gift Idea Lists

Welcome to my completely random list of gift ideas for under $20!  Did you know that the amount of items available to purchase for under $20 is staggering?!!  Well, it is!  As I started compiling this list, I was overwhelmed by the vast variety of products we have available to us, but I’ve done my best to pick out some specific items and also some general categories of gifts.

A few things you should know about me before you begin reading this list:

  1. I’m super-practical, but I do like to do some crafty things.
  2. I like things that are inexpensive but still usable (i.e. not items that sit around in a corner and collect dust).
  3. I’m a Christian.

You’ll find everything on the list below to be based around one of those things, so I just thought I’d give you fair warning!  😉

At the end, you’ll also find 15 lists of homemade gift ideas.  You can’t have a list of inexpensive gift ideas without having cool stuff you can make yourself!

Remember that prices will change, so double-check!

Babies & Kids



Gifts You Can Make:

Other Gift Lists:

Teens & Grown-Ups


My Favorite Gifts to Give in Someone’s Name to Help Others (+They Don’t Add Clutter!):


Handmade Gifts with a Mission:

Purchased Gifts:

Simple Gifts You Can Make:

Brown Sugar Scrub

Other Gift Lists:


Homemade Gift Lists


Please remember that these prices were accurate at the time of posting, but prices are known to fluctuate wildly–especially on Amazon!  

If you have any ideas for inexpensive Christmas gifts, feel free to leave them in the comment section below!


This post is part of the iHomeschool Network’s 25 Days of Christmas Ultimate Blog Hop. Click on the calendar to see all the other Ultimate Christmas links!

No Clutter Gift Idea (Magazine Subscriptions As Low As $0.99)


One of my very favorite “no clutter” gift ideas is a magazine subscription.  Of course, if you hoard the magazines or save them all, it’s definitely not clutter-free–but if you can simply enjoy the magazine and pass it on or recycle it, it is a great gift idea.

I personally like to give magazines to the girls.  It encourages them to read and gain new knowledge.  It’s also so much fun for them to get something in the mail each month!  They look forward to it…and then, we just pass them on.

This weekend, Discount Mags is having an amazing sale on magazines with subscriptions as low as $0.99.  You don’t even need a code.  If you do want a magazine that isn’t on sale, you can use the code MOTHERHOOD to save an extra 20% on any subscription.  Here are a few of the sales through tomorrow (Sunday 11/29).