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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!