I'm really not one for big resolutions. I have realized this year especially that setting goals does help me a lot as I tend to be pretty goal oriented and like the challenge of following through and accountability goal setting provides. (My husband also helps me to remember that I need to offer myself grace when goals aren't met rather than approaching them legalistically, or as a priority over people!) One of my Seminary Wives classes over time management really encouraged goal setting in specific ways. I'm planning to put those lessons into practice and set some big goals for the year that I'll break down into more attainable small goals along the way. Tonight, the big goals come first...
- Exercise (pilates on YouTube, toning, strength) 4 mornings weekly building up to 30 minutes or so
- Spend time on-line only when Moriah is sleeping and fast from computer usage once a month for a week
- READ from my book lists (new-to-me reading and re-reading), hoping to complete them both
- Complete three mornings (30 minutes each) of lessons weekly with Moriah from our ABC Jesus Loves me curriculum
- Continue daily Bible readings with She Reads Truth plans on YouVersion
- Grow in prayer time using a prayer notebook and prayer calendars for mothers and wives
(I'm also taking a Seminary Wives class called "Lessons in Prayer" which will offer additional application I'm sure!)
- Disciple a new believer in our congregation, meeting once a week (details TBD though I'm planning to read through "Big Truths for Young Hearts" with her as a general overview of systematic theology which will cover all areas of life - while it can be used with children the foreword also suggests it's useful for teaching young Christians of all ages as well)
- Pay off remaining medical debt
- Pay remaining Seminary expenses by semester's due date
- Save! (in general and specifically for our Florida vacation in February and children's consignment shopping)
- Maintain a financial journal of God's faithful provision throughout the year, updating as He graces us
As a method of accountability, I hope to check in at the beginning of each month and update my progress in these areas. Do you set goals often?