I recently ran across my list of “goals for 2011”. Ironically, it was almost exactly the same as the goals I’d jotted down for this year.
Now, lest you think I’m a complete New-Year-Resolution-drop-out, these were big goals. Long term projects that I’ll probably still be working on when I’m ninety-two.
Realizing that I’ve been working on some of the same goals for several years reminded me how very important every day is in the bigger picture.
You see, I’m extremely visionary, which means I’m usually so focused on the BIG PICTURE that I’m tripping over the daily stuff (or maybe that’s actually the laundry I’m tripping over).
To summarize my “vision” for 2014 in just one word:
If I’ve learned anything in my thirty-two years, it’s that the only way to reach a goal is to build constructive habits. Living that counts doesn’t just happen. So we make it happen, every day, on purpose.
Here a few of my goals for 2014 and how I plan to reach them:
Read the Bible through this year– I struggle with this one, simply because I can’t stay on track. I bought the One Year Bible and downloaded it on my Android tablet so I can easily read and follow the schedule.
Focus on supporting my husband and putting him first– I’m great at focusing on my own goals and pushing myself to produce in areas I think are important. As the wife of a pastor, I am especially aware of the importance of being a united team with my husband. I want to cultivate a habit of looking for ways to support my Steady Man and help him succeed in his vision for our marriage, our family, our finances, and the ministry God has called us to.
Intentional motherhood- I realize this season of motherhood only comes once in a lifetime, and I want to make it count.
Practice speaking my husband’s and children’s love languages– This is a really hard one for me, since I don’t naturally “speak” ANY of their love languages. My husband’s and kids’ top three love languages, collectively, are physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time. I stink at “speaking” every one of these.
Exercise consistently- at least once-a-week would be an improvement!
Keep up with journaling- I’ve kept a diary since I was a kid, but now that I’m a busy wife, mom, and blogger, it’s increasingly hard to find time to write in my journal. I’m infatuated with my pretty hard back journals, but I switched to journaling in a Word document on my computer. I type so much fast than I write, so this feels like a better use of my time.
Read the books on my reading list– I don’t struggle with this one, since I’m a natural-born book worm. (I’ll be sharing my reading list for myself and my children next week.)
A few of my blogging and writing goals:
Share one healthy or natural living recipe each week here at Little Natural Cottage.
Create themed homeschooling printables each month this year. My January printables are finished and available in my ebook shop, by the way. I’m super excited about this project!
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