Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Look Back

I want to do a better job of sticking with my yearly goals in 2012. In order to do that, I want to re-evaluate them each month and look back over the previous month and see if I'm on track, where I'm doing well and what changes need to be made.

It's kind of embarrassing because I've actually forgotten about a few of them already and it's only been a month! Isn't it amazing at how quickly we can lose direction when we don't keep our goals in sight?

I'll list the goals and then in blue, see how I've done.

Spiritual Goals
► Make time each morning for reading my Bible and spending time in prayer. In order to do this, I'm going to keep the computer off until this is done each day.
► Keep a journal of how God is providing for us so I don't forget.

I'd have to say I need much improvement in this first one. The computer really draws me in very quickly. If I keep it off I usually can avoid it but if it's on, I want to check my emails, facebook, etc. So I need to work harder at this. Isn't it amazing how we often say we don't have time to spend with God, yet we ALWAYS find time for the computer or television or the phone or shopping or __________ (fill in the blank).

I actually forgot about the second goal and God certainly provided far more than I can even remember this past month. I'm going to go start the journal today and try to remember back through January and write down some things.


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Marriage Relationship
► Work on saying 2-3 positive things to my husband each day.
► Have a date night 2 times per month.

Absolutely need to do better on the first one and the second goal has been achieved for January. In fact, I think we went out a grand total of 3-4 times this past month!!!

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Health & Nutrition
► Lose 20 lbs. this year. I really must work on this as I haven't been feeling great lately and I know it's because I'm carrying around extra weight.
► Have an intentional exercise time at least 3 times per week.

UGH. That's where that goal stands. I exercised twice. BLECH!

Household Organization
► Make cards for 6 months at a time (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)
► Keep food and household budget to $125 per week.
► Improve garden soil so it will produce better.
► Complete 1 major craft or sewing project per month.

Haven't done the cards at all.
Spent an average of $140 per week on food and household supplies so I have to do better.
Gardening isn't happening in January in the northeast! ;-)
Crafting has far exceeded my goal, especially with the opening of my Etsy shop - though I've had no sales from there. :-(


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Ministry
► Invite at least 2 people/families over per month.

I did great with this one!

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Personal
► Complete one writing project this year. I have a couple of things in the works and I would like to finish one of them this year.

I actually started working on this though to be honest, I only worked on it one day. I definitely have to be more disciplined if I actually want to accomplish it by the end of the year.

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So there you have it. Some things are on track, some need improvement and some need to actually start!