As a look back - these were my goals for 2011 and whether or not I think I accomplished them.
1) Read my Bible in a year (for the 3rd straight year) and participate in my Bible in a Year Blog. Since it's my blog, there's not a single doubt in my mind that I'll accomplish this goal. In fact, this year we have several more participants which means I'm only posting once or twice a week instead of 4 or 5 times! Easy peasy :)
Check! Did it.
2) Develop a consistent and organized prayer time. Normally when I tell people I'll pray for them - I do it right then and there because I know there's about a 99% chance I'm not going to remember later. Ok, maybe not that bad, but seriously, it's bad. I want to to take the time to make the prayers more personalized for the individuals I'm praying for, and to simply take time to be with God.
3) Being a more deliberate wife, mother and friend.
I want to spend more time discovering how to put my husband first among my earthly relationships and what that's supposed to look like in my daily living. I want to spend more time doing things WITH my girls instead of merely being together in the house every evening, each of us pursuing our own agendas. I want to conscientiously work at developing an attitude of service and hospitality, to serve my friends and church family members better. All the above categories of people deserve more from me than they've gotten in the past. I don't want people to hear that I care about them; I want them to FEEL it.
If that sounds like I just copied that paragraph from my cousin Tammi's post - it's cause I just totally did. Hey - she got it totally bang on the first time, why mess with perfection?!
This one is, of course, much harder to quantify. And it's not something you can ever "arrive" at. So, I think I got better, but there is still so much more room for improvement.
4) Begin each day praying that God would guide me to do what He has planned for my day - pursuing His agenda instead of my own. OK, that one's gonna be real tough! (I probably should've just copied my cousin Tammi's paragraph about this one too!;)
5) Continue to exercise regularly and eat healthier. The exercise thing? No sweat. (ok, lots of sweat!) I've exercised regularly (3-5 times per week) for the past 13 years or so including all 4 pregnancies, except when nausea was at it's peak, so this barely counts as a goal, but it is something I'm committed to continuing. Eating healthier is tougher. But with Nathan having some high blood pressure concerns we need to cut back on the sodium intake around here which means a few changes such as limiting deli meats and making more from scratch. (Ragu, I will miss you!!). I've already started baking chicken breasts for lunch sandwiches, so things are looking up!
Overall, I would say this was a success. But there is still room for improvement on the eating part.
There were no goals for 2012, but here are my goals for 2013.
1) Read my Bible in a year (for the 4th time in 5 years) and participate in my Bible in a Year Blog.
This is "an easy one" because of the continued accountability factor of my blog. Last year I did not read through the Bible in a year because I was doing the majority of the postings - generally 9 days every 2 weeks. But this year we have more participants again, so I'm down to only one post per week, so I'm reading through the Bible in a year again as well as our in depth book study.
2) Develop a consistent and organized prayer time.
Yup, another repeat. This was an absolute fail and I need to set aside prayer time as priority time.
3) Being a more deliberate wife, mother and friend.
As I mentioned above, this is never something you have arrived at and is always a worthy goal, so it stays on the list too!
4) Begin each day praying that God would guide me to do what He has planned for my day - pursuing His agenda instead of my own.
Again, another one that could be on the list every year.
5) Continue to exercise regularly and eat healthier.
Broken record here, I know.
Now, for some new ones....
6) Write weekly on my prayer blogs for my kids.
Similar to #2 but specific to my children. This was one of those great ideas that I just haven't managed to keep up. I created prayer blogs for all our kids that would contain both letters to them, and prayers for them as individuals. My plan is to make it into a book to give to them at some point during their teenagerhood, either at a certain age or whenever I think they might need it. Like may of my plans, good intentions have not given way to reality - so far I've only written 3 posts on Emma's blog. At this point I need to write more often in the older kids blogs in order to "catch up" to at least an approximately even number of entries. I've decided I need to dedicate one day per week to writing in these blogs so that it actually happens. (They are private so you won't be able to read them, sorry!).
7) Work on scripture memory.
Last January I began a scripture memory blog to help keep me accountable to memorize scripture as it was something I had felt convicted about for some time and really wanted to do. It worked, up until September when I fell off the bandwagon. So, this is a good time to get back on! Last year I memorized Psalms 1, 23, 46, 121, 134, 1 Corinthians 13 and the Book of Titus (which is 3 chapters). I will be starting off by reviewing each chapter for one day, and then I will start working on memorizing new chapters. If you're interested in joining me, I'm following Janet Pope's method and it was much, much easier than I had anticipated and literally took no extra time out of my day. Check it out!
8) Write regularly to our sponsored children.
More details on this will come in a post shortly, but for now, suffice it to say that I need to make it a priority to write to our sponsored children. Or rather, to get our children to write to them. We have one sponsored child for each of our children - all their ages. They love writing the letters but it's up to me to make sure it happens!
9) Get caught up on bookwork and then continue to stay caught up.
I do the bookwork for my husband's home building company and I am always behind. Don't get me wrong - I do always pay all the bills, but I don't always enter everything in. I have to get caught up at least every 3 months to submit GST (good thing for that checkpoint!), but then inevitably I get behind once again. So, this year, I want to get caught up and then purposefully set aside one day per week to work on bookwork so that I stay caught up.
Now for some "fun" ones.
10) I want to do a "Twelve Days of Christmas gift extravaganza" for Nathan this coming Christmas. My sister Andrea did this for her husband Les this past Christmas and I thought it was a fantastic idea and want to do it myself next year. You can check out what she did here. Needless to say, Les loved it, and I'm sure Nathan will too. After all, who wouldn't?! My friend Pamela is doing this one too. Anyone else in for this challenge?
11) Take and post 365 iPhone photos - one for each day of the year for 2013. I got this idea from my friend Pamela once again. She has created a new blog specifically for this project and I decided to follow suit. You can check out my iPhone Photo Project 365 blog here - I've even already done today's post. Pamela mentioned that blogger has an app for posting. I know it doesn't do everything you can do on the regular blogging platform, but it does what I need it to do for this project, so I think this will be relatively easy to do. And a great memory tool for years to come! Here's 10 great reasons why you should do it too. Anyone else game for this challenge?
12) Sew big bags for the kids sleeping bags and bedding for camp. Another idea stolen from Pamela (hey, she had some good ones!). They should be relatively easy to make, I'll let the kids choose their fabric, they will be sturdier than garbage bags and easier to identify - and just fun!
I think I better stop there - 12 goals is a lot. But, I just realized, it's one for every month of the year. Even though some of these are obviously year long goals, and some are regularly occurring goals - it still helps to realize that one goal a month should be attainable!
Happy New Year!!