Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Goals

Well, here they are, as promised - my goals for the New Year. I realize some of them are lofty (family game night??? ACK!), but I'm feeling up for a challenge!

Have a safe New Year's Eve, friends, and may the New Year be a blessed one for us all!

Edited to update the progress on my goals - last updated 5/31/10

2010 Goals

1. Physical

* Run the Princess Half Marathon in March (3/7/10)

* Bike 12 miles by end of year (4/25/10)

* Swim 10 laps (other side and back) by end of year (4/14/10 - not nonstop, will keep working on that part)

2. Financial

* Be debt free by end of February

* Have a fully funded Emergency Fund (RDF) by December (This one isn't going to happen)

* Have $500 in Christmas fund by end of November

3. Intellectual

* Complete Getting Started with Latin by the end of June and begin follow-up Latin program (this one didn't happen)

* Read and discuss all the books on the book club reading list
January - The Hound of the Baskervilles
February - Persuasion
March - Rebecca
April - The Scarlet Pimpernel
May - Northanger Abbey
June - The Old Man and the Sea
July - Gone With the Wind, Parts 1 and 2
August - Finish Gone With the Wind
September - The Great Gatsby

4. Family

* Have a family movie night at least once per month
January- Night at the Museum 2
February - G Force
March - Up!
April - Toy Story
May - Toy Story 2
June - Toy Story 3
July - Cats and Dogs
August - The Karate Kid (original)
September - Prince of Persia

* Have a family game night at least once per quarter
First Quarter - Sorry!
Second Quarter didn't happen
Third Quarter didn't happen

5. Career

* Read the entire Charlotte Mason Homeschooling series by the end of the year (I'm going to concede this one in the name of CM's mantra of slow readings! LOL)

* Read and discuss The RDI Book before the end of April (Nope, but I'm shooting for the end of June now - the last couple of chapters have been really intense)

* Read 2 more RDI-related books by the end of the year

6. Spiritual

* Complete the Horner Bible Reading System by the end of the year (not looking good)

* Complete the Living Beyond Yourself Bible Study by the end of the year (not looking good either)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Setting Goals

You may have figured out by reading my blog or by knowing me in real life (or online) that I am a goal-oriented person. I love having boxes to check, lists to mark off - heck, I like making lists just for the sake of making lists!

The other day while listening to my favorite financial guru, Dave Ramsey, the topic turned to setting goals (this time of year known as resolutions). I loved Dave's advice and wanted to share it here.

He lists 6 categories for goal-setting. I like this already... a list for making a list! Perfect!! The categories are: physical, financial, intellectual, family, career, and spiritual. Since I don't have a "career" per se, I'll include homeschooling and endeavors related to remediating autism in that category since that's my "job".

He also gives 4 key points to remember when designing a goal, and I was familiar with this concept from college when writing lesson plans. Goals must be specific, measurable, have a time frame, and should be written down.

So a goal of "Lose weight" doesn't count. A goal of "lose 10 pounds by my birthday" would count.

I've been working on my goals for 2010, and it's exciting! I'll post them on New Year's Eve! :) If you decide to write some goals/resolutions, I'd love to read them!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A very merry Christmas indeed

Christmas is not typically a good time of year for me. The stress of the season overwhelms me. The demands on our time really make it hard to enjoy anything - and of course, those demands are hard on Austin and Reece, which then makes things harder on me. So I have come to dread this time of year.

But something I desire to improve on in my life is maintaining my peace and joy regardless of what is going on in my life. There is a Bible verse on that, which I will be memorizing, but it seems to have slipped my mind at the present moment! Oops...

This season I want to focus on the many blessings in my life, and the many wonderful things we have accomplished as a family and as individuals. It is not always easy for me to do that, as I tend to be not the "Cup Half Empty" sort of person, but rather the "My cup is BROKEN and it's the END OF THE WORLD!" sort of person. ;) But God has blessed me, and I need to keep THAT in mind.

And He truly has allowed a number of rather large blessings to flow our way in the last several weeks. And here again is where I need to focus on keeping this feeling not from what is going on in my life (albeit good stuff), but that my God loves me, and will be here and will always be here... in ways that I can't see, don't always make sense much of the time, and don't fit my own time schedule. But He is here. And He does love me. :)