Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 Goals Update

Can you believe 2014 is half over?  I was completely shocked when I came to that realization.  Now that we're halfway through the year, it's a good time to re-evaluate goals and get back on track (unless you are more awesome than I am).

Check here for my original post on goals for 2014. 

Attend the Temple 2 times per month.
I'm ashamed to admit how much of a struggle this has been.  I think I've only made it twice in a month once all year.  But here's to renewed determination.  Maybe I can make it work the rest of the year?

Work through the Come Follow Me study guide from the Redheaded Hostess.  
Still loving this.  I am learning so much and really like just a little bit of guidance in my scripture study.  I'm not sure I'll always use something like this, but it's perfect for my season right now.

Read the Book of Mormon.
Still plugging away at this.

Memorize one scripture per week as a family. 
Oh dear, I have really dropped the ball on this goal.  Actually, I'd forgotten all about it.  Good thing I'm reviewing my goals halfway through the year.  I want to jump back into this.  We did really well at the beginning of the year, and our system (bribery?) worked well to motivate the kids to practice.  Yes, this needs to be happening again.

"Catch up" Daily

Weekly "Date Night"

Doing well with both of these goals.  We spend a lot of time together in the evenings anyway, but it's nice to have some time set aside to focus just on each other. More often than not our Date Night is an evening at home watching a movie.  We do have an ongoing babysitting swap with some neighbors one weekend per month.  It's nice to have that time to be away from home together, but I definitely don't believe it's necessary to go out every single week.

Say NO to projects I'm invited to participate in that do not excited, inspire or add to our family life.
So, so hard.  But I am getting better! I've said no to several things lately and can't describe how much lighter I feel. Am I still working on many projects? Yes, but they are projects I am excited about and look forward to working on.

Weekly Night Away for me.  
This was put on the back burner for a few weeks, but now it's back and I just love this time.  I am currently typing this in our cute little air-conditioned library.  The quiet (and did I mention air-conditioning?  We don't have A/C) is heavenly.

Read 60 books.  
I've read over 30 books so far this year. Right on track!

--One of my goals is to read all of Jane Austen's novels along with the Motherhood and Jane Austen Book Club.  SO excited!
So far I've re-read Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park.  I'm working on Persuasion right now and will read her other books before the end of the year.

--Read Hans Christian Anderson's complete works with Ellie. 
This goal has been officially struck from the list this year.  We both loved the book, but started a Mother-Daughter book club with friends this year and can't find the time to read both Hans Christian Anderson and our monthly book for book club.  

Keep a Gratitude Journal.  
Still going strong.  I love this practice, and I'm pretty sure that it will be a lifelong habit for me now.  Along these lines, I recently joined Instagram and I feel like it's another way to document small everyday things I am grateful for.  I feel a little silly for waiting so long to jump on the bandwagon.  But now that I'm there I'm loving it.

Run 2-3 times per week/ Fitness Blender workout 3 times per week.  

Doing well on both of these.  I have gone back and forth between running more often and "fitnessblendering" more often, but have been pretty consistently exercising 5 times per week.  I recently purchased Fitness Blender's 8 Week Fat Loss for Busy People schedule and I'm loving it.  I purchased another Fitness Blender program a year of so ago and it was fantastic, too.  I just can't recommend them enough.

There is no better indication that you're going to have a fantastic day than a tough workout first thing in the morning.   Love.

5-7 veggies/fruits each day.  
Yep.  Doing well.


Pay off remaining adoption fees.  
We are so close to making this happen.  It will definitely be done by the end of the year.  Probably within just a couple of months.

Build back up our emergency fund.  This was nearly depleted to help with adoption fees.
Slowing making progress here, too.

Limit time online/on phone.
    --After scripture study each morning, my phone is off til after lunch. 
Honestly, some days are better than others with this.  It's easier said than done.  But I am following through more often than I'm not.  Usually :). Also, I need to add another unplugged time in the evenings.  I'm trying to be offline from just before dinner til I get up in the morning. Once again, easier said than done.  And SO easy to get distracted.

I'd love to hear your tips on managing time online (especially if you have blog and/or an online business).

  --Dedicated computer time each afternoon while kids are watching a show. 
This has been really helpful.  I'm happy to say that I haven't been (significantly) behind on email for a while.

Outdoor time daily (even if it's just 5 minutes for an extended walk to the mailbox). 
Outside time together every day is still hit and miss.  But we hike often and we've been camping and have more plans to do that in the next few weeks. It's just so dang hot and I have struggled to make this a priority when I know we'll just come home and sweat in the house, too.  (First world problems, I know).

20 minutes one-on-one time with each child daily.  
I haven't been as good about this since we returned from our vacation.  I am inspired to get back into it, though. It makes a HUGE difference!

Complete several smaller renovation projects that have been on our list for a while.  
We finished Ethan's room earlier this year, and we have a couple of other projects either underway or close (a shade structure in the backyard and painting the ugly unfinished foundation on our house).  I'll tell you all about them when they're done.

Maintain home management plan
I've been purging and doing my best to stay on top of laundry (my nemesis) and maintenance cleaning.  I don't like cleaning, but I like things to BE clean.  So I talk myself into doing at least a little bit each day.  

Grow a garden. 
We are harvesting kale, lettuce and beets from the garden now.  Peas are done, carrots not quite ready.  We have a few green tomatoes and some tomatillos on the way.  

I do absolutely feel like this has been a more intentional year for me.  Of course there is always progress to be made, but I am making time for things that matter to me and doing my best to leave other things behind.

Are you making progress on your goals?

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