Category Archives: goals

Word for the year

Like many in the blogosphere, I have selected a word to inspire and guide me throughout this year.  Last year was my first attempt in this endeavor.  I chose “Positive” to be my mantra for 2012.  While I didn’t always live it, I think I did a pretty good job of embracing positivity in my life.  I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and pondering on my word choice for this year.  A couple options I tossed around were “Simplify” and “Balance.”  But neither one felt exactly right.  Then the lightning bolt hit and I selected my word:


As soon as I thought of it, I knew it was the one.  It fits my decluttering goals:  if it doesn’t fill a purpose, I don’t need it in my life.  It fits my personal spiritual goals: prayer and scripture study with a focus.  It fits my time goals: being intentional with what I do.  It even fits what I choose to have displayed in and around my house: if there isn’t some meaning, it doesn’t belong.

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I might just adopt this quotation as my mantra for the year.  Do you choose a word for the year?  What word is guiding you this year?

7 Things Challenge 2013

I’m back to blogging after taking a short break.  It’s that time of year when I always reflect on the goals I’d like to set for the new year.  Lena is hosting a link up for a unique version of new year’s resolutions.  It’s the 7 things challenge.  Here’s mine:

Learn how to mold chocolate 
Start weekly meal planning 
Stop avoiding laundry 
Take a vacation to Hawaii 
Find a place for everything 
Try hosting a party 
Be more patient with myself
What’s on your list?

Tuesday 10 – Goals

When I saw that this week’s Tuesday 10 theme was goals to accomplish by 2013, I knew I had to participate since I already had most of the work done with my Bucket List post.  At least I started out thinking that way.  In actuality, most of my goals are longer-reaching than 3.5 months, but here’s my best shot:

Could this be the last box of diapers I ever buy?

1 – This one is a total surprise and not one I would have even thought of a couple weeks ago:  Buy my last package of diapers.  Who knows, I may have already done this.  I don’t even attempt potty-training until my kids are 3.  Who would have thought that Bugaboo would want to start on his own at 2 1/2?  I suppose I should add little boy underwear to my next shopping list.

2 & 3 – I’m combining these two goals since they kind of go hand-in-hand.   Declutter my house (at least the main living areas) and host a Christmas Carol Sing-along party.

4 – Learn to knit.  I have a specific project in mind, but since my older girls read my blog, I won’t give away the surprise.

5 – Finally read the Old Testament (I’ve hit the dreaded Psalms roadblock.  You’d think after I’ve waded through all the tediousness of Numbers and so on that Psalms would be easy — they’re short and poetical.)

6 – Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.  I do pretty good with getting 4 or 5, but more than that is extremely difficult.  I think I’ve found a solution that should work involving hair ties worn as bracelets.  We’ll see.

7 – Finish personalized Christmas stockings.  Last year I posted this photo as a sneak peek to the stockings for Little Miss Sunshine and Princess:

That’s still what their stockings look like.  Hopefully by the time Christmas rolls around this year they’ll resemble something more like this:

8 – See if I can master the art of homemade wheat bread.  I think I’ve finally found a great recipe, it just ends up a little softer than I’d like.

9 – Visit a corn maze, either on a date with my hubby or with the family

10 – Add shelving to our laundry room.

What goals are you hoping to accomplish by the end of the year?  Come share them at Mom2MemphisAndRuby’s Tuesday 10 link party.


Bucket list


I’ve seen a lot of 30 by 30 posts floating around blog-land.  Honestly, these make me feel old.  I’ve decided that I must be an old blogger since my 30th birthday is long behind me.  I recently saw a 35 by 35 post.  Yep, past that one, too.  Still, the concept is a great idea to get those goals written down and make them concrete. (I remember reading one time that a goal left unwritten is just a wish.)  So, I’m making 40 goals to complete by the time I’m 40 bucket list goals since I’m realizing that not all of these can be accomplished in the next 2 1/2 years.

Travel goals
* Get a passport
* Visit Hawaii
* Travel outside the U.S.  (needing the passport)
* Take my family to Yellowstone National Park
* Mine diamonds (in Arkansas) with my hubby
* Take my family to Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah
* Visit Washington D.C.
* Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder sites
* Visit Philmont Scout Ranch with my family
* Visit Alaska
* Visit Mt. Rushmore
* See the Statue of Liberty
* Ride on a train
* Take a cruise
* Ride a subway
* Take my family to Disneyland or Disneyworld
* Visit a tropical island

Health & Fitness goals
* Achieve my goal weight (lose 10-15 pounds)
* Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day
* Improve my fruit and vegetable consumption
* Experiment with adding seeds and proteins to recipes
* Make more whole grain foods

Personal goals

* Learn to knit
* Finally read all of the Old Testament (I get as far as Psalms and give up)
* Learn to swim
* Go “Over the Edge” (local scouting fundraiser/rappelling experience)
* Perform “The Spirit of God” piano duet with my daughter
* Apply for grad school
* Earn a Master’s degree
* Surpass 100 followers on my blog
* Finish personalized Christmas stockings for all the kids
* Crochet afghans for Princess and Bugaboo

Household goals
* Declutter my house
* Host a Christmas sing-along party
* Landscape back yard to incorporate a garden space
* Make a farmhouse table
* Remodel entry with a nook instead of the closet
* Finish the basement
* Add shelving to laundry room
* Add shelving to garage

Do you have a bucket list?  Share it with these wonderful ladies, or just look for ideas: