Goals Be Gone!

Goals Be Gone!


I should have listened to Gregg and stayed list-less! Even a goal list can give me fits. I found myself feeling guilty and avoiding things that I honestly want to do simply because it was on my list! It has me agreeing with a woman in Playa del Carmen this January who told me, "I don't know what your experience has been, but I think psychologists are pretty crazy." Imagine the look on her face when I told her I was a psychologist. LOL But I couldn't have agreed more!

I'm going to adopt my 4yo's philosophy of life–I'm just going to go after what I want. It's what I was doing for four months and I was never happier. In fact, I am going back to making a happiness list. I have a dated journal that I will be writing in most evenings. It's such good therapy for me! My happiness list is a no-pressure way of looking not only for things to be grateful for but things I've accomplished.

Big on my list today was surprising my kids by taking them to a new restaurant. I ordered them into the car with shoes and coats on. The oldest were certain that I was taking them to the dentist. LOL I even took time to turn the car around so the 4yo could see the neighbors' snowman. I have also enjoyed starting a sane organization of digital photos (I'm putting them in folders by year and month and noting any special events in the file name, but that is ALL!). Thank you Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst! Finally, I'm happy that the summer I spent writing So You're Not Wonder Woman was not wasted on an acquaintance I talked with tonight. She was so glad that I was real in the book. She makes me want to be real ALL the time.

I'll check back next December and see how many of those goals I accomplished. Right now I plan to accomplish some dessert. LOL My little guy is making me hungry!

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Goals update

      What sweet friends I have! Thank you for the encouragement. My friend's blog inspired me to revise some of my goals and post an update. I noticed that I was really resisting some of these. One thing that can cause resistance is the perception that the goal is too difficult. I made some of mine more vague, but in effect easier. I highlighted most of the changes. How is your new year going?

Purge and
organize basement storage room – partially completed 1/15/10

Organize printed
photos once a month

Disney photobook printed

Clean out
office sewing closet

Go scuba diving

upstairs carpet

Groom dog
– completed 1/14/10

See dentist

youngest’s cavity filled

10.  Take dog to vet

11.  Organize contents of over-sized art files

12.  Work on home photo projects once a month

13.  Wash MBR comforter

14.  Make 22 meals for the freezer in a day

15.  Bake from scratch twice a month – on target

16.  Spend less time thinking
about how I look

17.  Create a motivational plan for kids’ schoolwork

18.  Do chores with the kids more consistently

19.  Do laundry more consistently – on track

20.  Use a meal plan the majority of the time – on track

21.  Read most scheduled Omnibus books

22.  Limit recreational computer time

23.  Clean email inbox out regularly – ok

24.  Make it to court 1 in tennis league at least once

25.  Develop tennis serve enough to serve hard every first serve
for at least 1 league

26.  Read at least 24 books for recreation – 1 complete

27.  Teach piano once a week

28.  Practice piano regularly

29.  Refuse enough unnecessary purchases to donate $1000 to

30.  Train dog regularly

31.  Purge my clothes

32.  Blog on both blogs consistently

33.  Have a family game night at least once a month

34.  Have a family reading/devotion night at least twice a month

35.  Finish reading chronological Bible

36.  Plan an outing to the winery with friends

37.  Plan a trip to Mark Twain Lake

38.  Plan a picnic in Sullivan with Mom

39.  Read bedtime stories to youngest regularly

40.  Enforce bedtimes consistently

41.  Finish filing in the school room

42.  Organize all paper inbox materials

43.  Organize/purge digital pictures or work on photobooks regularly

44.  Clean out main floor freezers

45.  Watch at least one full season of Little House on the

46.  Take friend out for lunch 4 times

47.  Organize marriage Bible study

48.  Keep closet floor picked up consistently

49.  Plan and hold Caleb & Sam’s birthday party

50.  Organize a nerf gun war at church

51.  Finish and edit The Playbook

52.  Get up early for devotions consistently – ok

53.  Thoroughly clean and organize kids’ bathroom – partially completed

54.  Plan and prepare for next school year

55.  Do something for the Happiness of it daily

56.  Spend at least 20 hours working on motivational book

57.  Purge and organize main floor and basement pantry

58.  Plan a family trip to Chicago and Michigan

59.  Clean out MBR closet

60.  Make a list of potential subjects for What Kids Need to Know

61.  Try out for Beauty and the Beast

62.  Develop a list of ideas for a speakers series at church

63.  Organize and start a ministry to get kids involved in

64.  Write and tape another episode of GWN

65.  Organize girls’ night out with church friends

66.  Seek to honor God and my family through homeschooling

67.  Set a fitness goal for summer and reach it

68.  Spend time outside consistently in good weather

69.  Have a family movie night regularly

70.  Create fitness ministry video

71.  Help fitness ministry with publicity before I leave

72.  Have house clean and orderly before I go to Cancun – almost

73.  Purge files from each computer at least twice

74.  Write four hand-written letters

75.  Spend at least one evening making homemade cards

76.  Limit kids’ total media use consistently

77.  Take the kids somewhere on the train

78.  Go on a hot air balloon ride

79.  Use a craft kit with kids

80.  Research submitting novel to publisher

81.  Draft a women’s Bible study video series idea

82.  Go water skiing

83.  Complete videography course that I own

84.  Practice tennis skills as recommended on video – some

85.  Work through singing videos

86.  Sing karaoke with Mom and Fran in public

87.  Organize junk journal class

88.  Work on junk journal once a week – doing well

89.  Have another food competition with neighbors

90.  Memorize Psalm 34 – doing well

91.  Read College Prep Homeschooling

92.  Have niece and fiancée over for dinner

93.  Take other niece out for dinner

94.  Plan homeschool co-ops for the rest of the year – making

95.  Eat at Dave & Busters

96.  Finish retreat publicity

97.  Prepare for Idaho retreat

98.  Reduce use of omgosh and the like

99.  Focus thinking re: Philippians daily (pure, lovely, true,

Creative Connections talk

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