Jessica's Jottings:

On faith, food, family and frugality

Goals Update #1

On Saturday, January 18, I typed up the following list of goals for 2014:

  • Read through the entire Bible. (Already started this and using this plan: http://www.mgefc.org/476652.ihtml)
  • Participate in the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, starting January 25 and running through March 25.
  • Incorporate regular guitar practice into my week.
  • Complete the Couch to 5K program. (Yup, trying this one again.)
  • Organize our house and downsize our stuff, one room at a time. (I’m currently working on our great room and it looks GREAT! heh…you see what I did there, yes?)
  • Get the hang of and follow the Trim Healthy Mama program while working with my food sensitivities.
  • Keep in touch with my NC friends via letters, cards, and postcards.
  • Start and maintain a home management system such as the one outlined here: Motivated Moms Chore Planner.
  • Continue to home school our children and interface with our home school support group on a regular basis.
  • Participate in the Scripture Memory Project for this year.

I just wanted to give an update and hold myself to a quasi-form of accountability. (Even if no one else reads this, at least the process of putting together a post helps refresh the goals in my brain!) 🙂

I’ve gotten a little behind, but I’m still plugging away.

Due to some rules that I don’t have time/energy to accomplish, I am unofficially participating in this. I did the Instructional 1 workout last night and plan to continue for the next 13 days, for a full 14 day boot camp. At the end of the 14 days, I will determine whether or not to continue on every day or every other day.

  • Incorporate regular guitar practice into my week.

This one I still need to work on. I had a guitar lesson yesterday which involved more talking than playing. I hadn’t been able to find any of my music that I was supposed to be working on and assumed that the kids had been rifling through my case. I found them last night in a pile of papers. /sigh

I have been walking on the treadmill four times in the last ten days. Not awesome, but it beats zero! hehe…and I still need to print the treadmill program out and tape it to the whiteboard where N and I are currently engaged in a friendly walking competition. I reactivated my NikePlus account and have been uploading my walks there.

  • Organize our house and downsize our stuff, one room at a time. (I’m currently working on our great room and it looks GREAT! heh…you see what I did there, yes?)

I’m still working on the Great Room. I’ve been able to move a lot of stuff out of there – but now I need to organize it where it is. (And seriously…I would LOVE to finally, 12 years later, get a wedding album done!)

  • Get the hang of and follow the Trim Healthy Mama program while working with my food sensitivities.

This has been a work in progress. I’ve been following the program to the best of my understanding, but I’ve been including some different grains and dairy products that are affecting me in negative ways. My right foot is swelling again on a semi-regular basis and my digestion is not exactly awesome. Must do more research!

  • Keep in touch with my NC friends via letters, cards, and postcards.

I’ve got about ten different postcards started. I need to finish and address them.

I purchased this last week and printed out the month of January. It’s been great to read through for ideas, but I’ve absolutely not fully implemented it yet.

I’ve started printing out daily To Do lists for our oldest two children. This has been a huge help to me as I can continually refer them back to the list instead of having to try to figure things out on the fly. I’m all for some spontaneity, but this was starting to choke me a bit. Due to illness, we had to cancel a playdate on Monday, miss Clover Buds (a Jr. 4-H program) on Tuesday, and were unable to attend the regularly scheduled co-op on Thursday.

I have memorized the first two verses for this, but have not yet connected with either of my Facebook ladies via Skype to recite them to each other.

Oh! And a goal that didn’t make it on to the list was to participate in Jon Acuff‘s Empty Shelf Challenge. I’ve already read my first book for it, “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” by Andy Andrews. It was, without a doubt, a book that I think *everyone* should read.

One more thing: I’m going to set a goal of finding a local mentor. I’ve been struggling emotionally in some areas and I know that is not where God has for me to stay. I also know that God moved us for a reason and that I need to find contentment in the knowledge that He is good and that His plans are good – even when I can’t see it. I need to look to the future instead of grieving for the past. It’s hard. Some days, it’s really, really hard. I need someone here who can look me in my tear-stained eyes and tell me, in love, to get over it.

So, there we are. I imagine that I’ll be using this as a template for the rest of the updates. You know…those updates that I’ll be writing into my new Motivated Moms Planner so I don’t forget them like I did last year. 😉

Instead of a “Peace out!”, let’s shoot for this:

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NIV)

Have a great week, y’all!
Jessica

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Goals – because I *need* them

Goals.

Last year I set very lofty ones. Goals for reading. Goals for life. Goals for this and that and the other thing.

Some of them happened. Most of them did not.

Ironically, imo anyway, is that most of those that I did not accomplish – I didn’t even notice that I hadn’t accomplished them until this year.

Why did it take me so long to notice that my goals had completely fallen by the wayside?

Because I stopped looking at them. I stopped paying attention to them. I got busy with life and didn’t focus on making or having a plan.

I got sick in February and stopped running/working through the Couch to 5K program. My baby started walking and getting into everything. I had to start doing more reacting and responding and did not take the time to organize.

I did continue meal planning. I did determine that I had a lot of food sensitivities and start accommodating them. I did lose 25 lbs. I did start officially home schooling my two oldest children. I did get plugged into a serving position at our new church as well as a small group. I did have someone tell me to my face that she thought I was struggling with a little bit of depression. I did realize that she was right. heh…keepin’ it real, folks. Keepin’ it real.

So…all of that being said, here is a list of different things I would like to do for 2014:

  • Read through the entire Bible. (Already started this and using this plan: http://www.mgefc.org/476652.ihtml)
  • Participate in the T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge, starting January 25 and running through March 25.
  • Incorporate regular guitar practice into my week.
  • Complete the Couch to 5K program. (Yup, trying this one again.)
  • Organize our house and downsize our stuff, one room at a time. (I’m currently working on our great room and it looks GREAT! heh…you see what I did there, yes?)
  • Get the hang of and follow the Trim Healthy Mama program while working with my food sensitivities.
  • Keep in touch with my NC friends via letters, cards, and postcards.
  • Start and maintain a home management system such as the one outlined here: Motivated Moms Chore Planner.
  • Continue to home school our children and interface with our home school support group on a regular basis.
  • Participate in the Scripture Memory Project for this year.

These are my personal goals. As I’ve been praying recently, the word that keeps coming to mind for this year is “Focus.” Those of you who’ve been with me for awhile may notice that there are no web design goals or other out there goals. I’m feeling the need to focus instead of bouncing from interest to interest like a ping pong ball and having just as little impact. This is definitely a challenge for me, but I know it will yield good results. And that those results are not just going to benefit me, but our next generation as my children see me focus and hopefully internalize how to do so. You know, the old “More is caught than taught?” Or the old “Monkey see, Monkey do?” We’ve GOT to be intentional in the seeds that we sow. As believers, we know that if we don’t take the time to sow good and godly seed, there’s an enemy lurking nearby who will gladly sow destruction in the fallow ground of our children’s hearts.

Here are a couple of different links that have helped me lately:

So…if anybody’s out there reading this, please holler at me with your own list. And if you don’t periodically see updates on this periodically, holler again. I’ll both appreciate it and reciprocate, should you like.

 

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Goals for the week – highly susceptible to change

I’m going to belly ache for a moment: This cold has kicked our collective tail feathers. Currently, I’m trying to keep ahead of laundry, dishes and meal-making, while taking care of the kiddos. That’s not left a lot of time for anything else. I started this post on Monday, it’s now Thursday and I’m still working through last week’s goals.

Okay…that’s done. Eesh.

Last Week:

Goals for January 28- February 2, 2013

  • Finalize the list of supplements I need to order for our Gluten- and Dairy-Free trial
  • Order said supplements. ;)
    • (Psst! Have you ever ordered from Vitacost.com? They have fantastic prices!)
  • Continue to research meal ideas for February.
  • Continue to write out my story of nutritional healing so that I can share with it on this blog.
  • Walk/run three times this week.
    • I currently have a cold, so I won’t be running today, but I don’t want to lose my C25K progress either. Maintenance is the order of the day until I’ve beaten the cold off.
  • Work on the kids’ packing list.
    • Nathan and I are going away for a week in March. With four kids going four different places, I can’t let this wait until the last minute.
  • Strain the herbs off of the Herbal Multivitamin Glycerin Tincture so we can start using it.
  • Call the doctors’ offices that have been recommended to me and see if they’re accepting new patients.
    • I got the phone numbers written down. Does that count?
  • Make progress on one of the kid crafts currently in the works.
    (These “No Sew” pennant banners turned out great! Pics and tutorial to follow.)
  • Work on one of the Creativity Challenge projects.
  • Finish “What’s Eating Your Child?” and start “The Mood Cure.”
  • Write a love note to my husband.
  • Get the Romans Project papers glued into a spiral bound pack of index cards and work on catching up to the current week’s memory verses.
    • Anybody want to be a Scripture Memory Skype buddy? :D

This week:

  • Dishes-let’s get them totally done! (And dried and put away. Our unwanted sub-lessees, an extremely tenacious clan of Argentine ants, really like to try to nest in our clean dishes. Over and over and over this happens. /sigh)
  • Snuggle with kiddos.
  • Keep up with laundry.
  • Get on the treadmill at least once. /sigh x 2
  • The remaining stuff on the list above.
    • And, seriously – does anybody want to memorize Romans 1, 8, and 12 with me? I need a Scripture memory buddy and don’t feel like I know anybody well enough here to ask. Skype is really easy to use and it shouldn’t take too long to set up a weekly call. /puppy dog eyes
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Goals for January 28- February 2, 2013

Knowing the power of accountability…here we go! I’ll check in next week on the same topic with a synopsis of how I did attaining these goals along with a fresh set.

Goals for January 28- February 2, 2013

  • Finalize the list of supplements I need to order for our Gluten- and Dairy-Free trial
  • Order said supplements. 😉
    • (Psst! Have you ever ordered from Vitacost.com? They have fantastic prices!)
  • Continue to research meal ideas for February.
  • Continue to write out my story of nutritional healing so that I can share with it on this blog.
  • Walk/run three times this week.
    • I currently have a cold, so I won’t be running today, but I don’t want to lose my C25K progress either. Maintenance is the order of the day until I’ve beaten the cold off.
  • Work on the kids’ packing list.
    • Nathan and I are going away for a week in March. With four kids going four different places, I can’t let this wait until the last minute.
  • Strain the herbs off of the Herbal Multivitamin Glycerin Tincture so we can start using it.
  • Call the doctors’ offices that have been recommended to me and see if they’re accepting new patients.
  • Make progress on one of the kid crafts currently in the works.
  • Work on one of the Creativity Challenge projects.
  • Finish “What’s Eating Your Child?” and start “The Mood Cure.”
  • Write a love note to my husband.
  • Get the Romans Project papers glued into a spiral bound pack of index cards and work on catching up to the current week’s memory verses.
    • Anybody want to be a Scripture Memory Skype buddy? 😀
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