September 02, 2014

Goals for a new season...

Now that the children are back in school and oldest is off to change the world and his whole life I am up for some goal setting of my own.  

I tend to break my goals down into categories.  For the purposes of this blog I am putting one big goal in each category for the semester.


I am currently involved in an online Bible study in the book of Esther.  It is an 8 week study and has me reading five days a week and off one weekends.  For the weekends I have chosen to do the readings in the If:Equip study (which was also designed for five weekdays but can easily be read in two days each week).  So, right now... Esther and Galatians.  Once Esther is over they will move to holiday studies and I might, at that point, opt to move to Psalms and Proverbs to finish out the year.  After the Galatians study they will move to another book and just continue reading so I will follow their plan when we get there.

Prayer and Scripture memory are still on the agenda... always!


When oldest left for boot camp last week I started walking every day.  I am walking from 30 to 60 minutes per day depending on how I feel that morning.  Once I am in a good routine I might increase that and add some strength training but my commitment to our oldest was that I would walk every single day while he was gone and spend that time in prayer for him and the other children.  So far so good... 


My husband started preaching at a Korean church back in May.  He is the English pastor for the young people and those who are English speakers in the church that choose to attend.  It has been a great adventure learning about a new culture and meeting new people.  They have embraced us and loved on us well.  We found out about a month ago that they offer Korean Language classes each semester and they are ongoing.  Our youngest and I have opted to join them.  We started last week and I am working on the alphabet and joins right now.  It will get me back in the habit of studying something every day and stretch my mind and tongue as I learn this new language.


Cleaning and clearing are the themes for this semester around the house.  Each week I am choosing an area of the home to purge stuff.  I am still building the plan and coming up with a criteria for what I want to keep but I will start with a weekly Home Blessing (see that I actually keep to one day instead of spreading it out all week.  It was wearing me out to clean all week.  I would rather be doing something else... crochet, sewing, reading books, etc... anything else.  LOL


My plan is to have ongoing crochet projects that I can either gift or sell on my Etsy shop.  I have been off the routine for about two weeks but need to get back to it this week.  I have a list of projects saved to my page and a lot of ideas on and just need to make it so.  I, honestly, do not need to buy yarn for most of these so I have no excuse for putting it off.  I need to start by finishing a pair of baby ballet slippers.  


Menu plan, menu plan, menu plan.... 
Make meals ahead  and freeze and have breakfast and lunch items on hand and ready to pack at the drop of a pin.  Plan one day a week or every other week to prep food all day for this.
That is it!


This could certainly go under mental but I like doing it by itself.  I am going to be doing the Dewey's Read-a-Thon again this semester.  I was not successful in my summer reading plans and I never am.  So many people can read all summer but that is my busiest time of year.  When everyone is home I am working all the time.  No time to read when there are meals to be made, suitcases to pack, trips to take, summer band to get to and the constant stream of music practice, game playing and the usual chatter that is my life when all are home.  The fall should be quieter and I will come up with a list soon for that time.  We are instituting tea and quiet again in the afternoons before the after school rush happens each day, too.  That is the most likely time for me to read outside of the Bible study time early in the mornings.

So, do you have a plan for the new semester?  

Are you blogging about it?  

Please feel free to share below and we can come and check it out!

1 comment:

  1. I'm still plugging away at my "book a week in 2014", and am actually several books ahead as of the end of August. Somehow, the list of books waiting to be read never gets much shorter. Trying to get through the non-fiction. I said a couple of weeks ago I'd like to finish a quilting or sewing project per month until the end of the year, and that is very doable, although it most likely won't be a steady project per month, but a group at a time.

    Funny you group your goals this way - I use the same kind of categories for my NY resolutions.