Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a great holiday season and is happy for a bright new 2017. I am cliche and love the new year time frame as well as setting goals.
I wanted to keep goal setting simple this year, so I’m only setting three goals for the year as a whole, but I do plan to set monthly goals throughout the year as time allows. With another baby on the way, I’m not expecting this to be my most productive year, but I also don’t want to not set any goals either.
Truthfully, any time I sit down to write to do lists or goals, my lists end up being far too long. It’s easy for me to plan my life in a vacuum, when I’m not accounting for “real life” stuff to happen. I tried to pick goals that would truly enrich my life instead of just add to my to do list and make my already-full plate more unmanageable. Last year was the first time I think I really understood that a simpler life is better, so that’s going to be my focus of the year.
With that said, here are my intentions for 2017.
Have devotional and prayer time every day
I feel like of anything I can put on my plate, I want to at least make sure I accomplish spending time with God each day, having Him put me back in the right perspective that I so often desperately need, and gain His wisdom over the world’s. As a mom, this is so important to me right now to gain this peace to be a better mom and to guide my children well. If I only accomplish this one thing this year, I’d be happy.
I did okay in 2016 with my devotional time, but still look back and wish I had spent more time with God and really listened to what it was He wanted me to do. I did find some things that worked for me for devotional time, despite being so busy. I got a new Bible in October and that helped spur me on in wanting to read the Word more. The past few months got so busy with the holidays that I was definitely just going through the motions with my devotional and my prayer time was really non-existent recently.
I have read and re-read almost all of the devotional books I currently own. I was thinking of getting a new daily devotional, which I probably will at some point this year. For now, I decided to not spend any more money or add another book to my shelf.
I decided to start a She Read Truth 28 day devotional through Proverbs for this month through their app. This is a more in depth study, so I’m going to do it during nap time or at night instead of in the mornings when I don’t really have time to finish it.
My hope throughout the year is to keep inspired by the Word at all times. Too often, I’ve let my study time become routine or what I’m using to access the Word isn’t really working for me anymore, but I keep on reading it.
I know that changing things up in this area is the only way to keep me growing and excited, so that’s just what I plan to do. I’m sure God will fill in the rest!
Take control of my personal finances
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned anything about money on my blog ever, so this may seem random. While our financial situation did change a lot after we moved last year, we don’t have financial troubles and are lucky to live comfortably and save a decent amount. My husband largely deals with most of our finances and is really great at it, so I leave that to him.
However, how I personally spend money is all over the place and really has been for years. I have a certain amount of money each month allocated for my personal needs (clothing, beauty products, books, Starbucks, etc.) that also includes clothes/toys/almost anything Claire needs. I usually know what I want to buy but have a bad habit of spending money before really thinking about it and then come the end of the month, I am irritated that I didn’t buy something I actually needed or wanted when I really did have the money for it. I just chose to squander it on random junk – or lately a lot of times food! – first.
The Lord really convicted me of this recently, especially because I want to donate money but am not currently. It’s just been something that I’ve been unhappy with for so many years but have sat by and let happen with no change. I don’t have a specific game plan for how I want to take control of my money at the moment, but when I do, I’ll be sure to share more details about it. If anyone has any suggestions (that is not Dave Ramsey – sorry, I’ve tried it and hate cash), let me know!
Get our house organized and keep it that way
I used to think making “getting organized” goals were lame, but I know that I thrive better in an organized environment and no one else is going to deal with my stuff but me. So I might as well run with it! I try not to put too much hope in that having an organized house will equate happiness, but if I don’t organize what we have now, it’s honestly never going to get done. I would like the next couple of years in this house to be manageable and enjoyable, so I do see 2017 as being the ideal time to get stuff organized.
I don’t think our home is a giant disaster or anything, but I know it could be so much better. Although this home is probably the largest in terms of square footage and rooms that we’ve had, it has the least storage space too. We don’t have a garage, there is no coat closet on the main floor/generally little closet space, and we have a serious mold problem with the only actual storage area the house has. While the lack of storage is disappointing at times, I know we just have too much stuff, period.
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up last year and did attempt to “Kon-Marie” our whole house, but that was before we moved. We have accumulated a lot more since we moved but there’s been few places to put things so it’s all been kind of “swept under the rug” so to speak.
With welcoming another baby into the mix, I really want to do the bulk of this stuff before she arrives. We are almost done redoing a room for Claire (that I can’t wait to share!) and then I can make Claire’s old room a true nursery in prep for the new baby. I haven’t gone through any baby items we have since Claire was born, so I think just organizing all that will be the most help. My clothes are also a big issue too. I hope to be totally rid of all maternity clothes by the end of the year and really decide what I want my actual wardrobe to look like once I’m done with a changing wardrobe due to pregnancy/post-partum.
In addition to being organized, something I’ve said I’d do since we moved in was create a cleaning schedule. I’ve struggled a lot with maintaining the house as not just organized but clean too. I know that I won’t have the most perfectly clean house once the new baby arrives, but it would be nice to try to stick to a cleaning schedule so I feel less overwhelmed about when I am going to clean.
I hope even in these three goals, I’m not being too much of an overachiever. There are of course other goals I have on the back of my mind like reading a certain number of books or getting back into shape post-baby. But as for the real concrete this-is-what-I’m-doing kind of goals, I hope I can focus on these things and they help me have a simpler, more enjoyable life in 2017.
Questions for You:
- What are your goals for 2017?
- Do you over-analyze your goals or tend to make too many?