2016 Goals and #OLW

When thinking about setting some goals for the new year, I was brought back here, to my long-neglected blog, since this is where I have written down those goals/resolutions for the past several years. (See previous years here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

It was a walk down memory lane to go back through and see which resolutions I kept, which ones I didn’t, and which were consistent from year to year. Also, it will never cease to amaze me how much my children change in just one year. Crazy.

Sometimes I hesitate to even make goals for the new year since my expectations for myself always seem a bit unreachable. Still, I think it’s a good practice to sit and evaluate where I am and where I’d like to be and January is as good a time as any to do that.

Last year my #OLW (One Little Word) was STRETCH. I was able to stretch myself in certain areas (including physical health for a season), but I certainly have areas to improve in or pick back up where I left off. This year my #OLW is actually two (sorry if that’s cheating, but it’s what God has been placing in my mind lately.

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My word(s) is: SHOW UP
I want to SHOW UP and be the friend/wife/mother/Christian that I would want in my own life. I want to actively look for needs that others around me have and I want to SHOW UP and do what I can to meet them. I have had several amazing friends do this sort of thing for me in the past year and I want to do the same. This includes people I live close to and also those that are far away (which is hard to do, but so worth it) AND current friends and people I have yet to really invite into my life (but need to). I also want to INVEST in the people around me (including my kids!) and have a year marked with compassion and kindness.

As far as goals are concerned a lot of them are desires I have had for several years that I either need to START for the first time or begin to do again. I believe there is a degree of accountability by posting them here, so here are 3 main goals I have for the year:

1. Start a prayer journal.
**The message at church today was on spiritual disciplines and the discipline that I desperately need to learn is PRAYER. I talk to God each day, but I have no set time or place to really meet with Him and talk to Him and listen to what He has for me. Usually my prayers are quick and focused on the day-to-day, which isn’t wrong in and of itself, but I also want to focus on God’s kingdom and an eternal perspective.**

2. Meal plan.
**Our whole family THRIVES so much more when I have taken the time to plan out our meals for the week/month. I am always so thankful when I take the time to do this, and always so discouraged when after a long day I am faced with the decision of “well, what should we make for dinner?” and I no longer feel capable of making decisions for they day. Any one get like that?**

3. Get back into a work out routine.
**This is pretty self explanatory. I’m hoping to include the kids in some way to make it possible to accomplish during their waking hours.**

In 2015 I DID accomplish a few things like keeping both children alive and reading a whole book cover to cover (For The Love by Jen Hatmaker…go read it!). 🙂 I would like to do that again in 2016, and perhaps even read more than one book. I was able to create a lot of beautiful things including three embroidered maps of the United States. I custom made a few signs and hand embroidered ornaments. I was even able to contribute a few of my handmade items to a local shop called Maker’s Market which was definitely part of a dream come true, and something I want to continue to do. I have so many ideas of things to create that I sometimes have trouble actually sitting down and making something (especially something that others would want to buy) and this year I really want to find something specific that I can make well that others would enjoy. I started Bible Journaling in March of last year and, without sounding too dramatic, it literally changed my life. I plan to continue to explore God’s Word in this way and I hope to even teach a “class” on it. I became a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! and I have loved finding new ways to create through stamping. I have even handmade a few cards which is something I never really felt “good enough” to do.

I know there are a lot of other things that I could add to my list of goals and my list of things-actually-accomplished. For instance, the always-growing to do list for our home; learning to crochet; make our basement a livable space (I’m looking at you, Craft Room); figure out landscaping for our front and side yard; oh, and we might as well throw blog semi-regularly on here. But I’m hoping that by keeping it simple and reminding myself of the goals that I have for myself and the things that are MOST important, I will be able to look back on this year and at least check off those three things. (Feel free to keep me accountable internet world).

God is moving in my life and stirring my heart in some ways I understand and others that I need to dig a little deeper and figure out a little more. I am excited to see what He has in store for me and my family in 2016. There is potential for big changes and regular
day-to-day happenings that make up a whole year. I am excited to gain two more nephews (hopefully both this month)!

What resolutions do you have? Do you have one word that you try to focus on for the year?
Thanks for reading. 😉

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Goals and Word for the Year: 2015

Happy New Year!

One of my goals for 2015 was to try to blog at least once a week. Today is January 7th so if I didn’t blog today then I would already blow it. *phew* That was close.

Basically that means that chances are good that I will not meet that goal, but I really am going to try to write on here more! I really enjoy keeping track of Ben’s progress on here, posting DIY projects, and writing the occasional soapbox. I think that maybe I put too high of expectations on what I post and so I’m going to just try writing more and see how that goes.

I have a few other goals and “resolutions” but I still haven’t spent that much time thinking about it all so I’m not going to post about them right now. I tried to keep it realistic and keep in mind that I can spread it out over the course of the whole year—not just January.

I really love choosing a WORD for the year and while I have done it in the past I have not always kept it in mind for very long. For 2015 my word is:
STRETCH

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I want to stretch my abilities and my comfort zones. (Plus maybe stretch my body and finally lose the baby weight, how’s that for a cliché January resolution?)

Well, not much for a blog post, but I’m gunna call it good.
Thanks for reading!

2012 Summary and 2013 Resolutions

This time last year we were slowly letting people know that I was pregnant. Wow, that seems like a LONG time ago.

I always find it amazing how much can happen in a year. And how much can change from year to year. In 2009 I finished an internship, graduated college, did a lot of things in between, and then moved to Iowa. In 2010 I dated, got engaged to, and then married the love of my life. In 2011 we bought a house, got a dog, and got pregnant. And in 2012 we had a beautiful baby girl.

What will happen in 2013??

I made some resolutions/goals last January and finished a lot of them.
The good news is that goals can carry over from year to year. : )

GOALS/AMBITIONS FOR 2012:

Stencil a wall
Make projects for church craft bazaar
Add faux board and batten to blue room?
Organize closets and “pantry”
Improve basement
(aka clean, paint, add drywall, etc.)
Create alphabet wall
Make something out of a pallet
Make living room pillows and curtain
Decorate a nursery
Paint birch trees upstairs?
Cook at home more
Keep up on the housework more
Paint touch-ups on molding and chipped walls
Replace windows??
Replace roof/
Cheer hubby on as he replaces roof and I watch from below..pregnant
Learn to use my Silhouette well
Start (and continue) a prayer journal
Read more
Read God’s Word more
Call my long distance friends more
Plant more flowers
Learn to sew
Continue to learn crocheting
Grow my blog
Make a hobby a job?
Be a better wife
Learn to be a good mommy

This year I am going to try to be specific and realistic with my goals. There are a lot of things that I want to do better both for my sake and the sake of creating good habits for my daughter to see. Parenthood changes some things. Makes me see the things I don’t want to pass on to Ellery. And NOW is the time for change.

GOALS/AMBITIONS FOR 2013:

1. Read a little each day

2. Read “One Thousand Gifts”

3. Expand weekly meal planning into monthly meal planning/grocery list planning

4. Exercise (at least) once a week

5. Do something creative/crafty once a week

6. Make lots of homemade birthday and Christmas gifts
and have them ready in time

7. Call on birthdays

8. Call long distance friends (at least) once a month

9. Find some good crockpot recipes

10. Turn off my computer more

11. Do something for the house (at least) once a day; daily/weekly/monthly lists

12. Start a prayer journal

13. Once a month craft night

14. Pray for my family daily

In order to help accomplish some of these things I am going to attempt using a planner (which I haven’t done since college). I’m sure I will think of more “resolutions” but I really like this list to start with. It helps me to write it out on the blog and see what my goals are AND have the accountability of hitting publish.

What are your resolutions/goals??

Semi Annual Check Up

So, since it’s around a halfway point of the year, I thought it might be a good idea to revisit my new year’s resolutions/goals and see how I’m doing.

GOALS/AMBITIONS FOR 2012:

Stencil a wall

Make projects for church craft bazaar

Add faux board and batten to blue room?

Organize closets and “pantry”

Improve basement
(aka clean, paint, add drywall, etc.)

Create alphabet wall :)

Make something out of a pallet

Make living room pillows and curtain

Decorate a nursery

Paint birch trees upstairs?

Cook at home more

Keep up on the housework more

Paint touch-ups on molding and chipped walls

Replace windows??

Replace roof/Cheer hubby on as he replaces roof and I watch from below..pregnant

Learn to use my Silhouette well

Start (and continue) a prayer journal

Read more

Read God’s Word more

Call my long distance friends more

Plant more flowers

Learn to sew

Continue to learn crocheting

Grow my blog

Make a hobby a job?

Be a better wife

Learn to be a good mommy :)

My estimation is….not too shabby.
Some of the things on the list are things I’ll never “finish” like being a better wife. I can always work on being better.
Some things we decided to not do or hold off on like putting board and batten in the nursery.

But it’s also a good reminder that I need to PRIORITIZE and remember the things that are really important to me.
I REALLY want to start a prayer journal and I still haven’t!

**shakes finger at self**

There are always house things to do, and they have their place, but I want to focus on my family first and the other people around me that mean so much to me.

Plus, I want to improve on all areas of my life, even the ones that are “checked off”.

Sure, I learned to use my sewing machine, but I’m still scared of it and haven’t used it since. lol.

What are you working on improving in your life??

P.S. There were some friends (who shall remain nameless) that said we should do monthly craft nights to help me achieve some of these goals. That was 6 months and 0 craft nights ago. When’s that gunna happen? 😉

Big News and Resolutions

So..when I tell you the reason that I’ve seemingly dropped of the face of the blogosphere,
you’re gunna feel bad for judging me for not posting for so long.

True, the holidays were wonderful and busy and took ALOT out of me that I may still be trying to recover from.

But…

on top of it ALL…

the real reason I’ve been so absent….

IS THAT WE’RE PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!

That’s right. Baby numero uno is on it’s way. We’re about 10 weeks into the 40.
We’re super super excited. Due date is August 6th (happy birthday auntie Lindsay hehe).
Yes, we’ll find out if it’s a boy or girl.
Yes, we’ll tell you.
Maaaaybe we’ll tell you names.  If you’re lucky. 😉

But, between morning sickness nausea and being tired all the time,
I haven’t found energy/time to do anything crafty or blog about it.

Hopefully by the end of my first trimester I’ll gain back some energy and clean my house make some stuff.

Which bring me to my next point…in no particular order….

GOALS/AMBITIONS FOR 2012:

Stencil a wall

Make projects for church craft bazaar

Add faux board and batten to blue room?

Organize closets and “pantry”

Improve basement
(aka clean, paint, add drywall, etc.)

Create alphabet wall 🙂

Make something out of a pallet

Make living room pillows and curtain

Decorate a nursery

Paint birch trees upstairs?

Cook at home more

Keep up on the housework more

Paint touch-ups on molding and chipped walls

Replace windows??

Replace roof Cheer hubby on as he replaces roof and I watch from below..pregnant

Learn to use my Silhouette well

Start (and continue) a prayer journal

Read more

Read God’s Word more

Call my long distance friends more

Plant more flowers

Learn to sew

Continue to learn crocheting

Grow my blog

Make a hobby a job?

Be a better wife

Learn to be a good mommy 🙂

 Do you have any resolutions for this year?? I’ll keep you accountable if you’ll do the same for me. 😉

Thanks so much for reading.
I really have missed blogging.

P.S. right now the baby’s name is Peanut. And we love him/her.