This week's Heart of the Matter meme motivated me to jot down some of those rambling thoughts (which I didn't manage to get organized enough on Wednesday for the Homeschool Memoirs task, but better late than never, right?)
Sometimes I would like to set simple goals, that I know I can "check off" without too much effort.
In that case my list would include:
- Enjoy Christmas decorations around my home for another 4 weeks
- Clean up vomit from carpeting at least once this winter
- Overcommit my weekends
- Try to never see the bottom of the laundry hamper
- Pamper my dog by letting her clean off the table after meals
However, I know at the same time those "accomplishments" would invariably drive me nuts. So in all seriousness I have come up with a loftier set of goals, knowing that if I fall short, it's just because I'm looking at the wrong list.
My goals fall into the areas that I wear hats at this point in my life. Primarily: Child of God, wife, mother, homeschool instructor, housekeeper.
Child of God:
- Continue to spend daily time with Him, even during times of inconsistent schedules. I am actually very disciplined in this area, except during breaks from daily routine (holidays, vacations, etc.) This needs to remain consistent no matter what happens with the rest of my day!
- Memorize Romans 12. This is kind of an easy one, because I have done it before, but it was 11 years ago. There is so much detail in the chapter that is easy to miss in simply reading it, so I want to commit it to memory again.
- Pray consistently for each family member. Again, I have a schedule for this, but during breaks it gets set aside. I need to be consistent with this 365 days a year. Satan never lets up on his attacks, and we need to keep our defenses strong.
- God really worked on my heart during my recent get away with my husband and I realized how often this hat gets lost in the shuffle, or buried underneath all the other hats I have on at the time. I want to take time each day to just be a wife. To daily do at least one thing that isn't about managing the kids or schedules or meals or errands, but just about my relationship with my best earthly friend.
- Pray each morning and night for my husband
- Start the year with a month of focus on this area of my life. I hope to blog about this more, about some of what God has challenged me in, and encourage you to make your marriage a priority as we enter the new year.
- Show genuine love to each of my children each day.
- Speak openly and often of Christ in conversation around the home.
- Continue to seek out good books to encourage and challenge me as a mother (right now I am finishing up Age of Opportunity, and need to find another one after that)
- Expect more diligent work during school hours. I realize I have been a little lax in what I look for some days. I want to be faithful stewards of each minute we have together to learn. It won't always be academic, but I don't want to waste an opportunity.
- Consistently spend time each weekend wrapping up any loose ends and prepping the week ahead. This makes such a difference in our school week! I have done this about 75 percent of the time this year and want to get closer to 100%.
- Be consistent with routines already set in place. This is one area that I feel I am mostly on top of (finally!), at least in the areas of plans and intentions, and just need to keep up with my plans and intentions consistently.
- Tackle some of the hidden clutter around our house. This is slowly getting better, and I don't want to let up. Each month I try to drive a few boxes or bags to a donation site (or my parents' house for a garage sale), and I want to continue this habit.
Sounds like a lot when I look it over, but I have 12 months to keep at it, and I wouldn't want to get bored. If it gets too overwhelming, I've always got that first list to fall back on.
Happy New Year!