Category: Family Finances

Jan 04 2017

Fireworks after the Greenville Drive Game!

With a new year comes a lot of excitement!  The feeling of a fresh start in many areas of our lives, planning for future events and adventures, new goals, and more!  Everyday is a blessing!  While we welcome in the New Year don’t forget to reflect on the many blessings that you have enjoyed over the past year(s).  I encourage you to initiate a conversation with your family (it can be during a family dinner, game night, or any good time when everyone is present).  During this family time focus on these three things as a family to start off your New Year right.  This time together will make a positive impact on the hearts and lives of each individual family member and is worth it:

  1. Reflect back the fun memories and blessings of 2016!  Often the hardest part with this stage is getting the ball rolling.  Before the family time create a list of several good family memories to get it started.  Mention one and let others input their memories tied into that event as well as start adding their own memories.  Give everyone a chance who wants to talk the opportunity.  If there is a pause bring up a different memory to keep them going.  Before long you’ll be laughing and the kids will be bringing up memories connected to the event or new ones that you forgot about.  This is a wonderful way to end a year and begin a new one.
  2. Take a moment to think about the tough times over the past year! While the harder times are not easy to deal with or will bring back sadness or emotions they still have an impact on our lives.  Sometimes during these times of discussion you realize that a family member is still struggling with something.  Whether it is grief over a lost pet or loved one, anger, frustration, or something else.  This is a good time to gauge how everyone is doing and give you an opportunity to encourage each other or help those family members heal.  The love and support you receive from those around you can make an incredible impact on your life as you continue to move forward.  Knowing you are not alone, you are loved, and you have a team of people who want to help you can help the family member heal more quickly.  (Do not use this time to point out problems with each other, but to talk about harder times and to encourage.  Some topics made need to be tabled for a later and more lengthy conversation)  It will give you a good insight into your children and some ideas of what to help encourage them with over the next few weeks as they continue to grow and heal.
  3. Look ahead! As one year wraps up and a new one begins it is a great time to set some goals both personally and as a family.  Use this time to set family goals together.  There may be some activities that the kids have been wanting to do, but you have been letting it slip not even realizing that it was very important to them.  The goals discussed during this family  time should be family related, although they most definitely have a personal impact on each family member.  Write these goals down and review them weekly or monthly or regularly throughout the year to remind the family members of what is important to the family as a whole.  This also provides a lead in for each of the members to think about their personal goals.  It allows a great opportunity to have a group of people focused on similar goals and encouraging each other along the way.  Some family goal ideas (eat healthier, regular family game night, monthly date night with spouse and each child, daily family devotions, learn a new skill together, plan a family vacation, weekly family night, quarterly family service project, etc…).  Make a point to write the ideas down and either make a decision that day or within a few days on the family goals.  Type up a list, print it or email it to each family member so that they can be reminded of the ways your family is working together to create stronger bonds, happy memories, and improving lives.

Setting aside a time when everyone is together can be difficult, however it is important.  It can be during a family dinner, game night, or another time when the family is together.  Make sure it is a convenient time with as little distractions as possible.  A time when everyone is more relaxed (not hungry, ready for bed, or trying to multi-task while having this conversation).  The reflecting on memories helps create a happy bond, the tough times allow family members to see that they are not alone and have the support of people who love them, and looking ahead gives you the opportunity to improve and grow into a better individuals and family unit.  If you do write down the family goals please do your best to follow through as much as possible because these goals are important to the members.

Life has a way of staying busy.  Taking the time to spending reflecting on good memories as a way has a way of bringing everyone together.  It may cause some laughter, tears, and healing.  It is good to be reminded of the many blessings in our life and to realize that we are journeying through this life together.   Yes, we make mistakes along the way, but we can can make the best of it and have a lot of fun too.  Many blessings to you and your family this 2017 New Year!!!

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Oct 17 2016

The week started off with the Columbus Holiday on Monday and the girls off school for Teachers Professional Training Day.  They had a blast spending time at home, playing outside, and enjoying their day off school.  We participated in a fun activity that evening instead of cramming in homework.  Jake got the more relaxing….put the model airplane together activity and I got the play a game with added instructions such as jumping jacks, stretches, squats and more (it has been awhile since I have done that many jumping jacks)!  Thankful for an opportunity to live life with my family.  Some weeks seem really busy when you look at the schedule and all that needs to be done, however, taking those extra minutes here and there to relax and play always brightens our day and creates memories together!  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read the chapter book National Velvet by Enid Bagnold to the kids
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids American Kennel Club DVD Board Game
  7. Spend Quality time with each family member
  8. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities
  9. Figure out the Remaining 2016 PTO & Holiday Schedules (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc….) – figuring it out

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day
  4. Attend Robotics, Diggers, and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments
  6. Schedule & Meet to have 1-on-1 Discussion time with each kid (discuss week, what’s going well, what needs improvement, and focus on each kid as an individual without the sibling being in the room)
  7. Pick a Date Night for the Kids

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day) – wasn’t able to hit my goal every day
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week – it was a tough week with yoga
  4. Appointment(s)- Massage, Annual physical

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization  – Plan Out Organizational Goals for last quarter of 2016
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Outside Project – Tree Service Quote
  4. Update Project List
  5. Add any new contacts, addresses, and special events on the calendar
  6. Confirm October Family and Individual Calendar(s)
  7. Follow up on calls and items that need my attention – did some, but have a few more to go
  8. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – hoping to make more headway this upcoming week
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  5. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options – been hard enough to get the “normal” day to day items accomplished

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal
  3. Attend Ladies Bible Study
  4. Read next chapter in Biblical Femininity by Chrystie Cole

Financial Goals

  1. Pay all our bills that have arrived this week
  2. Follow up with the Bank regarding a couple of incorrect charges – trying to figure these out
  3. Start gathering information on last quarter 2016 finances and 1st quarter 2017 taxes – realign goals where needed
  4. Update Quicken Accounts
  5. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor – work in progress
  6. Get our finances and budget back on track – getting better
  7. Pay down debt we owemade another payment
  8. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read the chapter book National Velvet by Enid Bagnold to the kids
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Spend Quality time with each family member
  8. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities
  9. Figure out the Remaining 2016 Quarter PTO & Holiday Schedules (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc….)
  10. Coordinate pick up & drop off at airport in KS
  11. Pack for Trip to KS to Celebrate my Dad & Niece’s Birthdays
  12. Spend quality time with Extended Family
  13. Plan Family Halloween Celebration

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day (in person or on phone / hangouts when traveling)
  4. Attend Robotics, Tailgating Student Council Party, Diggers, and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments
  6. Schedule & Meet for Jake & I to have a  1-on-1 Discussion time with each kid
  7. Pick a Date Night for the Kids
  8. Prep in advance Homework, Review, Permissions & other School Items prior to traveling

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8+ glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week
  4. Appointment(s)
  5. Get full nights rest & take immune boosting vitamins so don’t pick up any traveling sicknesses

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization  – Maintain and Clean
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Outside Project – Remove Fallen Tree & Fix Goat Fence
  4. Update Project List
  5. Add any new contacts, addresses, and special events on the calendar
  6. Confirm October Family and Individual Calendar(s)
  7. Follow up on calls and items that need my attention following traveling

Business Goals

  1. Get caught up on blog posts
  2. Work on a few special projects
  3. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal
  3. Be a blessing to someone specific
  4. Let Lindsey know that I will not be able to attend Ladies Bible Study this week
  5. Read next chapter in Biblical Femininity (2nd edition) by Chrystie Cole

Financial Goals

  1. Pick up groceries & run errands for family prior to traveling
  2. Pay all our bills that have arrived this week
  3. Follow up with the Bank regarding a couple of incorrect charges
  4. Update Quicken Accounts
  5. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  6. Get our finances and budget back on track
  7. Pay down debt we owe
  8. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared

it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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Sep 19 2016

 

Last week was a whirlwind of school, work, and activities!  We got a lot done, some unexpected items that became higher priorities, but overall it was a good week.  Thankful for being able to do so much and the time we have together as a family.  Very grateful for a husband who willingly steps in to help and encourages me in areas that I need to work on and improve as well.

This upcoming week will be another busy one with school projects to tackle, work items that need to be done, house to be maintained, relationships to be built, and a multitude of other activities that call our attention.  Praying for wisdom to remember and focus on the right priorities as I attempt to balance everything that is planned as well as the extra activities that tend to come up throughout the week.   Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read the book The Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer to the kids – still reading it, but getting closer, if it was up to the kids I would read the book cover to cover (they love their reading time with the family – I enjoy it too!)
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family – have some fun stuff in the works
  6. Play a Game with the Kids – we tried to spend more time outside when we could this week to soak up the sunshine and get fresh air
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week – after school & work most days this week the girls and I spent a little bit of time with the pets, picking up sticks in the yard, soaking up the sun since people at work and school have been getting sick, and enjoying the fresh air as well as exercise
  10. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day
  4. Attend Robotics Club and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments – Pediatric Eye Doctor Re-check

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)went over a couple days! 🙂
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week – so close, did 4 days!
  4. Sign up for Women’s Ministry Bible Study Class
  5. Date and Couples Massage with Jake! XOXO
  6. Appointments

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Hang Up Girls Souvenir Necklaces
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Clean & Organize Storage Room
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes – have more to write and do
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – at the end of work, homework, family activities, dinner, etc….my body is tired so this unfortunately has not been done but I have made some progress in the right direction
  3. Work on a few special projects – got a start on a couple
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile – did a little but need to wrap it up
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog – wasn’t able to get to it this week
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team – working on it
  7. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options – some good ones coming up

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor – need to narrow done times on our schedules of when both Jake & I would be available to meet with them
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track – working on it
  3. Pay down debt we owe – made a small extra payment this week
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home) – did decent, but still missed the goal

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read the book The Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer to the kids
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week
  10. Coordinate and review schedules at beginning of week to confirm all obligations, appointments, and other activities

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day
  4. Attend Robotics Club and Other After School Activities
  5. Appointments – Orthodontist

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week
  4. Appointments

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Organize my Paperwork, Folders, and Projects Stack
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Clean & Organize Storage Room
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night
  5. Remove most of the Spring / Summer items from Closets

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team
  7. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal
  3. Attend Ladies Bible Study

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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Sep 05 2016

Last week was a busy week with a lot of activities going on.  Jake  was traveling for part of the week with work, the girls were busy at school, and I was busy at home as well as work.  Grateful for a great  family at home and a good team at work, while it makes for a busy week balancing everything every day I am reminded of how many blessings are in my life.   I am far from perfect, but glad for the opportunities to continuing learning and growing!

Thankful for the Labor Day weekend and extra time together with my family.  We did some fun activities and also squeezed in some time to work on some projects at home too.    As I gear up for another busy week I am trying to not over committed myself, but want to stay on track.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read the book Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (I had this book, an 1954 version, when I was in 6th grade and it takes place near White River Junction, Vermont near where Jake’s grandparents and Mom live so the girls know the area fairly well)
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day) – didn’t make it to 10,000 steps everyday before crashing
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week – the TV didn’t like working for me while Jake  was traveling for work….need to get back in my routine again

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Pantry de-cluttered and organized
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Give Skipper a bath this week
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – working on it
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile – started on it
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog – figuring it out
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team – getting into more of a rhythm still have some details I am working out

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor – my schedule was a little different this week so didn’t get it done
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track – doing better
  3. Pay down debt we owe – made extra payment
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read the book The Land of Stories – The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer to the kids
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week
  10. Spend extra time with the family over the Holiday Weekend

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Hang Up Girls Souvenir Necklaces
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Work on yard projects
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team
  7. Pick from a couple of the “extra” activity and/or product options

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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Aug 29 2016

We are off to a great start of the school year!  Now if only I can get fully caught up on all the fun projects I have going on at home.  Thankful for an opportunity to work, but always enjoy some time to refocus, spend time with family & friends, run errands, and tackle projects around the house.  There is always more to do then time allows, but I am super excited about some of the fun stuff in store the remainder of the 2016 year!!!

In case you haven’t already noticed I am a  goal oriented, list driven, and more of a type A personality.  I LOVE learning new things, but also enjoy the comfort of the normal everyday treasures in each day as well.  When I take a moment to soak in what is around me I remember that I take too much for granted and that I am blessed beyond measure (which I don’t deserve).

The time I have with my family is a priority to me.  I absolutely LOVE hanging out with my husband, the girls are growing up way too fast and it is always a joy sharing a special moment with them, it is refreshing to catch up with a dear friend, and mentally stimulating to balance a work, school, family, life, and everything else schedule…..  I get more wrong then I get right, but thankfully I have a forgiving and gracious Heavenly Father and people who are not afraid to speak truth into my life.

One of my big goals this week is to start sharing with you a “taste” of the adventures our family enjoyed over the summer break.  We were able to catch up with people we love and experience some amazing memories together.  As I gear up for another busy week I am trying to not over committed myself, but want to stay on track.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Pick out a new Chapter book to read to the girls and start reading itIt is one I got as a girl when I was in 6th grade and read many times (the girls think it is awesome that I am reading a book to them that I received when I was their age).  They love their reading time and I hope to more time reading with them this week!
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids. All of Alan Zull’s “Bad Pets” short stories books have been a big hit with our kids!
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids. – working through them
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids. – continuing to learn along with the girls on this one too!
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night. – love this one-on-one quiet time with each girl…the only problem this week I was so relaxed talking with that a couple of times I fell asleep at the foot of their beds as I was chatting and either they or Jake had to wake me up, ha!  Obviously, I was relaxing a little too much!
  6. Plan one special activity with the familywe have planned some super fun day or weekend activities this fall (I can’t share yet….they sometimes read my blog…..shhh…..)
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8. Create Memories with the Family
  9. Spend Quality time with each family member
  10. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day) – wasn’t the best week I have had….
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Give Skipper a bath this week – will need to do it next week, other outside items took priority
  2. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – hoping to gain more momentum this week!!!
  3. Work on a few special projects – got a couple gearing up….

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor – really need to buckle down and get this on our schedule soon
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track – doing better now that we are in a more set routine
  3. Pay down debt we owe – made extra payments again this week
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home) – better, but not within our target range

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read the book Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (I had this book, an 1954 version, when I was in 6th grade and it takes place near White River Junction, Vermont near where Jake’s grandparents and Mom live so the girls know the area fairly well)
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Pantry de-cluttered and organized
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Give Skipper a bath this week
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results

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