New Goals for a New Year

With a new year, comes the opportunity to start fresh. Many choose to make resolutions, but I prefer to make goals. A goal has to be measurable and attainable. Resolutions are good-they are hopes and dreams-but frequently, they are only generic ideas. For instance: “I will eat better.” “I won’t spend as much money.” “I will be a kinder person.” These are all good things to want to do, but how do you know you are doing them?

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Goals work better for me because they provide a clear picture of my progress towards my dreams. So, without further ado, here are my 2018 goals.

Personal:
-Read twelve books
-Work out 2-3 times a week
-Learn a new skill
-Go on two getaways with my husband
-Blog once a week
-Complete a Whole30

Spiritual:
-Complete the Awaken devotional
-Read Scripture every day (no certain amount)

Financial:
-Save up a $500-1000 emergency fund
-Pay off one credit card
-Secure life insurance for Phillip

I made a bullet journal style goal page in my current journal to help me keep track of how I am doing on my different goals. It doesn’t look perfect, as my hand-lettering is still a work in progress, but it will be a fun way to keep up with my goals over the year.

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Here is a little bit more about each goal I am aiming for this year:

read twelve books
I have always loved reading. I remember keeping a book hidden behind my bed so I could sneak in chapters while I was doing my homework in my room. (sorry Mom!) I have a whole list of books I want to read, so I plan to include a mix of fiction and non-fiction books over the course of the year. When I get half of them done, I plan to do a separate post reviewing them.

work out 2-3 times a week
I danced my whole childhood, so I never had to think about being active. Now, after having two babies, I find that I am not as fit as I would like. I want to to be stronger and healthier. So, I used Christmas money to pay for a program at the YMCA called A New You (once again-I am just looking to be healthier) which provides me with an initial assessment, 6-7 personal training sessions and a final assessment. I am really excited to get some experience working out and have someone push me as I start this journey.

learn a new skill
I sometimes feel lost in motherhood. It isn’t that I don’t love my kids or that I don’t love being at home with them, but sometimes I feel like I have been consumed by being a mom. So this year, I want to learn to do something. I am considering learning how to use my DSLR camera or Adobe Illustrator, or maybe something else. I left this open-ended because I haven’t decided yet.

go on two getaways with my husband
Time away is especially important as the parents of two little ones. We don’t get space and time to ourselves much during the week, so these getaways are important times to be able to look in each other’s eyes and simply talk without interruptions or play games without fending off an enthusiastic three year old who wants to join in. We have talked about the plans for the first one in late March/early April. The other will probably be sometime in July/August.

blog once a week
I really enjoy writing, so I want to make a goal to work on this creative outlet. Hopefully, I will find fun and meaningful content to share with everyone. (If you have something you would like me to blog about, feel free to post in the comments.)

complete a Whole30
I have cut various foods out of my diet over the last few years, but I have never done a complete reset. I am interested to compare how I feel with it all out, and how different foods effect me as I add them back in. If you want to join me so I have a Whole30 buddy, let me know! I plan to share this journey on here whenever I start. (I am thinking March.)

complete the Awaken devotional
My dad got me this devotional for Christmas, and I am enjoying the little, but deep moments Priscilla has in her book.

read Scripture every day
I didn’t want to stress myself out by prescribing a certain amount, but I do want to challenge myself to be IN the Word more consistently. I haven’t succeeded over the past two weeks, but having the goal and doing it half the time is an okay place to start.

save up a $500-$1000 emergency fund
Ever since my husband lost his job a year and a half ago, we have been battling our credit card debt. It isn’t out of control or anything, but I would prefer to have NONE. The first step of this is having an emergency fund, so that we don’t feel like we have to turn to the credit card if a large, unexpected purchase comes up.

pay off one credit card
This goes with the one above. I want to pay both off, but I’m not sure that is a financially feasible this year. So if it happens awesome, but tackling just one is what I am shooting for.

secure life insurance for Phillip
I hope this doesn’t seem morbid, but if something were to happen to Phillip, I would have no option but to go back to work full-time immediately. So I want to get insurance which would allow me to live for a few years without making any major changes, if God decided to take him home.

What are some of your goals this year?

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Baby Blueberry – The Countdown is On

Well…we are almost there! My due date is in approximately a week and a half.

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Soon, Phillip and I will be parents of a living, breathing, hold-able, snugly newborn.

I know that we are parents already, but it still seems surreal somehow…like maybe I’m imagining it all.

I have dreamed of being a mom for so long, ever since I was a child. I long for the hard work of raising children in this broken world. The unending sacrifice of valuing someone else’s life as more than your own. The most important work of bringing up tomorrow’s workers, leaders, parents, spouses, and teachers. I have no expectations that this work is simply or easy. That it is cut and dry. That it will not cause stress, worry, strain, or frustration. That it limits me and my freedom. But I am sure that despite these things, it will be the most important work and an unbelievably satisfying adventure to walk.C.S. Lewis quote - children are the most important work

So, as I look forward to holding my little man, I wanted to share our maternity pictures Phillip and I had taken a week and a half ago by a friend of mine. Her name is Rebecca Finley. You can find her on Facebook. She has always taken fabulous pictures and captured some wonderful moments for us. Thanks Rebecca! (She’ll be doing newborn photos as well after Joseph is born.)

I started with my absolute favorite.

It captures the joy and excitement we have for each other and for meeting this new little one!

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I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and seeing a bit into my thoughts regarding motherhood and why it is so important!

Love,

Elise