Tuesday, December 31, 2013

goals for 2014

My goal this year is to be intentional.  This idea has been floating around the blogosphere for a while and it really speaks to me.

I want to be intentional in how I spend my time:  Everyone has 24 hours in their day.  I want to make sure that I use mine to the fullest.  Once I finally got adjusted to staying at home, I feel like I've gotten lazy and I really want to get more out of my day. 
I've been going to bed too late and then laying around in the mornings because I'm too tired when Bryce is ready to get up at 6:45.  My goal is to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.  I want to get up before the kids and exercise.  I've fallen off the wagon on exercise and also let my diet go.  I'm hoping with better sleep, eating healthier, and more exercise, I will have more energy and get out of the lazy rut I'm in.
Bryce no longer takes naps which doesn't allow me much "me" time or time to do things around the house.  He does have a quiet time and I want to be more intentional in how I spend that time.  I'm going to use this as my quiet time in God's word.  I bought a few new books to help guide this time. 

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit how little scripture I really know.  I've wanted to read through the Bible before, but never did it.  I'm hoping this Bible will help me achieve this goal. 
I saw so many people reading this in 2013 and I was very interested.  I don't want to be overwhelmed in my attempt to be in His word so we'll see if I do this this year or wait until next year.
I also want to be intentional in how I spend time with my family and friends.  Emmy and I get lots of quality time during the day when Bryce is at school so she's covered!  After Bryce and I have our quiet time during Emmy's nap, I want to focus the remainder of the time on him.  I had started to teach him to read and then we got busy.  I want to focus on reading and playing with him more.  I want to put everything down and just get on the floor and play!  Jason and I have time together once this kids go to bed, but just being in the same room doesn't count.  I want to put down the computer and have conversations with my husband.  Social media is going to take a backseat which means the blog may as well.  I will definitely still use it to update family and friends, but I want my posts to be intentional and not a waste of time.
I want to be intentional in how I spend our money.  Since staying home, we have had to change our spending habits tremendously.  This doesn't mean we used to spend aimlessly, but we did spend more frivolously than we do now.  I've done a great job tracking our expenses and only spending money on necessary things.  As the holidays approached, we let our guard down some so I just hope to get back to where we were!
I want to be intentional in my relationships with others.  Many of my friends have suffered tremendous heartache this year and I have been in constant prayer for them.  I started a prayer journal this year and have spent my nights in prayer for others.  I want to continue this, but also be there personally for my friends.  I want to remember to send encouraging texts, cards in the mail, and make time with them and encourage them in person.  I want to show God's love in all my relationships, not just with my Christian friends.  I want to be brave in my attempts to not only show God through my actions, but in my words as well. 
I also want to make an effort to perform random acts of kindness through the year (maybe one a month). 
Cheers to 2014 and being intentional today!

1 comment:

Shipley Mommy said...

These are wonderful goals, and I wish you nothing but the best in your journey. You are a great woman to admire and be in awe of. Your love for others is truly evident in every day.

I too want to do better with time with my eldest. True she got me interrupted for 5 years, but I have noticed our relationship suffering, and it hurts me to think that she doesn't get some full attention as well.

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year Grace!