Okay. So Christmas is over, but around the New Year, we all start making new lists. To-do lists. Book lists. Grocery lists. School lists. Resolutions lists?
I stopped making resolutions because resolutions seemed doomed to fail. Instead, I like goals. The word goal indicates that I'm working toward something, even if I don't quite get there.
Today I'm looking back on some of the goals I made at the the beginning of 2013. Most I completed. Some I didn't and a few I'm still working on. Next Wednesday, I'll post a fresh list of goals for 2014.Goals For 2013 (in semi-particular order):
Print 10-15 baby pictures of Alaine to include in her photo albumThanks to a great Walgreens deal, I accomplished this early in the year.
Work on the walls 1.
Have the 3 boys paint pieces of abstract art for their bedroom wall
Make a large photo poster for our living room wall
Update some of our frames with more current photos
Finish moving our books from boxes to shelves
- Learn to change the oil in van...and maybe the wiper blades, too Never learned how to do either one, but I'll be rolling this goal over into 2014. I did learn to operate a chainsaw.
Potty train AlaineI hadn't intended to work on this until spring, but some things in life don't wait! I shared a few details here. I shared in that same post that the only problem we were having was that we were not able to night train at the same time as day train like we had done with our first four kids. I need not have worried. Within another week or so, Alaine asked to start wearing undies at night, too, and she hasn't looked back! For the first time in over ten years, we stopped buying diapers.
- Spring clean the house using this plan I scrapped this altogether because I found myself cleaning things just to check them off a list and feeling guilty if I missed a day. Instead, I stuck to my regular light cleaning routine and did more heavy duty cleaning if we were expecting company.
Run a 5K! I ran a 2 mile race as a warm-up and then I complete 4 other 5Ks here, here, here and here!
Work with the kids on responsibility and finishing tasks to completionThis is still a work in progress, but once we formulated a plan, the kids began to take more responsibility for their own work, plus they learned a lot of new skills-- laundry, changing light bulbs, washing the car, taking out the trash-- in the process!
Compile the kids' portfolios for their school recordsCompiling the portfolios was easier this time as I kept up with our records all year long. We had a bunch of friends (5 moms, 10 kids) over to review everyone's portfolios for our umbrella school... and then I breathed a sigh of relief.
You can still access my free reading guide for families here. Good reading doesn't need to stop when summer is over! Finish the e-book I'm writing by the first week of June
Plan our 2013-2014 school yearI shared my curriculum choices here, here, and here.
I did it! I remade The Dress in April and I redesigned it once again in September, but I also started to face the reality that I'm tired of that dress now. Give The Dress a radical new design for fall
Finish the preparation for my October blog series, 31 Days, 31 PrintablesClick on button below to access the entire series.
Do a push-up (I've never had the upper body strength to do even 1!) andI still can't do a push-up, but I took the 30 Day Plank Challenge in November. I got stuck on Day 22 (holding a plank for 180 seconds), but I try again every few days and I'm almost there. A 160 second plank still far surpasses my goal! hold a plank for 60 seconds
Have a date night with Brian (at home or out) once a monthWhether we were able to go out or had to improvise at home, we had more than 12 dates in 2013!
- Continue to find ways to welcome people into our home We had guests over at least a couple of times a month. That included birthday parties, dinner guests, play dates, an Easter egg dyeing event, 2 Survivor viewing parties, a Mother's Day dinner, school review group, a Thanksgiving party, a New Years' Eve game night, and a before-Christmas visit from these 2 cuties.
Do you set goals at the start of a new year? Do you write them down or keep them informally? Next Wednesday, I'll share my goal list for 2014!