I love reading and writing about goals. I read other blogger's goals because it inspires me to new things, plus it's a nosy little peek into their lives. Maybe that's just me. I write about my own goals to track my progress, see what I still want to accomplish, and even evaluate if a goal still remains important to me. I abandoned a few of my goals last year...without guilt!
The first half of the year has flown by and it's time to check my goal progress and, of course, include a few links and photos. My goals are bulleted while my notes are written in teal.
- Experiment in the kitchen. Try making my own
granola bars, yogurt, vanilla, sourdough bread, and marshmallow cream.
Speaking of breakfast habits, Brian likes to eat a granola bar and a piece of fruit on his morning commute to work. After sampling a batch of these granola bars, he declared them far better than store-bought bars so now I try to always keep homemade granolas on hand. The recipe makes a large batch and they freeze well. Owen loves them, too, and we're experimenting with new add-ins.
Eat at Chipotle. (Am I the only one who hasn't been?!) Run a 2-mile race with Brian. Train and run a 1/2 marathon.
I had major let-down when the race was over. It took time to get my bearings again and set new goals. Still strong from my training, I decided to run a 5K in June. I came in just short of my time goal of maintaining a 8:30 pace, but I did win 2nd place in my age category.
Build my upper body and core strength. Hold a plank for 4 minutes.
I'm happy to report that on Sunday, June 15, I finished the 30 Day Plank Challenge. My arms were shaking and my legs were burning, but I did it. Did you know you could break out in a sweat and get out of breath while holding perfectly still? You should try a plank.
- Learn to change the oil in the van and learn to change the wiper blades, too.
Take each child out individually for a meal at a restaurant they would enjoy.
- Read 50 books-- not including books I read aloud to my kids or books we read for school.
I've added 2 secondary challenges to my goal. I want to read most of the books from the 2014 Sisters Book Challenge I'm doing with my sister. I've read 5 of her 10 suggestions. (It would have been 6, but my June choice was checked out of the library to someone else and I had to wait for it to come in.) Plus I've chosen 4 classics I want to read by the end of the year. I picked one to read each season and so far I've read To Kill a Mockingbird (can't-say-enough-about-it-excellent!) and The Secret Garden (pretty good).
Develop a new chores system for the kids, including responsibilities for the two youngest. Take (or have someone else take) new non-candid photos of my kids.
My sister volunteered to do the photography for me and she did photo shoots on three Sundays at the end of spring. I chose a favorite photo of each of my kids and have them displayed on my blog's right sidebar. She shared some of her favorites on her blog if you want to take a look.
Now I need to print and frame some for my house.
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At this mid-way point of the year, I've decided to tack on a few more goals.
- Plan our 2014/2015 school year and write a loose daily schedule.
- Focus on teaching kids to take initiative for their hygiene, school work, and responsibilities.
- Run a 5K and a 10K in the fall.
I'll do another goal check-in at the end of September. Did you make any goals this year? How do you plan to accomplish them?