2018 Goals

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So in the fall, I realized that a lot of my friends sell something as a source of income. Oils, Beachbody, make-up, an etsy shop, whatever. Podcasters and bloggers have been talking about their word for the year and how they make money on their platform all the time. I, however, just stay home with my daugher, run my household, and blog when I feel like it.

Sometime in late November or early December, Pastor Al was teaching about purpose and conviction. I decided that I really wanted to be intentional about how I spent my time in 2018 and figure out what God really had for me to do this year. So I set it up with Tim that I would go spend some time at Starbucks one afternoon and plan my year. I brought my Bible, a calendar, some books, and a notebook. I was all set to think about how productive my year would be.

I wanted to spend some time in prayer and really hear from God, you know? So as I sat there and prayed and waited for Him to tell me what big things He wanted me to accomplish this year, this is what He said…

“Your priorities this year are spending time with ME, Tim, and Clarissa, and I also want you to focus on your health.”

Really, God? That’s what you want me to do this year?! Nothing big and fancy. Just my family and my health. Okay. I can do that.

I enjoyed my soy hot chocolate and quiet time. I thought about a few action steps for how I wanted to spend time with God and my family. The things I thought I could focus on in the health department. I brainstormed books that I already have on my Kindle or on my bookshelf that I have been meaning to read that fit in with those things.

I wrote a few things into my December and January calendars so that I could finish a Bible study I had already started and read a new book on my list. But it wasn’t anything major. Just a few things to do each week. And miraculously, I actually did them. Only having a few things on my to do list made it way easier to accomplish than having several goals to work towards.

I feel like I am already making more time for things that matter. The extra things that everyone else volunteers for or works for, aren’t a huge deal. I am just over here enjoying my mornings with God and making sure I have special times with Tim and Clarissa everyday. And I have already been to the Korean hospital to check off one of my health things for the year.

Tim and I also decided on a few financial goals to focus on this year that we are excited to work toward.

What are you going to focus on in 2018?

Make Over Your Mornings Take 2

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Last summer, I tried the Makeover Your Mornings course when it first came out. It did help me to have a more productive summer and fall. I really enjoyed a relaxing spring and then had a lot of vacation bible school work to do over the summer, so I knew that I wanted to do it again after our trip to Japan.

On day one she writes:

“The goal of this course is not to create productivity for the sake of productivity. As satisfying as it is to cross things off your to-do list, it is not an end in itself. Making over your morning is simply a way to ensure you have more time and energy for the things that matter most: caring for your family, serving in a ministry, starting your own business, learning a new skill, or taking the time to refresh and refuel yourself.”

Who can’t use more of that?!

I also like that she talks about how a simple evening routine can set your morning up for success. For me that means doing dishes, packing the diaper bag for the next day, and setting out my glass of water.

This course also really helped me think through how I should prioritize my time. In this way, I can have a more productive day because I think about what things are more important uses of my time. There were a couple of days devoted to goal setting, which really helped me prioritize my schedule.

On day nine, she actually has you come up with a morning routine. I appreciate what she says:

“I don’t maintain my morning routine perfectly every single day, but I keep coming back to it because it has borne such good fruit in my life and in my family’s life. Remember, a good routine will help simplify your morning rather than create new anxiety about perfectionism.”

Day 12 talks about how having routines can help streamline your day and eliminate decision fatigue.

On day 13, she says, “failure is evidence that you are trying.” She talks about reevaluating your routines every 21 days to see if they are still working for you.

I like the format of the Makeover Your Mornings Course. Each day there is a short video, a couple of pages to read, and an action step or two. The whole process takes about 15 minutes of your day. The beauty of it is that since you have access to the videos and reading all the time, you can take more than 14 days to finish. There isn’t a date tied to your access. So you can take two or three days for each topic if you really like it or need more time (or get too busy and don’t get to it on a particular day).

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