#1wordwednesday / {GOALS} an honest review of my 2017 progress

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This past January I sat down to list {GOALS} for the year. My theme inspiration for 2017 came from a magazine newsstand in Walmart. I know, deep.

#sayyestosayingno 

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These carefully crafted words from my 2017 goals blog post mean more now than they did in January. It’s amazing how God can prepare your heart for things ahead.


“Find more time for the things you love.

Time stops for no one. We can embrace the new year and decide that today is a great day to start over, start new, start fresh – start finding time for the things we love.

Here’s the real deal though.

You can’t create time. You can’t add to the 24 hours, oh how I wish I could figure out how to make that happen!!

If you want to do more of the things you love, you have to say yes to saying no.

As I walk into the reality that is 2017, I’m setting goals for how to find more time for those things I love.”


Now.

Here’s the honest review of how I would grade myself on these goals – with just a few months to go.

I’ve done really well in some aspects and I’ve completely ignored others. I’m actually ok with that. You can’t do it all – not even goals.

Introducing my own personal green, yellow and red grading scale.

✅   =  I’m on it like cheese on grits

⚠️  =  in progress, improvement needed

❌  =  was that a goal?? oops, I should get to work on that

2017 Goals

Relationship with God/Church
⚠️ – quiet time every morning before getting my day started
✅ – write in a prayer journal every day
✅ – attend weekly prayer time at our church
✅ – find someone to help us teach in our Children’s Church ministry

Family/Home
✅ – Fun Fridays with our kids that are less rushed – 3 Fridays out of each month spent at home instead of going out
✅ – take 1 trip to somewhere we’ve never been as a family
⚠️ – get rid of the remaining clutter in all of our closets and garage
⚠️ – invite someone over for dinner at least 1 time per month

Dream/Barn
⚠️ – finish my business plan outlining our plans for the barn property
✅ – approach land owners about acquiring land for the property and present our business plan
✅ – approach bank/investors about financing for building the barn and annex
⚠️ – break ground on our new property

Marriage
⚠️ – pray together each night
 – complete the Love Dare devotional book
⚠️ – have a weekly date night
❌ – review our business and finances together monthly
✅ – get away together alone 4 times in 2017 WITH NO KIDS
✅ – plan an anniversary trip in December
❌ – have more kids (I’M TOTALLY KIDDING…for now…haha)

Creating/Writing
⚠️ – start my shop that will ultimately be at the barn, Reclamations Shop
⚠️ – move items that are going to be repurposed to offsite storage and have an inventory list of what we own
❌ – continue the Daily Starr blog and introduce a guest writer at least 1 time per month
❌ – write my blog each day before my kids get home so I have more time with them
❌ – move blog website over to be self hosted and figure out text alerts system change (totally technical stuff here for nerds like me!)

I’m so glad I sat down to review this list – even with the lacking in some categories. This reminder takes me back to the priorities and outcomes that still matter most to me. It’s so easy to get caught up in your daily life and forget about your dreams and goals.

It would actually be helpful to keep this list in front of me and review weekly or monthly. Some items I’ve completely forgotten about, others just haven’t been a priority yet.

How about you? Do you have goals? It’s not too late. 

Today is a great day to start!

 

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Have you set goals for the new year? Now is a perfect time. Grab a sheet of paper and a pen now.

Remember these key elements of goal setting:

#1 – Write your goals down. Goals in your head don’t exist. Goals that are written are way more likely to be achieved.

#2 – Tell someone your goals to add accountability. Share with a friend that has similar goals or a coworker. Ask them to have a monthly check in and see how you’re making progress.

#3 – Make your goals simple, specific and measurable. Don’t make this complicated and don’t be vague. Write a goal you can measure and achieve.

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