Tuesday, July 9, 2013

100 goals update

Last December I posted my 100th post. To celebrate I posted 100 goals for 2013. Yes, I knew that it was completely impossible to think I would get anywhere near accomplishing all of them, I just thought it would be good for me to know what directions I wanted to head. Anyways, I think it would be interesting (and fun :)) to see how I am doing on my goals.


Long Term
1.      Pay Off House (working on it, and doing well)
2.      Save up and either add on to current house or buy a new house with cash (this will have to wait until we get the house paid off I think)
3.      Have good relationships (this is doing pretty good for the most part)
4.      Have more children (working on #2 now so going well :))
5.      Serve the community and world (I don't feel like I am doing enough, but I do a little)
6.      Continue as a Stay at Home Mom (check, so far)
7.      Home school our children (still planning to)
8.      Be Organized (I am trying to get together a household binder, but this one is slow going, organization is hard for me)
9.      Have book(s) published (not yet, maybe one day)
10.  Express myself through Art (not as much as I'd like, but I did get my craft area organized, that's the first step, the second step is wait until it is done being a construction zone)
11.  Travel (we went on 1 vacation so far this year)
12.  Be more positive (I think I am doing better)
13.  Have better posture (not doing great, but occasionally remember)
14.  Be healthy (working on it)

Personal
15.  Go to bed by 11 pm (not doing well on this one. I have a hard time because frequently if I go to bed at 11 I wont fall asleep for an hour or two, so I feel like I might as well be up working)
16.  Get up by 9 am (this one flew out the window when I got pregnant, I need to sleep when I can actually sleep)
17.  Only check email during email time (I haven't yet established an email time, so not happening so far, but in the spirit of the goal, I am doing better at not wasting as much time on email, it helps that I started unsubscribing from emails I don't really need to be getting)
18.  Think about (and adjust) my posture twice a day (not doing great on this one)
19.  Write down one good thing someone else did every day (oh, I totally forgot about this goal, I need to work on it)
20.  Listen to WBCL's midmorning program one day a week (I don't always do one day every week, but I try to listen if I am working in the kitchen or around the house, and then I listen to several that day)
21.  Enter at least 20 sweepstakes per week (I stopped doing this because I don't have time now, maybe I will start again later if I get organized)
22.  Make a To Do List (I do sometimes when I remember, it always helps me stay focused)
23.  Make my own laundry detergent (still hasn't happened yet, but I have all the ingredients)
24.  Try at least 1 pin per month (I haven't kept track of this, but I do try new recipes fairly regularly)
25.  Make schedule cards or personal binder (working on it, slow going)
26.  Find out how to publish a children's book (haven't had time to work on this yet)
27.  Attempt to get the Children's books I have written published (same)
28.  Write 1 more Children's book (not yet)
29.  Learn how to publish ebook (I have read a little, but not enough)
30.  Write 1 ebook (thought of ideas, but nothing written yet)
31.  Read 2 books on parenting toddlers (umm, I don't remember if I have read toddler books, I have read several on random child/teen issues/ parenting)
32.  Read at least 1 relationship book (I am pretty sure that I have done this)
33.  Read at least 1 spiritual book (Also pretty sure I have done this, I don't keep track of everything I read because I read tons of books)
34.  Clean up email so I don't spend so much time in it (have been working on this, seems like no matter how many I unsubscribe from there is always more, but it is way better)

Family
35.  Do devotions as a family after supper every day (we kinda fell away from this, we need to get started again)
36.  Go to at least 1 Moms and Munchkins event every month (unfortunately Mom and Munchkins is no longer happening :( )
37.  Go on at least 1 family vacation (we took a weekend away :))
38.  Go away for the weekend at least 4 times (1 down, unlikely to get in all of the others because of trying to stay nearby in case I go into labor :))
39.  Paint the back room in the basement (Mr. Random is working on this now!)

Marriage
40.  Have 2 date nights per month (we haven't had one for a while, time to get back on the horse)
41.  Go on at least one vacation without Little Man (Not sure if this will happen because of the pregnancy/ waiting for delivery/ will be dealing with a newborn, but we'll see)
42.  Go on a marriage retreat (unfortunately not going to happen unless we can find one for free that is close)
43.  Read one book together with Mr. Random (does the bible count? oh wait, we haven't finished that either, well he did show interest in America's Cheapest Family, maybe we can read that)
44.  Do The Husband Project (I keep meaning to do this)
45.  Go to at least 3 ballroom dances (We did a dance at our church talent show, but other than that, no)

Children
46.  Spend 15 minutes a day just playing with Little Man (I do play with him probably more than 15 min a day, but not in one chunk of time like I was wanting to yet)
47.  Read at least 1 book to Little Man every day (many days I read him Hello Baby, his current favorite book)
48.  Have Little Man try 1 new food every week (having him try it, most of the time he doesn't eat it, but I am doing my part)
49.  Have at least one photo day per month (I do not even remember what I meant by this, but I do take pics and videos of him regularly)
50.  Have one Mother/Son date night every other month with Little Man (haven't started this yet because we spend so much time together, I am thinking that it will prolly be more important once Little Man 2 is here)
51.  Let Mr. Random go on one Father/Son date night every other month with Little Man (same)
52.  Write down Little Man’s new schedule (check)
53.  Begin preschool with Little Man (nothing official after I posted this I realized there is not much official that you do with a 1.5 year old)
54.  Find information on home school groups for preschoolers (not yet, but I should)

Extended Family/Friends
55.  Get together with each side of the family at least once a month (most months we do, some months we haven't because of different people being out of town, but do as much as we can)
56.  Get together with aunts to scrapbook once a month (that fell apart because of busy schedules, maybe we can start again soon?)
57.  Have people over 1-2 times a month (umm, we need to do better on this)
58.  Visit my Sister at least twice (not yet, she lives a couple hours away, so we'll see if it happens after the baby is born)

Spiritual
59.  Do my devotions 4 days a week (I did pretty good while in BSF, not doing well this summer)
60.  Go on time to BSF (what is on time, really?, obviously didn't do well on this)
61.  Finish this year's BSF lessons (I got many of them done)
62.  Sign up for BSF for next year (check!)
63.  Continue being involved in family group (check!)

Serving
64.  Write at least 1 note of encouragement every month (I forgot this one, so I haven't done it yet, I will try to remember this month)
65.  Take in a Foster Child (this one stopped being a possibility when we found out we were expecting again. With the first pregnancy I was put on couch rest at the end, and this time I was on semi-couch rest at the beginning. We knew that if I couldn't take care of myself and our child we shouldn't take on someone else's child, we will see if God leads that way again after we get settled with Little Man 2)
66.  Volunteer outside of the home at least once (I haven't had the opportunity to do this yet. I have volunteered for our church community several times, but I was hoping to do something more)

Health
67.  Maintain my weight through the holidays (I don't remember for sure, but I think I did pretty well on this even though I was pregnant :)
68.  Exercise at least 3 times a week (I am really bad at this)
69.  Fill out the Calorie Counter every day (I stopped doing this when I found out how many calories I am supposed to be eating when pregnant. It is depressing to see that many calories when I got used to far less)
70.  Lose 10 pounds in 2 months (umm, this and the next one obviously went the opposite direction since I got pregnant)
71.  Lose 50 pounds in 1 year

Financial
72.  Work on budget 2 days every month (check!)
73.  Calculate how much extra we need to pay on the house to have it paid off in 3 years (I am not sure if three years will happen because the new tax codes hit us hard, but we are on a good track to get it paid off in 6 years or less)
74.  Go through the Dave Ramsey course again (Mr. Random doesn't think we need to this year so we'll prolly wait)
75.  Pray and talk to other leaders about teaching a Dave Ramsey course (haven't started this process yet)
76.  Get the house on a mortgage from the bank (check!)
77.  Give generously as God prompts
78.  Continue to tithe 10% of gross income
79.  Continue to put at least 5% of income in God only knows fund
80.  Build up to 15% of our income going into our retirement funds (we are holding steady at this point)
81.  Continue to pay extra on the house
82.  Save up and pay cash for a new air conditioner when it goes out (working on saving up)
83.  Save up and go on a big vacation next year or the year after (not happening this year, we'll see about next year)

Blogging
84.  Write 2-3 posts per week (I think I am averaging 1-2)
85.  Apply at least 1 of the Six Sister’s ways to grow my blog every week (haven't started this)
86.  Write posts at least 1 week in advance (every once in a while)
87.  Plan out posts at least 1 weeks in advance (not happening yet)
88.  Host a biweekly linky party (I decided to cancel it because it was not getting enough trafic to be worth my time)
89.  Contact 1 company a month about sponsoring my blog (hasn't happened yet, but I have had a couple sponsor s and sponsored posts come in, yay!)
90.  Post 1 Let's Talk post a month (I have posted a few)
91.  Post at least 1 recipe per month (haven't done well on this)
92.  Post 1 Swagbucks post a month (haven't done well on this either)
93.  Post at least 1 product review per month (I have posted one)
94.  Write 1 guest post every other month (this is not happening right now)
95.  Post a giveaway at least every other month (I have had a couple :))
96.  Host a big linky/giveaway party for my 1 year blogiversary (I did, and it was great! although a lot of work :))
97.  Make a Blog Binder (still working on it)
98.  Read the Six Sister's 10 ways to grow your blog book (not finished)
99.  Find some sponsors for/Save up and go to a blog conference this year or next (Not going to be going this year, maybe next)
100.                      Grow my blog to at least 200 pageviews per day (way over, yay!)


Well there you have it, obviously I got nowhere near doing them all, but it was good to review. And exciting to see the things that I could check off :)

Have you made any goals this year? How are you doing with them?
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