Are we there already?

That spot on the calendar where we stop talking about our New Year’s goals? Where we’ve settled in to the new year and all of its busyness and forgotten about the goals and dreams we had?

Oh I hope not. If so, then I completely missed the party!

I’m a “little” bit late this year in getting around to working on my goals for the year. Something about launching a new website kept me a sort of busy.

But it’s not something I want to skip. So I’ve been thinking about it in the little pockets of time I find laying around my schedule.


I’m learning to simplify, and that definitely includes my goal setting. This year, instead of listing all of the important areas of my life and then a mile-long list of goals for each area, I’m simply choosing one action step for each area. By choosing just one thing to focus on, I believe I will see positive changes and avoid becoming overwhelmed with too many habits to instill/change at once.

I may change things up a bit as I go, because of the whole “I’m squeezing this in at the last minute” thing. But this will give me a place to start and a good idea of what I need to focus on.

Here are my focus areas for the year and the one action step I’ll be working on to improve each of those areas of my life: (These aren’t in any particular order.)

My Marriage:

We need to make sure we are spending time just relaxing together. Not necessarily going out or even always being alone. But just relaxing. We both have a lot on our plates and it’s easy to let the day (the week, the month) slip by without taking a breather, a moment to just enjoy life together. All the other marriage tips in the world won’t make a difference if we’re not spending some down-time together on a regular basis.

(Note to self; Tell Joe about this one since I’ll need his attendance.)

Action Step: Relax together at least once per week.


My Health:

I need to lose some weight, take my daily stand against depression, and overcome Adrenal Fatigue. Health for health’s sake doesn’t get me fired up. But being healthy so I can live my purpose and enjoy my loved ones, now that’s a reason to take care of this body I’ve been given.

This is the area that I will have a different action step per month.  It’s one area of improvement, involving several specific goals. So, my action step for the year is to follow the challenge mentioned below, with the specific action step changing monthly.

Action Step: Participate in the Healthier You Challenge hosted by Money Saving Mom.


My Daily routine:

I have a lot to do. The only way I will live into my priorities is to follow a well thought -out routine. I don’t have to be a slave to it, but I will find freedom in having it.

Action Step: Follow a simple but effective daily routine.


Home organization:

I’m pretty organized but it’s never enough for me. We live in a sort of small house. (Not so much small as poorly laid out  for a family with two parents who work from home and two children who school at home.)

Action Step: Create a usable system for paperwork and homeschooling supplies.



Things will change a bit for me next year. I’ll have a first grader and a tenth grader. My rising tenth grader has been quite independent for several years now, and my rising first grader, well, we’ve just been playing and reading a lot. Next year will have to be a little bit different. I’m going to have to get back to actually homeschooling! (That’s not a bad thing, just needs a little bit of tweaking in the schedule.)

Action Step: (This one has to be worded as two steps.) Do focused learning with Josiah daily. Sit down with Lydia tat the beginning and end of every week to go over her schedule and assess her week.


My Business:

My biggest need in my business right now is to make and keep an editorial calendar. With the routine that I’ll be following for my daily life, I’ll have scheduled time to work. With an editorial calendar, I’ll make the most efficient use of my time.

Action Step: Complete a monthly editorial calendar and go over it at the beginning of each week, transferring “to-dos” into my weekly planner.


The Budget:

The biggest area of potential improvement in our budget is in the food department.

I made a pretty big decision last fall to start a new website which focuses on meal planning and freezer cooking in order to help me and my readers stay within our food budgets. When I have a plan (and follow it) we don’t end up eating out by default.

Action Step: Complete a monthly meal plan and do the freezer cooking that will help me stay on track with actually using the plan.


My personal growth:

I know for certain that I’m a better mom, wife, writer, and friend when I’m practicing the daily habit of reading uplifting and life- changing books.

Action step: Read (or listen to) at least three books per week that help me to grow as a person.

You can check out my Never Ending Book List Pinterest board here.


My Faith:

This year I’m just going to focus on getting into The Word. It’s already a loose habit but I want to make it like breathing. I’ll probably add some journaling and of course keep praying. This isn’t to say I won’t do other spiritual disciplines along the way. It just means the one thing I’m going to reach for is daily scripture reading and meditation.

Action Plan: Read my Bible. 




And that, my friends, is probably enough for one year.


How about you? What do you think of the idea of choosing just one thing to focus on and doing it with passion and purpose?



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