2015 Goal Update: How I Did In June

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 27 books so far which means I am right on target for finishing 52 books this year.  My favorite for the month would be Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things No One Ever Told You About Being Creative. In fact I liked it so much I want to order it in paperback (I got it in kindle format) so I can reread it whenever I need to be inspired in my work. I reread very few books so that is saying a lot. It is short and simple but impactful.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Not a good month for this goal, it looks like by months end on Tuesday I will be at around 70 miles. I am going to have to do a lot of make up miles these next few months to get me back on track.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I was hoping to at least get our bikes out and ride a few times but between rain, and an event packed month it didn’t happen.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

Total blow out on this goal. Time to press the reset button.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: My husband and I enjoyed a meal out just the two of us for his birthday last week

jamaica

This was the view from our patio at the resort we stayed at. Oh my! I didn’t want to leave. So beautiful.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : We spent an entire week in Jamaica just the two of us in honor of our 20th wedding anniversary. It was amazing! If you follow me on instagram you probably saw all the pictures. We are considering this our spring and summer getaway so we won’t go away for the weekend again until fall.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and starting to get a better attitude about it. With each week that I stay on track decluttering just one small area our home is becoming easier and easier to keep clean.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words. I am now spending time reading the bible starting from the beginning each and every day.

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

Do You Want To Set And Reach For Goals But You Are Not Even Sure How To Start?

If you are wanting to reach for goals but just can’t seem to fit them in your day  let alone reach for them, you are going to want to know about Crystal Paine’s new course Make Over Your Mornings .

This course is not about waking up early, it is about starting your day with intention that carries through until bedtime. The course will teach you how to make realistic goals and see them happen.

I watched all the videos  and even though I have followed a lot of the principles shared in the videos for years, I found the course inspired me to improve and live life with even more intention.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals. For more info or to grab your copy click here

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How Going To Bed At The Same Time As My Kids Made Me A Happier Mom

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I have not always been an early bird. There was a time when I like staying up until past midnight and slept until the sun was fully up, but then I had a baby, and another, and then one more.

How going to bed at the same time as my kids made me a happier mom

How Going To Bed At The Same Time As My Kids Made Me A Happier Mom

Babies and toddlers Wear. You. Out! They did me, anyway. I would get to the end of the day with a huge list of things I wanted to do in the evening after I got them to bed and not have much energy to pursue it.

My list wasn’t just full of chores; it had things on it that refueled me. Things that brought me joy and thus allowed me to spread joy to others including my own family.

Instead of touching the list of things, I would spend a few hours watching TV like a zombie. Some nights when I did have a bit of energy I would try and get something done, but my brain was so tired I would only do things wrong.

I  would bake a cake without sugar. I would scrapbook but write down wrong dates or names.  The last straw was the day that my aunt wrote to say “thanks so much for the thank you note, but my name is…not grandma” turns out I had wrongly addressed a batch of thank you notes and my extended family was having a giggle at my expense.

The day I got my aunt’s letter I looked at the list of things I wanted to do that night and went, “Forget it! I am going to bed.” The next morning I woke up a good 30 minutes before any of the kids and I was shocked with what I got done in that short amount of time compared to what I was getting done in the evenings.

I also had more patience with the kids that day, and didn’t start the day with that, “I am so behind,” feeling. I truly was a happier mom.

I was hooked, and started going to bed once I had the kids down every night. Over time I woke up earlier and earlier too and got more and more done before anyone woke up. In fact, it has been 11 years since that first early morning and I am still getting up early–generally 1 to 3 hours before anyone else in the family–because I know it is the secret not just to my productivity but to my sanity.

Now, the title of this post is stretching the truth–I didn’t go to bed at the exact same time as my kids. I waited for them to fall asleep, which took about an hour, and then I crawled into bed (but that title would be way too long!).

I spent that hour getting ready for bed. I would pick up the house so I woke up to a tidy home, then put my feet up, knitted, and watched TV guilt free knowing I would have time in the morning to pursue not just a must do or two  but also the things that refuel me.  Once the kids were fast asleep in their beds, I went up to my own bed and went to sleep.

Now that my kids are teenagers, the truth is I go to bed before they do. They don’t need me to tuck them in anymore and they know that morning time is mom’s time to refuel and get things done.

If you too struggle to keep your eyes open at night, if all you seem to have energy to do is sit and watch TV for hours–which doesn’t seem to re-energize or refuel you at all–can I make a suggestion? Just go to bed!

How To Make The Most Of Your Mornings

If you are wondering what you would do with those morning hours, may I suggest Crystal Paine’s course “Maximize Your Mornings.” It will help you see your morning hours with potential. Crystal walks you through how to set goals, bust through stumbling blocks, and achieve morning success.

Crystal will teach you how to fuel your day by starting your morning off right. A lot of what she shares in her course is what I learned from trial and error those first few months after I started going to bed early and rising early. By buying her course you will save time figuring it out on your own and go straight to enjoying all the benefits of rising early.

Oh, heads up! She isn’t going to tell you how early to get up–that is up to you. Instead she is going to show you the benefits of beating the kids out of bed and putting the most important things first in your day.

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2015 Goal Update: How I Did In May

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 17 books so far. I should be at 21 books read but I am not worried as I read more in summer time. In fact I just ordered a few new titles from Tyndale rewards that I am looking forward to reading ( psst… if you have Tyndale points to spend you might want to know that it looks like they added a few new books lately)

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Yesterday I finished my 100 miles for May despite  the weather not being  the greatest and not feeling all that motivated. Pushing through to finish strong was a HUGE mood booster for me.

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

I was hoping to at least get our bikes out and ride a few times but it has been so windy and rainy this month that it hasn’t happened, but it will.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

This month I am suppose to be concentrating on cutting back on sugar. It is not going at all well. I keep wiping the slate clean each night as I go to bed though in hopes that tomorrow I will do better.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and made in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

tulip festival

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: My husband surprised me by taking me on a day trip to the tulip festival in Holland Michigan. It was so beautiful.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. : This seasons getaway will be a honeymoon (we never went on one when we got married 20 years ago) We are leaving this month for a week in Jamaica just the 2 of us. So stinking excited about this.

My Home

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

Trudging though this goal and although it still is my least favorite task every week the results are really beginning to show. Our home take a lot less time to clean up now.

My Business

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I put this goal aside for now to work on  a free eBook for email subscribers. I am about 2/3rds of the way through writing it. Stay posted for more details.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

DONE all three words so I decided to go through the proverbs this month. Thinking of picking up a bible study for June. Any ideas for me?

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

My husband and I decided to take a big step towards making this goal happen. It is going to take a lot of work to see if our investment will pay off but I think it will.

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.


Do You Want To Set And Reach For Goals But You Are Not Even Sure How To Start?

If you are wanting to reach for goals but just can’t seem to fit them in your day  let along reach for them, you are going to want to know about Crystal Paine’s new course Make Over Your Mornings .

I watched all the videos yesterday and even though I have been an early bird for years, I found the course to be inspiring.  It has challenged me to rethink my evenings (yes evenings) and tweak my morning routine.

$17 is a steal in my books for what the course offers. There are 14 days of videos and work book instruction and several printables included to help you take action, improve your life, reach and obtain your goals.

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