Saturday, 3 January 2015

Goals galore!!

Yesterday I shared my thoughts on how last year went right/wrong with regards to my goals, so today I want to share my plans for 2015 with you.

I'm excited by the thought of a brand new year, a visible symbol of how God's mercies are new every morning to us. So instead of setting year-long goals, I'm working a month, sometimes a week, at a time, pacing myself and hopefully giving my best all year long. 

So as it's 2015 I thought I'd give myself 15 goals and I split them into the 5 main areas I want to improve in my life. Let's have a look...

1. Time with God
As I mentioned yesterday I struggled with this during the last few weeks of 2014 and so it's my main focus for 2015. So I have three goals for this area...

I've just started prepping the Isaiah study so I'm very excited!! And of course praying for my hubby and boys is the best thing I can do for them. I'll be using the monthly plans I've used previously - linked here and here

2. Health - getting fit and healthy 
You know, if you've read any of my blog, that I struggle with my weight so this will be a big one for me yet again. My three goals for 2015 are... 

I know I did the whole 'swimming' thing last year but that was on holiday, and so this challenge is to go swimming with them in our LOCAL pool! Much harder and much more embarrassing!! 

3. Love - being a wife and a mum
I love being a wife and a mum, but being overwhelmed causes me to take any stress out on them, as they are the ones who know me best - so I have three goals in this area too... 

This will hopefully just help me to focus on them, love them more and show them, in a way they can relate to not just that suits me. 

4. Home - keeping house
Oh boy - when life overwhelms me this is one of the first things that goes. I get pleas like 'do I have any clean pants or socks?' constantly and it really hurts me when I get so far behind that these questions become necessary. So my three goals for 2015 are... 

I really do want my house to be a home and for my home to be a haven that my hubby and boys can relax in and regain their strength in. 

5. Shine for the King
This one should be obvious but I like the accountability of stating my goals for this year. I want to focus more on people this year and really show them God's love. 

This just helps focus me - and I have all five of these wee pictures on my wall to remind me of my goals for this year. Yes the year will get busy and yes things will happen to derail all I'm trying to do, but I want to focus on God most of all and all the rest will follow. 

Blog-wise I'm going to be following - JOY - finding true joy as I look at: 

I will be focusing on JESUS first, with titbits from my daily readings, things I've heard or read, or sermons I've been privileged to listen to. Remember that everything I write is to me first - I write this blog as a journey and it's what I'm telling myself to do - or shouting at myself to remember!! 

Then I want to focus on OTHERS - with a focus on giving, helping those who need it, and sharing God's love to all around me. This will involve challenges to myself to learn more about organisations locally, nationally and internationally that help people, and then finding ways to help them. 

And finally, because it's my blog, the 'Y' is for YOU - or me in this case!! In these posts I'll be sharing my life with you - the real, honest, messy but wonderful life that God has given me so I hope you'll enjoy reading, laughing and crying with me over the year! 

Let's get ready to SHINE!! 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2015!!! 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break with lots of rest and time with loved ones. I can't believe the holidays are nearly over already - they have flown by!! And on Monday we'll all be back into routine, school and work, with all the decorations packed up and presents put away. 

This is the time of year we make those horrid 'resolutions' that never seem to work out and make you feel like a failure about a week into the year. Not a good feeling! Last year I made my list of 14 things I wanted to do in 2014. What I hadn't figured on was the fact that life has a habit getting in the way! 

So last year I wanted to: 
• Lose a stone - yep I did this!!! Unfortunately I put a couple of pounds back on over the Christmas period but I did do it!!! 
• Get a back massage - yes another one done!! I went on an amazing spa day with one of my bestirs and enjoyed a very relaxing massage :) 
• Go for afternoon tea - I did this one but in a slightly 'out of the box' way!! Two wonderful friends invited me to their house for afternoon tea rather than going out - and yes we had cute sandwiches, gorgeous coffee and delectable little desserts!! 
• Do a whole GMG session in my notebook - I did complete the session BUT not in my notebook. So this is something I'd still like to do at some stage. 
• Take each of the boys on an outing - I did this one without realising as I've taken the bigger two to the cinema for a treat and I've done plenty of wee things with the smaller two!! 
• Go swimming - I did this!!! And it was probably one of my highlights of 2014. Although it was during the summer and we were on holiday, it still counts and I must have gone in about 4 times!!! 
• Take hubby out for dinner - we had the most intimate dinner ever - we had fish and chips for lunch in our car in a garage carpark... But it was a spontaneous meeting - he was in between meetings and I was just finished - and it was so lovely it made me smile all day long! It really is the little things in life :) 
• Make a will - opps... Not yet.... 
• Give blood - again not yet :( 
• Do a random act of kindness - yes :) I've done a few of these this year, from taking someone a meal, to paying for something, to random small acts like holding a door, smiling and talking to people just when they need it most. This is something that is amazing - and you get so much more from doing it than they do from receiving it. 
• Get a family photo taken - I've had nice photos taken but we haven't done the official one yet so this is a 'kinda' one!! 
• Share the gospel with someone - I've shared bits and pieces but not the gospel in its entirety. This isn't something I'm pleased with. It was definitely something I wanted to focus on last year. 
• Write a '31 days' series - yes - I'm hoping to share it later in the year but I did it!! A wee hint is that involves turning your house into a haven :) 
• Make something for the house - again this is a big fat yes!!! And I'm so pleased with myself that I'm setting myself mini creative challenges this year too!! 

So from the 14 goals I set last year I completed 9 of them, kinda completed 2 of them and failed miserably with 3 :( 

So what happened? My life happened. I am the first to admit that I try to do too much and constantly get overwhelmed - seen in the fact that even poor Dawn has only just received the second part of her prize - at least I hope she has by now!!! - and it makes me feel all over the place. I want to curl up in a wee ball and just hide away from everything :( 

So when I started my classroom assistant (teaching assistant) course in September I tried to get ├╝ber-organised and ended up uber-confused!! I'm in my sons' primary school two mornings a week for my placement, and I'm in tech one day a week for the course, so it's been all go...

But the thing that I noticed most about the last couple of months was that for the last 6/8 weeks of the year I didn't open my Bible or even try to make time for God, making it much much harder on myself. He is my strength. He is the only one who can keep me going and keep me balanced, and so that will be my focus this year as I finish my course and try to do everything else as well. 

Tomorrow I will share my plans for 2015, personally and for the blog, and I would love to hear what you are going to focus on this year. This truly is our year to SHINE - 365 days just waiting to be filled with things to bring glory to our Father.