Re-Focus

run.This is a much overdo post since January is almost over! It has been percolating in my mind as I have thought about goals, vision and “resolutions” for the new year.

Since becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I have found that I need goals more than ever, so that I can see some progress in my daily routine. There are many things to be kept busy with, but they usually are the never-ending type. Rarely do you see something last (especially if its clean clothes, a good meal or a tidy house).

I came across a website a while ago that was started by a christian mom named Crystal. It’s called MoneySavingMom. I would definitely recommend checking it out. One blog post that was particularly helpful to me was her goals for 2013 (read them here).

First I want to say I understand the debate surrounding setting New Year’s resolutions. This is not what I’m talking about. I have three times a year that I refer to as my “Re-Focus” zones, where I evaluate where I’m at with goals, decide where tweaking needs to happen, and usually get a burst of creativity around organization and some times even home decor! These are the three times that come naturally for me:

1. Beginning of a New Year

2. Spring Time 

3. September

So that being said, I am at a natural time in my year for a “Re-Focus”, and that’s what a lot of January has been about for me. You’ll know the times that are best for you.

What I found most inspiring about Crystal’s 25 Goals for 2013, was the areas that she broke them down into.

This isn’t the only time that I set goals, and I often have daily ones (don’t yell, drink coffee, get out of house…just kidding), that motivate me to get stuff crossed off my to-do list, and to make sure I’m purposely enjoying my family.

Here were her five areas of goals:

Personal Goals
Marriage Goals
Mothering Goals
Ministry/Friendship/Extended Family Goals
Business/Blogging Goals

With this being a “new baby” year for us, I’m wanting to keep my goals extremely realistic. I decided that I am going to set ONE goal for each of these, then if an area naturally has more, I can go with it. My husband will be my perspective bringer and will honestly tell me if he thinks they are reasonable. 

I have most of these in my mind already, but I’m going to take a little more time to think and pray about it. Want to join me in setting some goals in these areas? We’ll compare notes in a couple of days!

A verse that encourages me with settling goals and sticking to them is found in Habakkuk 2:2.

Then the Lord answered me and said:

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.”

Writing down our goals and placing them before us gives us something to run toward, and motivation feels good!

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