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Back on October 6th, I published a post on time management and goal setting.  In determining those "New Year Resolutions" everyone's been talking about (including me), I've determined to go back to that goal list.

Back in October,  I had to come up with a list of my ultimate priorities.  They did not consist of the only things I find important in life but they are the most important. While the first 3 are in numerical order, the others could be interchanged. These are the things that I simply could not accept having to live without.  I reviewed that list in the last few days and determined it has not changed:

  1. God
  2. My marriage
  3. Mothering my children
  4. Health & Safety
  5. Homeschooling
  6. Writing
  7. Friends & Other Family (outside my husband and children)
  8.  Comfortable, nice clean home
  9. Financial Security
  10. Fun & Relaxation (Yes, some would be surprised this made the list as it's the one that is overlooked most often - but it really is a priority for me)

Once I determined what my priorities were (that part did not take long but did need great consideration as I think it's the most important step), I needed to develop short-term, medium-term and long-term goals.  I started with LONG TERM- because you need an ultimate goal.  The medium term and short-term goals are what you do to reach the LONG TERM goals- so those need set in place first.  So this morning, I looked over those long-term goals and made a few minor adjustments.  For the most part though, they have not changed since October.

LONG TERM GOALS:

  1. Develop a union and closeness with God - keeping Him ever-present in my mind and heart, allowing Him to control ALL - Choosing to always be on His side.  In Orthodox language - staying on the path of Theosis and climbing the ladder of divine ascent.
  2. Have a strong lasting loving relationship with my husband that will focus on LOVE and RESPECT and one that can serve as a model to others.
  3. To have my children always know - without a shadow of a doubt- that I love them, to be a Christian model to them and someone they can depend on for strength, guidance and yes, even friendship.
  4. To feed myself and my family, REAL food as provided by God and provide a safe healthy environment to maintain all of our health.
  5. To educate my children to the best of my ability throughout their elementary, middle and high school years and prepare them for life, not just academically but especially by way of heart and soul.
  6. To write and publish several children's books and have a blog of several thousand followers (blushing a little here....wondering if I sound vain??).
  7. To engage in pleasant activities and communicate well and often with friends and family and also help them in whatever ways I can.
  8. To maintain a comfortable, orderly, clean and , yes, stress-free environment in our cozy well-maintained home (finding this current cozy little house in the woods is a great start to this goal!).
  9. To live within our means  and not only have a security net but also be able to help others in need.
  10. To enjoy life and remember to have fun and RELAX!  (this is actually the hardest one for me---  but I think my Stress Reduction and path of imperfect progress I have myself on will help achieve this goal!  But I may need a LOT of encouragement here- so please feel free to comment on these posts and offer words of wisdom and encouragement and your own tales of imperfect progress!

 

So that's my LONG TERM Goal list.  Now I need to look over that Medium-Term and Short-Term goal list-  I'll take the rest of this week to look over it.  In short, I need to come up with a list of medium term goals or steps that I need to achieve to accomplish those long-term goals.  It's about making a plan.  I can't establish that close relationship with God if I don't take the steps up the ladder to get there!  So my medium term goals and short-term goals will obviously include prayer and devotion time and other things that I can do to make sure I keep focused on God each day and each moment of my life.

Goal Setting
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Your Medium Term Goals are goals you can most likely achieve within the next 1-5 years while your short-term goals are the steps you'll be working on immediately and accomplish within the next few weeks up to one year. See my previous post on Goal Setting.

Remember- Resolutions don't need to be met 100%.  The idea of Resolutions is to have Goals- to establish a plan and make PROGRESS.   None of us are perfect.  We are human.  But we CAN MAKE PROGRESS!!

 

So what are your priorities?  Have you made a list a long-term goals based on those priorities recently?

 

 

 

 

"People often ask, 'How do you start a book?' Well, I've always started this way...Chapter 1."  ~ Paula Danziger

This made me laugh.  It's such a low-key thought approach.  It's like, well, duh, you start at the beginning.

Paula Danziger was an awesome author and wrote a lot of wonderful books. Unfortunately, Paula passed away after complications stemming from a  heart attack in 2004.  But she had already left a legacy to the world of children's literature before the age of 59 including the Amber Brown series, The Cat Ate My Jumpsuit, There's a Bat in Bunk Five, and Remember Me to Harold Square just to name a few.  The   I can still remember reading The Cat Ate My Jumpsuit back in middle school.  That book really sticks out strongly in my mind.  I'm sure it has a lot to do with how much I strongly despised gym class and wished I had a cat that WOULD eat my gymsuit...or something like that.  How I hated that gymsuit.

It is hard to start a new book...or sometimes really easy if an idea pops into your head that you just can't get rid of. But sometimes the idea is there, it won't let you sleep at night, but the story just won't form on the page.  And you are left there staring at the page with the little doodles  you made of your character being very thankful you won't have to be the illustrator if you can ever actually make this into an acceptable (or better yet, bestselling) manuscript!

Right now my ideas are flowing.... ideas, not necessarily a manuscript.  But I'm enjoying the process and playing around with the ideas.  It's Saturday, which is to be my day for writing but I am away from home.... or should I say I AM home?  I'm in my childhood home, right where I read The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.  Memories!  Those are good idea starters too!  Anyway, I'll just have time to write down ideas today, not much else, but that's okay.  I can always write "Chapter 1" as an idea 🙂

Random Thoughts For Saturday:

  • It's amazing that, when the toddler doesn't get the pirate ship he wants at the store, he comes home and builds one! It's okay not to buy your child everything he wants.
  • The brain of a three year old is a HUGE sponge!  WOW!
  • If making a list helps you keep track of what to do, that's great!  Make a list....but try to remember where the list is.
  • Why is it when you think of a really great thought to write down there is never any paper available?
  • Everyone should watch a child at play...... and remember the world of imagination.
  • When we assume something about another person's thoughts, that's unfair to the person and unnecessarily damaging to ourselves (I took that one from Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst)
  • Sometimes people just need someone to listen and not for judgement or advice.
  • Sometimes we assume something based on someone's reaction but don't take the time to consider other reasons for their reaction...which leads to what Lysa was saying above.

I hope you have a nice, relaxing Saturday.  Take a little time to read or watch the curious antics of a child.  Look around and find a sign of God in the world around you.  Enjoy.