Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Goals Review

Way back at the beginning of 2010 ("last year" already. Wow.), I wrote a post of my goals for that year. I wanted to follow through and see how I did with each one. I always wondered how I would do with a list of goals, and now I know. I do plan to come up with a list for this year now that I feel like I can breathe a little.

2010 List of Goals
*Go to bed, at bedtime, together - sometimes. Not as much as I wanted.
*Spend time together as a couple each day - fail. I don't count supper, and we didn't do very well at specifically spending time together with just the 2 of us.
*Spend time together as a family each day - fail again.
*Regular date nights for just the two of us (monthly or bi-monthly) - MAJOR fail.
*Daily personal quiet time with the Lord. - Improved but not 100% success.
*Read at least 1 book a month - Ho, ho, ho, major fail again.
*Exercise 3x a week or more. - fail, fail, fail.
*Lose baby weight and then some (after the baby's born, of course!) - fail. I lost about 2/3 of what I gained, though not from conscious effort.
*Choose and develop 1 or 2 new habits each month - Fail.
*Eat breakfast together more often - we did do this a little more than never, so success?
*Don't overschedule our calendar. Keep time free for "us" and know that it's ok to say "no." - as much as possible, so I'd say "success".

*Cash only for groceries, entertainment/recreation. - Success for a time.
*Stick to budget! Less impulse buying! - Partial success, but we also need to overhaul the budget.
*Put SOME money into savings each week, plus any extra that is possible. - fail.

In the kitchen
*Menu plan each week 1 week ahead. - bah, humbug. Fail.
*Serve salads with meals 2x a week - Fail at the every week part, but salads were on the menu more than before.
*Find or create the happy medium for eating healthier without going overbudget. - success, I think. Now to just fine-tune it.
*Update the freezer inventory quarterly (basically print off new sheets to correspond with my chicken scratches and changes on the existing one). - Rolling on the floor laughing. Fail.
*Try new recipes more often. - success!
*Use crockpot 1x a week. - yes/no.
*Reduce food waste - stay on top of leftovers and freezer inventory. - I won't mention that I had to throw away an entire, freezer-burnt turkey. Fail.

*Donate or throw away more. DO NOT KEEP CLUTTER - success, but the house is still too full.
*Complete To-Do lists daily. - Um, having a baby changes everything. Fail.
*Stay on top of filing paperwork (aka - keep the desk clean!). - Why did I put this on my list?
*Print off, write on and put photos in albums monthly. - and why did I put THIS on my list?
*Maintain clean and welcoming bedrooms. - closing the door is easier.
*Put curtains in kitchen windows. - the material is still up in the attic.
*Continue with weekly or monthly "Monster Projects" - can I call "Parenting" my Monster Project?

*Blog more regularly. - Does considerably less blogging = "regularly"?
*Clean out coupon file quarterly. - It makes a nice place to pile stuff.

Above all else
*Do all things in a manner that glorifies God and brings honor to my husband. - I know there are areas I succeeded and plenty where I failed in this department.
*Strive to be the best wife and mama I can be. - Ditto.
*Maintain a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere in our home. - The only people I've turned away were the Jehovah's Witnesses. I hope everyone else felt welcomed!


Candi said... [Reply to comment]

I always appreciate your honesty! You are so funny! I've been decluttering a little each week. It makes me feel better. I used to scrapbook whole-heartedly, but having two children in the house makes you CRAZY! So now I opted for the whole snapfish album they send you in the mail. Much easier.

Oh and I'm one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I still enjoy reading your blog even if you turn us away :)

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

Yes, yes, YES! Being a parent is a full-time monster project! Count success there! And believe me, having a child under 1 year old means ANYthing you do in your day other than tending the children and maybe a load of laundry and maybe one dish that's not leftovers to supplement the leftovers for the main meal, is a roaring success. Yes, it's a far cry from the childless days, but it's the truth. After your youngest is 2 or more, then start trying to do other things. Until then, give yourself grace and take care of your child(ren). (That's the only way I manage.) Oh, and I still enjoy your blog, even if your posts are less frequent. Don't give it up entirely!

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

I wouldn't say fail-needs improvement is a much better phrase : ) A baby changes everything!

On the last sentence...My dad always told my mom she should invite them to our church because obviously we like ours :)

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]


LOL, of course as soon as I post something like that, I find out one of my readers is a Jehovah's Witness! LOL! Well, I'd welcome YOU into my home ;) Thanks for your honesty, too, and not taking offense.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for some quality points there. I am kind of new to online , so I printed this off to put in my file, any better way to go about keeping track of it then printing?

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

I think you forgot one of your goals: Giving birth to & taking care of a one cute baby girl...I think you can check that one off your list ;)

Jenn said... [Reply to comment]

Parenting sure lands itself in the "monster project" file.

You did one better than me ... I didn't even make a list.

Love the pic of Susannah at the piano, it is adorable!!