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!