Goals for December ~ Going Out With a Bang in 2012!

This is the last month I have in 2012 to make and meet some goals. I have so much swirling in my head that I want/need to do that if I don't get it down, I may just explode with being overwhelmed!

I've shared my business and blogging goals over on my other blog, if you're interested in reading those.

Here I share my personal, mothering, and homemaking goals for the next 5 weeks.


  • Finish reading Everything by Mary DeMuth. This book has gripped my heart but I haven't made intentional time to dig in and finish it. This book talks about giving Jesus everything and the cost that is really required of us. It is really the heart of the Gospel of Christ. I truly believe it's where real joy is found.
  • Finish The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson. This is one of my favorite book by Sally. It's the heart of motherhood--walking with Christ first and foremost and how that spills over into your mothering.

{If you haven't guessed yet, I'm an avid reader. ;)}

  • Get back to waking up early. I feel like it's been forever since I've done this. I truly miss it! I want to get back to spending time in the Word and prayer. I'm making a new commitment to praying for the upcoming year so I would like to get some things in order here.
  • Do more personal writing in my journal.


  • Get back to our morning read aloud time (somehow this has gotten away from us!)
  • Keep computer off during morning hours--I would really like to give my children my full attention during this time, rather than being constantly distracted by happenings on the Internet. {Note to self: the Internet never sleeps. There is always something!}
  • Continue to work on having a gentle tone {free eBook coming soon!}


  • Purge and organize entire house by the new year. This might be the one that keeps me the most busy!
  • Set up my new Plan to Eat account this week so menu planning can take place.

Starting this week, I am going to go through every bookshelf,  cupboard, drawer, and area of my home and just purge and organize. Everything needs to have a place and those things I am not using need to go. Part of having a peaceful home is keeping light on all the "stuff" we have. My goal is to spend 15 minutes per day, every day and just work.

Fifteen minutes per day is not too much to ask and I have a feeling will accomplish way more than I can imagine. I have 36 days. That's 540 minutes, or 9 hours, of purging and organizing. Oh yes! I can do this! And you can too!

Then, perhaps I'll ring in the new year with a new habit! :)

I'll be posting my progress here once a week so you all can hold me accountable. :)

What are your goals for the wrap up of 2012?

If you don't have any, I encourage you to make a few. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish when you have a little intentional direction. :)

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August Goals


I've learned something from my July goals -- many of them were more "habit" type goals. Habits are harder than doing 1 time tasks so I'm going to be careful not to add so many of those in this time.


Continue waking up early(habit)

Read Bible to children at breakfast (habit)


Reading 1 of 2 books this month (The Husband Project)

Go on 1 date (my treat)


Daily Journaling (Habit)

Weekly breakfast (out) with each child


Continue involvement in Pinterest

Focus on moving Facebook pages (have you liked my new page yet?) ;)

I'm keeping these goals realistic - though honestly, even though I didn't remotely accomplish everything I wanted to last month, the mere act of creating the goals and working toward something made a huge difference and things did get done!

July Goals - Week 3

For July


Wake up before children (July habit) – includes time with God This is going better! Did it several days throughout week

Breakfast Challenge my first challenge is to wake up early (see above) second challenge is to read Bible to children--so far, so good! Everyday!

Drink water: – 32 oz per day (to start) Doing better. I find myself regularly filling my glass without having to think about it.

Read at least 30 minutes per day (from my book stack) Yes! Doing this in the evenings with hubby :)

Continue house purge/organization Yes! I've gotten a lot done!

Take vitamins No. :( I've always been bad at remembering this!


Begin marriage book (and implement principals most relevant) Yes!! I've begun reading and actually turned it into a community challenge (The Husband Project).


Read 2 chapters aloud, daily We're up to one chapter a day.

Finish math books Still working on it! Yay!

Direct & Inspect bedrooms each evening (July habit) Happening more regularly than usual, but not everyday yet.

Focus on 1000 Gifts Not so much.


Create and stick to working hours Yes I did this! Woot!

Create editorial calendar for remainder of July It's finished!

Write 300 words per day I did this a few times. Still not an intentional habit. Happening more accidentally then anything.

Pressing on for another week! Woot!