Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Reflections and Goals for 2011

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.  ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Accomplishments/ Goals kept:
  • Meal planning consistently (for 2+ weeks at a time)
  • Make almost everything from scratch - very little to no processed foods!
  • Become more conscious about reading labels and choosing carefully what we consume both in and on our bodies.
  • Continued to replace various leftover plastic items, with wood, stainless or glass.... 
  • Switched our entire family to non-toxic/natural products....  (B still uses a few things, but he's coming around! yay! :)
  • Continued incorporating Essential oils into our household
  • Weekly date night.  <3
  • Had next to no soda (or drinks w/artificial crap).
  • Continually seeking &  learning - aware of what is going into our mouths/bodies
  • Connected w/ a few of the young marrieds/moms @ church!!
  •  Bought Kamut, and started grinding for baking - including baking all our bread!!
  • Began making our Yogurt & [soaked] Granola too
  • Did a much better job keeping up with laundry, as well as the house picked up/uncluttered/simple. 
  •  Paid off our credit card!!! (all the debt we had accumulated from B's first bout of unemployment!!)
  • Successfully night-weaned (ok, so while this wasn't exactly a goal for the year... it was definitely something I expected to have happen.  Of course, wanting it to be mostly led by KB... I didn't know when exactly it was going to happen...  Just something in my heart knew it would...  and it did. Gently, uneventfully, and pretty much as naturally as it should).

Goals for 2011.... 

  •  Drink more water!!!
  • Get into a daily exercise routine
  • Design a routine of having a regular, daily devotion
  • Remember to take my SuperMom vitamins & other supplements, every day
  • Make more friends - Make conscious effort to connect with others around me
  • Try to be more understanding, rather than critical  (even those who choose to  follow blindly/obliviously, rather than making conscious decisions using education/intellect/instinct... hmph! - ok I'll keep working on it.... ) 
  • Listen - don't be so quick to speak/interrupt... (esp with B)
  • Trust more freely.... esp myself. 
  • Make conscious effort to connect with others around me
  • Be bolder about my witness.
  • Lead at least dozen souls to Christ 
  • Get to bed by 1am - wake up by 9am 
  • Learn to drive!! 
  • Limit computer time 
  • Be aware of my emotions & feelings, and work on using them for good rather than negative... and  accept, admit & apologize when my  words, behavior or attitude is wrong.
  • Share in & encourage KB's interests... 
  • Take more time to learn, explore, laugh & play with her!  Do Crafts... play games... read stories... talk.... share.... imagine.... smile... hug.... sing to /with her.... cherish every moment....always remembering what it is like to be small and full of wonder.
Start and/or actually finish some of the following books: 
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy​
  • Nourishing Traditions

  • Passionate Housewives Desperate for God
  • Power of Praying Wife
  • Becoming the Woman of His Dreams (finish)
  • For Women Only (finish)

  •  Do You Mind if Your Kids Don't?
  • How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor 
  • Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves
  • 5 Love Languages for Children
  • Families Where Grace Is in Place (finish)
  • Graced-Based Parenting (finish)
  • The Continuum Concept
  • The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity
  • Parenting With Love And Logic
  • Revamp the old housekeeping schedule, and get back to it
  • Set up a household schedule... something with flexibility but gives some structure
  • Keep on top of laundry -
  • Keep house picked up/uncluttered/simple.  
  • Don't be afraid to purge - we don't need all the stuff!!
  • Continue baking all our bread, learn to make bagels
  • Continue learning about Essential oils... read EO book...  put what I learn into practice 
  • Buy a diffuser, and use
  • Learn more about sprouting & implement into our diet
  •  Find a local source to buy raw milk 
  • Continue making yogurt.
  •  Find & try more [healthy] recipes! 
  • Find a local source for eggs
  • Find a source for grass-fed, beef 
  • Learn how to felt - make felt balls
  • If move, be completely unpacked & organized within 6 mos of move-in.
  • Get her on a little more of a schedule
  • Limit tv time
  • Increase outside time
  • Know she is loved wholly and unconditionally, all the time!  
  • Start Ballet class - ?
  • Purchase Before Five in a Row to [slowly] make our way through next school year
  • Teach her to love unconditionally, have compassion, be kind, noble empathetic, trustworthy, a good friend...
  • Know that she knows how to laugh, be silly, act goofy, use her imagination, hope, dream, explore, fight monsters (lol), and be the princess that she is....  

  • Leave a tract at each table, in every restaurant we dine. 
  • Continue weekly date nights
  • Start a daily devotion together - as a family
  • Move by the end of the year. - possibly purchase first home!!
  • Cherish every moment we have, growing as a family - don't let outside "activities" steal away our joy.
  • Get B taking daily vitamins - Get him SuperDad vitamins
  • Limit credit cards transactions, to amounts which can be paid off monthly (or bi-monthly at most)

  • Hope/Dream: At least be preggo by the end of the year! :)