At the end of each year, I reflect on the year that is almost past–what went well, what didn’t, what could be improved. Then I sit down and create my goals for the new year.
This year I am trying something different. Instead of creating goals for the entire year, I am going to create a few simple goals each month. There are a few reasons for this, all having to do with big events that I already know will be taking place in 2020.
- My husband will graduate from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in May and will, Lord willing, be ordained to the priesthood.
- This means that we will be moving and beginning a big new chapter in our lives. New city, new jobs, new schools for the kids, new ministry.
- I have a book contract with Ancient Faith Publishing and will be writing and launching my first book this year. (Yikes!)
With all of these major life events happening, I am going to take things a month at a time. 🙂
How I Did on My February Goals
February Goal #1:
Moving goal–In preparation for our move, I will declutter my clothing, my books, and the kitchen.
I am so excited that I was able to get this done . I also decluttered the kids’ toys, which was a major chore!
February Goal #2:
Writing goal–I will finish writing all of the saint profiles I have left to do for my children’s book.
Um, wow. This one didn’t happen at all. I did get several saint profiles finished, but I still have quite a few to go.
February Goal #3:
Sustainable living goal–I will no longer buy sanitary napkins but purchase and use reusable cloth pads.
This one was so simple that I am kicking myself for not doing it earlier! Reusable cloth pads are easy to use, easy to wash, and much better for the environment. I bought these cute ones online.
February Goal #4:
Healthy living goal–I will not drink any alcohol this month (with the exception of our Valentine’s Day date).
I would give this an ALMOST done. I had a couple of glasses of wine when we hung out with another couple, but other than that (and our Valentine’s Day date), I didn’t have alcohol for the month of February.
February Goal #5:
Handmade item goal–I will crochet a scarf for my son, George.
I am seriously loving this goal! I crocheted George a scarf in his favorite color–orange–while we were watching a classic movie during our family movie night.
February Goal #6:
New Testament reading goal–I will finish the book of Matthew and read the book of Mark.
I am moving along on track with this goal! I hope to read the entire New Testament in 2020.
February Goal #7:
Orthodox spirituality reading–I will finish reading Beginning to Pray by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom.
I got bogged down in other work and reading this month and so did not finish.
My Goals for March 2020
March Goal #1:
Moving Goal–I will declutter the kids’ closets and give away clothes they have outgrown.
March Goal #2:
Writing Goal–I will finish all of the saint profiles that I have left. Since I have two weeks of Spring Break this month, I am feeling more confident that this will actually happen!
March Goal #3:
Sustainable living goal–I will acquire and begin using cloth handkerchiefs.
March Goal #4:
Handmade item goal–I will make 3-4 cloth handkerchiefs and embroider them.
March Goal #5:
Healthy living goal–I will get outside each day for at least 20 minutes. My kids and I have ambitious plans to go for a long walk or hike each day of spring break!
March Goal #6:
New Testament reading goal–I will read all of the book of Luke and the first 10 chapters of John.
March Goal #7:
Orthodox spiritual reading–I will read Alexander Schmeman’s Great Lent: Journey to Pascha.
That’s it! What are your goals for March?