Better late than never, is what I always say! I finally got a chance to put together my monthly goals for April. I am starting small, but everything was small once, right?
1. Teach Little Bear Bible Songs
2. Create a weekly budget
3. Attend Church weekly
4. Work on Blog Daily
5. Spend time outside daily
6. Attend Bible Study
7. Bring my own lunch 3 days a week
8. Actively make better food choices
So my list seems really small to the outside observer. To me, it’s a mountain that needs to be climbed. Generally, when I come home from work each day, I cuddle with my kids, watch a little TV, and drift to bed. This is not at all conducive to good health. I am not spending my days doing anything productive! By giving myself little goals to achieve, I can practice creating larger goals and sticking to my game plan.
Teach Little Bear Bible Songs- This is one of my goals because he is OBSESSED with the Veggie Tales songs CD. So every time we get into the car, we listen to Veggie Tales, or other Bible Songs. I would rather have him singing “Father Abraham” constantly, then singing Two Chainz all day. Our other radio station is the Joel Osteen station, which to my surprise, he prefers to music. I guess when your mom only listens to 2 things on the radio, it rubs off on you! He LOVES Joel Osteen, and often asks me to clarify what his message means while we are in the car. I’m happy he is being influenced by my new more positive listening choices, and I want him to continue to find happiness in POSITIVE entertainment.
Create a weekly budget- I really need to get control of my finances. It’s one thing to have enough to cover everything, but another completely to be able to plan for your money. I want to be able to plan for my future, go out on dates with my husband, go on mini-vacations with my children. I want to be able to thrive with our money, and unless we eliminate spending that is unnecessary and track our money, it will never happen. Plus, budgeting is the grown up thing to do!
Attend Church weekly- Must I really go into detail? Church is good for the soul. And if you don’t attend “church” then any spiritual activity is good too! Meditation, uplifting music, prayer, anything that helps you commune with the Holy Spirit, in whatever you need to feel whole. I personally NEED Spirit in my life, or I feel very lost and almost without direction, so I take it any way I can! Others prefer to do their worship privately. I have a friend who goes to the beach every weekend in the early morning hours, just so she can center herself and pray in a setting she finds peaceful.
Work on Blog Daily- Again, do you REALLY have to ask? I love my blog and it’s so fun to work on it. I haven’t written this much in a while, and I think it’s really helping my creativity!
Spend time outside daily- I love the outdoors. I love the breeze and the sun and I want my children to learn to love it as well. I want to try to spend even just 10 minutes outside every day. Sometimes, I go to walk the family dog, sometimes I just stand outside to watch my son play with his friends. It makes me feel much better to be outside. Next month the goal will be upgraded to taking a walk daily, because I really want to implement more family outside time to our routine.
Attend Bible Study- I would like to take this time to share a little story with you guys. I just recently started a new job in November. Come the end of April, I will be out of my probationary period. My church starts the Ladies Bible study group on Tuesday April 14th 2015 at 6:50pm every Tuesday. I knew my schedule would only allow me to go for a few weeks before my schedules changed at work to the 11:30am to 8pm schedule. I tried not to worry, but it was a little frustrating that this new schedule was not going to allow me much time with my children, and there was no real way it would change for at least the next year. But yesterday, my whole job was informed that the center would now be closing at 6:30 pm. I AM OVERJOYED! Now I don’t have to worry about making it to Bible Study, football games, or getting to lounge with the kids over the summer. By not putting my energy on the problem, and planning on attending Bible Study, I think I was favored! I didn’t do my normal, anxiety-ridden obsessive re-hashing of the issue, and therefore my energy was spent positively influencing the outcome. (Don’t contradict me! Lol I know I know I know, and I don’t care!) A long time ago, I was taught the phrase “Speak it into existence” by my sweet 80-something year old Godmother, and as long as I use my voice to speak positivity into the universe, I am calling positive things to me. I didn’t even know this was a religious principle until I recently started listening to Joel Osteen on the radio, but it definitely is doing me justice to keep following it. I love when old wisdom is proved true!
Bring my own lunch 3 days a week / Actively make better food choices – I really need to plan better so I can be successful with this. *thought bubble* I might invest in compartmentalized lunch boxes. I see them on Pinterest all the time, and I really think I could use them! I tried my hand at meal planning last month, and I failed miserably. This month, I am going to tweak that a little. By bringing my own lunch MOST days, I will be able to make better food choices consciously. If I do my meals the night before then I will still be in fully motivated eat healthy mode. If I wait until the day of, I will probably get JUNK! It’s going to taste yummy, but I won’t be losing any weight =(. That knocks out 2 things on my list.
So guys, what are YOUR April goals? What do you think of mine? Do you have a plan for the month?