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Goals For The New Year

Time goes so fast!

I can’t believe it is another year already. I am not sorry to see 2014 leave, but I am sorry I didn’t get more of the things that are important to me done last year. I don’t want that to happen this year. As the landscape around me is frozen in snow, I have time to contemplate plans for the coming year. Time isn’t froze, and like the flowing water under the snow, time is a driving force that breaks free from our grip and quickly slips away.

Stream in the snow

I don’t want to let any opportunity to accomplish my priorities get away from me this year.  I don’t want regrets.  I don’t want to be distracted by unimportant things, things that take away from my faith and family and my focus on the Kingdom of heaven. I don’t want to regret that time got away from me. I know what it is to regret passing up an opportunity because I was weighted down with trivial things.  I want to live this year with no regrets.  The older I get, the more important some things become and less important other things become. I want to live this year flowing in sync with time and God’s will for my life.

Since I have too many things I want to accomplish, and my list would be really really long, and I could easily get weighted down by it, I tried to pair my focus down to 15 main goals for 2015.

My 15 Goals For 2015
1. Read my bible and pray daily.
2. Sing a song everyday.
3. Eat healthy nutrient dense foods to live.
4. Exercise on purpose each week.
5. Rest on purpose each week.
6. Grow a garden year around: inside year around/outside during growing season.
7. Learn all I can about essential oils.
8. Learn all I can about herbs and natural remedies.
9. Spend time loving and teaching my children each day.
10. Help the children attend and acheive their 4H projects and attend the 4H fair.
11. Spend time loving my husband and building my marriage each day.
12. Teach Bible Study Classes.
13. Teach Essential Oils Classes.
14. Teach Homestead Classes: gardening, baking, remedies, canning, cheese making, soap making, etc.
15. Teach Kids STEM Community Classes: Engineering, Lego and Robotics, Science Experiements.

In a future post I will post my sub-goals, reasons, and my strategy plan for accomplishing each of these goals this year. I started a 90 Day Health and Wellness Challenge and I can’t wait to share my progress with you.

What about you?

What are your goals for the new year?

What do you want to acheive for the whole year?

What do you want to acheive for each month?

Please leave your list in the comments below. I would love to know what you are working on and encourage you too.

Be blessed!

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Word Of The Year

A friend from The Old Schoolhouse Crew, Marcy from Ben and Me,  asked if crew members would share one word to sum up our hopes and dreams for the coming year.  I gladly accepted this challenge.  


            My “word of the year” for 2013 is: 


According to  FIT is both an adjective, a verb, and a noun.  It gives about over 50 definitions this word can mean and be used, but here are a few of my favorite.

1. To be prepared or ready.
2. To be in good health.
3. To equip.
4. A song, ballad, or story.
5. To be suitable for service.

Two verses in scripture that stand out to me are:

Matthew 10:38

And unless you are willing to take up your cross and come with me, you are not fit to be my disciples.

2 Thessalonians 1:5

All of this shows that God judges fairly and that he is making you fit to share in his kingdom for which you are suffering.

                        is the root word
   of one of my resolutions / goals for the new year: 
                            Family Fitness.


I am preparing myself and my family to be fit for service for the kingdom of heaven.  I am working on our physical activities and nutrition to be fit in health and stature.  I am equipping my family to be fit for the journey of this year.  I am telling the story of our life in a song that is sung to my children and written on the pages of our hearts, and jotted down here to share and encourage everyone who stops by.

My desire is for each of my family members, including myself, to be FIT, and in a
condition of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well being in which we are healthy, physically sound, spiritually sound, and involved in positive relationships, beneficial activities, and good nutrition.

I am praying for the Lord’s guidance and for him to equip myself and my family to reach a state of fitness that he is pleased with.  We can not do it on our own.  We must first accept his son Jesus as our savior, and forgiveness of our sins.  Then we can walk with the Lord, read and understand his word, talk with him through prayer, worship him with spirit and with truth, praise him with song and thanksgiving, and become more like him through living in a relationship with him.

John 3:15-18

“Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life.  God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!  No one who has faith in God’s Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn’t have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God’s only Son”.

Question: What WORD would sum up your hopes and dreams for the coming year?  Please leave a comment below.  Thank you!

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New Years Resolutions

Do you make New Years Resolutions?  If so, do you write them down and put them pen to paper?  Or are you going to keep them off the paper, just in case they don’t materialize?  Do you skip making resolutions at the start of the year?

In the past, I have done both.  So silly I guess, but I thought for years I had to make a big list of goals.  Then I went through a stage where I totally disagreed with this practice and refused to make “special” New Years Resolutions.  For the past couple of years I even decided to stay away from certain resolutions that I thought I might fail at, such as weight loss.

But now I find myself somewhere in the middle.  I want to have goals for the new year ahead, but I don’t want to dwell on them or let them stifle my freedom and creativity either.  I need basic goals to keep me balanced and moving ahead with purpose, but flexible enough to allow for change when needed.

One specific area of focus for me this year is the fitness and wellbeing of our family unit.  I am going to include the health of the family unit in specific areas such as: physical, nutritional, spiritual, financial, social, relational, life skills, educational, and more.

I came across this great suggestion to boil the resolutions down into 5 simple categories (faith, family, fitness, finances, and friends) and I thought this was brilliant!
I CAN BE SUCCESSFUL in these areas with a simple, flexible statement of what I want to achieve this year.


Here are my New Year Resolutions 2013

Faith:  Encourage activities that promote faith.  Have daily bible study and discussions.  Keep a prayer and praise journal.

Family: Encourage activities that promote family togetherness.

Fitness:  Create a family fitness plan. 

Finances:  Create a new family budget for this year that includes healthy eating, family activities, giving and sharing with others, supporting ministry, reducing debt, and savings.

Friends: Spend time connecting with friends.

I plan to flesh these resolutions out over the next few weeks and develop manageable goals to achieve each of these this year.

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What are your New Year’s resolutions? 

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Happy New Year 2013

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  Wishing you a BLESSED year 2013!

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