I spent some time watching a FB live series (Homemaking Ministries/Jami Balmet) today on being intentional with my goal setting for 2019. It has some worksheets to follow along and I really enjoyed the recapping of 2018 to see what worked and what didn't. It's given me some perspective on how to set goals for 2019. Spending time in prayer is also a must before I start getting the ideas fully formed.
My 2018 was full of changes - selling and buying a house, move to a new state, new job for Hubby, new schools for the kiddos, a new town to learn, new doctors, new challenges all around. Plus my MIL moved down in August too. It took awhile, but things have fallen into a new rhythm. I still have my to-do list in getting the house the way I'd like it (finding artwork, unpacking the last few boxes, organizing some areas). We've been so busy adjusting that it hasn't been too high on the priority list.
The things that worked for me this year include - a morning quiet time during the summer (when I actually got up to do it), quiet time while the kids are at school (on school days), meal planning (again, when we did it), summertime at the pool (water aerobics and just general swimming for exercise), going to the exercise room at the clubhouse in our development (when I actually went), following a budget. These are some of the things that were a great bonus for me, as long as I actually did them. I had a hard time being consistent for a long period of time, but I made progress. I know what could work, now I just need to work on consistency.
A few things that did not work for me - my inconsistency, missing my quiet time, overspending, and spending too much time on the computer/iPhone. I wasted a lot of time checking email (I subscribe to many blogs and shopping sites). I already unsubscribed from quite a few of these, so that should help with time management and overspending. Hubby and I are going to do Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course in the new year. Some of our goals will be to do the steps he recommends. I also recently applied for a job as an overnight cashier at a local grocery store chain and I'm hopeful that will pan out in the new year as well. I haven't worked since I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006 and my USPS plant closed. I need to be a better steward of God's good gifts, so budgeting, tithing and money management are all on the list.
I'm going to be working on setting goals for different areas of my life and breaking them down into smaller, more easily attainable steps.
I love this time of year and the prospect of a clean slate and fresh start. For now I'm going to prepare my heart to see where God will lead me in 2019.