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01 January, 2014

2014 Goals and Intentions

Happy New Year!

Last night Eric and I took a few moments, as we do each year, to review our previous year and discuss our vision for the coming year.

We both agreed 2013 was "status quo" -  We had paid off our debts in 2011, we'd bought a house in 2012, we'd had a toddler and were pregnant with another, we were stable in our was just a year of tweaking and keeping our little family afloat.

On the upside, we both took up Spiritual Direction and have been tackling some major road blocks in our personal/spiritual lives and in our marriage.  It's been very healing and fruitful for both of us.  We also went 80-20 grain-free and saw dramatic difference in how we feel physically (and in my case, emotionally and mentally as well).  These are both huge accomplishments. Yay us!

In part, we felt like we struggled with 2013 because we never wrote down our goals like we have in years past. (Do I sound like a youth minister or what?)

Today I put the pen to the paper.  The first page on my Erin Condren Life Planner has my goals written.  I want to see them regularly.

I want to share them with YOU to help keep me accountable:


  • Continue spiritual direction and put my best effort into my "assignments"
  • Pray for 15 minutes each day


  • Pray together nightly
  • Have one "no media" night a week to foster good conversation


  • Plan one fun activity a week
  • Work on not raising my voice so quickly


  • Rework and recommit to our budget and financial goals. And for me, the spender, to make a better effort to do my part 
  • Examine our spending habits, re-prioritize, and find little ways to cut back (It's been a few years since we've done this)


  • Be a better friend, reach out to my girlfriends, affirm instead of criticize 
  • Be a more gracious hostess


  • Recommit to only one grain / sweet per day
  • Stretch a few minutes each night


  • Continue my discernment process with my husband and spiritual director
  • Trust that God will take care of me no matter what 
  • Begin the process of starting a small business 


I have a few other small check list type stuff I want to get done, like organize the linen closet (again), catalog all our favorite meals for easy meal planning, and declutter our kitchen....

What's on your list for 2014?


  1. 2014 will be a baby year for us both! So exciting :)

  2. Ooooh....these are good! My husband and I have been talking about similar things...especially the "no media" nights.

  3. I *love* this! I remember your re-cap from last year, and I remember thinking, "I should take notes, so I can do this next year!" Ha, not so much....maybe next year?

  4. For Lent this year we gave up TV and phones when we were both home and it was awesome...we decided it needed to be a regular part of our week

  5. It is a bit of work. Takes about a day to sit with my Google calendar and old blog posts to piece it all together, but it's SO fun to remember the year. Start now for this year :)

  6. Love this! Great ideas! Can't wait to hear about the small business part!


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