#simplify2014: month no. 2 goals – february-march.

greetings! when we last left off on our #simplify2014 journey, i had just offered up a progress report of my first round of using Lara Casey’s #Powersheets to whip my year (not rear – ha) into shape.

next up: my goals for round II – february 24-march 30!

#lovehard #simplify2014

as a reminder, here are my five main goals for the year, based on my motto for 2014, #lovehard:

  1. i will #lovehard on L this year. i will work together with Jord to raise L into a joyful, polite, kind, and loving child that respects others and delights in making others happy.
  2. i will #lovehard on myself this year. i will take (and make) time to paint my toes, shower and style my hair, and do other acts of self-care. i will also invest in “me time” by prioritizing my writing this year, especially by attending Write: Doe Bay in April.
  3. i will #lovehard on my marriage in 2014. i will work hard to find fulfilling and new ways to show Jord my authentic love for him. i will work together with Jord to prioritize and budget for date nights and alone time with Jord.
  4. i will #lovehard on my family, friends and colleagues this year. i will give thanks for them and forgive their mistakes, their shortcomings and their judgments. i will show them God’s love and forgiveness through me and my actions.
  5. lastly, i will #lovehard on my relationship with God this year. i will strive to feel closer to and to foster a deeper relationship with God, as well as develop a deeper appreciation for the God who is masterful, who is loving, and who saves.

and here are the mini-goals (goals that support these larger goals above) that i’ll be focusing on for the next five weeks:

  • repaint or refinish L’s big boy bed. we’re lucky enough to have inherited a twin-sized wooden bed from my mother’s childhood to use for L’s very first big boy bed. the wooden bed has been stained a medium brown color, and i’d like to investigate PolyShades (a product that John and Sherry of YHL recently used on their kitchen cabinets) to darken the stain up a bit.
  • have girl time with my best friend, Robin. i really want to steal away for an afternoon or evening and have some fun with my girl!
  • take four date nights with Jord. admittedly, this one is going to be my most difficult goal of this five weeks – not because i don’t want to spend time with Jord, but because home girl loves her weekends at home, not out and about! i am committed to trying my best, however, so that we can have some alone time and invest in our marriage.
  • work on forgiveness this month with one person in my life. this is sort of a personal goal or journey for me, so i won’t be sharing too much about it, but i am working hard this year to let go of long-held grudges and any residual anger or frustration over the mistakes of others, and i will be taking time this month to work on forgiveness and letting go.
  • finally, i want to again go to church at least twice this round, and i want to read the devotional book that i found last month, Richard Swenson’s Margin.

again, these goals span from february 24-march 30, so i’ll be back in early april to update y’all on my progress!

please cheer me on from afar and send gold stars and thumbs up my way; i’d love to do the same for you! drop me a line or comment below and tell me what you’re working towards this month, and i’ll be sure to keep you in my thoughts! :)

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.

2 Responses to #simplify2014: month no. 2 goals – february-march.

  1. valery March 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM #

    as usual (sorry!) the Lionel goals peak my interest! What’s the plan for the big boy bed – just prepping it or do you think he’s ready to transition soon?

    • Sara March 3, 2014 at 12:55 PM #

      No apology necessary! :) This month, I’m focusing on refinishing the bed itself. Next month, we’ll be building a bed rail (so that L doesn’t roll out of bed), using an example I found on Cape 27’s blog. In late April or early May, I’d like to buy mattresses for L, but that may get pushed back because I’ll be headed to Seattle. Then, in May or June, we’ll transition L to the big boy bed and start a new bedtime routine.

      We really feel like he’s ready to be in his own bed, and since he’s never really taken to his crib (which is largely my fault, since I love cosleeping), we feel like it will be an easy transition from our bed to his own bed. Plus, he’s developed an affinity for sleeping on/sharing my pillow and for our blankets covering him (and one of his blankies to cuddle with), which we think will help the transition.