#simplify2014: Sara’s Goals.

{ hint: if you’re not sure what #simplify2014 is all about, read this post! don’t worry, i’ll wait :) }

i’m back with my #simplify2014 posts to tell you all about my goals for the first six months of 2014!

#lovehard #simplify2014

as i mentioned in my first post on #simplify2014:

my motto for 2014: #lovehard. one of the things that i am most proud of is the way that i mother L. by no means am i the perfect mother, or even the mother that i want to be all the time, but i love him hard – i am honest and authentic and downright obsessed with telling my boy exactly what he means to me. it’s that idea – honesty, authenticity, and being unafraid to be vocal and loud about what’s on my heart – that’s behind the phrase #lovehard2014, and i can’t wait to make that motto known and true in all areas of my life, from my marriage to my career to my home.

based on this motto, here are my five goals to make #lovehard2014 happen in the first half of 2014:

  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.

in order to accomplish these goals, Lara Casey’s #2014PowerSheets help me to break down my big goals by monthly, weekly and daily tasks (which is so, so helpful for me!). so, from mid-january to the end(ish) of february (five weeks), i’ve been focusing on:

  • using Simmer Time (our iteration of Time Out) to help L to know (in an obvious yet gentle-minded way) when his behavior could use an adjustment. {Goal #1 above}
  • taking showers at least three times per week (which, as all mamas know, takes effort when you have a little one under foot!) and blogging 2-3 times per week. {Goal #2 above}
  • prioritizing spontaneous alone time with Jord. {Goal #3 above}
  • sending cards of gratitude in the mail to my loved ones. {Goal #4 above}
  • attending a new church (that’s near our house and is the same denomination (UCC) as the church we called home in Vermillion) at least 2 times per month and finding a devotional book to read. {Goal #5 above}

i’ve already accomplished so much thus far, but these first mini-monthly goals span through february 23, so i’ll be back with a report then and a look at the next five weeks ahead!

what are you resolving to do better or more of this year? i can’t recommend Lara Casey’s #2014PowerSheets and Emily Ley’s #SimplifiedPlanner more – they have changed the way I plan and reflect on my days, my weeks – my life!

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: Sara’s Goals.

  1. valery February 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

    sounds great. intrigued by the idea of simmer time (love the name). Looking forward to your report back on how that goes! Also I hear you on showers – mostly i seem to just get annoyed by the fact that I need them – I’d rather keep working on whatever I’m doing (or relaxing) instead of interrupting my night to go do that (and the often-associated hair-drying task as well). I need to start thinking of them as a “break” and enjoy it instead of a chore!

    • Sara February 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

      I used Simmer Time yesterday with L and actually got a verbal “sorry” – his first time saying that word! I’m not sure I can attribute all of that success to Simmer Time, but it sure made me feel like our boy was developing something akin to manners :)

      I’m STILL struggling with showering (and hair-drying, YES) being a “break” – glad to hear I’m not alone!