Take a peek at my life goals list for this year and the progress I’ve made so far.
True confession time.
I’ve been terrible about checking my big goals for this year when I create my monthly vision board —
and it shows.
I’ve got some gaping holes in my goal achievement for this year.
But you know my motto:
Just Keep Moving.
No matter how slow your progress, it’s still progress.
My Life Goals List
Every year I choose one primary goal in each of several life areas, then I break that goal down into action steps that I can take daily, weekly and monthly.
So here’s a review of my big goals for this year and my progress so far:
Goal: Maintain a close spiritual connection with God at all times.
- daily morning brain dump, journaling and prayer session
- tech-free mornings
- read the Bible daily
- pray throughout the day
I’ve done very well with my daily morning brain dump and journaling session, as well as praying throughout the day. Reading my Bible every day? Not so much, so I’m renewing this commitment and moving forward for the rest of the year.
My Physical Health
Goals: Lose 30 pounds by September.
- walk vigorously at least 25 minutes daily
- do exercise videos at least three times a week
- eat protein for breakfast daily, eat gluten free and low carb
- drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
- go to bed by 10 pm
I. Can’t. Even.
I have walked every morning, but that has been my only exercise and I have not lost any weight. I’m reassessing this goal.
My Emotional/Mental Health
Goals: Live at a slower pace, engage in real life and enjoy more daily.
- art journal daily
- laugh daily (watch funny videos or read funny blogs/books)
- schedule face-to-face friend time at least monthly
- spend time in nature at least once a week
- play with my dog daily
I feel like I’m doing pretty well with this goal, although I have had to take a break from art journaling for now. I’m just not into it at the moment and I don’t want to force myself because I want it to remain a fun outlet, rather than turning into another way to put pressure on myself.
I’ve been spending time in nature, time with friends and time with my family to laugh and have fun.
Goal: Enjoy a vibrant, intimate relationship with my husband.
- kiss my husband passionately at least once a day
- speak kind words/express my gratitude daily
- buy him a special treat once a week (gifts are his love language)
- weekly date night ($10 Date Night Ideas)
- take a class together
- weekend getaway at least twice this year
I’m pretty happy with this goal as well. We’ve continued our weekly date night tradition, even if some of our dates involve staying home to watch a movie and eat dessert. We’ve had one weekend getaway this year and have another planned for September.
As for taking a class together, that hasn’t happened.
Goal: Encourage and equip each of my children.
- pray daily for my children
- put down my electronics when someone is speaking to me & look at them
- take each child on an individual “date” at least monthly
- daily chat time (take a walk or chat at bedtime)
- monthly family fun outing
- read a book together with each of my children at least once this year.
This goal needs some work.
I’ve totally failed at taking my kids on individual dates. Due to busy schedules we basically check in with each other every day at home and occasionally have family time when all the stars align and everyone is home at the same time.
I had some communication issues with one of my daughters so we went to talk to an older friend who had some wonderful insight for how we can relate to each other better.
And the reading a book together action step is a total fail.
Goals: Cut expenses and save $4000 for bathroom remodel.
- post our current specific goals on the fridge & review them daily (use this Savings Target Page)
- have a weekly money meeting to create our spending plan (free budget worksheet or Budget Binder Printables)
- buy only needs for the month of January & review overall budget monthly
We were able to save money for our bathroom remodel and it’s mostly finished except for some drywall repair. (Hopefully I’ll have the photos up here soon!). We are having a “no spend” August to try and save more money for our scheduled vacation in a few weeks, and then when we return we will be continuing to focus on building our savings.
Goal: Simplify my focus. ( My attention was scattered in too many directions last year.)
- focus primarily on The Peaceful Mom
- eliminate parts of my business that take time but that I don’t enjoy
- research additional ways to make money
This is going fairly well. I eliminated several parts of my business that were taking time, but not yielding much money for my efforts. I was also able to obtain a contract to help someone with their website, so that will bring in some additional income.
Goal: Create and enjoy a peaceful home where my family and others feel comfortable.
- daily 10 Minute Declutter starting with master bedroom
- continue weekly cleaning schedule
I’m very happy with this goal. A friend came over last week and commented how peaceful and relaxing our home is, which made me feel great!
So there you have it — my progress so far this year. I haven’t been perfect by any means, but if I hadn’t set the goals in the first place I wouldn’t have made any progress at all, so I am way ahead of where I was at the beginning of the year. I’m reassessing the goals where I’ve missed the mark, and plugging away until the end of this year.
Let me know how your goals are going for this year. Leave a link or a comment below. 🙂
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I really like this. It isn’t huge over the top goals, very realistic. The weight loss is one of my goals too. However, my approach has been different this year. I don’t struggle with working out, I really do enjoy the challenge. I’m also one of those strange people that is self motivated and will work out at home. My goals were to do more yoga and to enjoy my food, especially during special occasions without guilt. Good Luck!!
Kimberlee Stokes says
I love that you aren’t struggling and that one of your goals is to enjoy your food! Thanks for sharing this Kim. 🙂