Friday, January 31, 2014

Resolutions: Complete List

Here is a complete list of the resolutions I haven't covered thus far this month. I do hope they will be helpful as you finish creating yours!


  • Read 2 books on household management/ money
  • Read 2 books on marrirage
  • Read 2 books for pleasure
  • Read 2 book on parenting
Enough said.



  • Clean out at least 4 articles from my closet that haven't been used in the past 6 months.
  • Paint my nails on a weekly basis and my toes on a monthly basis.
For a mother, this really is a bigger task than it seems!

Saving/ Money Management
  • Put away a little money for each of my boys a month. I was thinking about 10 each. Something is better than nothing right?!
  • Use more coupons!
  • Save at least 50 a month.
  • Create a workable budget.
  • Put a small sum into an emergency fund each month.
So far, I am failing at these goals.


  •  Take at least 1 exercise class
  • Do something active (and purposeful) at least 3 times a week.

Cleaning/ Household Management

  •  Clean one thing before bed every night (Again, another failure so far) I also think dishes would be my best bet, and I hate them.
  • Create and post family rules
  • Give my oldest son a chore list (We actually have this one sort of started!)
  • Create and stick to a basic menu and shopping list
  • Create and use a household management binder


  • Be involved with some form a volunteer service 3 times this year
  • Knit at least 10 baby caps for the local hospital to be given at the end of the year.

So, I probably bit off more than I can chew. I think now that I have gotten them all down and in my vision... I can start making it reality.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Educational & Professional Resoultions

Since I haven't kept to my word and posted daily, I have a little bit of catching up to do. So, I've put two closely related goals together. These are not always closely related for everyone, but in my case they are.


I have little hopes on going back to school this year... so I had to settle for something reasonable. I decided that taking one class or seminar on an area of interest would be more than enough of a goal this year. even this may be asking a bit too much with all the craziness that comes with working and having two wild boys!


My professional goals are a bit more involved that my educational goals. This is partially because the two can be combined and I can knock them out at the same time. Here is a run down of these goals:
  • Do three professional trainings
  • Do three activities to be more actively involved at my current school (If you didnt know, I am a Instructional Assistant.)
This is the first time I have included professional goals in my personal resolutions. With the position I have, it isn't common or popular to do more than we have to. However, I am a firm believer in the "bloom where your planted" philosophy.  I can't expect to move up, do more, or feel better about my position if I am not willing to give it 100% or more.

I hope that my sharing my resolutions and goals thus far has inspired you to think outside the traditional box when it comes to New Year's resolutions. There is so much more we can do with this very special time- the start of a brand new year. With a new year we can change our perspective. Reconsider our plans and prepare for an awesome year.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Healthy Eating

I think everyone decides to make a change in their eating at the beginning of the new year. We just spent the last two months eating (stuffing our faces more like) with very little exercise if your like me.

So, like the crowd I have a few healthy eating goals myself. I think making the transition slow will be the least painless way to do it. I'm really making these changes for my whole family, not just myself.
  • Reduce intake of sugary foods. This is best done by not having it around the house!
  •  Reduce intake of fatty foods. Again, less likely to be eaten if we don't have it!
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This one is more personal, but truly necessary. 
 None of these are really about weight loss. Its more about upping energy, feeling better, and providing my husband and kids with healthy balanced diets. Of course I'm trying to make other healthy changes as well, but these are the goals I'm focusing on. I look forward to making these changes and many more over the next 12 months. I'm sure you will hear about them as they occur. If not from me, the whines from my husband and kids should be evident!

This is where I once again ask for your help. Share you healthy recipes and ideas below. How did you get the new habits to stick? What makes it easier? I welcome links in the comments below.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I think anyone who is married should have at least one romantic goal a year to build their marriage. I personally think there should be several! However, for my new years resolutions this year, I picked two main areas where I have lacked at.

1. I would like to write, say, or do something to build up and encourage my husband on a daily basis.

In the grind of daily life its easy to get in a cycle of nagging, complaining, and even just forgetting to encourage our mates. My goal is to share with my husband how blessed I feel to have him in my life!

2. Make it a point to have a "date" on a monthly basis.

We are finally at the point were our finances are somewhat regulated and our kids are out of infant stage. Its time to rekindle some of those flames that have been dimmed by the pressure of young parenting. We have never really made it a priority to date each other, but I think doing so will increase unity and leave us both in a happier place!


So, do tell what you romantic/ marriage goals are for the year? Perhaps you would like to write a love letter a month? Or maybe spent 10 minutes each evening together? What ever it is, I would love to hear your stories and comments.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I decided it would be appropriate to start this new year and fresh return to blogging with a few resolutions. However, I am an over achiever and I have quite the list! So, to save everyone the time, I will split each category of goals and resolutions out during this whole month. Below is a list of my goal/resolution categories.

Please feel free to inspire me. Tell me what your goals in these areas are. Tell me what areas I missed too! I'd be glad to add a few.

  • Romance/ Marriage
  • Healthy Eating
  • Educational
  • Reading
  • Blogging
  • Fashion
  • Money/ Saving
  • Physical
  • Professional
  • Cleaning/ Housekeeping
  • Household Management
  • Service
As of now I have at least one goal in each of these areas. I feel like I am missing something... I may be thinking about it a bit too much! There is some part of me that wants to be Martha Stewart, Rosie the Riveter, and Wonder Woman, all put together!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Catching Up

There is a tug a war within me over getting "back up on the horse" as they say. It has been something I have been looking forward to for so long, but with time have lost some of that great drive I had. I have no fear that it wont return, its just getting back into my grove. I regularly blog in the evenings when my children are asleep and my day is over. Ive gotten used to falling straight to sleep and have lost hours of time I would otherwise be using here and my other blog. However, I will push past the slight resistance and come back with full force. I am so excited to share news and recent events with you!

As you know I moved in October. It has been a major blessing to be back in our own place once again. My husband found a job and is now happily working with benefits and everything. We have Internet in our own home for the first time since our marriage. That is a very big milestone! Do you know what made us get it? YOU! I just couldn't live without blogging. Both my children had birthdays prior to Christmas. No I have a one year old and three year old keeping me busy! We started potty training Ben and are now on the home stretch. Underwear is cool! My baby, Henry, is still not sleeping through the night. You can imagine our disappointment. Other than that, there is very little on the home front to fill in. Christmas was wonderful. The kids loved it! My husband and I shared our 4th anniversary at the beginning of this month as well.

I do have one other big piece of news I would like to share. I am now a proud writer for another blog and magazine! You can check out my blog, Growing Up Around the Table, here. Growing Up in the Valley is a local, family magazine I was originally doing sales for. I wasnt a very good sales person, but I am a much better writer! I look forward to having my work in their print editions as well!

Be on the look our for posts on here as well as there! You can also check out my devotional blog, Missionary Manda's Musings as well.