The other day, I shared with you a bit about my goal planning process. So today, I will tell you my goals (i.e. resolutions) for 2012. Keep in mind, some of these are more like focus areas than specific goals. These are also not necessarily my only goals for 2012, but areas that I know I want to focus on initially. As the year progresses, I will re-evaluate and make additions and changes as necessary. I will also include some of the books I plan to read this year as they line up with my focus areas/goals (and because one of my goals is to read more books this year).
This year I really want to broaden my faith. I kind of grew up in a small denominational bubble and there are many aspects of faith and spirituality that were not discussed. I just finished the book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I feel like it really brought some things together for me and provided me some direction in my spiritual journey. I liked the author’s writing style and I have now started reading his book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others, which has also already spoken to me in big ways. Some things that I am curious in learning more about are the church calendar, liturgy and creeds, the Saints, and overall church history. I was reading the beginning of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and I really agreed with the authors when they talked about how American Christian’s think nothing of living by a calendar that celebrates the nation’s birthday, presidents and veterans. But a lot of us do not even think of Advent, Maundy Thursday, Lent, etc. And instead of celebrating the lives of such Saints as Valentine, Patrick, and Nicholas, we use those days to party and buy things. I have to be honest, I struggled through Christmas this year. There is so much more meaning and depth I wanted it to have, but I too easily found myself busy shopping, baking, and keeping family traditions. I definitely want to read Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? before next Christmas. In The King Jesus Gospel, the author talks about how the church calendar is a yearly celebration of the life of Christ, so observing the church calendar is, in essence, a way of living the Gospel Story. Also on my reading list in the area of spirituality is The Voice (a new translation of the New Testament). It was headed up by Pastor Chris Seay of Ecclesia Church in Houston. I recently discovered him at Catalyst and have since been digging into his church’s website and listening to his podcasts. (I think it’s my dream church!) Some other books I hope to read this year: The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extroidinary Nature of Everyday Life, and Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace and Learning the Hard Way.
I really want to focus on healthy meal preparation this year. Meal planning does not come easy to me. It’s a generational curse. I want to cook healthy and provide nourishing snacks for my children, but I get overwhelmed and never know what to make. We always end up eating out more than we should, and falling back on processed snacks for the boys. Toward the end of 2011, I took some time to work on meal planning and creating new eating habits, learning a lot from Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking. Then of course the holidays hit, and we fell back into our old ways of eating. I am ready to get back to healthier ways over the next few weeks. I received the book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats for Christmas. I am excited to read through that. I am also very curious about the Paleo Diet that my friend Faith follows. Ultimately, I want to create a two week meal and snack plan and shopping list. Once I have that created and begin following it, I can slowly add more meals. My ultimate goal is for us to follow a healthy, non-processed food diet of meals and snacks that we actually enjoy, and that are simple to prepare so that I do not have to spend all of my time in the kitchen. I would so rather be doing something crafty. Did I mention that I would like it to also be budget friendly?
As always, I need to work on our rhythm and routines. Although I am an organized person in some areas, I can’t seem to get it together when it comes to things like bath time, bedtime, etc. NEED TO WORK ON THIS! Much in line with this is discipline. Little Man is every bit of almost 2 years old. He is a fiery little guy, and I am not as prepared as I would like to be. I read The No-Cry Discipline Solution when Buddy was little, and I really got a lot of practical advice out of it. It is on my must-read list again, because I need a refresher course! I also want to work on establishing more of a daily devotional time with the boys. I really want to read Young Children and Worship as well as look into the Godly Play curriculum. They used a Montessori/Play-Based Method of teaching the Bible and the curriculum uses liturgy and the church calendar, which is something I would also like to introduce the boys to.
Since my initial posting about my educational plans for the boys, I haven’t said much here on the blog. I have been doing a lot of reading, tweaking, adding new things, and taking away some that weren’t working. All of this deserves a post of it’s own, which I promise to do later. But I will mention here that I want to focus on reading more to the boys this year. I want a love for reading to be established early in their lives. I will probably use The Read Aloud Handbook and What to Read When to guide me in my selections. I will also reference this Charlotte Mason book list. I have personally done a lot of reading on the Montessori, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason methods. I would now like to do some reading on the Reggio Emilia and the Unschooling methods, just not sure which titles yet. Any recommendations? I also definitely want to buy Playful Learning. I looked through it at the bookstore and was very inspired!
I would like to begin training for a 10K. I really enjoyed running the 5K recently, and am ready to raise the bar. I also need to start taking better care of my skin. I have really neglected my skin since I had the boys. I rarely wash off my makeup before I go to bed, and have never used moisturizer, and it is really starting to show. I have some serious forehead creases, and in a momentary lapse of judgement, I cut some Zooey Deschanel style bangs to hide them. They have taken some getting used to, but I do like them. Anyway, this has prompted me to establish a skin care routine. The problem is that I struggle with acne, but still want to go the anti-aging route. I would also to go as natural as possible in my products. Any suggestions?
I dabbled in Art Journaling a bit this past year, and would like to explore that more. I also want to learn how to crochet. I have a mile long list of home projects as well as things I want to sew. I received the book Sewing For Boys for Christmas, and I am excited to try some of the projects. And as slow as I knit, I figure that I better start knitting baby things now, if I ever want to have a cute hand knit wardrobe for my next child. (No, I am not pregnant.)
I really want to work on better “memory keeping”. I struggle with the best way to print and organize pictures, keepsakes, etc. I was really inspired by the photo book that Ashley made for her daughter. I also want to somehow create of memory box of my father. When I was in Ohio, I spent a lot of time talking to my grandparents about their childhoods and memories. I typed as much as I could as we talked. I want to compile that in a nice way with pictures. I also want to write out my own memories and stories. All things for my boys to read when they are older. I think it is important to learn from your heritage.
I would like to open an online shop this year to sell some of the things I enjoy making. I have wanted to do this for a long time now, but have been afraid to take that first step. If I don’t at least give it a shot, I know I will regret it. You will definitely hear more about this soon.
I want to get a dog.
So that’s it folks. Well, except for my One Word for 2012, which I will share in another post because this one is entirely too long already. To see more of the books I hope to read this year, check out my Goodreads page.
It’s going to be a good year.