As a mom, it can be difficult to look beyond the monotony of the day to day in caring for our young children and home. There is no break, no reprieve from the day in and day out that is life. So many times I hear how moms feel that they lose themselves in caring for their children. I know it’s something that I have felt as well.
We all have dreams that make us who we are, but we don’t have to wait until our kids are grown to achieve those dreams. Yes, it may take a little longer, but isn’t motherhood a big lesson in patience? What’s even more beautiful, is that we can share our dreams and our passions with our children. Again, a little more patience is involved, but the work we put in now will bear a fruit that we all can fully enjoy later on. I say this to also remind myself. There are many times when I just need to do or finish something myself – that’s okay. But it is continuing with the mindset of including our children as much as we can.
My children have fully embraced our dream of one day living on a farm. My 5 year old in particular has latched on to the idea so strongly that he’s constantly talking about building our barn and driving his tractor. For us, this aspect of our dreams may take another 5-10 years before it becomes a reality, but we don’t have to just sit around and wait until it happens. There is plenty to do and learn before we get there.
This is where our goals come in. Looking at where we want to be in 5 or 10 years, and who we want to be, can help us create better goals for this year. What can we do this year, this month, this week, today, that will bring us one step closer to what we want to accomplish in the years to come?
Our 2019 Goals
Although this list is not conclusive, it gives a strong foundation for what we hope to accomplish this year.
– Join CSA with a partial membership: We did a CSA in the past, but I don’t think we utilized it as well as we could have. My goal is to learn how to use the in-season produce more effectively this year. Knowing that we’ll also be getting produce from my parents’ garden as well, we’ll only take part in a 1/2 share membership this year.
– Take an active role in the planting and care of my parents’ garden since we won’t have our own: This will include going there every Saturday or so as more work needs to get done.
– Take an active role in the harvest and preservation of my parents’ garden: My dad has a nice system down for canning, I’m excited to learn more from him!
– Troubleshoot my parents’ orchard and brainstorm solutions: The orchard has never really gotten past the baby fruit stage. I hope to see if we can fix this – maybe by seeing if the Back to Eden method will work?
– Complete at least 2 sewing projects and teach Virginia
*Quilted Pillow for Matthew
*Quilt for Matthew
* Braided Rug
– Organize office area to be more efficient and effective
– Get back to making more from scratch: Decide on 5 things to perfect this year
* Still working on this list
– Go on at least 5 family adventures this summer
– Work on discipline and consistency with chore system
– Get pre-qualified for a mortgage
– Start home search
– Write 500+ words/day
– Publish 2-3 posts/week
If you don’t have a list of goals for the year yet, it’s never too late to write one up! I hope my list provided some inspiration (I know I benefit from some inspiration) and got your brain juices moving. Once you’ve thought about it for a bit, please share in the comments! Sharing our goals can be what we need to get them from paper to reality. Hmm… maybe I’ll continue to share my goals each month. Goodness knows I need the accountability!
Please share your goals in the comments! I won’t bite 🙂
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