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Goals

Without goals, you’re aiming at nothing and hitting it each time. They give us each a target to aim at.

Whether we are business owners or busy moms of littles, having something to aim at is crucial. The best ones are based on what is most important to us and they help each of us to keep in mind what we hold most dear.

They should help us with a game plan as we journey through life, to help us get where we need to go in every area of our lives.

Goals Remind us What We’re Trying to Do

When I had five young children all under seven years old, my husband and I came up with some aims for our parenting endeavors. These helped remind us often what we were shooting for in how we raise our children. Today, now that those little ones are adults, I have new goals, but the principles remain the same.

Find out more in the posts below about setting and achieving goals in every season of life.

Scarcity, Abundance, and Balanced Frugal Living

Scarcity, Abundance, and Balanced Frugal Living

When I first started writing again, after having little babies in the house, the topic was on frugal living mostly. Well, motherhood and frugal living. I would have balked at the concept of Abundance. Why? Survival Mode Scarcity Can’t See Abundance Well, as I’ve written before regarding poverty, when you’re in the thick of it […]

In pursuit of mastery in the coming year.

In Pursuit of Mastery

Every year for the last several years, I’ve prayed about and chosen a different word as my “theme” for the year. This year, 2018, the theme is Mastery. One reason for choosing mastery is that this has been something I’ve been working on in some areas in my life. I’m great at starting things, and […]

How to Cure procrastination and build better habits

How to Cure Procrastination and Build Better Habits

I have a serious problem sometimes. Maybe I should say “Had” a serious problem. Although, to be honest, it still crops up from time to time. Steven Pressfield in War of Art would call it “Resistance”. Maybe Gretchen Rubin would call it a nasty habit. It’s procrastination, my friends.  Mixed, to be honest, with self-loathing, […]

Knowing your shoulds for better productivity

Knowing Your Own “Shoulds” for Better Productivity

Maybe this is a bit of wisdom that comes with age — the biggest danger I see for me and for others in getting things done and managing our time best is not so much in being lazy, but in doing the wrong stuff. For me, productivity is all about doing the right stuff and […]

Acting vs reacting: what is the difference and how does it affect my life

Acting vs Reacting

One of the best skills you can ever develop as a human being is the fine art of acting vs reacting. This is one of those things you learn more and more as you mature. If you’re willing to listen to life’s lessons sent your way. A professor in college used to urge us to […]

When you're feeling overwhelmed and just treading water

When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed and Just Treading Water

There are seasons in our lives when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Here’s how to cope with those seasons.
Seasons when treading water is the greatest accomplishment.

Living by faith and a plan

Living by Faith and a Plan

Is living by faith and setting goals at odds with one another? These are topics I’ve wrestled with in the past. Maybe you have too. The Two Sides of Living By Faith or By a Plan Is it too rigid for us to set goals and write out missions statements when we, as Christians, are to […]

Don't Fear Failure

Embracing Failure

I’m sure that sounds like a strange thing, to suggest we should embrace failure. Well, maybe. I wouldn’t say we should try to fail, but we certainly shouldn’t fear it. Every time we fall short we can learn and grow if we get back up again. My own fear of messing up early in life […]

Struggling with focus? Here's help!

Struggling with Focus? Here’s Help

We all probably realize we need better focus in our lives to take care of what we feel we need to do or should be doing. The actual issue for most of us is how to maintain that focus. Here are a few tips I’ve learned in my life. Some Mental Downtime is Good for […]

Creating achievable long term goals

Creating Achievable Long Term Goals

You may have heard it said that if you are aiming at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Having long-term goals helps us see further down the road. Our long-term goals give us something to aim for. Although life isn’t as perfect and linear as we’d prefer it to be, having long-term goals in mind […]

How and why to write your own personal mission statement

How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Crafting my personal mission statement has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. My personal mission statement has saved me much time, money, and frustration in my life. I think many of us when we hear the phrase “mission statement” don’t think of ourselves. You think of a large organization or business. Yet, it can […]

How to Keep your Goals and Dreams in Mind. Setting goals is one thing; achieving them is quite another.

How to Keep Your Goals and Dreams in Mind

Setting goals is one thing; achieving them is quite another. How many of us write out our New Year’s resolutions at the start of each new year, only to not even remember what most of those are by the end of the new year? Keeping those plans and New Year’s resolutions before our eyes matters […]

Thoughts on Setting Annual Goals and New Year resolutions

Thoughts on Setting Annual Goals and New Years’ Resolutions

I am a goal-orientated person. Annual Goals and New Year’s Resolutions have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, which I know makes me a dork. Now, this is not because I consider myself very organized or particularly productive. In fact, I think it’s more of the opposite. […]

Saying no and the stop doing list

Saying No and the Stop Doing List

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s up to us to say yes to the things that matter most and say no to the rest. In trying to achieve our goals, it’s not enough for us to do certain things. I’m talking […]

Where do you draw the line?

Reader Q: Where to Draw the Line

A reader asked me, Your post on “saying no” hit home for me. I don’t handle saying no well. I say yes and then regret it. I feel like a jerk if I say no too many times to people or events. Then I burn out quickly if I have too much going on. I’ve […]

Busy is not the same as productive

Busy is not the same as Productive

I post quite a few articles on getting things done. I’m always making goals, to-do lists, and trying to press forwards. However, when it comes to goals, schedules, to-do lists, and productivity in general, there are a few common misconceptions and complaints I’ve heard. Misconception #1: Productivity Means Less Time for People and Relationships This […]

In Praise of Down Time

In Praise of Down Time: Don’t Feel Guilty for Resting

In recent years, I’ve been learning more than I ever thought possible about exercise: the proper way to do it, the value of it, and so forth. I’ve been amazed at how some of what I’ve learned specifically about exercise also applies generally in all of life. Take for example the concept of rest and […]

Filtering Opportunities and Using Time Wisely

Filtering Out Opportunities, and Using Time Wisely

Frequently, I get asked to do things, help with activities, given offers for employment or volunteering, and otherwise opportunities to invest my time and money in a good cause. That’s when it’s most difficult to make decisions: when you know the cause is a good one. If you had an unlimited amount of time and […]

4 Tips for Parenting with the End in Mind

4 Tips for Parenting with the End in Mind

What do I mean by parenting with the end in mind? By Parenting with the End in Mind, I mean to decide where you want to end up, at the end if this parenting journey, and come up with a plan, step by step for how to get there. This is basically the same as […]

How to focus on what is really important to you

8 Steps to Focusing on What is Really Important to You

As the saying goes, the good really is the enemy of the best. One of the most frustrating parts of life, for me, is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be enough time in each day to do what I want to do or feel like I need to do. No one has the […]

Tips for making new years resolutions you'll actually keep

Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions that You’ll Actually Keep

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions, you may have found, is that they often result in failure a short time after you created them. I don’t know about you, but I’m great at writing out a list of ambitious goals and New Year’s resolutions, only to have them end in disappointment and failure. As I […]

Prayer and SEtting Goals

Prayer and Setting Goals

When it comes to setting any kind of goals, I always take the time to pray about those first, seeking out God’s wisdom in setting my goals. God promises to give us all wisdom if we ask Him for it, so ask away! (see James 1:5). When it comes to praying about your goals, there […]

Weekly Goals and Daily To Do Lists

The Art of Setting Weekly Goals and Daily To-Do Lists

Over the years, learning what works for me and what doesn’t, I’ve drastically pared down my system to consist mostly of a sheet or two of goals to achieve annually, and then smaller goals and to-do lists that I craft from week to week. This works well in conjunction with my calendar for appointments and […]

Living Frugally within your own Values

Living frugally, to be successful, has to be about saving money in ways that don’t leave you or your family feeling frustrated or deprived. A frugal living tip is only going to work effectively in your life if it fits your lifestyle and your values. It took me years to learn that. I could never […]

Revising Goals and Mission Statements

Revising Your Goals & Personal Mission Statement

Life changes, and so do our priorities. Although at our core, I think we tend to value the same thing overall, I know that how I enacted that has changed over the years. For example, as I’ve grown and matured in the Lord, and as I’ve grown and matured in other areas (being a wife, […]

figuring out your passion and calling

Figuring Out Your Passion and Calling

When it comes to WAHM ideas, that is, ideas for moms to make money at home, most of them seem to involve selling some multi level marketing product that is far overpriced, endless home parties, or maybe making crafts and hoping to sell them either online or at craft fairs. Very few people talk about […]

6 ways to start saving money when you're broke

6 Ways to Start Putting Money Away for Savings

Are you worried about your personal savings (or lack thereof?) You’re not alone. Since the day when a financial planner guy caused me a few weeks’ worth of lost sleep, and several dozen panic attacks by telling us we should put aside $1,000 a month to our savings for retirement and college for our then-three […]

How to make your goals work for you

How to make your goals work for you

On Monday, I talked a little bit about why goals fail. Today, my post is going to zero in a little bit on one of those points: how to make your goals part of your every day life. In our family, we created some long term goals for different things. One of those areas was […]

Why Goals Fail and What to do to Succeed

Why Goals Fail and What You Can Do to Succeed Anyway

Many people don’t bother with goals because they feel goals are a set up to failure, instead of success. But that’s not true. Goals aren’t to blame for why goals fail. Let’s look at some reasons why Goals fail and how we can succeed with our goals anyway. I don’t think it’s a secret that […]

Understanding the difference between contentment and complacency

Is Contentment Complacency?

I’m a big believer in contentment. An attitude of contentment got me through some very hard times in our family. It’s far more peaceful to live in contentment than to fret constantly about what you don’t have. Sometimes my brain works overtime on this topic, though. Is the desire to improve yourself at odds with […]