Setting goals is such an important thing to me: whether they're goals for the year, for a day, for yourself, etc. I just think that we should all always be working towards something.
Last year, I set some yearly goals for myself. Let's see how I did...
1 - Start a family bible study at least two nights a week. This did not happen. While I do feel like having a family bible study is SUPER important, I am also proud of how much we've tried to teach LL about Jesus this year. Even without the two nights a week study, we've tried to make Jesus more of a priority with her in our everyday lives. We've talked more about things, explained things, pointed things back to Christ, etc. So, for that, I think we did well. I do want to make sure that we continue to do this and that we do start a family bible study time.
2- Make time in my own life to have more private time with God. Just like last year, I don't think that this is an area where you ever feel successful. I don't think you ever feel accomplished completely. While my private time with God could still use some improvement, I do know that I have grown closer with Him this year. A lot of it has to do with the fact that we are a part of an amazing church and have really started some friendships with some amazing Christians.
3- Continue to support Matt and be an encouragement to him. This is one that I wouldn't know the true answer to unless I asked him. This year has been full of lots of up and lottttts of downs. It was a rough go at it, but I do think that I supported him through it. Matt ended up making a career change this year and leaving Aflac, and I feel like (while it was super scary!) I did a good job at supporting him through that move.
4- Organize our house to our maximum capability. We still have room to go on this, but I for sure think that we've been working hard on this! We were FORCED to organize better when we had to turn our office/junk room into a nursery for Cooper, so that got us on our way. We're not done yet, but we're working on it!
5- Enjoy my one-on-one time with LL as much as I can before the new baby comes. I guess the only way to know if I did this is to look backwards (hindsight is 20/20). When thinking about the first part of our year last year, I have no regrets with LL before Cooper got here. I was VERY aware of time passing and how my time with her was ticking down - I feel like I soaked up every second I could!
6 - Continue to take care of myself. Well, lets be honest, those last weeks of pregnancy and the first months of having a newborn, I was not looking too hot. I do think that I've done a pretty good job of getting myself back (I'm 8 lbs down from my pre-pregnancy weight with Coop). I do get kind of hard on myself about this flabby stomach, but I have to remind myself that I'm ONLY 7 months postpartum. It took more than 7 months to stretch it all out, it'll take more than 7 to get it all back. I am NOT one of those girls who is blessed with bouncing back 15 seconds after having a baby. But I'm working on it. :)
7- Be more of an encouraging, thoughtful friend. Well. This is another area where you'd have to ask my friends. I do know that I did make more of a conscious effort in these areas. But I also know that I could have done more. So - I guess my answer is sort of??
8- Continue to keep a clean house. This is kind of a joke with a preschooler and a baby, but I do think that we have worked VERY hard with this! We still have room for improvement, but we're not doing too bad!
9 - Work with LL on manners and becoming more of a participant in our household. This has gone SO great!! LL is getting so good with her manners (we still have some bad days). She has also been a HUGE help around the house!! She helps clean up after dinner, helps pick up with Cooper, gets things we need, etc. She has done SO GOOD!
10 - Stay current with Facebook photo albums. I actually have done pretty well with this! I'm proud! Now I just have to keep it up!
11 - Continue to do even better at blogging than I did last year. In 2011 I did 187 posts. In 2012 I did 224 posts. So I would say that I did better! I've also been trying harder to comment on other people's blogs, and while I'm still not great at it (mostly because I read from my phone more than my computer!), I am doing better!
12 - Have date nights with Matt. While we didn't have a TON this year (hello new baby!), I do feel like we did pretty good considering the circumstances.
13 - Breastfeed the new baby as long as I can. I know 100% that I reached this goal! I almost quit, but I ended up breastfeeding Cooper for as long as I possibly could before going back to work. And I'm SUPER proud of myself of that!!
Up next: my goals for 2013!