Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year's Resolutions -- 2011 Goals

I usually set some "New Years Resolutions", but I never really seem to follow through. I think previously I never really made a plan...and just said, 'yeah, I need to lose about 20 pounds...and get more sleep...etc' I usually ditched my resolutions within a few weeks until the end of the year when I looked back and realized I didn't do any of them.

Once again, it is time for New Years Resolution...or our 2011 goals.

Only this year I did it a little differently.

I helped Kayley set Goals...then we set goals as a family...then I set personal goals. And --I actually typed them up, with steps or an 'action plan' to help us achieve them. Some are easy, and some are harder. Some are personal and I have opted not to share them on Blogger, but here are a few that I have chosen to share:

Kayleys Goals:
This year, I want to learn: about animals & how to sew doll clothes & how to swim!
I want to read: books about animal doctors
I want to make: animal and animal doctor crafts and doll clothes.
I want to visit: grandma, an animal doctor, a college, and Silver Dollar City
I want to change: how messy I am all the time.
I want to be better at: bicycle riding (no more training wheels and I want a 'stick thing' (ie. a kickstand)). I also want to be able to read without help.
Most of all I want: to homeschool!



Some of the Buckner Family Goals:

Block off time each day for a Family Devotional and Scripture Study. I have purchased a Devotions for Homeschoolers book that I'm thinking will be a great way to get started and of course we will use the standard scriptures as well. We have blocked off 15 minutes after dinner each day for this. While we have been consistently reading scripture stories with Kayley...we have not been actively discussing or studying.

Go on a nature hike to at least 4 different places.

Attend one play/show at Little Theater, Hammons or Branson.



Some of Stephanie's Personal Goals.

Design and undertake a one-year program of extensive church reading.
-Read at least 1 book per month written by a church member
(believe it or not...we have all of these in our personal library already...and I've only read about 1/2 of them)

January:
To Grow in Spirit - Joe J. Christiansen
Small and Simple Things - Marjorie Hinckley

February
Joseph Smith the Prophet - Truman G. Madsen

March
Evidences of the True Church - Dennis K. Brown
Timely Truths from the Book of Mormon - Allan K. Burgess

April
Perfection Pending - Russell M. Nelson
Mary, Martha and Me - Camille Fronk Olson

May
Standing for Something - Gordon B. Hinkley

June
No Doubt About It - Sheri Dew
When Thou Art Converted - M. Russell Ballard

July
The Remarkable Soul of a Woman - Dieter Uchtdorf

August
Happiness: Finders, Keepers - Mary Ellen Edmunds

September
Better Than You Think You Are - Ardeth Kapp
My Sister My Friend - Ardeth Kapp

October
Being Enough-Cheiko N. Okazaki

November
Please Pass the Scriptures - John Hilton

December
The Discovery of Joy-Richard Eyre


Complete at least 4 generations on my pedigree chart. I know that I have this...but it is not documented and needs to be input into Family Search and Ancestry so it can be shared. Eventually I'd like to type this up to give to family members.


Participate in Munchkinland's Adoption Book/Blog challenge.
http://thechroniclesofmunchkinland.com/2010/12/28/adoption-reading-challenge-2011/
at Level 3- Read 12 books about Adoption. 6 fiction/6nonfiction
I will pick these books as I go.

Go to bed earlier & rise earlier (10:30pm-6:30am preferably).

Participate in Latter-day Chatter's Humanitarian Service Project.
http://www.latterdaychatter.net/?p=808#comment-102
Make at least 2 file folder games for the Humanitarian Center

Study "Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit" by Teri Maxwell
-Utilize workbook during scripture study.

And of course -- the big ones:

Bring weight to an acceptable level.
I can't claim this year that I need to 'lose that 20 pounds' because I was horrified to get on the scale and realize that I really need to lose more like, 45 pounds. Ugh!
I joined Weight Watchers.
I am hoping that we will be able to buy a treadmill in the next couple of months...but in the meantime I am going to try to make good friends with Leslie Sansone of Walk Away the Pounds and taking my girls on long walks outside when the weather permits.

The other big one is:

Kicking the soda habit.
I confess...I have a soda habit that has gotten out of control. Its the bubbles...its the sweetness...it is the pick up. I love it. Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Pepsi...doesn't matter. Love, love, love it. And it needs to go.


So, will I make it? I'm going to try... And, if at first you don't succeed... well, you know the rest.

Have a great New Year!
Welcome 2011!!!

1 comment:

Dana Cheryl said...

Love your resolutions! There are inspiring!!

I'm glad that I'm not the only who's ever made a resolution to get more sleep.