My 15 Goals for 2017 – January Update

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The first month of 2017 has come and gone and it’s time for a January update on my 15 goals for 2017.

I have to say, I’m giving myself a big ol’ pat on the back. While I didn’t stick with everything I planned to do this month, I did accomplish the majority. I’m choosing to give myself grace and focus on the things I DID instead of the things I didn’t.

Main Goals

  1. Practice responding instead of reacting – this is a year long process and it is taking every ounce of self discipline I possess along with lots and lots of prayer and apology. I’m far from perfect, but strong on perserverance.
  2. Do morning routine every morning – I have done this for the most part! It feels so good to start the day with a little productivity. I got the idea from the Make Over Your Mornings course by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom). It has been life changing.
  3.  Complete Moolah Massive Growth Strategies Facebook course – I did not finish this, but I did make lots of progress. Hope to finish it in February.


Read 24 Books  – I finished Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham and I can’t wait to tell you about it. It seriously made me think about what I’m doing every day. I didn’t get around to reading Blowing on Dandelions and since that’s my [fun] fiction book, I’m letting it slide.

Here’s a list of the 12 non-fiction books I’m reading this year!

Exercise 3x Per Week – I started bootcamp and I love it. I felt myself growing strong after just two weeks. When I first started, I couldn’t jog for more than a minute or do 10 jumping jacks. After just 6 bootcamps I could jog for 3 minutes and do four sets of 30 jumping jacks in between other circuit training. Woohoo!

Then last week, I caught the upper respiratory junk that’s going around and haven’t exercised for over a week. I am feeling a little discouraged, but determined to kick this bug and get back in the game.

Healthier Eating – I’ve been eating healthier for a month now and it feels good. I’ve cut my diet. DP intake by more than half and I’m drinking tons of water. Not craving sugar near as much which is awesome.

Regular Quite Time –  Until I got sick, I was doing really well at maintaining my daily quiet time. It’s amazing how much my outlook changes when I do this. And I’m journaling regularly too! God has been showing me some pretty awesome stuff which I hope to share with you soon.


Couples Getaway – I haven’t gotten around to looking for getaway spots. I’m thinking San Antonio might be fun and I’ve wanted to go for forever.

Serving My Husband – Hubs has been working out of town for several months and often only has one day at home to rest. I’ve been making it a habit to ask him what I can do to make his life easier. Most of the time he asks for really simple things like clean laundry and food. 🙂 Easy peasy.


Pray for a Family Member Each Day – It has been such a joy to focus on praying for my children and husband on specific days. God has this time to open my heart and mind to their individual needs and strengths.


Date With Friends 2x Per Month – I was able to get together with three friends this month for sweet conversation. It was like a breath of fresh air and I can’t quite think why I stopped doing this.

Teresa and I met at Zoe’s for lunch and I fell in love with their pasta salad – which by the way isn’t on my new healthy eating plan unless it’s a cheat day. Nancy and I visited Urban Farm. If you haven’t been there, you must go. They have the most awesome furniture and home decor. Jamie and I had an impromptu Saturday meeting at Starbucks and while it was short, it was great to be able to share our hearts and encourage one another.

Send Cards of Encouragement 2x Per Month – I failed miserably on this one. Not one card sent. Grace. It’s all grace.


Take Control of the Grocery Budget – I am happy to say that I menu planned AND clipped coupons every week. It feels so good to be back in the game. While I’m not extreme couponing like I used to do, I am saving $15 – $30 each week not counting my digital rebate savings.


Develop Consistent Work Schedule – I’ve been working on a more consistent work schedule. This is a work in progress. It’s so easy for me to get sidetracked.

Build Facebook and Pinterest – This month my goal was to start implementing a Facebook growth course I am taking. I haven’t gotten as far along as I thought I would, but I have made some big steps. For example, I started a couple of new niche FB pages and I’d love it if you’d like them.

One is Simple Saving Recipes. This is a place where I’ll share all things food with a focus on simple, family friendly recipes. The other is Spend Wisely Save BIG where I share strictly money saving tips and tools along with a few deals.

I’ve been trying to pin my blog content consistently on Pinterest and have seen a great return.

So there you have it! The first big monthly check in. Hopefully I’ll be doing as well this time next month. How are you doing with your goals? I’d love to hear about it…tell me in the comments!

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