Goals for 2015: January

At the start of the year, I wrote this post detailing some of my “realistic goals” to get me closer to long-term ambitions.

So how am I doing so far?

Goals for 2015 - JanuaryWell, let’s take a look:

1. Master sourdough bread:

This month, I attempted to make a sourdough loaf from a 5-day old starter. It didn’t rise. I assumed the problem was with the starter, so I ended up chucking it out and plan on trying again next month. This has happened once before already, so I hope that I will have more luck with the third attempt. Maybe I will try a different recipe!

2. Make one wearable dress:

The step I took towards this in January was to order a dressmaking kit/pattern from Craftsy, which arrived this week. I am hoping to start on it next month.

January - Dress Making3. Have an end of the month family meeting:

We did this on Sunday, and it was such a success! We went over our budget to see where we were overspending and where things needed tweaking, which was incredibly helpful as we have previously struggled to make realistic budgets because we haven’t sat and looked at what we are actually spending on! We also had a look at our calendar for the month ahead so we could plan and try to avoid yet another month of constant driving around and weekends that were too full so we end up exhausted by the end of the month.

4. Deep clean and declutter one room a month:

Hands up – I have failed on this one! Although my husband has done much better at it. Our daughter’s first tooth appears to be coming through, so I am using that as an excuse, as she is struggling quite a bit with napping and is often quite upset and needing a lot of attention during the day. I have been able to keep on top of usual cleaning and tidying, which is pretty good in and of itself, but I would like to be more thorough next month if possible!

5. Pick a Bible plan to work through, and memorize one verse of Scripture a month:

I actually picked two verses to memorize this month:

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” – Matt 7:1

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’” – 1 Samuel 16:7

And I have been working through the Bible in a Year plan on my Bible app, as well as having done the “Parenting with Wisdom” and “The Power of Being Thankful” plans. I am behind (as usual) on the BIAY plan, but the smaller ones have been more successful!

January - Bible Plans6. Start going to a Pilates class at least twice a month again:

This has not happened, and I have actually not been so good at doing it at home lately either. I have been needing to walk with my daughter in the sling a lot, so I have definitely been getting enough exercise, but I plan on looking into some local classes next month, or at least trying to start at home again a few times a week. I always feel better when I do!

7. Complete the baby scrapbook I’ve been making for my daughter’s first year:

I actually have not made any more progress on this, but had done quite a bit already, so it’s not too far behind. But she is already six months, so I’d better do a few more pages!

January - Baby Book8. Make it away on a weekend or week away as a family, and as a couple, this year:

This is a work in progress – we certainly won’t be going away very soon. We have started to make a few plans with some friends and family, but haven’t yet succeeded in making any decisions for our own little family.

I will also be starting the I Quit Sugar detox this weekend, and have planned my meals and snacks and breakfasts for the first couple of weeks of it already.

Here’s hoping next month will be as (or even more) productive! 🙂

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