Goals for 2008- February Update

Last month I set a "few" goals for myself to accomplish in 2008. I thought I would give an update on my progress in January. Some I did accomplish this month, others I barely touched! Here they are:

-Create a new schedule and routine system by next week and stick to it, changing it if necessary (rather than abandoning it) by reevaluating it monthly.
I did create a routine and cleaning schedule on paper by that next week. I did not manage to stick to it though. The poor schedule was abandoned before it got a chance to start...! :) We did get into more of a routine with cleaning everyday, but it wasn't structured like we used to have or like I want it to be. I have to keep working on this. Maybe if I can find a way to use my computer to do this...

-Continue breastfeeding exclusively until Isabella reaches 6 months (we usually add cereal at 4-5 months but I want to extend the time before we start baby foods)
This goal was accomplished! At least one more month before we start solids. I am thinking we might stretch it out as long as we can. The doctor told me that starting solids is important for getting practice of eating solids but not necessary yet. It seems strange to think a human needs "practice" eating solids. So if I waited til she's 11 months she wouldn't know how to swallow?

-Run a 5k in under 30 minutes (I've run only one before in 39 min)
Didn't touch this one, although I did try to find an upcoming 5k in my city- does that count? ;)

-Add in 1-2 hours per day to my schedule for web/design work (this will be much easier when I get my routine in place)
I did do this- I worked on freelance projects for several hours this month, usually when the kids were napping or in bed for the night.

-Start Elijah's homeschooling, with him reading by his 5th birthday in October
Hmmm...We got one "real" lesson in this month. He has improved so much on reading letters and connecting them to words. Maybe I should set short-term goals like this month I will sit down and do at least two lessons each week.

-Exercise 5-6 times per week including classes at the gym and home
I did accomplish this one for the most part. I am quite happy about it. Last week I was fighting a cold and my husband didn't want me to work out, so I made it only 4 times last week. I think because I've slowly been working up to this frequency, I had a much easier time adding a couple of sessions each week. I look forward to working out these days.

-Eat more fresh and natural foods- whole grain, preservative-free, locally grown foods
Happily I can report I did eat more natural and whole grain foods this month. Most of my meals consist of fish or chicken with veggies and/or a starch. I wonder if all my effort to eat naturally is negated by the fact that I drink a diet coke every day? :)

-Drink at least 3 liters of water per day
Didn't get this one done this month. I did drink more water per day than I have in the previous months, but it was more like 1 1/2 liters of water and 24 ounces of diet or regular Dr. Peppers or sugar-free raspberry lemonade. I have to keep working on this one.

-Potty train my 2 1/2 year old (he'll be three in May)
We did try to start potty training. Noah just cries when we sit him on the toilet, and wetting his pants doesn't actually seem to bother him. We will keep testing the waters but he just doesn't seem ready yet. I would really like to have it done by May but it might not be possible.

-Increase household purging of clutter and excess, including selling furniture, shredding papers and giving away or selling toys
I did accomplish this goal this month! I sold over $50 worth of extra stuff on Craigslist we had around the house. Very exciting, and motivating to get more stuff out of our house! We tried to sell an extra piece of furniture to a few people we know but didn't post it anywhere else. It's got emotional value so I don't want to sell it. I am in the process of trying to let go.... ;)

-Slowly change my body clock to go to bed earlier and rise earlier (I am so not a morning person!)
There was improvement in this area but no real progress yet. Somehow I just end up taking a nap if I get up too early, and being so tired makes me pretty grumpy. I end up being wide awake well after midnight. Leo over at ZenHabits has some great stuff on rising early and how to do it. I just need to discipline myself to get in bed earlier so I am more rested.

I hope to have more progress to report next month! I think posting my goals definitely made me feel more responsible to complete them. On to the rest of February!


  1. Hi there, I enjoy your blog... a couple things jumped out at me.. the solids and infants needing "practice" with them... I don't think you need to worry about your dd not being able to learn how to eat if you miss a "window"... my oldest had NO interest in solids until she was 9 months old.... and then she took off! She's 14 now, and has a fairly healthy appetite.

    As for Elijah learning to read by his 5th birthday - try not to stress too much about it. The muscles of the eye aren't really mature enough to handle the amount of "close up" work that learning to read requires until around 7 or so.... and can be even later in boys. This is one of the reasons homeschooling is so wonderful - because we can go at our children's pace, and not label them as being "poor readers" in kindergarten.

    That said, if, at 8, he is still writing some letters backwards, or reading words backwards (ie dog instead of God or bog instead of dog), then start thinking about testing him for some ld issues so that you can change your instructional methods to something that would work with dyslexia or anything else that might turn up.
    My biggest goal for the beginning of this year was to get through the birth of my son (who arrived last week)..... once I'm recovered, I'll be thinking through my own goals.


  2. Judy- Thank you so much for your encouragement! I think you are so right. It's good to know that about the reading and eye sight- I will definitely remember that too as we start feeling out the reading and homeschooling. I am so new to it all! :)

  3. And congratulations on your new baby! :)

  4. I just recently found your blog and it is a favorite!

    I just want to second Judy's input on the reading issue. She is right on target. Research indicates that kiddos who receive no formal schooling at home before age 7 catch up to and often pass up those who are schooled at an earlier age!This would include homeschooled and 'institution schooled' kiddos.

    Our Madeline is a perfect example of this. I was hospitalized for 5 weeks and then gave birth to a 33 weeker in September. Needless to say, First grade was very late in starting for us! However, in just 5 weeks of 'school' she has made amazing progress and we are very pleased! She will be 7 on Valentine's day. I am reasonably sure that she would not have been ready for first grade back in August when we 'should' have started!

    Take your time with school. There is no hurry! Let Elijah's interests be your guide for now. Incidentally, we use a great curriculum called My Father's World. Biblically based, simple to use and a lot of fun!

    God Bless.

  5. Mandy,
    Be sure and feed your kids bean patties so they will grow up to be wise! It worked for me.
    Impartial Adorer

  6. Thanks for the encouragement Maddysmama!

    I will have to check out that curriculum you suggested. I am so new to it all, I love to hear what other moms are using and what works! :)


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