goals

Aspirations

Sometimes I wake up with such big aspirations… which could also be referred to as small attainable goals. I get my game plan together: “Today I need to give the middle kids a bath.” (Side note: The eldest and youngest got theirs last night. I’m not one of those “crazy” people who think you need to bathe every day… And I’m just kidding about thinking people who shower every day are crazy. Many members of my family are everyday people. More power to you. I’m just more of an every other day type of person.) Ok, let’s get back on track. So on the day’s list is “Give the middle kids a bath; Enroll Isaiah in flag football, sign Naomi up for gymnastics, and call about soccer for Elijah; remind my husband about scheduling the windshield replacement; email the guy about the travel trailer; catch up on laundry (my nemesis); etc.

I realize this all sounds very doable. And in theory I agree. Of course, there is the regular daily stuff to do too. I wake up, change the baby, pour a cup of coffee, pack Isaiah’s lunch, start breakfast for four kids (a special menu for the baby, no dairy means no butter, pancakes (with milk), cheese, yogurt…), unload and load the dishwasher… Have I read my Bible today? Did I yesterday? I really need to get on the treadmill. Today is the day I’m going to count calories. Get the baby off of the kitchen table. Who’s calling my name. Oh, Elijah needs help in the bathroom (my newly potty-trained big boy!). Shoot, where’s the baby. “Mom! Noah is on the stairs!” Ok, run to get the baby before he gets into Isaiah’s lego-land. Ugh, did he poop? Change the baby’s diaper (2 down, umpteen to go). Oh no, I need to roll the sausage over. The toast is probably cold- Isaiah won’t eat butter if he can see it. Ok, gather everyone to the table. Elijah got his own water from the fridge… get a towel before everyone soaks their socks. Is that lip gloss on the kitchen cabinet? “Naomi, did you put on lip gloss?” Check her face. Affirmative. “Did you leave a lip print on the cabinet?” Add to list Magic Eraser the cabinet. What’s in the baby’s mouth. Oh my gosh, Owen left his socks on the floor. “No, Noah don’t put that in your mouth!” Ok, time to eat. (I will spare you all of the details. It’s mostly just constant reminders for the children to actually put the food in their mouth, and for the baby to sit down; because he is a master of high chair escape.) There is at least 1 spill, probably more. What time is it? Isaiah go brush your teeth, your bus will be here in 10 minutes. Start the clean up. Make sure Isaiah’s lunch, snack and water bottle are in his bag. “Mom! Noah is on the table again!” Save Noah. Watch Isaiah get on the bus. Elijah asks for a snack. I reply we just had breakfast.

Wow, what was I supposed to do today? Because it’s not even 8:30 am, and I could really use a nap.

Goal Assessment

It has occurred to me that I have a list of wants, and if I don’t want to forget them; I need to jot them down in goal format so that I can visualize them into becoming a reality. How’s that for a power statement of fluff?

#1 Get organized

  • If I’m going to be a professional blogger I’m going to need to get organized. That is to say, if I want to take my unpaid blogging hobby seriously, I need to get my act together.
  • Meal planning. Life would a lot more simple if I had an actual grocery list in advance for all of the meals I want to try. So that when I go to make my harvest chili, I have the sweet orange peppers I need and the apples I am saving for the same recipe don’t go soft and brown in the meantime. Sounds perfect in theory; you should see my chaos in the grocery store.
  • Catch up on fellow blog posts in my reader.

#2 Plan Noah’s birthday party

  • I’m so behind it’s ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it

#3 Get a planner

  • If I had one place to put everything maybe I could actually do it. If I remembered to write it down, and actually use it. But this is the new organized me, so of course I would will.
  • Maybe I wouldn’t forget the blog posts I had planned if they weren’t on random pieces of paper or notes on my phone.

#4 Make a loaf of bread

  • I really need to get over my mental block. People have been doing this thousands of years, with much less convenience. I need to get over myself.

#5 Lose 5 pounds

  • There, I wrote it down, so I will certainly take this seriously.
  • Start an exercise regimine. I will be happy I did, I know this. So remind myself of this when I don’t feel like doing it.

Well now that it’s out there in the big wide world of web, I am sure to come through, because I have forced myself into accountability… sort of. And thank you for unwarranted participation. 😉