Time for an update on how my 2016 goals are going!
Make one extra mortgage payment. This hasn’t happened yet, but we are making great strides with skimming extra money off where we can (like with groceries).
To be honest, though, this goal is the one I am prioritizing last. The bigger picture goal, of course, is to just pay off the mortgage and be completely debt-free. Whether that happens via an extra mortgage payment per year, or in one lump sum, we will be thankful regardless.
Journal and devotions daily. I have learned making this goal a reality really hinges on whether or not I get up early. Peanut has been dealing with sickness of late, which makes for some irregular nights and challenging days, so I sleep when I can. I try to give myself grace–if I can’t journal daily, that’s okay…I get up the next day and try again.
I have also begun to count family devotions as my own devotion time. I appreciate the opportunity to delve into devotions privately, but also treasure the ability to share that time with my family too.
Screen time to four times daily. I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this one. We don’t have a landline, and as a stay-at-home-mom, my cell phone is my link to the outside world on many days–texting is how I communicate with many people, I call my father daily, taking pictures to send to the kids’ grandparents with my phone technically involves “screen time,” and things like emailing my daughter’s preschool teacher requires time with a screen. My volunteer position also requires quite a bit of time in front of a screen lately.
Although I may not be able to scale back to four times daily (yet) for an hour a day (yet), it is still my goal. For now, I keep my phone in one spot rather than carry it with me everywhere, which has actually proven quite helpful in eliminating unnecessary phone checks.
Invite six families to supper. One down, one scheduled, four to go! Making great strides with this one.
Posting my goal progress on here keeps me accountable. How are your personal goals coming along?