In talking with my hubby, I’ve realized that I need to make some changes for next year. I don’t feel I was intentional with our schooling and even with parenting issues. I felt like I was often drowning in a never-ending list of things to do and never getting any of them done well. I was flying by the seat of my pants, drifting from one week to the next with no real plan. I quit lesson planning; I quit writing things down; I just kept right on surviving. Moving twice over the summer and then having a new baby join us in the fall did not help matters. But I still am disappointed that many details were left untouched.
I’ve resolved that I will enter into our new year with the goal of being more intentional. And the only way I can hold myself to that is to have some written goals as well as a written mission statement. I’ve found if I don’t write things down, I don’t do them. It’s so easy to forget and when no one is holding you accountable………..well, it’s easy to give yourself a pass on many things.
My priorities have been a little off. I was so focused on surviving and getting through our year, that I skipped out on some chances for character building, applicable Bible lessons, and opportunities for teachable moments. I want to make sure I don’t miss the mark. I can’t forget the reasons why I’m on this little venture of mine. It’s time to refocus, prioritize, and then write it down. I need a new game plan, some attainable goals, and a mission statement so I can work with the end in mind.
- First, to live my life in a way that honors my Savior
- Second, to be the wife and helpmeet that I’m called to be
- Third, to disciple my children and reach their hearts for Christ
- Fourth, to take care of all the lovely domestic chores that I’d like to forget
- Fifth, to provide my children with a well-rounded education that inspires them toward life-long learning
In order to make sure that my priorities remain in the correct order, I need some written goals. I love lists! I plan to make a monthly list of goals to work toward. I’ll reevaluate each month and change them as I find new areas to work on. Now, these goals are going to be humble things that I know I’ll be able to actually accomplish.
My first goal is to write a homeschool mission statement – I need to begin with the end in mind so I’ll keep my focus during our journey.
Next, I am going to write a list of household rules, verses to correspond to each rule, as well as consequences for breaking each rule. We need some more consistent discipline around here and I need to hold myself accountable for that consistency.
Thirdly, I’m going to start back up on the Bible study my husband and I were working on before we learned of our move. We’re going to put Bible study and family praise and worship back into our schedule to make sure we all have some daily Bible study and prayer time.
I also plan to write out a schedule for summer and work on creating a fall schedule. Unless we have some type of routine, things get overlooked and nothing gets done. I’ve got to have a written plan of attack!
Once those big priorities are put back in place, I’ll write 2 or 3 goals for the upcoming month.
I’m hopeful these changes will point us back in the right direction. With the end of the year, I feel less motivated and feel like I’ve lost our vision for our homeschool and our family life. I want to point ourselves back to the target and start our next year with renewed focus and realigned priorities. I wonder how many times I’ll have to stop and readjust my priorities next year?