6 Goals For This Week (& why I’m giving myself a break!)

6 Goals for This Week

The past 10 days have felt like an emotional roller coaster ride for me. There were a lot of unexpected things thrown at me all at once. By the grace of God, I made it through. But it left me feeling drained and physically and emotionally exhausted… and more than a little tired!

Case in point: I wrote this on Instagram on Friday when I was in Maryland at a conference with my friend, Tam:

The hair dresser says my hair is blond. I don’t usually think so, but maybe it is considering that in the last 24 hours I have:

1) Almost left my hotel room to go to an event only wearing one big earring.

2) Forgotten which hotel room # I was staying in (had to go down to the front desk to ask!!).

3) Couldn’t find the blow dryer in my hotel room and looked everywhere for it in my entire room only to discover it was right on the wall in the bathroom.

4) Got out of the shower to discover I had only shaved one leg!

5) Could not figure out how to get the blow dryer to work. Tried and tried and tried and was starting to just think I was going to have to show up with wet hair when I finally realized that IT WASN’T PLUGGED IN!

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As a result, I know that the best thing for me this week — especially since I’m having surgery on Friday — is to have a quiet week with very short to-do lists and lots of margin time. Because I clearly need some rest and down time! :)

With this in mind, I’m sticking to six simple goals for this week…

My Goals From 2 Weeks Ago:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Start our fall homeschool schedule.

2. Finish reading one read aloud book with the kids.

3. Write a love note to Jesse.

4. Write thank you letters with the kids.

Personal Goals

5. Exercise at least 5 times.

6. Finish at least two books.

Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

7. Host friends from out of town for a little Blogging Retreat this weekend.

8. Write notes to the Compassion children we sponsor.

Business Goals

9. Write an article for an upcoming piece in a magazine.

10. Get everything ready for our big Make Over Your Mornings sale.

This Week’s Goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Finish reading one read aloud book with the kids.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Have an at-home Movie Date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Get at least 7+ hours of sleep every night.

5. Finish reading two fiction books.

Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

6. Write notes to the Compassion children we sponsor.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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10 Goals For This Week (yes, I’m *finally* back to goal-setting again!)

10 Goals For This Week

All mic’d up and ready to take the stage Saturday night at the San Diego event. While waiting, Kaitlynn tried to get a selfie with me. And well, it soon turned into a Silly Selfie Fest. I have no idea where my kids get their spunk and personality from. 😉

So, um, yeah. I kinda fell off the goal-setting wagon.

It was a little bit intentional (I was on a blogging break, after all) and it was a little unintentional (summer was just full to the brim with lots of travel and projects and fun!).

But, never fear, I’m back in the saddle again and ready to get this show on the road!

So without further ado, here are my 10 goals for this week:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Start our fall homeschool schedule.

2. Finish reading one read aloud book with the kids.

3. Write a love note to Jesse.

4. Write thank you letters with the kids.

Personal Goals

5. Exercise at least 5 times.

6. Finish at least two books.

Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

7. Host friends from out of town for a little Blogging Retreat this weekend (yay!!)

8. Write notes to the Compassion children we sponsor.

Business Goals

9. Write an article for an upcoming piece in a magazine.

10. Get everything ready for our big Make Over Your Mornings sale next week (stay tuned for details!)

What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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My 10 Goals For This Week (+ we’re ready for some R&R!)

10 Goals For This Week

{Read the story behind this crazy photo here. And yes, it was staged, but it was pretty accurate to how we were feeling at the time!}

June was an especially full month. It was full of good things, adventures, outings with friends, time with people we love, many projects completed, and five different trips.

Whew! I don’t regret the “yeses” we said, but the truth is: I am tired and ready to take some time to slow down and catch my breath. So that’s exactly what the next few weeks are for our family.

Other than a few commitments, we’re taking the next few weeks to really slow down, unplug, hang out together as a family, catch up on sleep, and be intentional about resting and recharging.

Goals from 2 weeks ago:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Write love notes to each of the kids and to Jesse.

2. Have an at-home movie date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Finish reading at least one book.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

4. Have a coffee date with a friend.

Business Goals

5. Finish writing an article for an upcoming project.

6. Finish reading and writing an endorsement for another author’s book.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Write love notes to each of the kids and to Jesse.

2. Have an at-home Family Movie Night.

3. Have an at-home Movie Date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Finish reading at least one book.

5. Track my macros on My Fitness App.

6. Do one thing every day to refresh myself/recharge my batteries.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

7. Have a coffee date with a friend.

Business Goals

8. Finish writing an article for an upcoming magazine feature.

9. Launch our new t-shirt line with Cents of Style. (So excited to show you these!!)

10. Work on outlining the video course for Money-Making Mom.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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6 Goals For This Week (I’m going to NYC & then we’re headed back to Atlanta!)

10 Goals For This Week

Last week was Kaitlynn’s birthday, so we celebrated in number of ways — including a Mommy-Daughter Date and taking crazy selfies together. Because, of course! :)

It’s another full week this week! I’m at the ice rink all day today with Kaitlynn, then I’m headed to NYC tomorrow to film a segment with Fox Business (Eek! I’m split between being crazy excited about this and crazy nervous… it’s definitely another opportunity to jump out of my comfort zone! I’ve only been to NYC once and I’ve never been there by myself, so it should be an adventure!).

{The segment is supposed to air on Friday night, but things can always change when it comes to TV. I’ll keep you posted when I know for sure!}

I fly back home on Wednesday morning and then we’re packing up to head to Atlanta to meet my sister and her family for a few days of exploring the city together.

And then we’re headed back home again to spend time with two sets of out-of-town guests that are coming in Saturday and Sunday.

So with all of this in mind, I’m going to keep my goals very simple this week.

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Have a Family Movie Night with the kids.

2. Have an at-home movie date with Jesse.

3. Go out to breakfast with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

6. Meet with our church’s Ministry Coordinator about plans for our church’s coffee bar.

7. Write a note of encouragement to a friend going through a difficult time.

Business Goals

8. Prep for speaking at the Acworth, GA Say Goodbye to Survival Mode event this Saturday.

9. Launch the Make Over Your Mornings weekly email newsletter

10. Work on marketing copy and endorsement requests for my new book.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Write love notes to each of the kids and to Jesse.

2. Have an at-home movie date with Jesse.

Personal Goals

3. Finish reading at least one book.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

4. Have a coffee date with a friend.

Business Goals

5. Finish writing an article for an upcoming project.

6. Finish reading and writing an endorsement for another author’s book.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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My 10 Goals For This Week (& whew! I survived last week!)

10 Goals For This Week

Whew! So I survived a very big week last week — Monday I spent all day at the ice rink with Kaitlynn and then we got together with our Monday Group that evening.

Monday evening, around 9:30 p.m., we went into full-on Make Over Your Mornings Launch mode and kept going strong through 8 p.m. Tuesday evening — except for a short 5-hour break to sleep.

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I went to bed by 10 p.m. on Tuesday evening and slept in a little on Wednesday morning and then headed to spend all day at the ice rink again with Kaitlynn.

Wednesday evening, I finished some laundry, packed Silas’s stuff and my stuff for our trip to San Francisco, and went to bed by 11 p.m. — which was later than I’d hoped to, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!

10 Goals For this Week

We had to get up by 4 a.m. to get out the door for our early-morning flight. We spent all morning Thursday on planes and in airports to make it to San Francisco by noon. And then we stopped quickly by our hotel and then spent all afternoon in meetings with ePantry.

We took an hour break to go on the Harbor Cruise and then went out to dinner with the ePantry team, and then crashed at our hotel around 10 p.m. (12 a.m. our time).

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Silas and I both got a good night’s rest and then headed to the airport around 9 a.m. for more airports and plane rides — making it back to TN around 7 p.m. We got home, unpacked, hung out with the family, and then went straight to bed and slept in until 8 a.m. the next morning.

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Saturday and Sunday were quiet days at our house — and it was such a nice break! I got caught up on laundry, went grocery shopping, went to Silas’ last baseball game with friends, went to church, served at church, cleaned up the house, and read for about 5 hours. It was bliss!

And today, I was back at the ice rink again all day and then we had dinner with our Monday Group — some of my favorite people on the planet and we laughed until we cried tonight recounting all sorts of stories and anecdotes from our lives. We’re so blessed to know these families and have the opportunity to do life with them! Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 4.06.27 PM

{By the way, you can see a little video here of one of Kaitlynn’s current off-ice skating exercises, if you’re interested. I’m learning SO much about how much work goes into figure skating — and how much of the work doesn’t even happen on the ice!}

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Finish one read aloud book with the kids

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Go through and declutter at least two rooms in our house.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

6. Help the kids write notes to Grandma for her birthday.

7. Write notes to our Compassion-sponsored kids.

Business Goals

8. Prep for speaking at the Virginia Homeschool Conference this weekend.

9. Finish writing a chapter I’m contributing to an ebook compilation project.

10. Read through the entire manuscript of my new book (psst! You can see the cover and read more about it here.)

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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10 Goals For This Week (+ some random thoughts on motherhood)

10 Goals For This Week

So, I didn’t get everything crossed off my goals list for last week, but I did make some good headway on goals — and that’s always encouraging!

I think my biggest win of the week was that I got good sleep almost every night last week, we had a great first week of our new homeschool schedule, and I got all caught back up on the laundry again!

I took the picture above while I was in the middle of working on getting caught up on the laundry. Yes, I may have been just a wee bit behind on it. :)

10 Goals For This Week

Kaitlynn and I had a nail-painting date yesterday. I think all of my kids (and Jesse) have the love language of quality time. Which has been good (and a learning process) for me — a girl who is much more inclined to do rather than to just be.

I’ve been trying to be more intentional about regular one-on-one time with each of my kids each week as I’ve discovered this is something that fills up their tanks like almost nothing else.

10 Goals For This Week

This child. I can’t get enough of him. This morning he woke up early to snuggle with me while I finished some blogging work.

While we were snuggling, he told me all about how much he loved me, how much he loved spending time with me, and how he would never get married so he could live with me for the rest of his life and help me.

A little while later, he said, “You know, in 7 years, I’m going to be a teenager!” I did not need that reminder this morning. And yet, it was good to remember just how quickly they are growing up and how important it is to cherish the everyday moments. Because they are fleeting.

Here’s my goals update:

Last week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Start our new homeschool routine/curriculum.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Get caught back up on the laundry.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

6. Listen to at least two inspiring audios/podcasts while working/driving.

7. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

8. Have a coffee date with a new friend.

Business Goals

9. Record a short video for a project.

10. Get all details finalized for the Make Over Your Mornings Course Launch.

This week’s goals:

Marriage/Mothering/Homemaking Goals

1. Spend the day with Kaitlynn at Ice Skating Camp.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Go through and declutter at least two rooms in our house.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise at least 3 times.

5. Finish reading at least one book.

6. Listen to at least two inspiring audios/podcasts while working/driving.

7. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night.

Local Ministry/Hospitality/Friendship Goals

8. Dinner with a friend from out-of-town who will be in TN this weekend.

Business Goals

9. Record a short video for a project.

10. Get the sales page finished for the Make Over Your Mornings Course.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives! You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.


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