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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!

10 Goals For This Week

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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  • Madre says:

    Hey Crystal,
    Praying for you! Asking the LORD to give you peace and a peaceful week and a quick recovery!
    Take good care,

  • Prayers for a peaceful week and quick recovery, Crystal! I have writing to our Compassion child on my list this week, too! 🙂

  • You are so inspiring, friend! Praying for you!

  • Susanne Doremus says:

    I did the same thing with the hair dryer at a hotel the other day. It wasn’t plugged in!!! (My husband figured that out.) 😀

  • Tasha says:

    Enjoy a much needed break.

    Praying for you and your family this week.

  • Mary says:

    You are in my prayers. Sounds like your goals are exactly where they need to be at this point in your life. Can I add one to your list? REST. Even when you’re awake. Take this week and just be lazy.

    If the surgery is for what your previous post was about, I have (quite literally) felt your pain. Praying it is successful and you have a speedy recovery!

    FYI: When you are about to have surgery, you are not allowed to do laundry for at least 3 days prior. Same goes for dishes. At least that’s what I tried convincing my family of 🙂

  • Karen says:

    I hope you have a more relaxed week with all you have been through and surgery this week. Take time to relax and enjoy your family this week.

  • Adrienne says:

    Hang in there! You’re not the only one who didn’t reach her goals last week.

  • Debi says:

    Our family will be lifting you up in prayer this week!
    God Bless you!!

  • Anne says:

    Lots of extra prayers for you this week.

  • Melissa says:

    Sounds like a great and well needed plan! I am also enjoying your periscopes!

  • Sometimes just getting through the week is enough. It’s hard to concentrate when you have so much on your mind. Enjoy your rest and try not to stress.
    I’ll be praying for you.

  • I just had to come over and say, I am praying for you. While I haven’t experienced the exact same circumstances, I went through some of the biggest life changes possible in the course of 15 months and found myself in the ER in the midst of it all. I too found myself simplifying, even if only for a day or an afternoon if that was all we could squeeze in. Your goals show where your priorities truly are, and even in that you truly inspire us. Thank you for continuing to share your life, every REAL part of it. God bless, Tammy

  • Pam says:

    Good luck Friday – and so smart of you for taking it easy. Remember to rest up after too! Maybe stock up on some more fiction books to read in bed.

  • Victoria says:

    Great goals. I am praying for your and your family this Friday. I have been both the waiter (those waiting on the news with the loved one) and the patient and both are HARD.

  • I pray that you can have a relaxing week of rest and quiet as you prepare for surgery on Friday.

  • Jo says:

    God bless your week. 🙂 May He give you peace and comfort.

    Just wondering, do the kids your sponsor get to reply back to you?

  • Addy says:

    Sometimes we have too much going on inside our heads and that causes some of the mishaps you encountered. 🙂
    Will be praying that the surgery goes well and that you have a swift and sure recovery. Aside from resting this week before the surgery, be SURE to rest lots afterwards. Surgery has a way of knocking the energy right out of you and DO NOT try to do too much too soon, or you will most surely regret it. (I speak from experience!) Use this time to let others wait on you while you wait on your body to heal. You may have to let some things go, but that’s ok. God bless you and give you and your loved ones peace this week.

  • Praying for a smooth, successful surgery and quick recovery for you! And thank you for posting your goals, they always inspire me to be more intentional.

  • So good to know when you need to take a step back and give yourself some down time. I hope this week is restful and that all goes well on Friday!

  • Jody says:

    I am so glad (not that you’re having to have it) but that the surgery is happening quickly and not being drawn out and hanging over all your heads. I am praying for the next few days for the Lord to continue to give you and your husband and your children that unshakeable peace that surpasses all understanding rooted way down in your guys spirits and that it will rise up and push out any fear or anxiety that comes in. I can see this becoming a part of your kids arsenal of being able to pull from when remembering God’s goodness and faithfulness when they face various trials and testing of faith as they go thru life. Continuing to pray for you and your husband and all the emotions being brought up, I’ve found health challenges can cause some of our deepest emotions on both ends of the spectrum and that in itself can be exhausting swinging between the highs and lows and especially with the close association of such a deep loss that has been experienced. Praying for all to go well on Friday and for a good recovery and for a deepening of bonds being formed between all of you that sometimes it seems only trials like this can forge. Looking forward to hearing you’re doing well and enjoy some rest and relaxation!

  • Carol says:

    Crystal, Thank you so much for sharing when your surgery will be. I will be praying for you.

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