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My 10 goals for this week

Last week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Read at least a few chapters of The Railway Children aloud to all the children, read a few chapters of The Missing Video (reading to Kathrynne), and read at least two chapters of Little House in the Big Woods (reading to Kaitlynn).

2. Special outing one-on-one with Kaitlynn for her birthday. {We didn’t get to do this because we were supposed to go out the afternoon that I ended up having to take Kathrynne into the doctor and then as soon as Kathrynne got well, Kaitlynn came down with the sickness! I’m hoping we’re able to do it this week instead because both Kaitlynn and I have been looking forward to it for quite some time!}

3. Write a love note to Jesse.

4. Special family outing for Kaitlynn’s birthday.

Personal Goals

5. Finish reading The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself plus one fiction book.

6. Run at least five times for 45 minutes each; do weight-training program at least four days.

7. Listen to 2 hours of Stop Acting Rich.

8. Sleep for at least 8 hours every night.

Home Management

9. Scrub the master bedroom shower.

Business Goals

10. Continue blogging the 4 Weeks of Family Fun series.

This week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Read at least a few chapters of The Railway Children aloud to all the children, read a few chapters of The Missing Video (reading to Kathrynne), and read at least two chapters of Little House in the Big Woods (reading to Kaitlynn).

2. Start swimming lessons for all three children.

3. Write a love note to Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Finish reading Choosing Gratitude plus one other book.

5. Run at least five times for 45 minutes each; do weight-training program at least four days.

6. Listen to 2 hours of Stop Acting Rich.

7. Sleep for at least 8 hours every night.

Home Management

8. Make Homemade Wheat Thins

9. Make Homemade Toothpaste.

Business Goals

10. Continue blogging the 4 Weeks of Family Fun series.

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!

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  • Denise says:

    can you tell me more about the weight training you do? and any advice on weight training on the cheap? I don’t own any free weights because they are kind of pricey.

  • Alyssa says:

    Very nice goals. I’m very impressed with how much you read.

  • Shelly says:

    I hope all your kids are well so you can go on the outing with Kaitlynn.
    I have made the homemade wheat thins before and we really liked them. I think I used a different recipe than the one you have linked to. I found if I rolled the cracker dough fairly thin on the cookie sheet it worked well and I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough right on the cookies sheet before baking. I have also rolled the dough out on my silpat and then moved the dough on the silpat to the cookie sheet to bake, which worked well too. I am curious about the homemade toothpaste. Right now I have about a years supply of toothpaste on hand.

  • Lydia says:

    I am going to try to finish week 4 of the couch to 5k program. I am excited about how that program pushes me!

  • I am curious to see what you think of homemade toothpaste. I have thought of making it at least half a dozen times but always chickened out thinking no one in the family would like it.

  • Katie Haney says:

    Choosing Gratitude is one of my all time favorite books! It’s so great!
    Can’t wait to hear how the homemade wheat thins turn out! I want to try those sometime!

  • Annabell says:

    I have decided to start doing weekly goals. I have seen you post about this a couple of times, but this time it really hit me that I need to start doing it this way. I get so overwhelmed with daily goals and get disappointed when I don’t finish everything. I think looking at it a week at a time, I will just feel good about chipping away at my goals each day and not feel so overwhelmed. I’m looking forward to checking out this 4 Weeks of Family Fun series too!

  • Looks like a great week ahead Crystal! I’m excited to hear about your homemade wheat thins and toothpaste. 🙂 Have a great week.

  • Tiffany says:

    I linked on the wrong post (should have been for family frugal fun). Sorry Crystal!

  • Ann says:

    Hi Crystal – been following your blog for many years, love to see your successes. I have a question about the Railway Children. I got it via our interlibrary loan — started reading to my 5 1/2 and 3 1/2 year old sons. I didn’t expect my 3 1/2 to just sit and listen, but knew my 5 1/2 yr to be capable. And he was interested in the story as I began reading….but we stopped after about 8 pages. I got caught up in the “he said”, “sister said”, “then mama replied” etc. Personally I’ve always found those types of books difficult to read out loud b/c I’m not sure the listener is “getting it”. Then I felt like we were getting caught up in petticoat type language — I do tell my son about the “olden days” but wasn’t sure he was getting a lot of it due to that dated language. And finally, one night I just read the book to myself – wondering if I should continue past page 8 with him… it talked about kids stealing (which is a good discussion point) and then…STOP reading if you don’t want a spoiler, the issue of prison, and I thought….I try to avoid topics of kidnappers, kids beaten, etc…and I was worried they would then be afraid that THEIR dad would be improperly taken to jail. I love reading the older books to and with my kids – stuff by Lois Lenski and the Mike Mulligan series are favorites — but if you could comment on some of the issues I raised above I’d be delighted to know how you handle them. Thanks a million!

    • Crystal says:

      I often will edit parts in books, as needed, if I think it’s not appropriate for their level/understanding, etc. We’ve not finished The Railway Children yet, though, but based upon what we’ve read so far, if my oldest was 5 1/2, I’d probably skip it for now and stick with books that would be more engaging.

      We’ve not found it to be one of our most favorite read-alouds, so far, but we’re slowly making our way through it. We’re enjoying Snow Treasure a LOT more right now, though.

  • Jody Susan says:

    I bit off more than I could chew. 🙂

  • It’s so much fun to see what other people are accompishing (or not!) and get ideas for things to do. I know that my “to read” list has certainly gotten longer and so has my list of ideas for things to try with the kiddos.

    Thanks for hosting this link up!

  • My kids get bummed sometimes when a new movie comes out and it’s not in the budget to see it (until dollar theater or dvd). So from what we knew of the movie, we acted part of it out. ( ;

  • Is Stop Acting Rich a good book? Would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Crystal says:

      Yes. I’m listening to the audiobook and am really enjoying it. I’ll have a post up sometime this week on a few things I’ve gleaned from it.

  • Becky says:

    I love your goal setting, it is such a motivator. Thank you for sharing (and kicking my booty in shape) 🙂

  • Shelboyd says:

    I recently read your new book Money Saving Mom’s Budget and it has given me the beginnings of a plan to finally fulfill my dream of being a stay-at-home-mom! But I digress. My goal setting recently took a turn for the better. I was tired of hearing myself complain about my faults and decided to do something about it. I ended up writing out a list of things I needed, personally, to work on. I didn’t stop there. The next step was to write out my “plan of action.” I’ve been doing the things on my list and am super excited when I feel I’ve made progress on or finished one of the items. Maybe I should break it down further into some kind of time frame to help motivate me to move faster. Not sure. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

  • Shelby says:

    I recently started a new set of goals. My problem was simple. I was sick of hearing myself complain about my own faults and not do anything about it. I don’t want to be that person. So I sat down and wrote what I felt like were my faults in every area of my life. I took another sheet of paper and wrote out my “plan of action.” I am a total advocate for listing your goals and ways to achieve them now because I get giddy every time I get to mark one off of my list. I pray for strength a lot because I feel like I’m almost battling my worldly self, trying to overcome the temptations of laziness and self-pity.
    Anyway, I am doing pretty good with my recent set of goals. I still have plenty more to go and am excited that I found your book,The Money Saving Mom’s Budget, and this site. It’s truly been a blessing and a big help on my journey.

  • Evie says:

    You’ve probably answered this before… but how do you achieve 8 hrs of sleep per night? 🙂 As a mother of a newborn, I have heard & read that getting an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep is going to be a distant memory, for many many years to come, not just in this newborn period. The whole “you wont sleep well for the next 18 years” thing. With small children, don’t they wake you up frequently…? I mean, you are giving me hope and all, I’m just wondering how it looks practically. I would pay big money for 8 hours of sleep right now with a 5-week old 🙂 It’s exciting to think that ONE day I can consistently get the proper amount of sleep….. even with young children…. And it is inspiring to read about all that you do with & for your family while still not scrimping on sleep.

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