My Goals for 2016

My 2016: changing my life one day at a time
For my first post of the year, I thought it would be fitting to do a goal post. I have always loosely set goals in the past. As a result, I often didn’t feel like I accomplished much during the year.  This year I wanted to hold myself more accountable by displaying all my goals  for the internet world to see. I will probably regret this a year from now, but I’m going to give it a go. *Disclaimer: Some of my links direct you to my affiliate links for Amazon. There is a chance of me earning a commission on some of these products.

Personal GoalsPersonal goals

1. Eat a healthy diet and cut down on the number of fast food trips we make. Last year, we didn’t eat the healthiest and bought many convenience foods. I will plan ahead this year so we eat many more meals at home. 2. Exercise daily. Get at least 10,000 steps per day and do at least 3 other workouts per week. I just got a new Fitbit Charge HR like this one. I love this Fitbit because it measures my heart rate as well as tracks my steps. 3. Lose 10 pounds. Over the last year, I have put on weight. Being just a little over 5 feet, a weight gain like that is rather noticeable.  Part of the weight gain is related to my age.  Being in my 40s, I can no longer eat the way I used to and I need to realize my metabolism is not what it once was. The other reason for my weight gain is due to a lot of unhealthy choices through grief eating. I spent a good portion of my time grieving the death of my mother-in-law by eating. Most of the time, I didn’t even realize I was eating. I’d pass by the pantry and find comfort in a few granola bars. Granola bars, no matter how healthy,  can definitely pack on the pounds if eaten in large quantities. 4. Drink more water. I drink a lot of coffee, but I don’t drink enough water. At most, I drink 24 oz. per day. I would like to drink at least the recommended 64 oz. 5. Read 52 books this year. I joined the Goodreads challenge. If you have a Goodreads account, you can become my friend here to see what  I’m reading. I am going to try an A to Z challenge where I read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet and then a book from an author starting with each letter of the alphabet. So far, I have read Animal Farm and am now reading The Book Thief. I found the idea for this challenge on Read 52 books in 52 weeks. 6. Reach out to family and friends more. We are so consumed with  life’s mundane details that we don’t take enough time to savor moments with family and friends. 7. Grow spiritually. We go to church each week, but I know that is not enough to fulfill my spiritual needs. I would like to find a good devotional so that I can address this need on a daily basis. 8. Crochet or make one thing per week. Crochet goalsI would like to fill my Etsy store with a lot more items. Right now, I am going to take an Etsy break until I have more inventory. I don’t know how to fit this in my schedule, but I want to figure this out by the end of the year. 9. Finish at least 2 Udemy courses or Skillshare courses per month. I enjoy taking online classes and have learned so much from them. I want to continue to learn a variety of skills during 2016. 10. Participate in the fatmumslim photo challenge and improve my photography this year. I love taking pictures and I want to learn more about photography. If you want to join in this challenge, you can find it at Photo a Day at Fatmumslim.com. I like her challenges because they cause me to take the time to be mindful about the process of taking a photo. I’ve noticed it also is allowing me to find moments throughout the day I might not have paid attention to before. You can follow my Instagram account here: Learned Mom’s Instagram account.

Family Goals

11. Spend more focused time with my kids. I get so distracted by everything that needs to get done at home that I feel like I’m not always giving my kids my full attention. I want to spend more time one on one with my children this year. I would like to set up a one-on-one monthly date with both of my children. 12. Encourage our family to do more for other people. We are extremely busy, as most families are, and it seems like we don’t spend enough time doing charitable work or enough time doing things for other people. I would like to get into a habit of performing one family act of kindness each week.family goals   13. Go on a date with my husband at least once a month. I can’t think of the last time my husband and I went on a date. We spend a lot of quality time together at home, but we don’t ever go anywhere together without the kids. I want to make date time more of a priority. I found some great winter date ideas at this webpage:  Club 31 Women. 14. Spend more time reading aloud to my kids. Right now we are reading Anne of Green Gables

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Where to Find Free Crochet Patterns

Where to Find Crochet Patterns

This is my first post about crafting on my blog. I started a blog about crocheting last year, but realized that I like the actual act of crocheting more than I like writing about it. And, there were only so many things I could say about yarn, crocheting, and patterns. I didn’t think I could keep that up every week. I love yarn and I enjoy looking at patterns, but how much more can  I say about that?

Now, I am feeling inspired to  write about crocheting because it is getting cooler outside and I am getting excited about it again! I am a three season crocheter.  Over the summer, I had no desire to crochet. When it is hot, I hate having yarn on my lap. Our air conditioner doesn’t work very well and I can’t stand sweating under a pile of yarn. Now that it is finally getting a little cooler, I’m pulling my yarn out again, reopening my Etsy shop, and getting ready to finish some projects.  I experimented with opening an Etsy shop last year, but didn’t  learn about how to market myself on the huge Etsy marketplace. So, I have yet to sell anything and most of the people in my life don’t even realize I have a store. My store  YarnKnitDarnIt has just a few crocheted items right now, and I am hoping to make more items before the holiday season. And, no, I don’t knit as the name might imply, but I liked the name and I would like to knit eventually.

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