My January Goals

I’m a pretty “all over the place” kind of girl, so the thought Goal-setting has always made my hands sweat and my throat close up a little bit. I mean, I’m really great at making long lists of things I’d LOVE to do (or need to do), but too many times I’m left feeling completely defeated and pretty worthless for not being able to check everything off my list (or even a few things). New years resolutions are usually squashed and forgotten by Mid-February (and that’s why I quit making them).

So, this year I’ve decided that I don’t want to miss out on good things just because I’m afraid of failure. I am going to set reasonable, doable goals each month, not ridiculous ones like work out for an hour every day, memorize a book of the Bible or make homemade meals from scratch every night (those are great goals, just not for me right now).

Today, I’m linking up with Hayley at The Tiny Twig to share my January goals. She wrote such a sweet post on how setting and pursing goals can feel like striving sometimes and trying to do everything on our own strength, but Jesus wants us to walk towards good things in step with Him by his strength, not our own. Click here to read her post.

Here are my goals for January:

1. Read a book (A good one. And one that doesn’t have to do with parenting or healthy living)
2. Have a scripture for the week (possibly to memorize, but more so to meditate on and put up on my mirror or fridge)
3. Read more with Jacob (not just at bedtime)
4. Do some type of physical activity once a day (even if its just for 10 minutes. because my brain and body just work better when I do)
5. Have 2 date nights with Jeremy (and see Saving Mr. Banks)
6. Drink more water (I’ll talk more about this later, but most of us are pretty dehydrated. So a gallon a day is my goal… )
7. Family breakfasts at the kitchen table (as often as we can)
8. Eat and make more grain-free food (there's a really long reason why, but in short—it's just way healthier)

Also, this is a GREAT post by Ann Voskamp on having a grace plan each day. So very useful and practical. You should go read it now. 

Anyone else scared of setting goals? Want to make some for January with me?  


  1. I am planning a date night with my hubby too!! I love have a scripture a week, I am going to go pick one for this coming week to memorize.

  2. I love this post! And I love the idea of small goals, something I've been considering for myself. I was thinking quarterly goals, but monthly would probably be even more feasible. Love these.

  3. Thanks, girl! Yes, small goals are my new goal.. ha. We'll see how it goes!

  4. Yes, I've realized that date-night is easy to put off, but SO important!

  5. I'm just finishing Half Broke Horses and have loved reading it. :) I like the idea of a scripture to meditate on each week. Great goals!!

  6. I love your list! I have a similar mantra toward working out after feeling like it had to be "all or nothing" everyday. Now I count anything....a walk, running around with my kids outside....especially on the days I just didn't have the time to get to the gym. I want to do #8 too!

  7. interested to read about us needing more water, that was a goal I had as well! Reading a book a month is one I would like to do also!

  8. Goals kind of scare the everything out of me. But this year I'm compelled to set some, to better steward my time and energy toward what the Lord would have me do. I love your goals for January!

  9. thank you! I'll have to try that book—I'm always needing recommendations! dont want to waste my time with a boring book ;)

  10. Great goals! You should read A year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans, or her book Evolving in Monkey Town - FANTASTIC reads. Or Simply Christian by NT Wright. If you're looking for something lighter, I'd go with the Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling!