After a wonderful date with my beloved hubby last night, I took some time to re-assess my priorities. I tend to over-complicate my life with massive to-do lists, projects that I take on without considering the ramifications, and unrealistic expectations for myself and others around me.
So I decided to figure out what my top priorities are right now, and put the rest in a “closet” for the time being. Here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. Foster an environment for our family that is God-centered, peaceful, and joyful.
I’m going to do this by praying with my children daily, focusing on maintaining a right attitude in myself throughout the day, and modelling godliness for my children.
2. Develop and implement a routine for myself and our children, and support Mark in his own routine.
To do this, I’m going to create a routine chart for my kids (and stick by it!). Major focuses will be our start-of-the-day routines, focusing on school when we’re doing it, and getting to bed on time.
3. Develop local relationships!
This might be challenging (especially for my introverted self), but we’re going to do our best to reach out and meet people. I will hopefully be able to get our Mom Heart group started up soon (if you live locally, please contact me if your interested!), and we will be starting a weekly HaYesod group to study the foundations of the Christian faith on September 8th (again, if you’re interested, let me know!). I’m also going to connect with a local homeschooling group as well as La Leche League.
4. Finish my associate’s degree
I will be taking CLEP tests in US History, Sociology, and Human Growth/Development over the next couple of months, as well as probably enrolling for a science course at BSU. I’m planning to graduate in May 2013.
I think the hardest thing about all of this is all of the things that I have to put away in the “closet” for the time being. I have so many goals that I am working towards that I need to set aside in order to make this happen. It’s so hard to admit to myself that I can’t do everything, but I know that it is for the best. Hopefully in a few months, I will be able to dig a few of those long-term goals out of the closet again and tell you about them!