Goal Planning Monday – Week 101

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Try to keep up with dishes as they are being dirtied. Partially Done. Ugh, I did pretty good, BUT there is still one pan sitting around since the day after Christmas….that is NOT good.

2. Organize some things to give away on freecycle. DONE! I LOVE freecycle. People in Cape Breton are shocked that the things are FREE so when they come to pick them up and I refuse money they act like it is Christmas. They don’t understand that they are blessing ME  by taking things I can no longer use.

3. Enjoy the holidays.  DONE! The holidays were good. Quiet, but good.

4. Hang out with the children. DONE. We’ve played a few board games, watched a few movies, and Morgaine has brushed my hair every morning.

5. Plan out some homeschooling for the new year. NOT DONE. If you don’t already know, I’ll be telling you a little about a new adventure we’ll be embarking on very soon. I think there will be some life learning involved in the next couple of months and not near as much formal school work.

6. Try desperately to catch up with my coursera courses. Partially done. I did do about 6-8 hours on Saturday and completely one whole week of my neurobiology course with an 88% but I had to use late days in order to catch up because I was that far behind. I hate doing that. I haven’t even looked at my Logic and Reasoning class and that is not great. I have another class starting on Friday and a couple more later in the month!

This week’s goals.

1. Sort through our books. This is painful. I love books. We have too many. I have to do something with them.

2. Continue to post things on freecycle.

3. Find a couple items on freecycle (okay, there’s not much I can do about this goal but I’ll keep searching).

4. Take down Christmas. I LOVE our tree and we usually keep it up FOREVER but we’ll be taking her down “early” this year.

5. Blog twice. I’m going to try to get here more often, especially since I will be reviewing for Mosaic Reviews in 2013. I need to get back in the habit.

6. Make some dietary changes. We are ever evolving in this regard and I am feeling the need to change things up again. I certainly want to start menu planning a little bit more soon, but not this week.

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week.

I’m Getting Back to Reviewing with Mosaic Reviews!

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 2.50.33 PMThere’s been something missing from my blog. Yes, something more than just posts (yikes, I have to do something about that!).

REVIEWS!

I’ll admit that I had big ideas for this blog after I stopped reviewing last year. I was going to make this blog the place for all us imperfect parents/homemakers/educators. Well, that didn’t happen because well, life happened instead.  When I did sit down to write, I found myself wondering how to write a blog without reviews. For three years, reviewing had been part of my daily life and without it, I felt a little lost. People liked reading my reviews, and I enjoyed sharing my opinions. People didn’t really want to read about my dirty laundry pile or my struggles with my seven year old. Well, maybe some people did, but I didn’t post, because I’d lost my blogging identity.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’m back because I’ve been selected to review for Mosiac Reviews, a venture launched by two dear friends of mine. I promise that I will get back in the saddle and use this blog for its intended purpose (because 2013 is going to be a whole new adventure…stay tuned) but I’ll also be able to bring you information about all kinds of items that I’ll have the opportunity to try out. I’m not exactly sure of the timeline for things but I am looking forward to starting and sharing with all of you. You’ll be hearing more from me on twitter and my facebook page as well, so be sure to follow me there as well.

Here’s to new opportunities in 2013!

Goal Planning Monday – Week 100

WEEK ONE HUNDRED! HOW EXCITING IS THAT!?!?!? THANK YOU FOR HELPING IT HAPPEN!

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week I had the one goal of:

Living in the moment and find joy where we are right now. Well, it was a busy, crazy, exciting, scary week that I cannot really talk more about right now but things are a changing (most likely). I did have ample time to hang out with my children but not quite in the manner expected so I’m not sure that I can say we lived in the moment this week. I can say that I expect a lot more peace in 2013 so this week has been good and will help me acheive this goal long term so I’ll take this as a successful week.

This week’s goals (should be pretty laid back as it is the holidays and my husband is likely going to be home much of it).

1. Try to keep up with dishes as they are being dirtied. I don’t feel like doing a billion dishes at the end of the day. That’s just no fun.

2. Organize some things to give away on freecycle. There are things that we don’t really need anymore that are still perfectly good for someone else to use.

3. Enjoy the holidays. Yep. A goal.

4. Hang out with the children. LOTS.

5. Plan out some homeschooling for the new year. 

6. Try desperately to catch up with my coursera courses. I did not get a chance to even look at them last week.

I hope that you and your family have a lovely holiday season. Blessings for the new year.

If you have a moment, check in and let us know about your goals for the week.

Life goes on, what are your goals for the coming week? Be sure to drop in and let us know.

Pink Does it Yet Again

I’m sure I’m mentioned my love of Pink and deep respect of her artistry and the messages that she tries convey in her work. I heard this song on the radio yesterday and I just had a moment to sit down and search for the video. Of course, it has me in a pile of tears.

Here’s your disclaimer, it’s graphic in an artsy way, powerful and raw, as much of Pink’s work is:

(in my mind I see a different ending but overall, I love this so, so much)

Goal Planning Monday – Week 99

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Here’s my update from last week:

1. Find our science book. NOT DONE. I searched. Believe me, I’ve searched. My iPod seems to have also grown legs and walked away over the weekend. I’ve looked pretty much EVERYWHERE for both of these items as they are probably my two most useful items right now. Boo. They’ll show up in the least expected place, I’m sure.

2. Organize the office area. DONE!

3. Make gingerbread with the kids. NOT DONE! Recovery took much longer than anticipated.

4. Recover. DONE! But it took the week and I still feel a little battered and weak. There’s a crazy amount to do this week so we will see how it goes.

5. Sew some felt decorations for the tree. NOT DONE!

6. Finish knitting the front of Ruadhan’s sweater. NOT DONE! It won’t be finished for the holidays but I doubt he’ll mind having less to open than his sibblings.

My goal for this week:

Live in the moment and find joy where we are right now. I’ll admit to having pretty horrible, wake in the night and feel like puking nightmares since what happen last Friday. I am far removed from the situation, so cannot even begin to imagine what those families are going through. I want to hold up in my room or more far, far away from the world (we are living in a current situation of fear and intimidation that isn’t helping with my sense of security in the world) but I cannot let that happen. There are a ton of wonderful, helpful people in the world. I’ll attempt to get over my crisis of faith and get on with the season for my little children that I can hug and love everyday. I can chose to live a life fuller with less distractions and more presence. That is my only goal for this holiday season.

Life goes on, what are your goals for the coming week? Be sure to drop in and let us know.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Read

Well, about two or three years ago, Morgaine decided that she didn’t want to read. Liam is a voracious reader. Everyone thought she would be just like him. Her father worried. Was I damaging her by not pushing it? Did she have a learning disability? Why had it been so easy for Liam to learn? How would she ever learn ANYTHING?

I left the opportunity open and books around, but she showed no interest whatsoever in learning to read. Then one Sunday morning, she picked up a paper and wrote out some words. They were spelled perfectly and she could read them but she insisted she was spelling and not reading. She DID NOT want to read. So we occasionally started practicing “spelling”.

It became a common question to ask as Morgaine neared grade one, “So, is she reading, yet?” The attention she got for not being able to read was quite significant. She thrived on it. I did begin to worry a little as Morgaine loves attention more than anything else. Would she ever read?

All of grade 1 went by. Morgaine occasionally looked at a book, but try to read, not so much. She struggled to read the books needed for the summer reading program and only did it because I insisted that she could. Come September, she started to read, and read quite well. However, she insisted that she hated reading and if anyone said anything about reading she’d say, “I CAN’T READ!”

Well, my little girl, you CAN read (and you actually like it because I’ve caught you reading FOR FUN!).

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Goal Planning Monday – Week 98

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines before you join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

I’m looking at maybe doing a giveaway or something special at the beginning of January for Goal Planning Monday’s 2 YEAR anniversary (isn’t that CRAZY!?!?!?) I’m open to suggestions. The new year will also be a great time to get some new goal setters and I’d love to play an itty bitty part in keep people motivated!

As suspected, I don’t do schedules very well! We tried to follow our plans, more or less, but it certainly wasn’t easy and we missed out on a few things. I am far too spontaneous for a schedules and life is far too REAL and UNSCRIPTED to follow one well!

Here’s my update from last week:

1. Have patience while “training” my kids to help out more around the house. Partially done. Well, I was more patient but I’ll admit that we didn’t get a lot of training in. There was a fair bit of sitting around and dealing with behaviours that I find unsatisfactory to focus on teaching them to complete their chores well.
2. Make a list with pictures for Liam for his biggest chore. Not done, but Boy George, I think he’s FINALLY gotten it without the constant supervision. When he remembers, I actually end up with a clean and set up kitchen table……when he remembers *sigh*.
3. Declutter the office work area. Not done. I did some organization of the homeschooling supplies and whatnot instead. I think this should count as organizing the office/work area.
4. Spend 30 minutes (at the VERY minimum EVERY day) focusing on my studies. DONE! One of my two courses is pretty intense (neuroscience) and it is taking a fair bit of time. I was REALLY good at all this stuff back 12 years ago in nursing school but it’s taking a fair bit of going back and relearning and the professor assumes that we are fresh out of biology/organic chemistry class, not old souls like me that haven’t been in school for 10 years. Week 2 is suppose to be the hardest by far so if I survive this week, I should be good.

5. Go to bed when I am tired. DONE! We’ve been studying for an hour or two after I get the kids to bed and then I go to bed myself. I don’t think we’ve watched anything on Netflix all week.
6. Sneak out of bed before the baby at least 3 times this week. DONE (probably)! I haven’t kept track but I know that I’ve been up a few times before him. I’ve also requested Mike take him in the morning as well so I’ve been able to get up on my own timing a bit.
7. Do at least one Christmas craft with Morgaine this week. NOT DONE. I’ve tried but we don’t end up actually doing things together. I made a chain for the tree on my own and she coloured decorations to hang.
8. Make lots of time to cuddle with the girl. NOT DONE. I certain didn’t cuddle as much as I would have liked but I did lay down in the same room with her a couple times as she was falling asleep and she has been playing in my hair quite a bit.

This week’s goals:

1. Find our science book. It seems to have sprouted legs and disappeared. I was REALLY enjoying it and so were the kids, I think.

2. Organize the office area. I did the homeschooling stuff last week. The office still needs a little work.

3. Make gingerbread with the kids. I was supposed to do that this weekend but I was not well enough to do so. It may take a couple days to get back to where I can work in the kitchen, with enough patience and energy for it to be enjoyable for everyone. We’ll see how it goes.

4. Recover. Neuralgia (and my other issues) are being a bother this week and I have no time for it. There is too much to do so for a few days I’ll be in recovery mode (gee, that seems to be a theme these days). So rest, eat healthy (or survive on chocolate, whatever happens to work best), and take some supplements. My face is still so, so sore. Comtemplating seeing my doctor to get something stronger for the pain as it isn’t near as frequent as it used to be. I don’t want to take a daily preventative as I don’t feel it is a good drug, at all, to take daily but I HATE the pain.

5. Sew some felt decorations for the tree. Simple enough to do without having to move and the older kids can help, too.

6. Finish knitting the front of Ruadhan’s sweater. I’m REALLY pushing it to get done for the holidays. It isn’t likely to happen but I’ll give it a good go.