This coming weekend I shall turn thirty-one and so, once more, my life is in sharp focus...
...here are 32 goals for my 32nd year, in no particular order...
1. SportySis & Sewing
Spend time with my SportySis and have her teach me how to use a sewing machine.
Spend time with her crafting otherwise and just spend time.
Make four fruit and vegetable bags from my already set aside pillowcases.
2. Weight Loss
Reduce my dairy intake.
Cut out the junk food.
Plan ahead for meals and snacks to lessen the likelihood of my falling off the wagon.
Lose the weight (pregnancy permitting).
Enjoy fresh air with Bundle, including walks, playdates and trips to the park etcetera.
Walk faster and farther when taking him out in the pram/buggy.
Try all my exercise DVDs (one DVD a fortnight - trying it at least twice).
Borrow off friends/family to try and find one (or more) that I might *enjoy*.
4. Quiet Time
Study my way through the book of Isaiah.
Make notes about what I'm learning.
Use SOAP method.
Learn a Westminster Shorter Catechism question and answer every week.
Use the study book and CD to help.
6. Memorise Scripture
Practise Scripture memorisation daily with Bundle (at breakfast) and try to learn a new Scripture about once a fortnight.
Revise British Sign Language, set aside a time each week.
Use vocabulary videos online.
Work consistently (at lunchtime or other relevant points in the day) to teach Bundle more signs (e.g. milk, food, toilet, bed, book, please, thank you, more, all done, dog, pray, quiet).
Develop a fluid schedule and more routines to the day to allow for cleaning, exercise, grooming, crafts, special interests, reading etc.
Choose a time to get up each morning.
9. Family Tree
Focus on the family tree - sending emails and letters to confirm or learn information and gather letters, photographs and stories to collate and distribute.
Tidy up the information already gathered.
Make a prayer pot.
Engage Bundle in a daily prayer time.
Say grace before all meals.
Groom more consistently.
Eyebrow shaping, haircuts, re-fixing hair through the day, make-up, exfoliation, cleansing, toning and moisturising, weekly night-cream, handcream and nail care.
Revise Spanish vocabulary and grammar, set aside a weekly time.
Make use of the various books, CDs etc. That I already have.
Plan a Spanish holiday and practise!
Improve household care - continue with fortnightly bed linen changes, maintaining laundry, opening blinds and making beds daily, improve my airing of the house, cleaning and tidying.
Develop cleaning schedule.
Declutter 32 things a month.
Tidy 32 things a day.
16. Wedding Album
Choose favoured pictures.
Collate our wedding album.
17. Photo Book 1
Make a personalised photo book for Bundle.
Go through the alphabet, numbers, colours, shapes.
Include close family, familiar locations and pets.
Sort/donate/declutter/delve through at least 32 "boxes".
Including those in the barn and attic.
19. Photo Book 2
Collate a photo album/scrapbook of our Australian adventure.
Include journalling of our adventures.
Develop my relationship with OzSis and her kids through regular emails (at least once a fortnight).
Maintain my relationship with Mr&MrsThing through regular emails (at least once a fortnight).
22. Kindle Reading
Read at least 32 of my Ultimate Homemaking Bundle e-books to ensure value for money.
Also all other "purchased" e-books (Flatland, Life of Pi).
Learn the words of a new hymn/chorus every week.
Make use of our multiple worship CDs.
Collate a scrapbook of Bundle's birth cards.
Velcro the sofa cushions.
Also cut, hem and velcro in place the Ikea fabric panels onto the craft cupboard doors, also clean the glass.
26. Save £2,500
Saving change (especially fivers).
Gathering what we already have (updating and closing the post office accounts).
Selling (e.g. excess nappies and wraps, ki-fit, perhaps using gumtree to declutter the outhouses and sell "excess" books, perhaps buying and selling charity shop finds).
Cutting spending (buying up cheap end-of-day bakery items and freezing them for general future use, tracking spending for a month to seek ways in which to save, cutting out all buying for a month-save milk/fruit/vegetables, using the library, reducing the number of takeaways we buy, buying in bulk for a saving, paying cash, buying little to no junk food, drinking only water/coffee/tea, growing vegetables/herbs, crafting rather than purchasing all gifts, watering down our milk, losing weight to fit into the clothes I already own, checking online for discount vouchers, comparison shopping, buying used).
Getting free money (rejoining tv panels for vouchers, using maximail, using swagbucks, getting swagbucks referrals-Mimi&Bella/SportySis/Mama/Gerta, emailing companies whose products we buy or those with new products to request coupons/free samples, completing online buying through maximail/swagbucks sites).
Cutting bills (e.g. sharing a main meal at a restaurant-just order an extra side or going for a kids eat free option, lowering the hot water temperature, using the dryer less, no paid for TV, unplugging appliances, doubling up on oven usage, using the slow cooker more, keeping the fridge/freezer fuller, turning the heat down/off, boiling the kettle once with the minimum amount of water in it, comparison shopping suppliers-where possible).
27. Schooling Supplies
Download and back-up the free curriculum about studying geography etc. through the great commission.
Organise tutoring and homeschool supplies.
Contact Suzanne re Blyton books and Girvins re Firefly, English book.
28. Tax Return
Complete my tax return before January 3rd 2014.
Keep better records using application on my phone.
29. Clothing storage
Clear out underneath our bed (and keep it empty).
Tidy the base of the long-hanging wardrobe.
Re-organise the second single wardrobe.
Sort Bundle's clothing storage.
Try making scented candles.
Potential gifts for Christmas and birthdays.
31. Church Schema
Practise church behaviour with Bundle by listening to one (part) sermon a week through iTunes/SermonCloud or on our numerous sermon CDs.
Include signs for quiet and prayer.
Practise separation discipline (from event not from me) throughout the week.
Practise the piano at least once a week.
Learn to play the following tunes (at least a basic version) well: Happy Birthday, Away in a Manger, Jesus Loves Me and How Great Thou Art.
Skills, goals, projects, teaching, learning, using, making, talking, bonding, organising - a busy year ahead.