January Goals {with Free Monthly Goals Printable!}

December was the first month I set intentional goals for different areas of my life (you can read the full post here). And I am happy to say, I pretty much failed to reach all of them at 100% in any outstanding way.

Happy? Why, you ask?

Because it shows that I made ambitious goals that challenged me. 

It would be so easy for me to make goals that I know are do-able in my life right now - to reach for the lowest hanging fruit, the one that lets me sit back and take it easy, feeling self-satisfied with minimal effort.

But I want to grow spiritually, emotionally, and relationally in this season of life - in every season of life, actually. And even if I met my goals at 60% or 70%, that's 70% more than I was doing last month.

It also means as I pray over my goals and hear what God is calling me to, I have to lean on Jesus to reach them. I don't want goals that I can meet on my own strength. I want to have aspirations that show Christ's power through me - even if it's something simple like, God helped me get off the couch and exercise today.

So here's a quick review of my December goals and what my goals are for January.

  • Personal: continue spending time in the mornings focused on studying God's word, meditating on it, praying, and journaling - even if it's just for ten minutes.
    • I actually found myself wanting to do this and feeling lost if I hadn't - it's become a habit for me, that before I start my day, I sit and read and journal and pray - even if it's just for ten minutes over breakfast before work. The Advent devotional from SheReadsTruth was phenomenal in enabling me to do that, and I also finished studying Matthew this month (yay! after 5 months!). 
  • Marriage: be intentional about encouraging my husband through written notes and words.
    • I set myself reminders to email Andrew or write him cards at least once a week. But I struggle with speaking encouragement, and I realized this is something I want God to change in my attitude. I also started using the prayer calendar for husbands from Kat Lee at Inspired to Action - it gives a prayer item every day for wives, and it has been so useful (you should check it out if you're married!).
  • Pregnancy: Start a shopping list for baby stuff & exercise at least five days a week for 30 minutes {even if it's just walking in the neighborhood}; read one book on natural birth.
    • Shopping list - fail. No progress. So hard to even think about buying stuff for a baby, but with less than 9 weeks to go now, I need to get on it.
    • Exercise - actually did pretty good with this. I feel the need to get out and at least walk for 30 minutes. If I don't, I sleep terrible and feel awful. So check off that one!
    • Book on natural birth - Only 30% finished; see books below!
  • Relationships: spend time with two of my friends who will be leaving Poipet at the end of the month, encouraging them in some huge life transitions happening soon.
    • Spent some time with my departing friends, though not as much as I'd wished. Now I just have to email them and keep in touch.
  • Blogging: Blog 3-4 times per week and take 1-2 Influence Network classes.
    • I blogged very regularly this month, except for Christmas week. But I also found that I needed to focus my writing on my passions. I stopped a music series I did every Tuesday because it became a drag on my time. And I figured, that's ok, right? I need to write because I love it, not because I want to stick to a schedule.
    • Influence Network classes - oh goodness, don't even go there. I bought 4 classes and have listened to zero. Zero. And now there are way more in January I want to take...
  • Books: major fail, for once in my life.

So now for my January aspirations (doesn't aspirations just sound more inspiring than goals? I may need to change my printable...). I made another free printable if you are looking for something to write your goals on and remind you what you're shooting for this month. Click on the link or the image to download! (You can also download a blank printable here.)

Free goal planning printable for January 2014

Goals for January 2014:

  • Personal:
    • Finish clinic well: I will stop working at the thyroid clinic at the end of this month, and I want to end well - helping the staff transition and celebrating the relationships I've built there and the work we've done.
    • Finish Powersheet planning & start my best year ever - I bought Lara Casey's Powersheets and am excited to see what God has in store for me personally.
  • Marriage:
    • Finish Powersheets with Andrew - my husband actually wanted to do the Powersheets with me to set goals for himself and for our family. So we have to carve out time to actually do that - it's so easy to get distracted from what really matters!
    • Study John together - we started a study a few months ago and still have a lot left. So we'll keep working on that.
  • Family:
    • Buy stuff for baby - my parents are coming to Bangkok when we have the baby, and their suitcases need filling. Here I come, Amazon!
    • Finalize doula decision - I interviewed a potential Christian doula in Bangkok that I really liked. Andrew is waiting to talk with her too, so we can decide whether to hire her for the delivery.
  • Relationships:
    • Encourage one person a week online or in person - since I've discovered encouragement is a weakness of mine, I want to think about how to use my words for good in my relationships.
    • Have a women's fellowship night - we expat women need to spend time building each other up and praying for each other! I want to provide time and space for that to happen in our home at least once this month.
  • Blogging:
    • Actually attend an Influence class - and maybe listen to all the ones I bought last month. I can make it happen! 
    • Write a post for the Overcome the Lie blog tour - I'm excited about participating in this and think the post will focus on the lies of identity that we listen to as women (it will go live January 17, so stay tuned!).
    • Tackle blog-to-do-list, one item a week - I have a long wish list of things I'd like to do to improve Journey Mercies and make it easier for you to navigate and find what's useful for you. I think one item a week is do-able-ish (wow, I just made an awesome new word).
  • Books: Finish what I started!
So that's it for January! Whew, looks like I have a lot to look forward to this month. Thanks for reading through these and keeping me accountable. I'm linking up with Hayley over at the Tiny Twig, so go check out her goals too, as well as the other bloggers sharing their dreams for this month.

What is one aspiration you'd like to see realized in January 2014?

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