I have to admit that setting goals is EXCITING for me.  I used to set 5 goals in five areas each month for a total of 25 a month.  I’m sure you can imagine what happened — I got overwhelmed and bored and dropped half of them in two weeks. Now I try to tackle one goal that focuses on one of four areas each month, and that makes it manageable.

My students at school set goals each month in the same four areas: Physical, Mental (educational), Relationships (emotional), Spiritual.  I got these areas from the books My Orange Duffel Bag and My Roadmap by Sam Bracken.  I had the opportunity to meet Sam in 2016 and I now incorporate these books into my curriculum.  Mini writing projects can be found in Write About It.

Are your Goals S.M.A.R.T. ?

We also talk about writing S.M.A.R.T. and positive goals.
Action based
Time based

The purpose of goals is to give your dreams a direction. Without goals, how do you know if you are headed the way you want to be going? My students often complain about having to set goals, but in our weekly individual conferences, they get excited to talk to me about their progress.

Vision Boards

This year I’m going to add another piece to my goal setting: vision boards.  I’m going to be doing a class on vision boards twice this year, and I would love to have you join me!  I’ve learned some ways to use them more effectively, and I’m excited to try it out and share it with you.

Now for the hard part: putting my money where my mouth is 🙂 I’ve decided to publicly work on one goal a month. You are going to be my accountability partners — I will check in monthly to let you know what I’ve learned in my reading, what progress I’ve made, and be honest about what is working and not working.  I would love to hear what you think about the books as well, so grab a copy and join me!

Round 1:


Using the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst, I will identify the type of unglued I am. I will work on a five day challenge to change my thinking in situations where raw emotions normally take over.  I will teach my children the three grace steps.  As a family, we will track our progress by a daily “temperature check” before bed.  We will do these things during January 2021 so that we can have open and honest conversations without stuffing or exploding for a more healthy home. 

Book: Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst.

Bible verse: 2 Chronicles 20:15 “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.  For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”