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. ?

In my classes, we talk about writing S.M.A.R.T. and positive goals.
Action based
Time based

The purpose of goals is to give dreams a direction. Without goals, how do you know if you are headed the way you want to be going? 

Ready, Set, Action!

Now for the hard part: putting my money where my mouth is 🙂 I’ve decided to publicly work on one goal a month. In this blog, 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:


I will become financially fit in 2022 by creating a balanced budget based on the book The One Week Budget by Tiffany Aliche. Each pay period for the 2022 year I will sit down with an accountability partner and review my budget and bank statement to make sure I’m on track with my saving and spending.  


In working towards being spiritually fit, I will complete steps 4 and 5 of my CoDA workbook: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself ) and Admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs (5) by February 28, 2022.