2018 Goals: Where Am I At?

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So October was basically the month of transcripts. I ate, drank, slept, dreamed, and breathed transcripts. I set a new PR of turning in over 2,000 pages in one month! (EDIT: I didn’t quite make it. The last few jobs I turned in won’t be processed until next week. But still…) That’s a lot of editing, a lot of grammar and punctuation, and long hours with my butt in a chair. But there will be some pretty sweet paychecks coming in by year’s end. The goal is to work at this pace for three more months. They’ll zoom right by — I just know it — but realistically I don’t think I’ll be able to stop.

Looks like the winds are a-changin’ around here. On the 18th just before midnight, my first nephew on my side of the family was born. I briefly “met” the little burrito while he snoozed and twitched in the wee hours of the morning, but I have yet to hold him and see his eyes and love on him and his parents. Within the next few days I’m going to finally visit them and catch up and probably cry.

My parents are moving toward moving away closer to my dad’s workplace. Geographically it’s not that far, but it’s out of our town, and they haven’t moved in almost 18 years. We “kids” would be saying goodbye to the home we grew up in, although probably not for forever, because I think they’ll be renting it out instead of selling. While I’m excited for a positive change in their life, it might be tough not having them close by anymore. And not just for child care; I like spontaneously visiting them. But change is good. Life demands adaptation. I want my parents in good health for as long as possible, so reducing their stress by reducing their LA traffic commute time is a reason to be thankful.

And then one of my close friends is moving out to the Midwest in a few weeks for a new job, something she’s needed and has been praying for for a long time. She has endured a very trying season for several years; we both hope this next chapter brings her into a season of thriving after surviving.

All this talk of house-hunting and new babies and new jobs and relocation have me yearning for a similar change in our life. When will it be our turn? In time. I came across a quote on Pinterest the other day: “It’s funny because we ask God to change our situation not knowing He put us in the situation to change us.” Again and again, multiple times a day, I must surrender to God’s will. And not just for myself, but for every person around me, especially my husband and daughter. This is the life He’s given us; this is where He has intentionally put us; and by giving us Himself, He has given us everything we could ever need.

God’s Word:

  • Go to bed early; wake up early :: My sleep schedule is pretty steady from 10pm-7am, give or take, depending on what’s going on during the day. (To my friends with newborns: I’ve been where you are. The sleep does come back.) I do my Bible reading in the afternoons or evenings before bed.
  • Finish Matthew commentaries :: I’m almost done with the other book (Ken Sande’s The Peacemaker). Actually, I finished it months ago, but I’ve been copying down the key sections I highlighted into a journal to mentally solidify what I learned. When I’m through, back to the commentaries I will go.
  • Read three chapters of Scripture per day
  • Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I may not fill up this current journal, but I’m committed to make this a lifelong habit.
  • Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media
  • Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others

Physical Health:

  • Daily yoga at home
  • Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!) 
  • Save up my pennies for some hiking gear 
  • Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: Told my OB/GYN that the hubby and I might try for another baby next year, and she told me to start taking a prenatal again. Is it already time for that??
  • Coffee enemas 1x/week :: I’m giving up until further notice.

Career:

  • Register for and earn RPR certification ::  I took the last portion two weeks ago, and it was harder than I expected. After the fact, I’ve learned that I answered many questions incorrectly, and I feel like an idiot for not knowing those things, but it is what it is. My preliminary score was a pass; I’ll find out this month for sure.
  • New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: The timing should work out to get these together right before the end of the year, which will be perfect for starting 2019 on the right foot.
  • Finish self-directed software training
  • Improve audio recording setup :: I just need new batteries, I think, and a few hours of tinkering.
  • Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: I have one more $40 webinar plus an association registration fee that I want to purchase by year’s end. Gotta rack up those tax deductions! 
  • Start realtime reporting :: Nope, it won’t happen this year. But if I meet all my goals above, I’ll be well on my way by next spring! 

Financial Peace:

  • Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles :: We’re one month into our four-month goal, and we saved exactly 25% of what we need to pay off the car. And that’s with tight paychecks. After all my work this month (and hopefully through the duration of winter), we’ll be able to save a lot and knock that expense out for good!
  • Overhaul our finances and money management 

Family Goals:

  • Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION
  • Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: Pending further budget discussions and in open surrender to God’s timing, we tentatively will start trying next March.
  • Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: Again, the Lord knows our desires and also knows His own perfect plan. We will watch and wait for the door to open, keeping busy in the meantime.
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Favorite Passages: Numbers 11:23

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And the Lord said to Moses, “Is the Lord’s hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”

This question has been blowing my mind for a whole week. The unfolding story between Moses and the Israelites in Numbers 11 is very easy to understand (read it for yourself), so let’s not ignore the context in which this verse appears. But I have not ceased asking myself this.

Is the LORD’s hand shortened?

How can we possibly approach God and doubt His power and ability to provide for us? How can we possibly question His sovereign will? He alone rules the universe. Not one detail is out of place. How dare we challenge His almighty God-ness! Nothing is as fearsome as His wrath and judgment, not even the worst man has to offer. And has He really been stingy with us? Does He really meet us only halfway?

The terrors and trauma we all suffer will drive us either to despair or to worship this great, holy God who does what He pleases. And you know what? If you are not worshiping Him, you are worshiping something else and you’re deceived by your sin. You are not living in complete, selfless surrender to the one and only God. If you are led to worship, it is because He alone has bestowed that gift of faith to you and enabled such a response. You must seek Him and ask Him — no, beg Him for that gift! He is great and terrifying. But He also, amazingly, has great love for us humans. When He gives that gift of faith, He doesn’t give that halfway either.

May I never forget when I am tempted to complain and question my lot in life that God sees me and asks, “After all I’ve done, is that what you believe, that my hand is shortened toward you?

2018 Goals: Where Am I At?

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September was quite a month. School started for our girl, and it’s been the best thing for her and for us. Unfortunately, it has not been the best thing for her health. She has caught two viruses since Labor Day weekend, and now a third has come along, thankfully this time without a fever (although I’m waking up nervous about it every morning). This was precisely my biggest fear enrolling her in school, since I’m not able to leave my work unless it’s the most dire of emergencies. We rely heavily on our safety net of friends and family to help but obviously don’t want to expose them to anything avoidable. So I’ve been up in arms with remedies and medicines, praying it doesn’t “take” and escalate into missed days of work and school again.

The hubby’s work is going all right. The good days are very good; the bad days are very bad. He’s doing a great job, though, and proving himself a valuable and knowledgeable asset to his department. It’s hard on him working in a position beneath his qualifications and below the standard pay grade, but the Lord will use every minute for his good. Trying to keep our eyes on the big picture here.

Since we are trying to pay off our remaining car loan by next February (see goals below), I am working a ton. The blinders are on, and I’m saying no to literally everything unless it is another job, my transcripts, or running the house. It’s kind of thrilling, channeling this energy into paying off debt. Until I am physically unable, I want to keep going at this pace so that maybe we can shave off a chunk of our student loan debt too. Speaking of physical inability, I’ve started experiencing some slight wrist pain, so I’m back on the yoga mat and trying to take extra care of my body during these long hours of sitting. And what a difference it’s made in just a couple days!

The weather has finally cooled off, and I pulled out the fall decorations out and bought a few pumpkins. The rest of this year is pretty much going to fly by without being savored, and I’m trying to make peace with that by noticing and appreciating the small moments. We’re on a mission. The pace will slow down eventually, although who am I kidding? Even with a slower life, the Type A in me will find a way to maximize each day, restful or not.

God’s Word:

  • Go to bed early; wake up early :: Now that the kiddo is in school, our routine is the steadiest it’s ever been. I’m working most weekdays now, so I’m up early anyway, but not quite early enough for unhurried Bible reading on some days. So I read when I can. Sometimes it’s in the afternoon or evening.
  • Finish Matthew commentaries :: Haven’t made any progress here at all, but I consciously chose to prioritize another book for now. 
  • Read three chapters of Scripture per day :: I’ve been consistently (not every single day, but multiple days each week) reading three chapters in the OT and three in the NT as my daily Word intake. In the last month I’ve made it to the end of Leviticus and Luke. It’s really been enjoyable. It’s the first time I’ve gone through the whole Bible since early adulthood. Reading the ESV has helped me understand more of it and not get so bogged down in the dry portions. I still don’t understand much of it at face value, but I am there to receive God’s Word as He has presented it. Only He opens the eyes and mind to understand it and change us through it. 
  • Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I may not fill up this current journal, but I’m committed to make this a lifelong habit.
  • Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media :: This last year, my hubby and I really bonded over sharing memes. He finds the funniest memes, and I try to compete. That said, I’m crossing the goal off and intentionally not giving this up. It’s difficult enough for us to find common interests, but we like making each other laugh.
  • Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others :: Otherwise known as simply being honest, I think I can cross this goal off. Further reflecting on this last year, I’ve become so weary of bottling up my thoughts. Whether it’s saying no without explanation, openly but politely disagreeing with someone, being frank about my faith, respectfully challenging my husband when I believe he’s wrong, or just being confidently genuine with everyone I interact with, I am finding great emotional and mental freedom when I do these things without living in fear of conflict. 

Physical Health:

  • Daily yoga at home :: Back at it! It’s become a necessity.
  • Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!) 
  • Save up my pennies for some hiking gear 
  • Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: Hopefully I’ll be devoting more time/money toward my health in the near future.
  • Coffee enemas 1x/week :: No enemas… ain’t nobody got time for that.

Career:

  • Register for and earn RPR certification ::  Guess what! I just finished the skills portion of the RPR, and it’s confirmed that I officially passed two of those three legs! I’ll find out about the last one this week. In  two weeks I will be taking the written portion at a testing center. So if all goes well, I will finally have this certification (and a slight pay raise!) by year’s end.
  • New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: 
  • Finish self-directed software training :: 
  • Improve audio recording setup :: 
  • Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training ::
  • Start realtime reporting :: 

Financial Peace:

  • Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles :: The hubby and I had some really great discussions about life and money this month. I think we finally found a happy medium between how he and I want to handle our funds, and we’ll be testing it out right away. In addition, my all-or-nothing husband has established a plan to throw everything we’ve got at our remaining car loan so we pay it off in four months. It’s a tall order for me, but I’ll do my best. We’ll be without a car payment for the first time in eight years with only student loan debt remaining! Not bad for a shaky first year following FPU!
  • Overhaul our finances and money management 

Family Goals:

  • Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION
  • Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: We plan on trying after paying off the car early next year. I will have to give up coffee. *cries*
  • Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life ::

2018 Goals: Where Am I At?

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August was a hard month. Most of it I don’t even remember because I worked so much.

Home life was affected by many episodes of mental illness, fatigue, and frustration. Some days are better than others, but generally the hubby is not happy with his position at work. Unfortunately it sets a negative mood for the home. I’ve clumsily attempted (and will continue attempting) to encourage big-picture thinking and an attitude of embracing what God has provided (or, more accurately, embracing God Himself), but it wasn’t received well. Even if I can’t change his mind — and I’m not going to put that burden on myself — I know in my heart this is where God wants us at least until next May or until He surprises us with something else. There are pressures and pains, but we must make the most of it until the next step is made clear.

Last week the hubby and our girl came down with some nasty flu, keeping us home from work more than usual. Thankfully my version was mild; I was still able to take care of everyone and keep the house running. As a result (and also as a result of running out of child care money), my transcript workload is currently light, so having this “extra” time plus a holiday weekend to focus on other things has been wonderful. Back-to-school shopping is almost done and we are just about ready for the first day! It is so needed. I just hope and pray for strong physical health and no emergencies throughout this next year. They are my biggest worries surrounding school.

Anyway, I’m so happy that fall is right around the corner. I miss baking, wearing sweaters, and getting cozy.

God’s Word:

  • Go to bed early; wake up early :: The hubby’s work schedule was adjusted to begin an hour earlier each day. I haven’t adjusted with him, but maybe it’ll be easier when the weather cools off and the days shorten.
  • Finish Matthew commentaries :: Only read a little in Matthew 8-15 this month because I started reading a book on conflict resolution, which I plan to finish soon.
  • Read three chapters of Scripture per day :: Finished the whole OT after starting in Job last fall! So I went back to the very beginning in Genesis and will work my way through, hopefully finishing by the end of this year.
  • Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I’ve been in my journal less this month, but mostly because of time constraints. It has been on my heart to go back.
  • Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media :: This is basically my only unwinding strategy at the end of each day or during rest periods, so I’m checking a lot, but not really interacting.
  • Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others :: I guess I’m getting slightly better at this. 

Physical Health:

  • Daily yoga at home :: I stuck with this for two months, so I’m crossing it off. Maybe when the school year routine is settled, I’ll go back to it.
  • Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!) :: Believe it or not, I made it outside for walks several times this last week. Short walks, because I’m usually with my daughter, and her little legs and hyperactive mind don’t mesh well with prolonged repetitive activities like walking. Also our dog is insane.
  • Save up my pennies for some hiking gear :: Backpacking season is over. My dad returned from his annual death march a few days ago. But the husband expressed interest in going on our own family trips “for building up wilderness survival experience.” I asked him if he had any idea how long I’ve been waiting to hear him say that. *heart eyes emoji*
  • Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: I’m sticking to pretty strict gluten-free and dairy-free (except for heavy cream and butter) and trying to eat vegetables with every meal. I’m slowly working through a meal planning workshop to get our family food system in better working order. My mental load feels too heavy for something like this, but I’m trying. 
  • Coffee enemas 1x/week :: No enemas.

Career:

  • Register for and earn RPR certification :: I did it! I finally registered today! Test days will be scheduled this week, and I believe I’ll be taking them throughout all of next month. 
  • New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: Soon!!
  • Finish self-directed software training :: Nothing new this month.
  • Improve audio recording setup :: Nothing to show here.
  • Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: An easy, flexible opportunity to earn CEUs basically fell into my lap, so I registered for that too.
  • Start realtime reporting :: Now that I am registered for multiple events, I will focus for now on the RPR, CE webinars, and paying off the credit card with my (hopefully) slightly bigger paychecks. But I’ll continue refining my realtime output for myself in reasonably manageable ways during my day-to-day job coverage.

Financial Peace*:

  • Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles :: Ahaha. Well, the Lord provided a chunk of money owed to us a while back, and we immediately put it toward our second car. So if we continue our current monthly payments and put most of hubby’s paycheck toward the principal, we could pay it off by next spring. If I work hard and increase my income by the end of the year, maybe sooner. This would be AWESOME for all kinds of reasons. Our debt is being paid off; it’s just not in a straight line and not in the most effective way. Whatever. Time to hustle! 
  • Overhaul our financials and money management :: I have given up on let go of my expectations and am making peace with our predictable unpredictability.

Family Goals*:

  • Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION
  • Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: Everybody around me is having babies. Everybody. It’s their time. Our time will come. And maybe it won’t. Maybe that’s not the life God intends for us. And that’s fine, because God is still more than enough for me. There are many days I’m thankful I don’t have more than one child.
  • Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: By next spring we will need a solid game plan. We’re contemplating not renewing our lease and just picking up and moving when the school year’s done. Another rent increase would strangle us. A promotion is not possible at the hubby’s work for another nine months, nor would it likely be a noticeable income increase. Even if our car is paid off, we have student loans to think about; plus we don’t want to keep putting off having another baby. So either we need to get rich quick through my work or take the conservative road to Texas and figure it out when we get there.

*(These are contingent on lots of things beyond my control, but they’d be the most fun to cross off this list.)

 

Favorite Passages: John 6:63-69

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“…It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

Our pastor referenced this passage just this last Sunday, September 2. And he posed the same question to us that I’ve been mulling over in my mind for several months: If we don’t want to believe what Scripture says, where else would we go? Where else could we go? Only the Lord gives us words of life — true life, true satisfaction, true fulfillment. All other ways lead to death.

Where would I go?

 

2018 Goals: Where Am I At?

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Another month gone by. Another 30+ days’ worth of interest and excitement… and HEAT. My goodness. Like, suddenly it is 110 degrees every day. I’m over it and ready for fall!

Speaking of fall, I am super excited for the school year to begin, because we found a little private school for our daughter that is just right for our needs. As the summer has rolled along, it’s become evident that she has outgrown the nanny life and needs an education outside the home. I cannot be in charge of it while we rely on my income to pay the bills, so off to school she goes! I am just praying I can work enough to cover that tuition bill every month.

The hubby’s job is going well. He is, what, six weeks in already? Time flies! His position involves a lot of “busy” work, though, and he is already antsy for higher manager-level positions. He just does not thrive while under a lower manager’s thumb and while he watches his department not meet its full potential. So it’s on our minds to keep an eye out for other jobs. Texas is back in the conversation. Lord willing, the timing will work out that a door will open by the time our apartment lease ends next May. Our rent, and now additional utilities, now totals over $200 more per month than we paid this last year. How do people even do it here in Southern California? It’s a miracle we’re still here. Every darn month is a miracle. I made my first payment toward my student loans this month too. So it begins.

But maybe it’s good that we’re still here in California. There have been family issues and hardships occurring. Perhaps being geographically near family will be instrumental in sharing burdens and building new bridges over past hurts. I also love our current church body. Unlike our time in Vegas during the first half of our marriage, it is not a spiritually dry season. God wants us here for purposes maybe unknown to us but known and predetermined by Him to be just right and part of His perfect plan. In spite of the financial struggle, I do not want to waste the time and resources He’s provided for us here and now. That includes the plentiful resources we have for biblical counseling and godly friendships.

Work has me burning the candle at both ends right now. It makes me feel a little isolated and always “behind” (and being behind is not just a feeling; it’s my reality), but God is blessing my efforts with great jobs, great agencies, great attorneys, and small successes here and there. It’s the confidence boost and momentum I need to increase my skill and earning capacity. Often I step back and look at my life and wonder what I’m doing, how I’m living this urban life and putting on this professional front when I feel like the opposite inside. My past self never imagined I’d be here. God could flip it upside down at any moment; thus I refuse to take it for granted. There’s been a noticeable shift in my life, though, since I accepted what seems to be His will for me right now, that I work and use this time to develop my career. Who knows? Maybe a time is coming when I will need to fall back on it. Or maybe I’ll lose my fingers and, like Job, God will take it all away to refine my soul. I don’t know. TODAY I will use what He’s given me.

God’s Word:

  • Go to bed early; wake up early :: The hubby’s work schedule was adjusted to begin an hour earlier each day. I haven’t adjusted with him, but maybe it’ll be easier when the weather cools off and the days shorten.
  • Finish Matthew commentaries :: Only read a little in Matthew 8-15 this month because I started reading a book on conflict resolution, which I plan to finish soon.
  • Read three chapters of Scripture per day :: Finished the whole OT after starting in Job last fall! So I went back to the very beginning in Genesis and will work my way through, hopefully finishing by the end of this year.
  • Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I’ve been in my journal less this month, but mostly because of time constraints. It has been on my heart to go back.
  • Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media :: This is basically my only unwinding strategy at the end of each day or during rest periods, so I’m checking a lot, but not really interacting.
  • Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others :: I guess I’m getting slightly better at this. 

Physical Health:

  • Daily yoga at home :: Nope. I feel too stressed and tired to do anything physical at home.
  • Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!)
  • Save up my pennies for some hiking gear
  • Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: Just doing my best these days to eat real food, not necessarily strict paleo or anything. I’d really like to go low-carb since I’m experiencing unstable blood sugar but don’t know if I’m ready to dive into that again yet.
  • Coffee enemas 1x/week :: Had to do this quickly the other day to assist with a bout of food poisoning, but otherwise have been totally inconsistent.

Career:

  • Register for and earn RPR certification :: The next registration period is coming up soon. I don’t care if it goes on the credit card; it NEEDS to happen this year!!
  • New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: Soon??
  • Finish self-directed software training :: Guess what! I finished a big portion of it a few weeks ago! There are new sections demanding a lot of dry reading, but I will be relying on the information contained very soon.
  • Improve audio recording setup :: Nothing to show here.
  • Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: Time is running out, so I’m going to have to shell out for this stuff soon, ready or not.
  • Start realtime reporting :: I have found small ways during each recent job to build my skills in this area in preparation for sharing a live feed with attorneys. And what do you know? I’m seeing instant results! My work has become easier as a side benefit. Maybe by 2019 I will actually meet this goal!

Financial Peace*:

  • Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles :: A Dave Ramsey post appeared on my Facebook news feed just yesterday, captioned, “If you’re married and you want to take control of your money, the FIRST step is getting on the same page with your spouse.” And you know what? I’VE TRIED. I tried again just the other day. He is not open to making improvements. I can’t change his mind/heart about it. We may never have financial peace. We may never be wealthy or even comfortable. We may live our whole life making just enough to stay afloat… or not! Maybe catastrophe will strike, and that’s what it’ll take to hopefully make a change. Our whole marriage may be years of his liberal spending and my trusting God to provide for actual needs. But this is not my mistake, not my burden, not my fault. He, as the purported leader of this household, sets the tone for how our little economy functions. And until he steps up and changes our trajectory, we are not going to be productive. So I will pray and do what I can while remaining submissive to keep us going.
  • Overhaul our financials and money management :: I’m going to cross this off, because technically I’m the one whose money management is being overhauled. Accepting to live under poor stewardship is an impossible pill for me to swallow. But this is where God has me, just like everything else in my life, and if He gives me the gift of faith to live in submission to His will, then I can do it. The poor stewardship is a symptom of a greater pervasive problem in my hubby, something only God can address. In the meantime I will also enjoy what God provides by spending a little on myself, something I’ve always had a hard time doing. 

Family Goals*:

  • Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION :: Work is going all right for him. Every day is a little different, but looking for another job is on his mind. 
  • Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: In due time, Lord willing.
  • Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: Looks like we’ll be here for some time. We’ll re-evaluate at the beginning of next year when we have to consider renewing our lease or not. 

*(These are contingent on lots of things beyond my control, but they’d be the most fun to cross off this list.)

 

2018 Goals: Where Am I At?

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Another 30+ days gone by in a snap. Overnight things have become different, for better and for worse.

My husband made two trips to Las Vegas scoping out job fairs. A few opportunities seemed good, and one seemed ideal, but nothing came of it. The door to Nevada is closed for now. In between job fairs, however, my husband was interviewed and hired at a company somewhat local to where we live now. This is the beginning of his third week there. It’s been an adjustment, but things seem to be going well. Having a little more income, a steady routine, and a productive hubby is so nice. I can’t stop working yet, but maybe next year.

Last week I started touring kindergarten programs for our daughter. As much as I wanted to homeschool her, I think this is where God is leading our family. She is getting too big, and I am too busy during this season to provide her education, not to mention the fact that she is extremely social and hungry for knowledge. Multiple people have voiced their opinion that non-homeschooling might be better for all of us. I agree; however, this whole process is outside my comfort zone.

We went on our camping trip just over a week ago, and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I drank in every minute of that warm sunshine and breezy mountain air. Daily quality time was spend with family, old friends, and new friends in the great, beautiful outdoors. We climbed rocks and mountains, splashed in rivers and lakes, walked through the trees and meadows. My daughter adapted right away; camping is so good for kids! We both got filthy and sunburned and sweaty and bug-bitten and still had the best time. I actually cried in the car on the way home because it was so hard to leave.

My husband’s parents are experiencing a major financial crisis plus a death in the family. A dark cloud has settled over us all. The words of Job and the song Though You Slay Me have been running through my mind. This is the first time since we married that I’ve watched my husband’s family experience real hardship. We hope to be of support however we can, although our own financial discomfort may prevent financial assistance if they were to need it.

Life is just never dull. This morning I intended to take action on a bunch of tasks for the week, but my daughter woke up sick with a cold, and I’m feeling exceptionally sluggish. At least there’s a mid-week holiday. As long as I make progress on my transcripts and have dinner ready when the hubby gets home, the rest can wait.

God’s Word:

  • Go to bed early; wake up early :: Just what I expected: As soon as the hubby has to get up and be gone early in the morning, the entire household is positively affected. I wake up with him, prepare breakfast and coffee, and then settle down to read the Bible after he leaves. It’s wonderful. Still navigating the mornings I work, though. There are more elements to juggle within a delicate time frame.
  • Finish Matthew commentaries :: Read some more this month, but didn’t finish the book I’m in. Just trying to be consistent, a little bit each day.
  • Read three chapters of Scripture per day :: Finished Daniel, Hosea, and Joel. Starting on the rest of the Minor Prophets and will travel back to the early OT in hopes to finish Esther by year’s end.
  • Fill up prayer journal by end of year :: I’ve spent more time in the journal lately. Pressing needs are driving me there. (What a encouragement that this still hasn’t changed.)
  • Keep phone away from bedside; spend less time on social media :: This is basically my only unwinding strategy at the end of each day or during rest periods, so I’m checking a lot, but not really interacting.
  • Openly share more spiritually-directed thoughts with my hubby and with others :: I guess I’m getting slightly better at this. 

Physical Health:

  • Daily yoga at home :: Nope. I feel too stressed and tired to do anything physical at home.
  • Spend more time walking/hiking outside (summer camping trips are right around the corner!) :: I am a slow hiker, as last week proved, but I don’t give up or complain. That’s what matters on the trail.
  • Save up my pennies for some hiking gear :: I used my new Vibrams for all hiking and walking up in the mountains, and they were fabulous. After the 12-mile day, though, I wore flip-flops and had pretty sore feet/legs.
  • Eat more strictly paleo, larger emphasis on daily bone broth and vegetables at every meal :: I’m about 80% paleo these days. I haven’t made a batch of bone broth in months even though the bones and veggie scraps have been in my freezer ready to go. Today it’s happening, and we are having soup for dinner.
  • Coffee enemas 1x/week :: Haven’t done this in a long while now. 

Career:

  • Register for and earn RPR certification :: The last registration period came and went. I could have paid for it, but a lot of our extra funds were sucked dry this month for reasons that I will not speak of here. Let’s just say this is a problem in our household that has nothing to do with me.
  • New business cards and rates sheet after RPR certification :: Soon??
  • Finish self-directed software training :: *laughing*
  • Improve audio recording setup :: Nothing to show here.
  • Attend online classes/seminars for CEUs and realtime training :: Again, no idea how to find time or money for these, but I do need them.
  • Start realtime reporting :: Feels so far away. Will pursue once the above goals are met.

Financial Peace*:

  • Attend FPU with the hubby and apply its principles :: Gosh, I’m embarrassed for us. The information is all there for us. But unless BOTH hearts are moved, we’ll get nowhere. Very difficult.
  • Overhaul our financials and money management :: *laughing… and crying*

Family Goals*:

  • Help hubby find a full-time job after his GRADUATION :: He did it! I played no part in it; a friend of ours put a good word in for us. But it is full-time, not too far away, and provides *just* enough money to get by in case I have to stop working. 
  • Get pregnant with Baby #2 after that job is found :: In due time, Lord willing.
  • Find a new place to live and finally close this chapter of our life :: Looks like we’ll be here for some time. We’ll re-evaluate at the beginning of next year when we have to consider renewing our lease or not. 

*(These are contingent on lots of things beyond my control, but they’d be the most fun to cross off this list.)