The Homeschool Mom’s 3 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the beginning of a new year!


Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way we can work on our resolutions. Now I know there are some who claim they do not make any resolutions, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. Those same people have secretly set their goals, making them as broad as possible to avoid the “I suck” thoughts when they do not succeed. How do I know? I used to be one of them! I have come to realize that those goals are better out in the open, so at least I can have some accountability and others cheering me on! So while sitting here listening to “Ice, Ice Baby” and watching my husband dance I’ll let you know my resolutions.

1) To Be More Organized
This includes my home and lesson planning. I am notorious for getting to a science or history lesson just to realize I forgot to get everything we need for the activity. I need to look at what is neededBlackbird (1) at least two weeks in advance and make sure I have what is needed the week before. I really wish I could afford the preassembled kits, but c’est la vie! And doggonit, sometimes I just can’t find my keys! Or books, or clothes and various other items. Granted we’re still in some boxes from our move, but still! One day I will have a professional organizer help me, but until then I will be reading organization books, watching YouTube and oogling Houzz for ideas.

2) To Develop A Schedule– For Myself
So when it comes to scheduling I’ve got my kids patterns down pat! They know their lessons start with Bible, then we move to math, then science, and history, but I seem to float in the day’s flow. Whatever needs to be done at that moment, I get done. The result is when the day is over and all of my family is fed and the kiddos are in bed, I collapse on the couch with a cup of tea and mentally run through all of the things I wanted to accomplish but didn’t. This habit has gotten old really quick! Doggonit! I have goals and aspirations and I’m going to work on them consistently!

3) To Take Care of Myself
I mean really concentrate on taking care of myself. That includes my body, mind, and soul.

My Body
The past few years I have been dealing with fatigue that I can’t seem to shake. At its worst, I fall asleep while reading to my children (and caffeine doesn’t help) and at its best I can stay awake during the day with copious amounts of caffeine. I have a feeling that it has something to do with my liver, but we shall see. I have already made an appointment to see a doctor this year, something I haven’t done for myself in about three years…

My Mind
Recently I have come to the realization that if I am going to become the woman I am called to be I must take time for myself, to be just me. Not the mommy-me or the wife-me, the daughter-me or the sister-me. Not the teacher me and not even the friend-me (although I could use some work in all of those facets of me). I need to be the Me-me. I want to do the things that I enjoy, like knitting socks, coloring, writing, learning to sew and old school woodworking! (Not to say that I will neglect any other part of being me. May it never be!) This will only serve to give me a sense of accomplishment and help me feel like I am really truly interesting! Which I feel like at one time I was. I can go for that!

My Soul
The days when I had plenty of time to sit still, meditate on the Word of GOD, and be quiet enough in my soul to hear HIS Voice, have been gone for a long time. Gradually replaced by the pressing needs of my children and growing family. Getting time alone is very rare, as any stay-at-home mom can attest to, and spending alone time with GOD my Father is extremely precious. I will seek to have a daily scheduled time with my LORD, to study HIS Word and allow HIM to lovingly tend to me as a gardener tends to each and every plant of his/her garden.

So those are my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions!
Do you resonate with any of these? Are there others that you are placing on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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