Like a Warm cup of Coffee's blog...
I finally decided to narrow down my plans of focusing on proverbs 31 characteristics in my last post, to doing better with grocery planning and meals aka bringing food from afar. So later I take a look at one of my favorite blogs over at www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com and see her latest post, it's about choosing 12 new skills, and focusing on one a month for 12 months to join as a community of bloggers.
This fits awesomely with my own plan but really kicked my butt into gear once there was something to join and I penned out what I should focus on that went according to what season of our life we would be in a particular month. So thanks for a kick in the butt without even knowing it, Sarah Mae! Otherwise, all of my good intentions might have floated around with the dust bunnies and paint splatters around here ( can we say: stilllll renovating! lol)
So anyway, here is my list of twelve, I really truly (do you hear that procrastination??) want to accomplish this next year!
August: She is like merchant ships bringing food from afar:
Shopping wisely and meal planning, we will get through the weekend with home cooked meals this month!! I swear!
September: She gets up while it is still dark, provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls: Start getting up and staying up now that the nausea is waning, like I used to, to make breakfast and lunch,put the dishes up, and start laundry.
October: She considers a field and buys it, out of her earnings she plants a vineyard:
Take care of money carefully, make good investments, set up a budget and stick to it, track expenses. We are renovating our house to sell and have a baby on the way, lots of investments there : )
November: She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes:
Work on some business ideas I have with my mom. Between online ventures I am considering and starting a Gift basket / favor business we are pretty excited. Prepare for our first craft show in December.
December: She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy:
I always have the highest hopes, the best intentions, and the worst execution of those intentions come Christmas season. I want us to be more charitable at Christmas time. There are so many in need, and so many that we could be serving. This year I am purposing for us to not be busy and weave that into our traditions. Serving sounds like a good skill to focus on.
January: Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value:
Prepare my mind and body for a natural birth at our midwifery. Spend this month prayerfully so that we have full confidence in my body's ability to bring this new life into the world. (this is also ongoing obviously, but in January it's time to really hone in and make sure we are prepared.
February: She makes coverings for her bed, she is clothed in fine linen and purple:
Maybe I won't be making my own bed coverings but ones for the baby. I want to tackle making a crib bedding set, room decor, and a few layette items. I can and love to sew, but always put things off and never have accomplished anything like crib bedding. Accomplishing this skill in February gives me the perfect time limit!
March: She watches over the affairs of her household, she does not eat the bread of idleness:
Help my family develop and stick to routines ala Flylady. I always try to on my own but it seems to go by the wayside eventually. This month I will develop routines for our family and individually and stay focused on keeping us on track with them....we'll need them with a newborn.
April: She speaks wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue:
Homeschool with two children for the first time.....this may be my bravest skill to learn yet : )
May: She sets about her work vigorously, her arms are strong for the task:
Start working out to get in shape.
June: She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night:
Get our house on the market and work diligently to get it sold ourselves.
he is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come:
Get the momentos and quadrillons of photos out of the boxes and make a scrapbook /chronicle of my children and marriage. I may be even able to laugh at the days that have passed if I can start writing them down to remember them all haha ; )
And that is that, that's what areas I want to work on for the next 12 months, here goes nothing yall. : )