Every year, I revisit my top 12 (big) New Year Goals that I have focused on the last few years and make a few changes for the upcoming year. These goals continue to be the foundation on which I build my spiritual, physical, and mental health.
Some of these goals require just a few minutes of my time every day. Others are habits that I will be working on mastering throughout the year.
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Though I listed specific goals below, I feel as though my New Year goals can be summed up in these Bible verses …
My Bible verse to meditate on in the New Year: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27
My Bible verse to remember in the New Year: A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
12 New Year Goals For A Busy Mom
- Read The Bible every day – Starting in 2018, I have cultivated a habit of reading the Bible in some capacity every single day. Not just to/with my kids as part of our morning time, but also for myself on a personal level. Some years I simply read the Bible straight through and other years I read books that seem to call to me, in any order. Since our eldest daughter died (suddenly) on July 14, 2021, my husband and I have been waking up early and having Bible study together every single morning. My husband reads a devotional from John MacArthur and I read from Mornings & Evenings with Charles Spurgeon, in addition to reading a chapter of the Bible. A couple of years ago, my husband & I started reading through the Bible out loud with our eldest son every evening to give him the opportunity to discuss the Bible with us without his younger siblings around. I plan to continue incorporating Bible reading into my day in these ways in the new year. Read: Which Book Of The Bible Should I Read + FREE Printable
- Read (non-fiction) Books For Myself – I read quite a bit to my children, especially for history, but I rarely read for my own enjoyment. I don’t have much free time and I gave up reading fiction years ago, but I have several non-fiction books on my reading list this year. My plan is to read for several minutes in bed each evening (instead of checking my phone and staring at a screen!). My newest stack is from Serene&Pearl. Elisabeth Elliot, Ken Ham, and Charles Spurgeon are a few other authors I am focusing on. Read: Favorite Authors For Christian Women
Books To Read
- Exercise Daily x15 Minutes – Other than the act of caring for my children, I am not very active. I want to do 15 minutes of exercise every day. I plan to do 3 sessions of 5 minutes each. It works well for me to tag my exercise routine onto my meal times, so I will do a quick session before breakfast, lunch, and supper every day. I will continue to use the techniques I’ve learned from my favorite online exercise site or simply go for a walk around our property.
- Stay On Trim Healthy Mama – I have been doing THM off & on since 2013. I have been 99% on-plan since January 2020 and have no plans to change my eating habits going forward. The Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is simple and easy to follow once you kick the sugar addiction. Read: Best Ways To Support Female Health
- Go To Bed By 9 pm Sun-Thu – This is a goal that my husband & I have together. We want to stick to our bedtime routine of putting our kids in their bedrooms by 7 pm (they are allowed to read/play quietly until 9 pm), spending some time working online together or just relaxing, then going to bed at 9 and read for several minutes before lights out. We will give ourselves Friday & Saturday nights to stay up a little later with or without the kids.
- Get Up For The Day By 5 am Mon-Fri – I wake up at 5 am every day and have Bible study with my husband before he goes to work. But, sometimes I go back to sleep until 7 am, once my husband leaves for work at 6 am, if my youngest is still sleeping. I feel much better if I just stay up at five and get started on my day. I can have my personal morning time and plan my day before the children wake up. I feel refreshed! Get my favorite printed planner HERE.
- Get Outside More – We now live in the country on 1-acre of land and getting outside is easier than it was while living in the city. I still need to be intentional about it, though, because I can so easily stay busy inside the house. I have the excuse to go outside and visit the animals on our mini-farm now! My husband and I often enjoy walking around the land while drinking our afternoon coffee (especially on the weekends). Read: Our Journey Back Home To The Country
- Purge, Declutter, & Organize Routinely – I hope to do this weekly on Friday afternoons and also more deeply during the last week of each month. Whether it is just one drawer, a closet, or an entire room — I just want to purge, declutter, and organize something often! Read: Top 5 Decluttering Tips
- Stay Off The Internet – I am going to stay off my phone and computer during our school and family time. And, when I do get online, I am going to be intentional about what I share. Read: Before You Hit Publish, Ask Yourself Some Questions
- Set Online Work Hours – This goes hand-in-hand with the one above… I am setting computer work hours for each weekday.
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- Grow – in my faith, as a wife, as a mom, as a friend, as a homemaker/homesteader, and as a business … as an encourager, digital content creator, and personal consultant for so many of you who love Lilla Rose, Norwex, & Usborne!
So, those are my main new year goals. Of course, many of them will be broken down into smaller steps to accomplish them easier. I’d love to hear about your goals for the new year!