Thursday, March 3, 2011

3 in 30 - March Week 1 Check In

I'm so thankful that it's March.  February started off great and ended with a big blob!  Namely me feeling defeated, hurt, alone, and the dreaded word I hate to admit....depressed.  I am going to forget what I didn't get accomplished in February.  I am starting fresh in March with new goals (ok one is old, but it's one I'm determined to complete) and new focus and purpose.

My goals for this month are:

1.  No Yelling - The goal that I wanted the most to complete but after a "winter break," two preschoolers and a sick toddler, I did not make it past week two.  I know I've already had to raise my voice a few times, but for the most part, I haven't had to yell yet.  It has also become my new threat to the kids - "Do you want me to yell?"  The answer is always no, so it keeps me focused and reminds them what it's like when mommy is out of control. 

2.  Purge toys - Since we are moving, I don't want to move all the toys we have accumulated.  No matter which house we decide upon, we will most likely have less storage space and therefore, I needed to purge our homes of toys.  We have so many that I think we can get rid of 1/2 of them and still have lots for the children to play with.  The boys both have birthdays this month,  so I know new ones are coming as well.  The baby toys definitely will be purged.  I will keep a few for guests, but really, since they aren't being played with they are not getting packed.  I need to set up some kind of rules for the purge like not played with in 6 months equals being purged or not age appropriate means being purged or  how many match box cars do we need.  If any of you have any other suggestions I'll gladly take them.

3.  Set office times - This last month, it has occurred to me that I need to  XX set aside times to blog.  It is more often or not that I end up writing many of my blogs at 10 pm in the evening or it takes me 7 to 8 hours to type a blog,.  Some of the reasons for this is because of distractions (the kids, telephone, books, etc..), mostly just my habit of procrastination.  I was a serious crammer in school.  For me to grow my blog, I need to start putting some time into it and I need to make it a priority in my schedule, not an after thought.  I will be working through Amy Bayliss' 31 Days of Heart Matters - Ministry On Line to guide me on my walk with my blog.  I'm also considering a make over, but haven't totally decided on that one yet.

March will be the month that I'll get back on track and "persevere" through the "ice" fog that has indelibly settled in around here.  I'm focusing up and not out.  I going to using my goals to assist me in this.  I know March will be a great month.  

I can't wait to hear what everyone else is doing this month.  Check out the 3 In 30 ladies at AP Freewriting and join along with us.


Aurie said...

What fantastic goals :)

I am a huge purger of toys - it seems everytime I turn around we have more stuff - and we do not have lot of space!! I keep 2 rubbermaid totes in the basement. Every few days/week I go through the toys and pull 1-4 items that haven't seen the girls play with. If they ask for the item I tell them that I'll find it - and return it to the play area. Honestly - I've been doing this since Sophie was 8 months old, and sh's never once asked for something that was removed. Once the totes are filled I take them to a consignment store (which gets us some extra cash!)

Anonymous said...

If you have any 24 piece puzzles that are good for both boys and girls that you won't be keeping, send them my way! I can use them for preschool.

Also, I am still in denial about this whole moving thing. ;)

Jen said...

I'm so glad that you popped up on my blog roll with a new post. I have been worried and almost emailed Andrea to see if she had heard from you, but then didn't want to bother her until things with Kevin were better.

Anyway, I'm excited about your goals but I am just really excited that you are back. I've SO missed you!

kendal said...

every day is new - at times recovering from anorexia, i had to tell myself that every MINUTE is new! new month! new day! you can do this!

Donnetta said...

As I was reading this I was reminded of Lamentations 3:22-23 "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;his mercies begin afresh each morning."

We get new mercies every morning. I'd say a fresh start to a new month is quite acceptable. :-)

Goodness knows I often take Him up on new mercies for new mornings on a regular basis.

Hang in there!!!

Jeanine said...

You know, I use that threat, too, sometimes... "do I need to yell before you understand that I mean it?" or something similar. I'm working on it, too.

And you know, I had a hard time with February, too, as I often do (winter) and your post reminded me that February is OVER!!! Whoo-hoo!

We purge, too, but mostly when my son's room or closet is out of control.

You have great goals for this month! Good luck with them.

MommaKristi said...

Thank you for the link to the 31 days blogging thing...I definitely need to look into that!!!

Love reading about your goals!!!

Tammara said...

You have some awesome goals there! I think I may need to add them to my April goals! Good luck with the packing too.

Mommie Kate said...

I've noticed that I'm starting to yell a little bit and it makes me feel just awful! I'll have to try that threat you use. I never would have thought of that- thanks! I'm glad we're in this #3in30 together.

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