Setting Goals for February 2015

staying focused on what truly matters

My kids celebrated the 100th day of school this week, and I know that the rest of the year is going to speed by! January was a pretty nice month in our house, but I didn’t complete any of my January goals. We did a pretty good job of working on our 2015 character traits of being thankful, helpful, curious, and kind, though, and in the long run that is more important than specific milestones. We got the house a bit more organized and did some decluttering, as well, just not as much as I would like. Johnny’s school situation is at a standstill until we have our IEP revision meeting in mid-February, but he is happier now that his basketball and soccer programs have started. We wrote Johnny’s thank you letters for his birthday party, but the teacher letters are still un-written. I guess now they can be Valentine’s Day thank you cards. Emma’s birthday party invitations are out, but we have some planning to do!

California is starting to feel like home, and that is a big relief. You would think that I would be good at moving since I moved so much growing up, and I am good at the logistics. The emotional side is another story. Massachusetts was the first feels-like-we-could-stay-here-forever place I had had since I was a little kid on my grandpa’s corn farm, and it was hard to leave that behind. California’s incredibly gorgeous weather helps a lot, and so do the very friendly people here.

make time to notice a beautiful sunrise.

Setting Goals for February 2015

I have decided that a lot of things that really matter in life are tiny moments that we need to notice – like a gorgeous sunrise. I’m working to keep my goals as simple as possible so that we aren’t distracted with things that don’t really matter. In January I put a lot of thought into how I was spending my time, and I feel like being intentional about how I spend my time made me a lot happier. I am also much happier since I got my kids folding and putting away ALL the laundry. It’s amazing how much more free time I have when my kids do that chore instead of me! Here are my February goals:

  • Enjoy celebrating Emma’s ninth birthday. Let me know if you have fun party activities that we should try with her group of nine-year-old friends – girls and boys. Character traits: Thankful and kind
  • Get the kids’ Valentines Day cards made. Character traits: Thankful and kind
  • Spend time with Anna outside while the kids are in school. Character traits: curious and thankful
  • Have Emma write thank you cards for her birthday. Character trait: thankful
  • Have one child assigned to help cook dinner one night each week. Character trait: curious and helpful

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How was January in your house? What are you hoping to get done in February this year? Join the linky below! If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate! Write out your goals, take a photo on instagram, tag it with #monthlygoals and link up that photo!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

24 thoughts on “Setting Goals for February 2015”

  1. Isn’t it amazing when the kids can do their own chores? Last night, I had the twins put away their clothes into their hamper after they undressed for bath time. What a concept to me—that these tiny little people can start pitching in :)

    My goals: for sure get the Valentine’s stuff going. My son likes to color and do art so he’s making his own Valentine’s for his classmates (I just cut out the cardstock into little cards).

    1. I think Valentine’s Day is more meaningful when kids make their own cards. Emma is about halfway through hers; I just need to get Johnny and Lily started.

  2. I hope Emma has a great birthday!! We’re making J do chores too.

    I kept my non-overscheduled goal for January. I’m going to keep it for February. A Pi Day Party is my only thing on my schedule – and that’s in March. I also need to focus on relaxation techniques so I can shut off my brain at a decent hour, so I can get enough hours of sleep.

  3. I love how you are incorporating character traits with your goals and also getting a different child to help with dinner every night. I’ll have to try that! I will link up my goals post. I have a goals group on Facebook–many of us place the same linky on all our posts. You can link up to our linky, and if you ever wanted to join us and use our linky script, you would be welcome! The linky goes live on the last Thursday night/Friday morning of every month, and everyone posts whenever they want after that time. (There’s a link on my post.)

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    I managed to get a few things sold on in January that we no longer needed, which felt good. Music teachers were on holiday, too, which made for a bit more relaxing month. We’re having a little holiday in February, plus Michael’s 7th birthday, and I’ll start taking baby John to swimming lessons, just for fun (4th and onwards children are free at our local swim school!).

  5. I love your goals. I sort of failed to achieve much from my January list, but I think I was over ambitious. I’m going to join in with the link up and borrow your idea about the keywords! Rather than a yearly theme, I am going to do a monthly one. For February, it is Love – love myself, love my family and love my home!

  6. Great goals! January seems to have rushed by. February will be a special month for us, since we will be apart for 3 weeks as my husband and daughter travel to Germany to visit family. I am going to try and get some home stuff done in the meantime!

  7. Love the intention and reflecting. Sometimes we get our time completely hijacked but the time we do have we could be more purposeful with it. It’s always a pleasure to read what’s up in your home. I’m understanding the moving thing :)

  8. Nicola - a Multicraftingmummy

    We started out in January with getting the kids to help with some chores and even getting them to do a few simple job is really helping to take the pressure of me at the end of the day. Good luck with getting your kids to help with the cooking. It s great to be teaching them these valuable skills when they are young and enthusiastic as well. I hope you have a lovely time over your daughters birthday and have fun making your Valentine’s cards. We ve been enjoying lots of valentines crafts at home and our home is looking very pretty now.

  9. I wish I were more organized to set my goals monthly and join you but lately I can barely keep up, let alone plan ahead. So my goals would be to catch up and try to cut back so as not to fall behind. And get my taxes done.

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