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My Goals and Accomplishments: Week of July 23rd

The last three months of my life have been all about adjustment. Adjusting to a new baby, adjusting to life with two children, helping my daughter adjust to her little brother, adjusting to more responsibilities at church, adjusting adjusting adjusting… With so much adjustment I started feeling a little bit lost. But I am glad I decided to write my goals and to organize myself a little better last week. Even when my week got a little bit complicated at the end, I was still able to completed most of my goals. I have experience first handed that investing a little time organizing my week, gained me so much time for myself. I’ve been even able to take a daily nap.  Certainly, when I am more intentional about my goals I can have a more productive live.

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Last Week’s Goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Take the kids to the library. (I’m trying to start the habit to do this every week)

2. Playdate with my MOPs group.

Personal Goals

3. Read Genesis 1 through 3 (Read all the way through 7)

4. Have breakfast everyday and drink at least 8 glass of water. (I’m having problems with my milk supply and it is probably my lack of self care.)

5. Go to the salon. (Cut my hair and really like my new look)

Home Management/DIY Projects

5. Shampooing the living room carpet

6.  Move kids clothes a size up and boxed old clothes.

7. Finished mobile for the nursery (It is almost done, but I will definitely finished it today. I’ll post about it later this week)

8. Make appointment for family picture

Church Business Goals

9. Finished the bulletin by Friday (Carlos did this, the time I wanted to use to do this I was at the hospital with a friend)

10. Prepare for ladies class and order new book. (So excited about the new book, It’s called Mujer de Valor or Women of Courage)
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This Week’s Goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Take the kids to the library. (I’m trying to start the habit to do this every week)

2. Playdate with a friend.

Personal Goals

3. Read Genesis 7 through 15.

4. Have breakfast everyday and drink at least 8 glass of water. (I’m having problems with my milk supply and it is probably my lack of self care.)

Home Management/DIY Projects

5. Sand and prime wardrobe. (Craiglist find)

6.  Clean my car from the inside out.

Church Business Goals

7. Make copies of MOPs bulletin.

8. Finished decorations for MOPs.

9. Finished this Sunday bulletin by Friday.

10. Prepare for ladies class.

Goals For This Week

I usually have a general idea of what I want to accomplish during the week, however, I don’t have the habit to set weekly goals. But while I was reading my email this morning a post from Crystal at moneysavingmom.com caught my eyes.

“But I’m trying to remind myself that I made much more progress by setting the goals and working toward them than I would have made had I not set goals at all.”

This sentence make me realize that being more organize about my goals would help me accomplish much more. Since I like how Crystal post her  goals I’m just going to copy her style.

This week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Take the kids to the library. (I’m trying to start the habit to do this every week)

2. Playdate with my MOPs group.

Personal Goals

3. Read Genesis 1 through 3.

4. Have breakfast everyday and drink at least 8 glass of water. (I’m having problems with my milk supply and it is probably my lack of self care.)

5. Go to the salon. (I’m going to cut my hair)

Home Management/DIY Projects

5. Shampooing the living room carpet

6.  Move kids clothes a size up and boxed old clothes.

7. Finished mobile for the nursery

8. Make appointment for family picture

Church Business Goals

9. Finished the bulletin by Friday.

10. Prepare for ladies class and order new book.

Another Cleaning Challenge

A couple weeks ago I saw an e-book called 31 days to clean: Having a Martha house the Mary way. It caught my eye the analogy with Martha and Mary. The idea of having a clean house while sitting at Jesus’ feet really intrigues me.

Now, in preparation for the release of her book the author is starting a challenge, 31 days to clean – the reboot. Since I was not able to fully complete my last cleaning challenge, I decided this was a great way to start over. If you like to join in as well, you can see all the details at her blog.

The challenge starts on Monday, June 4th!
 

Getting My Priorities Straight!

When you have to click the forgot-password link of your word press account, you know you haven’t been blogging for a while. You’ll see adjusting to baby number two and handling two babies at a time can be overwhelming. Getting organize it’s been a necessity to survive this new stage of my life and I first needed to start by getting my priorities straight.

When I visualize the order of my priorities, I like to use an analogy I heard from my pastor. It’s about trying to put rocks, sand and water into a jar. If you start with the sand and water, then when you try to shove in bigger things like rocks, they will not fit.  However, when you first start with the rocks, the small things like sand and water will fit in-between.

With that in mind, I decided I needed to find the rocks in my life. As a Christian I know that my big rocks are God, my family (husband and kids first in that order), and church. But, what does this mean and how will my priorities affect my schedule and my to-do list? Are the questions I been struggling with the most.

That is when my morning routine it’s been key in keeping my priorities into perspective. I have found that if I spent time with God first thing in the morning, He will dictate how the rest of my day is spent. With God’s help, I am able to determine in which way I can take care of the rest of my priorities (family and church). After this, my to-do list is fit in around those priorities.  Not the other way around!

Finally, I have found that even when I might not get everything I wanted to get done; there is a great peace when our priorities are in line with God’s plan.

What I’m up to these days…

With the new addition to our family and me not feeling well after delivery, I’ve decided that a mini vacation from blogging was needed. But if you are wondering what I’ve been doing during these time, here is a peak.

Breastfeeding…

I would say 6 hours of my day (at least) is spent breastfeeding. I feel like it’s all I do! He is ready to eat every 2 hours like a clock. However, I cannot complain. I breastfed exclusively my first born for 7 months and I still remember how awful and painful those first few weeks were. If I wouldn’t made a commitment to myself to breastfeed her for one month, I’m sure I would have succumb to the formula the very first week. This time around breastfeeding has been a breeze! No crying and no cracked and bleeding nipples. It’s been almost 4 weeks and we are going strong! I think the reason of our success is less stress. This time around, I am not wondering if my baby is eating enough, nor I’m watching 100 YouTube videos a day on how to get a good latch. I’m more confident about what I’m doing and experience is a plus!

Spring Cleaning…

I didn’t thought that I was going to be able to do much cleaning this month. My mom and Carlos step up and they have been great helpers. I can proudly say that we did most of the 4 weeks challenge assignments. Our spring cleaning this month consist primary in cleaning the windows and wash the draperies, clean the refrigerator, the oven and reorganized the kitchen cupboards. We even spruce up our garden and plant a new tree to replace the one that fell down thanks to hurricane Irene (not talking about my daughter Eirene, although she is completely capable of…)  Now, we are enjoying our fresh clean house!

Soap opera…

Sad but true! I am glued in front of the TV every week night at 10pm watching “La que no podía amar”. Since I’ve been told that my generation can’t take responsibility for their actions, I must blame my mom. She watched it while she was here and she is the reason I’m now hooked. LOL! Let see how long it last since I have never been able to watch a soap for more than 2 months.

Recovering…

I have to recognize that it is been at the end of my list but I’ve been trying to sleep more and eat better in order to recover.

I’m still figuring out what is to be a mom of two under two. Until today grandma is been here to the rescue so I don’t know what I’m going to do now that she is gone. 😥

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home Challenge: Assignment #2

I definitely think these challenge will put me into labor soon… and I am so looking forward to that! Here are my results on Assignment #2

I started my day by getting dressed in pretty clothes simply because it was the only clean clothes available in my closet. So glad to see later in the morning that it was part of the challenge. I then follow the new morning routine I created during assignment #1. However, since I was late for my MOPs meeting, I ended up doing my bible reading in the evening but it was all good.

In the afternoon, I sat down with a glass full of water and make a list of ways to accomplish the weekly goals I created yesterday. I specifically worked on writing one of the letters I needed to (only 2 to go), read a chapter of Mark and took a walked with my daughter and husband around the neighborhood to see if I get this baby moving down!

I really enjoy the 15 minute kitchen clean up. This time around I set the timer and started working. I was able to unload/load the dishwasher, clear off and wipe the counter-tops, and clean the kitchen sink.  I have to confess that for the refrigerator clean up, it took me more time to get up of the sofa than to clean it. At the end, it was almost all done. I left the doors for later because my feet started swelling… again.

I’m still working on the 7 items to get rid of today. Now I have 14 items to get rid of, but I was just not in the mood.

If you want to join the challenge you can read all the details here

4 Weeks to A More Organized Home Challenge

With a baby on its way my, life has been pretty chaotic the last couple of weeks. So when I saw yesterday post “4 Weeks to A More Organized Home” at moneysavingmom.com, I decided to join in for the challenge.

Here are my results on Assignment #1

::Get dressed: Surprisingly, I was already dressed by the time I read the post.

::Goals for the week

1. Get the bassinet clean and ready once for all

2. Drink my vitamins everyday

3. Finish reading the book of Mark

4. Writing some letters

5. Having a baby!!!

::Complete your morning routine: I have decided to stop my daily schedule during the month of April. With so many changes, it’s been really hard to accomplish my schedule. I think it needs to be reviewed. So while I’m waiting for this baby to born I took the time to develop a morning routine that might work for this week.

-Shower and dressed

-Taking my vitamins and have breakfast

-Reading my bible

-Dressed my daughter and feed her

::15 minutes pick up: I didn’t set the timer, but after everyone went to bed I picked up all the toys and vacuum the living room. So nice to wake up to an organized living room this morning!

::Find 7 items to get rid of today. I’m still working on this one!

::Clean out your purse and/or diaper bag: So glad I did this on Sunday.

If you want to join the challenge you can read all the details here