2018 Goals and Dreams of a Large Family Minimalist

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2018 Goals and Dreams of a Large Family Minimalist

A list (for accountability) of my 2018 dreams and goals.

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions but goals? Those are totally different. As the saying goes, those without goals will reach them every time.

Or something like that.

I think the biggest thing my life lacked in 2017 (aside from peace and rest- which I can’t always control) is time management. In 2017 I did a horrible job of managing my time. There are plenty of reasons (or excuses) for this. Most are totally are legit too. I am exhausted. All the time. I don’t sleep well at night. I am living with and in charge of a variety of kids with special needs. Chuck leaves for work at 5 am and doesn’t get home until 7 pm. One of my children is bipolar and there is no controlling that. I ride the waves of his manic behavior as much as he does. But there are plenty of days that I could have managed better.

I met exactly zero of my goals in 2017. But that’s okay. Every day is a new day and 2017 was a rough year for our family. For 2018 I have divided my goals into three categories blog, business, and personal.

Large Family Weekly Meal Prep: Prep once to save time and money. Learn how to use leftovers to create new meals.

Personal Goals for 2018:

Walk (or exercise) two times per week.

Juice two times per week.

Take vitamins daily.

Eat a salad for lunch two times per week.

Read my Bible everyday (anyone know of a good yearly Bible reading app?)

Plan Apollo’s homeschool days in advance.

Continue to declutter and minimalize my house.

Toddler and newborn captured by little earthling photography

Business Goals for 2018:

Plan business Instagram posts.

Post on business Instagram twice a day.

Post on FB business page once per day.

One blog post per week.

Submit monthly to stock photography agency.

Double my income.

Little Earthling Blog

Blog Goals for 2018:

Instagram twice a day.

Facebook twice a day.

Plan and use Pinterest better.

Three well-written blog posts per week.

Start email list.

Plan posts in advance.

One review per week on Large Family Reviews.

That list might seem like a lot, but many of these goals are overlapping and can be done at the same time (planning Instagram posts, for example).  Some (like taking vitamins) will take mere minutes and just need to get done. I don’t believe any of these is out of my reach but all hinge on planning my time well.

For example, I have the tendency to drop Apollo off at school on Mondays and Wednesdays (the only two days per week he has school) and then come home and stare at my computer. I have so much to do. So much I could be doing but I get overwhelmed and accomplish nothing. Having a simple ongoing list of tasks (both large and small) that need to be done will make a world of difference. In essence, planning is my bff for 2018.

I  was going to add some of my favorite resources to this post but I think it is long enough already so I will do that seperately.


What are some of your goals for 2018? Please share in the comments so we can inspire each other. If you have a blog post about your goals feel free to post a link in the comments so we can all go read it.



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  1. Elizabeth

    I like the Blue letter bible app. It has a variety of plans to choose from. It also has a great search engine, commentaries and word analysis. I’m not sure how to access them through the app but the website has audio of many great women’s teachers like Elisabeth Elliot.

  2. I have been a lot better about taking my vitamins since I let go of my disdain for those day of the week containers. It really helps. I keep them next my stuff in the fridge that I reach for most. Also, something about taking the time to put them in those little plastic compartments seems to help remind me. Good luck out there.

  3. Your goals sound totally reasonable. You seem like a strong woman and I have no doubts you have what it takes to accomplish what you had set yourself to do. For Bible reading I use YouVersion app, it lets you chose from many plans. I can really relate to being overwhelmed and unable to do anything you actually needed. What really helps me is to sit down every evening and write a to-do list for the next day – with the highest priority things being on the top. That way I start by doing what really HAS TO be done (doctor calls, invoices, urgent business emails) and work my way down to less urgent things. Otherwise I tend to et cought by less importnat things and don’t do what was really necessary.

    It really works well for me to do that list the night before, as I don’t start my day overwhelemed, but with a simple list in my hands allowing me to work through one thing at a time.

    Appart from that, I failed miserably in my 2017 goal to lose weight. I lost, I gained, I lost and I ained again leaving me exactly 4 pounds bellow my starting weight. So my 2018 goal is just about the same…we will see!

  4. Bible reading plans–read the same 3-4 or so chapters of the New Testament for a month straight, and then continuing with the next set. Doing this, it’ll obviously take a lot longer to read through, but you’ll have a very good understanding and memory of the New Testament within a few years and missing a day won’t leave you behind. I also try to read a short devotional each morning and spend a few minutes praying. The audio-Bible idea is great! I think I’ll start doing that in the car.

    We are also memorizing a verse each week together (I love the Harrow Family CDs–we listen to them in the morning while doing chores in addition to reciting the verse of the week during breakfast).

    Time management–prioritize things into A items, B items, and C items. A items are the big, super important things, or the unfinished projects–taxes, bills, scheduling appointments, projects that have languished, etc. B items are lower priority, but still important–probably your instagram/blog/etc. things. C items are the little tasks that you might enjoy more. Try to work on one A item each day, a couple of Bs, and as many Cs as you’d like after that. But put the A item first, in priority and time, then Bs, then Cs. This has really helped me prioritize things, and also have an honest look of what I accomplished over the day and what still needs to be done. An A item might simply be homeschooling or keeping kid[s] alive for the day…

    Something that has made a big difference in time management for me is to open mail immediately when it comes into the house and take care of it at that point if at all possible–pay any bills, respond to rsvps, write important dates on the calendar, cut out relevant coupons, throw away junk…this in itself saves lots of time with cleanup and sanity, and you’ve accomplished much that day (A, B, and C items) just by dealing with the mail.

    So, my goals:

    Make the bed each morning…or at least pull the sheets and blankets up.

    Read and pray regularly. I’m not a morning person at all, but I’ve found that I have to wake up earlier than the kids to do this or it just doesn’t get done.

    Deal with the mail/paper immediately. I’ve gotten a good start on this recently, but I’d like to continue and streamline this further.

    Prioritize school goals and plan homeschool days in advance.

    Cook without meat 1-2 dinners/week. Use more beans.

    Eat all the leftovers in our freezer!

  5. Panayiota

    I strongly suggest you schedule half an hour in the end of or in the beginning of the day to gather yourself, alone, without any screen. Feel free to pray or read something relaxing. And i would also suggest you add a couple of hours during the week. If i were you, since i already stare at the computer screen after dropping off Apollo, i would designate one hour each of these days to blankly stare at the ceiling and then, after this process is done get my work done. This way, you brain gets a little recharge time and takes the guilt away -since it’s a scheduled activity. Stay strong 🙂

  6. You forgot

    – Have Kylie move to America and act as your full time personal assistant

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