2014 was so busy it was almost a blur. I say almost, because we thoroughly enjoyed every second of it - but from our oldest son's wedding in September to our youngest sons football season (with a major injury) combined with homeschooling, two surgeries (one for that football injury, another for my husband ) countless doctors appointments, teaching our daughter how to drive, hosting Thanksgiving, making home made christmas presents, a week in South Carolina with my husband for our anniversary, immediately followed by 5 different family Christmas gatherings...
I feel like I haven't had a "normal" week since sometime back in June. We still have a couple of Christmas gatherings yet this season, but I'm starting to look at my goals and plans for 2015. A quick look at google play for "new" productivity apps made it abundantly clear that what I am using isn't the problem- I have great apps already. It's that I simply am not using them. Here are my favorites:
Google Calendar for my schedule
Daily Success App for repeating Daily Chores
DoIt.IM for my to do list (where I have categories for 1, 3, & 5 - I try to limit myself to 9 chores a day. 1 most important, 3 secondary, and 5 "if I have time" chores. On my 3 category every day is the days house chore - so on Monday the first chore under 3 will be bedrooms & bathrooms, on Tuesdays it's Kitchen & Laundry Room, etc. The Decluttering Challenge for January will probably be a second entry under 3 - but it may go to the 5 category, depending on the day...
Out Of Milk - My shopping List app
Our Groceries - My husbands To Do List, syncs between our phones so I can add items to it as needed.
I will probably add a note here, using Mobisle Notes, with my goals & resolutions. We'll see. :-) Maybe a Bucket List for 2015 too?
Health & Fitness
I love the monthly work out calendars from Sisterhood of The Shrinking Jeans - http://shrinkingjeans.net/ I'm going to be doing both the squats and push ups in January. You can join the event here - https://www.facebook.com/events/321941011334097/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
There are a a lot more fitness calendars here - http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=workout%20calendar&term_meta%5B%5D=workout%7Ctyped&term_meta%5B%5D=calendar%7Ctyped I'm waiting on the challenge from Shinking Jeans - I just wish they announced a bit earlier.
I'm officially at my highest weight ever at the end of 2014. I'm also in the worst shape I've ever been - I was out of breath walking down our lane yesterday. That's 1/4 of a mile. I never did complete the Zombie 5k app last year. I loved it - I just didn't prioritize it. Right now there is no way I could run for 1 minute, let alone pick up where I left off. I think I will do a couch to 5k type program in a month or two, but for January, I just need to walk. I have a fitbit, and will plan to get at least 10k steps a day, but it won't happen unless I put on some sneakers and go for a walk each day.
I need to get back to using myfitness pal too.
At the beginning of each month I check here to see what the free audiobook is - these are great for when I am walking. http://christianaudio.com/free/
Although Tecarta is my favorite bible reading app, you can't beat the plans on YouVersion.
In the month of January, they are doing a 21 day challenge. "To help you keep inspired, anytime between January 1 and January 21, if you tweet which Plan you’re reading during the Challenge — with the hashtag #BibleFor21 — you’ll be entered to win one of the following: a YouVersion prize pack*, an iPad mini, OR an Android Nexus 7 tablet!"
Good Morning Girls is also doing a "Read Through The Bible With Us" challenge - but I don't think they will complete the bible in one year - http://womenlivingwell.org/2014/12/introducing-januarys-gmg-book-month/
24 Bible Verses to Memorize & Study in 2015 - Free Download
Also from the same Site:
This is some of my notes from an EXCELLENT Sunday School Class this morning on New Years Resolutions. The verses are definitely ones I want to ponder frequently in 2015:
(I use a Samsung Note 2 - so I take a picture of the whiteboard in our classroom, then write my notes right on the photo, in SNote)
Cleaning The House
I'm looking forward to the Clutter Free Challenge from Clean Mama. There are a few on here that won't work for me, that I will substitute other areas for. I need to add each of these into Doit.im
My main plan is to get back to my cleaning routine, which has been seriously lacking around here for a very long time.
Mondays - Bedrooms & Bathrooms
Tuesdays - Kitchen & Laundry Room
Wednesday - Errands
Thursday - Hall & Paperwork
Friday - Living Room & Dining Room
The kids have had no chores, and no real expectations, since last summer. Which is ridiculous. There are 4 adults and 1 17 year old living in this house - and I should not be spending so much time cleaning up behind them. I need to assign them days to cook too - they should be learning how to plan and prepare meals as well.