this is lemonade

A mindful, grateful, creative life: Life constantly hurls lemons at us. I’m on a mission to make lemonade as best I can, by God’s grace.

Getting Into Gear


We are well into February, and thankfully, my rather shaky start to 2013 has stabilised somewhat for now, thanks to all your support and encouragement. (Really, I’m not just saying it – thank you.) End of January, I took my first tangible step to work towards my fourth goal as stated in the first post of the year: to give more thought and time to offline, tangible investments in my relationships. I bought this card which I just love and then I wrote and sent it off last week:


Card from Pencil Diaries at Paperchase.

One thing that I have neglected in my personal relationships that I enjoyed so much in the past, was writing snail mail. Letting my loved ones know that I am thinking of them has not happened for too long, beyond sending a quick text, email or Facebook message. I had already been forming a plan in my mind, to write at least one card per month that is not a holiday or birthday card. It’s not even halfway as ambitious as Ziggy’s Illustrated Letters project, but I think it’s manageable for me.

I read Ginna’s February Goals post (haw haw, accidental pun) for her blog, My Pretty Pennies, on 1st February. What a great idea to link up and encourage each other to reach our goals! I’ve been a little slow to complete my post but I wanted to share the step-by-step goals I have set for February. All the goals I share are connected to my overall goals for 2013 to reduce the risk of overwhelming myself!

  • Write a card to someone for no particular reason, just to let them know I’m thinking of them
  • Complete a knitted surprise gift and send it by the end of the month
  • Fill a home made mini sketchbook by the end of the month
  • Clear my desk of things that are waiting to be filed away
  • Sort through old clothes that I have piled up as potential sewing material, deciding which to keep and which to donate

As I have explained, I don’t live life straightforwardly, so I won’t be too surprised if I get started on some side projects along the way. But now I’ve put this month’s goals out there, hopefully it will help me to focus and work towards getting them done! I’m excited to be able to cross the first one off already and to be almost through the second at this point. Hopefully, I will be able to cross everything off by the end of the month!

How about you? Have you tried regular goal setting? Does it work for you?


10 thoughts on “Getting Into Gear

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  2. At the moment, I like writing a little list of goals for a day the night before, as I find that my longer term lists seem to get muddled up in day to day things – mainly because I’m really disorganised! If I have a longer term goal, I like to break it down into little steps. Good luck with your goals! 🙂

  3. I love goals but shy away from making too many. I like to make one at a time and complete it then make the next. I used to list them out like with New Year’s Resolutions but became so overwhelmed that they went in the trash. So now I just keep it simple. My goal right now is to start prepping for my volleyball practices starting next month and to do another 5K run soon. When those are done, I will look to the next one. Keep up with your progress! You are doing great!

    • Thanks for the encouragement! LOL no wonder you have trouble keeping up with yourself. I only made itty bitty goals. Your 5K run involves lots and lots of these itty bitty goals that I’m making. Me and running, brrrr I’m not even going there. I have complete admiration for you, that is not a small goal. And you play volleyball? I think I could do with some fitness tips!

      • The running came on me all of a sudden 6 months ago and has been a huge stress reliever that I never knew I needed. I actually coach my daughter’s volleyball team.. have no time to play myself even if I wanted to.. signed up for an 8K today.. just keeps me on top of my running if I sign up and pay. =)

      • WOw. OK you coach, that’s even more impressive. Must be nice and challenging and then all that running gives you the space to recharge your batteries I guess! 🙂

  4. Bite sized goals are a great way to go. I’m always getting sidetracked on account of my blackbird mind; there’s always something far more shiny to lead me away from the job in hand.

  5. Good luck with your goals! I love recieving snail mail but I cannot remember the last time I sent it. tsk tsk

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