Happy New Year! Time for Family Goal Setting
New Years Day is a time for black-eyed peas, pork, greens and GOAL SETTING!
In 2015 we started the tradition of setting goals as a family and individually on New Years Day. Funny, in two years things haven’t changed much. My daughter and I like the goal setting time. We both love lists and feel very accomplished when marking them off. My son and husband tolerate the activity but neither get excited about it. My husband just doesn’t like to write them down and share them with everyone. He’s one of the most goal oriented people I know, he just likes to keep it to himself and let me in on things that affect our personal or farm finances.
So this year, I was trying to find a way to make it fun for my son. I had searched Pinterest trying to find the perfect worksheet and I ran across Live Craft Eat’s goal setting lesson for kids! It was perfect! It came with free printables, lesson materials, goal sheets. PERFECT! It all was based on Matthew 25:14-29 The Parable of the Bags of Gold. So we read the passage and discussed the meaning. I explained that we all need to use and multiply our talents that God gave us to glorify his Kingdom. Goal setting is one way to do that. If we just click off each day without vision and intention, we may just go through the motions and not fulfill our opportunity to be a good and faithful servant. It was as if he had that “ah-ha” moment and was finally picking up what I had been laying down for years! We had a great conversation and he was excited to brainstorm about his goals for 2018! The worksheet had a spot for 4 goals which was perfect for his age. You can find these lessons for kids and teens at https://www.livecrafteat.com/live/free-printable-fhe-kits-setting-goals/.
My daughter has the best track record each year for actually accomplishing all her goals. She was one short in 2017 (doing cooking facebook live videos on her Jenna’s Kitchen page) and it made it to the top of her list this year! Actually she just finished her first live for the year on how to make her original “Jumpin Jenna” recipe for New Years! I utilized the same passage to start our discussion about goals this year. However, the worksheet provided just didn’t meet Jenna’s needs so I opted to create one for her (not shown in photo below). During her brainstorming session, I had to have a discussion with her about how to scale back on just accomplishing goals and more about defining her priorities and setting goals that helped her achieve what was important to her. I know she would like more time with her friends, but she is involved in so many things and has to check off her list. I just wanted her to be more intentional with her fun time. She has her parents outlook (curse) of thinking work IS fun, but it’s taken me this many years to figure out that the hustle and grind is fine, but we miss out on so much because of the productivity mentality. So in typical fashion she completed every line on the worksheet with a few to spare. Lastly, I asked her to pray over her goals and ask the Lord to direct her on how to use her gifts for His will.
Even though, I do not have all my goals completed and written down yet, it has been a great day! Granted, I am still a productivity nerd and will enjoy completing my worksheet. Yet my greater hope is that these family exercises will become common practices for my children as they get older and give them guidance, purpose and a sense of accomplishment for new years to come.
On a fun note, a long-term family goal that we set was to start saving for an Alaskan cruise, so if anyone has advice or suggestions about cruises, ports, ships, etc. please let me know!
Happy New Year!