3 in 30: Goals for February

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I've got them.

Too many really.

I like what Ashley and Meghan are doing with 3 in 30: encouraging women to choose no more than 3 goals to work on in a month.

I am easily carried away with crazy lists of things to do. I am trying to beat myself into submission and choose only three things.

Three simple things.

Three helpful things.

Here is what I've settled on:

1. Read the Bible before I check email.

I'm often tired in the morning and check email as a way to “wake up.”

There's nothing inherently wrong with that. It's just that I never know what awaits me there. It's easy to start the day out on the wrong foot. The other problem is: I begin to feel behind. There is usually time to check email, but not time to respond to email. Then I walk around with the nagging feeling that I need to reply to someone, but can't do it right away.

I also feel that spending time with God first is showing that He is my number one priority.

Of course it is fine to spend time with God at any hour of the day. But I'm sure you know what I'm getting at.

I'm not intending to do an in-depth Bible study first thing, just read a chapter or two in my Bible.

2. Write at least one thing in my Gratitude Journal every day.

In the past I kept on going list of what I was thankful for. It was a great way to set my focus on good things and helped me see the blessings in life. I let that go somewhere along the way and would like to pick it back up again. Ann's book is helping me see then need for this.

3. Put the pen back on the fridge!

This seems ridiculous, but I have such a hard time doing it. So often when my husband needs a pen, he goes to the fridge (where we have a pen holder), and the pen is gone. It's usually my fault 🙂

I'd like to keep in there, for his sake and mine. It is so nice to have a pen when you need one.

Perhaps I just need my own pen and leave that one there for him. But I'll probably lose mine and use his. So I'd better practice putting it away!

This is probably not the time for making excuses (but I'm going to anyway), in my defense, something usually happens when I'm using the pen! A baby falls over and I drop the pen and run. The doorbell rings. The water boils over…

I'm putting these goals on my laptop with a sticky note. I hope to keep them daily and have them mostly ingrained by the end of the month.

Lots of others are making goals in three. If you want to see what they are doing, or add your own, visit The Tuckers Take Tennessee.

I'd love to know what you are working on!

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  1. No, I couldn’t walk a very long way on my snowshoes yet, but in deep snow I can walk a longer distance with them than without them. They are wonderful to walk on; the part my foot is attached to rotates in the snowshoe, so the strides are all very natural.

    Before I got ill I used to ski cross-country, but that takes a huge amount of upper body stamina which I do not, at present, have. Snowshoeing is a great alternative.

    I love the 3 goals in 30 days. I need to get all the high school records for my daughter wrapped up so we can send everything off to colleges. That’s the big goal for me.

    We have pens and pencils all over the place and my husband says he is always stepping on one. That is better than always looking for them, I think. 🙂

    Annie Kate

  2. This is such a great list–and a great idea! I’m going to have to check out the other blogs too, and possibly do this challenge as well, even though I’ll be late. Your goal of Bible reading first thing is good, I tend to get caught up in emails first, too, or Twitter. Bible-first is a good policy!