Are you a goal setter? I do my best work if I have a goal to work toward. Early in our marriage, living in a small apartment on one income my husband and I started to save for a house. It took 4 years and a few (quite a few) sacrifices but we did it, and boy did it feel good. Throughout our marriage we have set goals both big and small. Everything from paying off student loans to starting this blog to losing a few pounds.
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These days we are back to one income, although living much easier on it then we were back in the early days. My husband and I set goals together every week and working together we are able to accomplish so much.
It’s easy to set goals verbally and, when they seem too far out of reach and too cumbersome, to push them to the back burner. When a goal is front and center and we look at it every day it’s harder to ignore and easier to remember why we set these goals in the first place.
I created a goal board for us to put in our living room, front and center. A little something to help keep us on track. I pulled out an old calendar holder I picked up for a quarter at a rummage sale last year. I knew this could serve as our goal board. I pulled it apart and cleaned it up. I painted the frame in a light blue (Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Serene from DecoArt) and covered the backing in chalk paint.
I was so excited to start this project that I didn’t take before pictures. This picture is after I painted the frame blue. You can see the curved top and the gap where the calendar would hang.
I added a small wood plaque I picked up for a few dollars at a craft store. I used a soft white chalk paint for this (Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting from DecoArt)
The plaque needed a quote, something that would call our attention and remind us that while we may set goals He has a larger plan. As a general rule we try to set goals that will give us more time and resources to do His work. Whether that means we get things done on Saturday so we are free (physically and mentally) on Sunday, or we spend a little less on consumer goods so we can tithe more.
I chose this quote from Jeremiah to remind us that God has a plan, a bigger plan.
I assembled the calendar upside down so the curved part and opening are hidden under the plaque.
Now it’s time to fill up the board and stick to the goals we set. I have to add that my favorite way to write on a chalkboard is with a chalk marker. I use this on my menu baord and some chalk art on my mantle. I purchase mine through Amazon, you can see it in the picture above. They have lots of colors but my favorite is the thin tipped white marker. If you are looking for a good chalk marker definitely check this out.
Do you set goals? How do you stay on track? I’d love to hear your strategy.
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