Setting Goals for Myself

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   Posted 8/8/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone! Well, I'm out of that mood swing that I wrote about last week. Thanks for listening to me whine (sorry)! Anyway, I'm trying to make sure that I don't start sliding backwards again so I am going to set some goals for myself. I thought if I listed them here, they would become "real" and I'd stay more committed to them. ...Especially, as I'm going to start hearing news back tomorrow from the banks about what my short-sale situation will or will not be. I'm hoping if I stay focused on projects I won't become over-anxious and depressed.

So here are my top 4 goals!

1) Study, Study and Study. I graduated 1.5 years ago with my Masters degree in elementary education. I have 3 state Praxis exams to pass before I can apply for my certification. This would allow me to TEACH and get a real paycheck again!

2) Get my house totally cleaned out and organized. On the assumption and (prayer) that my short-sale will be approved by all parties, I will be having a house inspector coming in on behalf of the buyer. There is still a lot of throwing out and organizing here that needs to be done. Perhaps if there is total order in my house I will feel better. (This is what Jamiee and my therapist have told me.)

3) My yard still needs to be cleaned up (i.e. lots of very tall weeds and wood that still needs to be stacked) and totally mowed. Also, have some leaves in bushes that still need to be raked up and disposed of. I have a couple of acres so this will be a lot of work.

4) My therapist has told me that I need to delegate work to my 2 girls and stay on top of them regularly to do it. And if they don't do it they need to have set and regular consequences. This is actually one of the toughest for me. Usually when I get depressed I don't seem to have the energy to do it.

Okay. Now you all have seen what I need to do. I have finally put it into writing for myself. As for a time-frame for getting this done, I would like to be able to take (and obviously pass) my first exam by the end of September. And I would like to take and pass the remaining two by the end of December at the latest. For goals 2, 3 and 4; I would like to have them done by the end of August.


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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 8/8/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cass,

So glad your feeling better this week, kudos to you for making goals to work towards and ultimately achieve! Super impressive.

This post is really inspiring, thanks for posting =)

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/8/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cass,
I wrote you a reply from your answer to my post so I hope you see it. You are taking very positive steps and your goals sound very good and things I am sure you can accomplish. It would be wonderul if you get all your exams behind you and you can teach.Just remember to take things one step at a time. It is the best way to get these goals done. Looking at all of them can
overwhelm you so as Karen always says, just take one day at a time.
You are a very strong person, Cass, and I know you can do this. There may be some stress but that is what we are here for. To talk to you and help ease you along the way.
As far as your girls go, I know it is hard to set the rules but they will feel better and help you more if you give them boundaries. I know how hard it is. I had to
do this at the beginning of the year with my older son and he is 36! But I posted a list of rules and when he didn't follow through there were consequences. Children respect you for setting an example and they often feel a better connection with you when you keep them on a steady course.
I am very proud of you! Keep up the good work and keep posting. I am here for you always.
Many hugs,

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   Posted 8/9/2010 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   


-JAMIE. :-)

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   Posted 8/9/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cass,
Sounds like a good plan.  As for the girls, it is so important that they learn a little responsibility when they are younger so that they do have a clue when they grow up.  So teaching them responsibility is a good plan.
There may be days that you need to break up your list into smaller goals.  But don't get discouraged if this happens.  Keep moving on it.  Just go a little slower on those days. 
I am so proud of you.  I am glad taht you are feeling well.  Do keep us posted.  I am so happy that you posted your goals here.  It really verifies it and makes it seem acheivable. 
Best wishes to you Cass.
Hugs, Karen
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