52 Lists Projects V. 4 // Current And Future Goals And Dreams

Honestly, I wasn’t going to link up this week. But then again that would mess up the entire point of this challenge — to post a list each week for 52 weeks.

My heart and mind have not really been in the “goal-oriented” or “dreaming” mode lately. It’s all I can do to get through the day and do at least one thing differently so as not to give in to the mundane.

But the more I thought about it, writing these down will be good for my heart. Perhaps they will allow me to move towards my goals and allow myself to dream a little.

This week’s list is current and future goals and dreams.


I’d like to be more consistent in the reading God’s Word. I’ve been struggling for I don’t know how long. It’s like my mind is so tired and in such a fog. No matter what hour of the day I set aside to read, I feel as if I’m not absorbing anything. So I’m living off mana from my scripture calendar, and taking in worship, and reading blogs that reinforce what He’s saying to me. Sometimes the reading of the Word, although life to the soul, can be difficult. I believe there are seasons where it’s okay to absorb His Word in other ways. Right now, I am trying to read a few lines of scripture each day and pick one thing to meditate on during the week. But my goal would be to get back to a more regular, extended quiet time.

I’d like to be more organized. If you were to see my house today, you might gasp. There are piles everywhere, half-finished products and I’m sure more dust than my “dust mite, allergy infected” boy can handle at times. I keep saying “today is the day” when I will get organized, but then life happens. Work, homeschooling, parenting, challenges. I haven’t seemed to be able to fit it all in. One thing I have been considering is taking part in is the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home. Even though I’ve missed some weeks, I figure it’s never too late.

I’d like to lose weight – 25-30lbs to be exact, before my 50th birthday in July. I’ve been playing the weight game for years, without much success. Being an emotional eater and faced with what seems like a never-ending barrage of challenges that try your emotions, well I haven’t been very successful.  But I am doing a couple of things to help me move toward this goal. I’m drinking more water and watching my portions. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a step in the right direction.


I dream of taking my family on a vacation. We haven’t been on a vacation together in years. I believe my children were young, and at that time, we only had two. If I could take my family anywhere, I’d take them to Hawaii. We love the beach and I could imagine just sitting in a chair, with the sun shining on my face, absorbing a good book.

I dream of self-publishing another book. I have one already mostly written out, most of the content of which is already on the blog. I just need to get myself motivated to do it. I think it will be good for my heart.

I dream of being free of financial strain and worry. It’s been too many years and I’m about ready for freedom in this area. I would love to be able to have enough to pay our bills and enjoy life a little.

What about you my friend. What are your current and future goals and dreams?

Each week in 2016 I will be joining Chasing Slow for the 52 Lists Project. You can find all of the posts in this series by clicking the button below.


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8 Responses

  1. Tammy says:

    You’ve got some great goals/dreams. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Carrie says:

    I’m with you on organizing the home! I freeze before I even start – there’s so much to do! I train myself to go to the areas I’ve already tackled, kind of a booster or motivation exercise :). Praying you find financial peace in 2016!

  3. Chasing Slow says:

    I’m so glad that I stopped by to see your list. I don’t have it linked up, but I’ve been praying for each participant as part of my commitment to encouraging others. I really understand how hard it is to focus on some of these lists when life is hard and we just don’t feel it, but I think that is the sweet blessing that comes when we write it out. Thank you for sharing and I will uplift you in prayer. Your lists have encouraged me 🙂

    • Barbie says:

      I so appreciate you stopping by. I was so tired last night I forgot to link up. I’m linked up now. I so appreciate your prayers. I’ve loved getting to know you through this challenge and love your blog.

  4. Chasing Slow says:

    a side note….. if you had any problems linking up, please let me know. I am new to this link-up host, so if you encountered issues and wanted your post linked-up and couldn’t please just ask me and I’ll work on fixing it.

  5. Chrissy says:

    Vacation in Hawaii sounds wonderful – I’d love that as well. I hear you on the never-ending challenges. My family has been facing some negative obstacles lately as well – no the 3 of us, but my IL’s – something the entire family has to endure though and working it out isn’t as easy as we first thought. Feel hugged xxx

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