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25 Goals for 2013: November’s Update

2013 has ended up looking a whole lot different than we thought it would… isn’t that how life goes? I learned a lot more about what works for me when it comes to goal-setting and how to give yourself grace in the face of changes and unexpected curveballs.

So even though I won’t be crossing everything off my list this year, it was a year of much personal growth for me — and our family. At the end of the day, that’s much more important than checking things off the list. 🙂

In a few weeks, I’ll be sharing my goals for 2014 and some changes I’ll be making to how I do goal-setting based upon what I learned this year. Stay tuned!

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in November:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race. {I think I’m going to have to bump this to 2014 as I ended up having to go out of town the day of both races I had planned to run this year.}
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {I’ve almost finished Romans 1 — which I am happy about since it’s been years since I’ve consistently memorized Scripture!}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {I’ve made good progress here. Not perfect, but huge strides in the right direction!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , unless some miracle happens, I don’t think this goal is going to get completed. But I’m going to be good with that — especially because many of the books I’ve read have been ones that I’ve gone slowly through because they’ve been so life-impacting!!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in November.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in November}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer.
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve }

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend. {This has been SO helpful!}
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done in November.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group. {Ongoing}
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family. {Ongoing.}

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property. {We hit our funding goal, but have decided to hold off on investing in another rental property for at least another few months for a variety of reasons.}

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks. {This is another 2013 goal that I intentionally decided to shelve, for a variety of reasons.}
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

2013 Goals: September Update

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in September:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race.
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {I’ve made some really great progress on this in the past two months — yay!}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {I’ve made good progress here. Not perfect, but huge strides in the right direction!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , so I’m falling a little behind here, but am hoping to make up for lost time in the next three months!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in September.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in September}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer. {We signed the kids up and they start next week.}
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve , so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend. {This has been SO helpful!}
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done in September.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group. {Ongoing}
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family. {Ongoing.}

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

 

2013 Goals: July & August Update

July and August were good months, albeit full. A few highlights:

  • We took three different family road trips (Kansas City, Oklahoma, and Arkansas).
  • I was blessed to get to go to Colorado for 5 days to spend time with Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
  • We did swimming lessons for all three kids four days a week almost every week.
  • We got together with a number of out-of-town and local friends and did lots of fun activities.
  • Kaitlynn started gymnastics (she’s loving it!) & Kathrynne decided to continue swimming lessons during the school year & set a personal goal to make swim team within the next year (she has to complete 4 more levels — I’m so excited to see her enthusiasm and drive!).
  • I finished all the big edits on my next book, developed the marketing plan with Thomas Nelson, worked on some new projects, and hired on some new team members (so very excited about what all is in the works & so thankful for my amazing team!)
  • We had major storm damage and had to get a lot of work down on our house as a result (new roof, new garage door, some new windows/screens, and complete paint job — while it was a bit of inconvenience, it turned out to be a blessing because insurance covered every penny of all the home improvements!)
  • We started back to homeschooling and it’s my first year to have three grades simultaneously (4th, 2nd, K — I’m really loving our homeschooling schedule/curriculum this year so far!)

Needless to say, summer wasn’t calm and quiet. In fact, I think we may have only had one day the entire summer that we stayed home all day! But it was a good change of pace and we made lots of memories.

However, I’m so thankful that we’re now back into our usual routine again… I just love the quiet at-home days. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m an introvert who doesn’t like much spontaneity? (Well, I take that back, I do like spontaneity provided it is carefully planned! ;))

At any rate, I was thinking I probably didn’t accomplish anything much on my goals list with all the running around we did. But I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I did make some good progress on a number of different goals. And that I’m on track to complete almost all my goals for this year. Yay!

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in July & August:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race.
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {I’ve made some really great progress on this in the past two months — yay!}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {I’ve done a lot better at this the past two months — it helps that I had to be out the door for swimming lessons pretty early in the morning!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , so I’m on a good track to hit my goal!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in August.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in August.}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer. {We signed the kids up and they start next week.}
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve , so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend. {This has been SO helpful!}
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done multiple times in July & August.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group. {Ongoing}
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family. {Ongoing.}

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing  in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

 

2013 Goals: June Update

If you’re brand-new to goal-setting, be sure to read my post on How to Change Your Life By Setting Goals.

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in June:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race.
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {This has been slow going, but I have the first half of Romans 1 almost all memorized.}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {Still working on this!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , so I’m a little behind, but I’m hoping to catch up this summer. We’ll see!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in May.}
Go on at least one date per month. {This didn’t happen in June, but hopefully it will in July!}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer. {We’re gearing up to start our third round of lessons!}
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve , so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend.
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done once in June.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group.
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family.

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

25 Goals for 2013: May Update


I didn’t officially cross off any goals in May, but I made some good headway on many of them. And I’m reminding myself that slow and steady progress is how you change your life and habits. Even if I don’t have a lot of amazing progress to show for May, that day in, day out chipping away is going to add up over time.

If you’re brand-new to goal-setting, be sure to read my post on How to Change Your Life By Setting Goals.

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in May:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race. {Jesse’s running in one on Saturday and I was supposed to run with him, but I’ve stopped running for the time being as it seems like this was the major culprit of my recent neck/back issues.}
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {This has been slow going, but I have the first half of Romans 1 almost all memorized.}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {Still working on this!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , so I’m on a good track to hit my goal!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in May.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in May.}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer. {We signed the kids up and they start next week.}
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve , so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend.
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done once in May.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group.
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family.

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing  in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

2013 Goals: April Update

We only crossed off one goal in April, but it was one that has been a long time in coming: we got our very first non-hand-me-down bedroom set. We’ve been talking about splurging on this for a few years and have been saving/looking for months, so it was a pretty exciting day!

{You can , if you’re interested.}

If you’re brand-new to goal-setting, be sure to read my post on How to Change Your Life By Setting Goals.

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in April:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race. {We signed up for one in June — yay!}
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {This has been slow going, but I have the first 12 verses from Romans 1 memorized.}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {Still working on this… I did a better job at it in April.}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve , so I’m on a good track to hit my goal!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in April.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in April.}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer.
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve , so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend.
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done once in April.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group.
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family.

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing  in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!