Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Goals

You all know how I feel about getting some accountability to help accomplish my goals… hello, I weekly post my goals for the world to see! But today I’m going to do something I’ve never done before, and that is post my complete list of 2013 goals! While it is a bit nerve-wracking to know y’all are going to read this {and hopefully check up on me from time to time!} it is also exciting to think about making these steps in my personal life this year. So let the fun begin! Oh, and I plan on updating this list monthly to let you know how I’m doing...and feel free to ask me about anything along the way!

I’m using the goal sheet offered in my shop this year {which I love} and it has made it easy to list out my goals for every area of my life.


Spiritual goals: {this is the most important area for me!}

Draw closer to and be more like my Saviour. I know this sounds vague and non-specific, but at the end of 2013, I want to be able to say that my relationship with Christ has deepened over the year. If I accomplish nothing else all year but this, 2013 will be worth it!

Finish memorizing Philippians. I have the first chapter completely down, and half of the second. I need to be more intentional about plugging away at this!

Memorize one other book {or a section of 6 other chapters} from the Bible. After I finish Philippians. :)

Continue to record my 1,000 gifts.

Read through the Bible twice. This takes a bit of explanation. I have read through the Bible once in a year before. This year I decided to try it twice. I heard recently that reading through the Bible in one year only takes 11 minutes a day. So in less than a half an hour a day I should be able to read through it twice! All I am doing is reading 6 chapters of the Old Testament and 2 of the New Testament each day, in addition to a more in-depth Bible study. I think doing this will deepen my knowledge and understanding of the Bible, and make me even more familiar with it as a whole!


Personal goals:

Purge and consolidate things in storage. Seems like I do this each year, but I am continually dissatisfied with how much stuff I have sitting in the attic untouched. If I don’t use it year after year, why do I hang on to it? I’d like to set aside a small amount of keepsake items and toss/donate the rest.

Read 36 books. I easily read 2 books a month last year, so how about 3 this year? I also kind of dropped off the Booksneeze bandwagon, so I’m going to start doing those more as well.

Work on being a better correspondent. I think I improved in this area last year, but I still could do so much better. I’ve enjoyed hearing from some of my readers over the last few months as well, thanks guys! I’m also thinking about going back to some pen-and-ink corresponding - living life on the edge, I know - so we’ll see what I actually accomplish there.

Make daily exercise a habit. I had a good thing going for a while, but didn’t keep it up. Still trying to figure out the best way to make this work for me - you know I’ll keep you posted!

Make music practice a habit and priority. Confession: I never practice piano. Right now in this season of life there is nothing I need to practice for - which is truthfully kind of nice - but I still could stand to improve and be stretching myself further. I also have a violin and guitar that sit untouched, that I would really love to pick back up. Vocal practice wouldn’t hurt me either. So there is plenty I could be doing - I just have to figure out a system that fits in with our noisy schedule. :) {With 3 others practicing piano, plus practicing for church specials and a baby that takes naps, I’m not sure how this is going to work, but we’ll see!}

Continue to work on rising early. The Christmas season threw me for a loop...need to get back on track with this! I’d love to be able to call myself an “early riser” by the end of 2013!

Start a journal and write regularly. I’d love to do better about recording life happenings, plus I think this would improve my general writing approach as well.


Blog and Shop goals:

Continue to blog 5 days a week. Some weeks it is more or less, depending on what is going on, but on a consistent basis 5 posts a week seems to work well for me and this blog’s community.

Have monthly planning sessions with myself to think and plan ahead. I continually find myself not adequately prepared to blog about a certain holiday or event...I need to take the time to sit down and see what is coming up in the near future. {hello valentines day}

List new shop items once a month. I have some fun, new things planned for the shop, so stay tuned!

Post some new blog features and grow this online community...I have specific goals set in these areas, but don’t want to be a total spoil-sport. :)

Write out {and share} my blog purpose statement. I’ve been pondering, “why do I blog” for some time now...and feel ready to actually map out my purpose behind blogging and where I hope this blog will {and won’t} go. In the meantime, I’d love to hear why you read this blog...what do you enjoy most...what would you like to see more of? Thanks, your feedback would be much appreciated!

Have you set any goals - big or small - for 2013? I'd love to hear about them! Thanks for helping me out on this journey!


2 comments:

  1. I haven't really set any goals this year except for in Bible reading so i feel kind of like a blacker reading yours lol!!! Im sure you'll do great in all of these areas.
    I personally like reading your blog to see how you and your family are doing way up north i am constantly amazed at how the girls and Justin have all grown up and the new little guy is a wonder as well.

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    1. Oh, please, please don't feel like a slacker!! Bible reading goals are certainly the most important, anything after that is just "extra!" I felt like I didn't set many goals this year, but we'll see...I may set more as the year goes on, who knows?

      Thanks for your input on my blog...good to know!

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