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Miscellaneous Goals for 2013

on January 23, 2013

I know that this a little later than most of the 2013 goals posts. I’m okay with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been juggling sick kids and sadness, 2 Chronicles and sleepless nights. I’m okay with that, too. At least I don’t have to worry about what we’re eating at our next meal, right?

I’ve been absolutely enjoying our “Eat Down the Pantry” Challenge for multiple reasons, some of which I know I’ve mentioned before:

  • There’s soooo much less stress involved with meal times. Knowing what we’re going to eat in advance allows me to prepare necessary ingredients the day before, be it pulling meat out of the freezer or soaking oats. Less stress = happier Mama!
  • We’re spending less money at the grocery store because we have a list we can stick to. Since moving to Georgia a few months ago, I’ve consistently blown my grocery budget. I haven’t figured out the least expensive places to get the types of food we’re trying to eat, leading to paying premium at the big box grocery stores.ย  This is getting better as I’ve made headway in locating the local version of a Farmer’s Market, but I haven’t actually ordered anything from their website yet.
  • We’ve been having SO. MUCH. FUN trying some new foods! Well…Nathan and I have been enjoying it, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • And, last but not least, this was the kick in the pants to start meal planning again. I’ve been meaning to for quite a while. In the past, I’ve purchased printable calendars, a meal planning guide book (“Plan It, Don’t Panic”), and even pre-made meal plans, hoping against hope that by closing my eyes and opening my wallet, I would mysteriously have workable for our family meal plans magically appear. Uh…yeah…I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed. And, let me hasten to add there’s nothing wrong with any of these solutions – I purchased the Life As Mom calendar pack again for this year – but, and it’s a BIG but, if you don’t put the time into using the solution you’ve purchased, you might as well have flushed your money downa ze toilet.

So, with regards to goals for 2013, I feel like I’m already off to a great start because I’m meal planning again and have been for the past four weeks.

That doesn’t mean I want to rest on my laurels, though. Hubby and I started the Couch to 5K program on December 31 and we’ve been faithfully following it, fully intending to run a 5K later this year. Which one remains to be seen as we’ll need to look up the annual races for our new locale.

2013 Goals

As I did with my 2013 Reading List, I’ve loosely modeled it upon what I’ve seen work for Money Saving Mom.


  • Actively take steps on a weekly basis to build community in our new community.ย  (Some weeks, this may look like a Birds on a Wire meeting for me. Other weeks, it will be playdates with the new homeschool group or, Lord willing, a community group.)
  • Send two cards a month to loved ones, friends or family, to keep the channels of communication open. (Relationships are like muscles – if you don’t give them attention, they will atrophy and die.)
  • Write a love note to my husband at least once a month.


  • Complete the Couch to 5K running plan with my husband, shooting for at least a 15 minute mile.
    • Run at least one 5K this year.
    • Continue to run 3-5 times a week.
  • Complete a T-Tapp boot camp.


  • Finish paying down my college loan. (Almost there!!!)
  • Pay off our mini-van.
  • Ideally, we’d also like to sell a house (or two)! However, that’s not something I have any control over, so we will continue to pray for a buyer.
  • Continue researching local food options, with two purposes in mind:
    • Cut our food budget, and
    • Send more of what we do spend to support local farmers.


  • Work through one of our “Five in a Row” books.
  • Keep going to the library every two weeks.
  • Be intentional about spending at least 10 minutes alone with each child per day.
  • Make at least one play date a month, as able, so that the kids can start making some new friends.
  • Continue to daily fill out our Family Gratitude Journal.
  • Include the children in more chore and kitchen activities.
    • I find that I’m naturally doing this as I start to get more energy back, but I would like to be more intentional about it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Continue working on Scripture memory verses.
    • Finish up Psalms 1 and 23.
    • Review verses they’ve already learned.
    • Work through oh Amanda’sArmor of God” and “Truth in the Tinsel” studies.
      • I actually purchased “Truth in the Tinsel” last December, but didn’t dive into it except to print it out. The kids colored the ornament pages, but that’s about as far as we got.


  • Start and finish a web site that I committed to design and build a few years ago. (It’s a long story…/sigh)
    • Watch the Learnable classes that I purchased to assist in said design and creation before my access expires.
  • Purchase a domain name and hosting. If I’m going to be writing anyway, it would be nice to use affiliate links within my posts – something that wordpress doesn’t allow in their free hosting.
  • Re-do the “Scripture Memory” book I wrote for the LifeGroup I led last year. As we were working through the book, I felt several times that I could have done better in my Scripture selection – targeting some of the basics that were such a HUGE help to me as a new believer.
  • Memorize Romans 1, 8, and 12 with this plan.
    • I have it printed and cut out. Now I need to paste and read.
    • Ideally, I will include my children in this practice. I want them to see how much it means to Mommy to hide God’s word in her heart.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Finish up my participation in the 2013 Pay it Forward Creativity Challenge.
  • Determine a home school mission statement, a home school name, and get all of the necessary paperwork filled out before August.
  • Get a new will and power of attorney filled out for the state of Georgia.
  • Write at least one “Faith” post per month. These take so much longer and require so much more than most of my posts!
  • Finish the shirt that I started making for my sister’s 2012 Christmas present before this Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Pull out my guitar and play at least once a week.
    • Finish two songs. Attempt to determine what chords they use. (Ahem. This will be a challenge I’ve always been able to take my songs to some highly skilled guitarist friends. That’s not really an option now.)

Some of these have been long time goals that I’ve never made traction on. Some of them are goals that I’ve attained in the past, but have lost ground on due to one thing or another and just not making it a priority. Some are moving targets that I’m trying to pin down and some are brand new. Regardless, as the late Zig Zigler said, “You hit what you aim at and, if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Even if I don’t accomplish 1/3 of this list, I’ll have accomplished 2/3 more than I would have without writing it out and taking aim.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Your own goal lists? Bring ’em on! I enjoy hearing from you. ๐Ÿ˜€

3 responses to “Miscellaneous Goals for 2013

  1. Joy says:

    Love your list of goals. I keep saying I am going to make a list and I have yet to do it. Well, I do have one thing on the list. To clean out each room and get rid of clutter! ๐Ÿ™‚

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