2013 Goals Update

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”-Karen Lamb

As I look over my goals for this past year, I realize a few things. First, that I was able to get to the things that were most important to me. Such as seeking God and taking care of my family.

Second, that I set way too many goals for myself. I was able to accomplish many of my goals but I think I wasn’t realistic in how many I could really get to.

Third, If you don’t believe you can do it, it’s not going to happen. My goal to lose weight this year was an utter failure. Now sitting at the end of the year, I’m the same weight as I was in January. I think there are two reasons this happened. One I have this nagging self-doubt that I will ever lose this weight, always with me. Two, I gave in to temptation one to many times.

On a bright side of my weight loss failure, I now exercise 5 times a week. I know you may be saying then why didn’t you lose any weight? The answer to that is, at least for me, I can’t exercise enough to stay ahead of my overeating. Getting control of my mind and my eating will be the key to weight loss for me.

My biggest improvements this year were, leaning on God, calling out in prayer not only for myself but others when I needed to. I strived to improve the relationships I have, by giving of myself to others when needed. I learned a lot this year about blogging and photography. I sure hope it shows in my blog posts.

So that pretty much wraps up this year for me. Below is my list of goals and which ones I met and which ones fell by the wayside.

How did you do onΒ your goals for this year?


The Goals I took on in 2013,

Seeking God

Bible Reading with the Kids each day
Prayer time each day
Ministering to other by praying, encouraging notes, phone calls


Be more aware of my husbands needs, do special things for him
Take time with each child every week or at least each month
Teach kids to be productive and contribute by helping in the kitchen, yard, garden, chores
Homeschooling for my daughter grade 10th to 11th
Homeschooling for my son grade 1st to 2nd

Home Management

Organize and declutter the whole house, do one room/area a month and maintain rooms already accomplished
Set a cleaning schedule up and stick with it (most of the year I stuck to my schedule but the last few months it has been hit or miss)
Meal plan and prep, plan menu for 5 weeks at a time and do regular quick freezer cooking sessions, try new recipes regularly
Make a plan with my husband about any home improvements we need to tackle this year and schedule (we made a plan but only a few got done)
Continue my coupon shopping, bulk buying, freezer cooking and couponing to keep our household and grocery bill down


Get Budget plan set for the year and re-evaluate each month
Rebuild saving for medical expenses
Give regularly
Start saving towards a rental purchase (this is going to take quite a while but each year we will be closer)
Contribute and Invest on a regular basis ( we have the money to invest but didn’t get it distributed, yet)


Read 12 books this year ( I finished 8 books this year, I know it doesn’t sound like much but it’s an improvement over last year)
Do a craft project a month (I think I finished about 6 craft projects this year so much lower than I had expected)
Lose 40 pounds (I weigh the same as I did when the year started)
Expand my knowledge base in the areas of blogging, graphics and business
Take more photographs and work on improving my skills


Make a blogging schedule
Set blogging times for each day with limits
Plan blog posts one month in advance ( I was keep up with this until this month)
Schedule post one week in advance
Write 6 to 12 guest post to submit (I did three guest posts this year)


How did you do on your goals for 2013?


6 thoughts on “2013 Goals Update”

  1. I think you did great on your goals. I set some goals for myself this year and wrote a post about it for the first time. Hopefully I’ll be as successful as you were this year. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year Shelly! I think you did great on your goals last year. I can see how much you have worked on learning blogging…you are now leaps and bounds ahead of me πŸ™‚ Congratulations on establishing your workout schedule and sticking to it…I know that was a big deal for you and now you are doing it πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful 2014!

    1. Thanks Erin! Getting on a workout schedule was a really tough thing for me to start. I think once I made my mind up my body just followed along. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you and I hope your 2014 is great too.

  3. You did great with your goals. And looks like you accomplished 2 goals (Seeking Goals and Family) and came really close on the other goals. YEAH!!
    My goals is to set goals for myself weekly, monthly, yearly. I have big goals things year, but getting it down on paper is challenging πŸ˜‰ But you’ve shown time and time again how important it is to do it to accomplish it
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Tamara, This past year was the first year I set goals for the year. I was really surprised at how well having them and working towards them helped me to get more done. πŸ™‚ I hope goal setting each week, month and year helps you get your big goals accomplished too. Happy New Year!

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