A New Year ~ Goals for 2013

A HAPPY AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

We had a super fun time ringing in the new year with friends, enjoying lively conversation and traveling the world through board games.

This morning I was even able to capture our little cardinal friend in this photograph. He comes and visits us every morning right outside the kitchen window looking for a little berry snack. A fun first photo of the year.

Cardinal

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had the chance to reflect on my goals for 2012 and think through where I’d like to be at the end of 2013. It wasn’t hard to see that I bit off a little more than I could chew in setting last year’s goals. I am happy with the progress I made in some areas {Bible reading, piano practice, menu planning}, but also realize that I failed miserably in others {weight loss – although I am lighter than I was this time last year, completing projects on my new things to try list}. I’ve read several books, articles and blogs on goal setting since last year and am trying to simplify things for 2013.

Goal setting is vital. It helps us determine which monthly routes and daily paths will take us to our destination.

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2013.

Personal Goals

Complete a Bible Reading Plan. In 2012 I spent much more time reading and studying the Bible, but there is definitely room for improvement.  I really like the convenience of the reading plans available at BiblePlan. You can choose a plan that works for you and have the passages emailed to you each morning. I know that I likely won’t complete a plan that involves hours of reading every day {and I’m trying to keep thing simple}, so I chose to read the New Testament letters three times each year, which requires reading one chapter a day.

Memorize Ephesians. Memorizing is something I have always been good at. I have memorized books of the Bible in the past and thought I would bring it back for 2013. Here are some tips on how to memorize Scripture from Pursuing Life Ministries. I will post my memorization plan for Ephesians later on this week.

Continue with Church Involvement. I won’t be adding any new commitments.

Write and Publish an Ebook. I must say, this is the one I am super excited about! I can’t wait to share more with you, so stay tuned.

Lose 20 pounds by the end of July. As I mentioned previously, I am lighter than I was at this time last year, but I did not reach my goal of losing 30 pounds. So, I will continue on my weight loss journey and hope to complete it by the time we go on our big European vacation. :)

Financial Goals

Today, John and I reviewed and determined our financial goals for 2013. It’s exciting to see, in black and white, what we can accomplish if we stay disciplined with our savings. We’ll be able to complete several home improvement projects {a grown-up desk for Clara and new front and back doors, for starters} and continue to chip away at our mortgage. I know that the more thrifty, creative and disciplined we are, the more we can accomplish! Maybe we’ll even be able to complete more projects on our list than we expect by the end of 2013. Wouldn’t that be great!

On a side note – I was very motivated to tackle our financial goals after reading the book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine. {A Christmas gift from my sister.} If you’re struggling or looking for some direction in setting financial goals, I highly recommend her book. You can also find lots of advise on her popular blog Money Saving Mom.

Blogging Goals

Now that I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and realize how much I enjoy it, I’ve decided to take the next step and make some improvements. Here’s what I’ve got planned.

Design a Blog Logo. Can’t wait to share more about this. :)

Update the Blog Design.  I will be looking for some outside help on this one.

Develop a Blogging Routine/Schedule.

Family Goals

Add Bible reading to our evening family time. John is planning this one, so I just have to make sure we make time in the schedule.

Learn one hymn a month.

Continue to host Bible Club. This is such a wonderful opportunity to study God’s Word, craft, bake and have fun with a special group of girls. We are currently working through Jesus in the Spotlight by Kay Arthur. I’d really like to see us finish this study and maybe even start a new one.

Homeschool Goals

Continue swim lessons. The kids are still learning how to swim. Clara actually moved up to the next level right before Christmas break and Nicholas can now swim without assistance from a floatation device in the shallow end of the pool. We’re making progress.

Add science lessons. We began our study of astronomy in the fall, but had to let it go because it was just too much. Now that we’ve established a good school routine I think we can add it back in.

Start a Germany/France study. This one is exciting! We will be travelling to Germany and France this summer to visit my parents and do lots of sight-seeing. In order to prepare, I am putting together some architecture, art, music, history and language lessons for the kids. {I’ll share the plans as we complete them.} Now this is the kind of teaching I can get into!

Complete read-aloud book list. This has to be my favorite part of each school day. This year we are reading our way through world history with the help of this Sonlight curriculum book list.

 

There you go. Now you know what I have planned for the upcoming year, but what about you? Have you set yourself any goals {big or little} for 2013? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to read about them.

 

(Note- Some of the links in this post are my referral links.)

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