Goals for 2015

I can scarcely believe that January is more than half over and we’re celebrating Martin Luther King Day, not New Years. It’s kind of embarrassing to just now be getting my goals for this year down on paper, but late is better than never, right?


World travel is not one of this year’s goals, but this beautiful photo made me think of reaching for our goals. 

Goals for 2015

Grow a perfect tomato plant

This may seem a bit silly, but one of my lifelong goals is to become a master gardener. There is something about playing in the dirt and watching life spring from the ground that amazes and calms and invigorates me, all at the same time. Human history began in a garden and will end in an even more spectacular one, so I think gardens are special to our Creator too!

Though I’ve had a garden for years, I have yet to master the art of growing a perfect tomato plant. My tomatoes usually do great for a while, and then succumb to disease or pests. This year I want to learn all I can about tomato horticulture in hopes of growing a tomato plant that thrives right up till the first frost.

Finish my poetry curriculum

Last summer I combed through thousands of poems and picked over 75 of the most beautiful, funny, and inspiring poems. I’ve spent weeks arranging and rearranging them into five levels for my children to memorize during the grammar stage of school. We used the first two levels at the weekly classical academy our children attend. I’ve been blown away with how well the children have memorized, recited, and retained the poems and how genuinely they seem to enjoy poetry.

This year I want to finish making audio recordings of the poems, compile teaching tips, and have the entire set ready to sell.

Read through the Bible as a family

This year our pastor challenged each of us to spend more time in the Word and encouraged us to join along in reading through the Bible with this  plan. We’re continuing through the New Testament in the morning as we follow along with the Church calendar, but have started reading from the Old Testament in the evenings as a family.

I’m loving the way it’s broken up into Old and New Testament readings with portions from Psalms and Proverbs each day. So far it’s been going well, but personally I’ve always had a hard time keeping up once we hit Leviticus.

Learn how to take beautiful photos

I’m so grateful you’ve put up with my poorly-lit, unfocused camera pictures for so long. This year I want to make your viewing a bit more pleasurable.

The Elite Blog Academy has some great starting tips, and my sisters have let me play around with their camera. But Joshua spilled the secret of what he’s getting me soon (any guesses?!) and I cannot wait to learn how to capture beautiful photos with it.

Make intentional family memories

As the lateness of this post proves to me, time slips away so quickly. This year I want to be more intentional about making memories with my family and savoring the little things.

I want to intentionally tie heartstrings with each child each week and go on at least one weekend getaway with Joshua (his sister lives in Alaska….)

Master the art of whole grain sourdough bread

I’ve been making whole wheat bread since I was twelve. Sourdough bread is a completely different adventure. I tried finding the perfect sourdough bread recipe a few years ago, but couldn’t. Just recently, my friend Aneysa gave me a beautiful new starter and some great tips.

I’ve made a few decent loaves, but want to perfect the art of sourdough bread. Not only because it’s yummy, but because it’s so much easier for our bodies to digest than regular bread.

Write 300+ words every day

This totally ties in with my last goal. I love writing, but am pretty slow at it. Like any skill, becoming a good and not-really-slow writer takes lots and lots and lots of practice.

I love this quote my sis-in-law Jenny shared on Pinterest “Write fearlessly. Edit mercilessly.” That’s what I want to practice a little of each day, except Sunday.

2015 Goals

So there are my big goals for the year. What are your goals for this year (which you probably had written down weeks ago!)? Do you have any tomato-growing tips for me?

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  1. Erik Hansen says

    Great goals! I think it’s great that you’re posting your goals here publicly for increased accountability.

    “But Joshua spilled the secret of what he’s getting me soon (any guesses?!)” …oh, is he getting you an iPhone, the best smartphone camera? 😉 Or maybe a Canon DSLR, as that also takes great photos.

  2. Brooke says

    Those are great goals Anna! It has taken six years for our family to grow a beautiful, healthy tomato plant. It was just this past summer. The wait was well worth it. 🙂 Would you mind posting some of those early poems your children memorized?

    • anna says

      That’s so awesome you grew a perfect tomato plant! I’m already dreaming about gardens for this next year. 🙂 Did you do anything differently this year?

      I’d love to post a few poems here and can also email you a copy of what I have put together so far. (Any feedback would be highly appreciated!)

  3. says

    Hi Anna,
    Good luck with your goals this year I know you can do it!! I really like the idea of reading through the bible as a family. I might have to look into that too 🙂

    • anna says

      Thanks Katie! It’s been really fun. I’m hoping we can make it all the way through, but I guess even if we don’t we’ll have read a lot more than we did last year. 🙂

  4. says

    Wonderful goals, Anna. Okay, I’ll admit, I still do not have any goals written down for this year. Hmm, I don’t think I’ve ever written any down. Does that mean maybe I should write a few down and see what happens? 😉
    I do have one goal that I’ll put down here as one of your goals reminded me of it.

    Write 5,000 words each week of whatever book I’m working on.

    There, now it’s down in black and white. Think I can do it?
    I guess another would be learning to market my books. Ugh! I hate marketing! 😛

    • anna says

      Awesome goal! Let’s look back at the end of the year and see how we’ve done! 🙂

      I’ve already skipped one day of writing (yesterday) because we were busy all day and I fell asleep *before* the kids. Within an hour of waking up this morning I was thrown up on by Ned and shattered glass all over the floor, so I think facing the day well rested was totally worth it!

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