January Goal Update

Goals don’t do much good if you write them down and promptly shove them to the back of your mind. So each month I want to review my goals for the year and share my progress (or lack of progress) with you. I’d love to hear how you are doing on your goals!

Having goals is great, but if you don't regularly review them and keep working on them, they probably won't be reached. Here is an update to my goals for this year.

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Grow a perfect tomato plant

With the absolutely gorgeous spring-like weather we’ve enjoyed already, garden fever has definitely set in. But the unseasonably warm snap came to a snowy end this morning. It may be “cheating”, but since I only want a few tomatoes of each variety, I’m not planning to grow them from seed. It just isn’t worth the time investment. So it’s not quite time to start on this goal yet! 

Finish my poetry curriculum

I’m still tweaking the organization and adding more ideas and teaching tips. I have worked on it though and hope to be done by April! (Look for a post soon with the very first poem I had my children learn and simple hands-on ideas for teaching poetry.) Slow, but steady, progress on this goal. 

Read through the Bible as a family

(We’re continuing through the New Testament in the morning as we follow along with the Church calendar, and are reading from the Old Testament in the evenings as a family.)

We’ve had some very busy days when we didn’t have a chance to read, but have been able to stay mostly on track reading through the Bible with this plan. 

Learn how to take beautiful photos

We are getting a new camera this month! I haven’t made much progress yet, but can hardly wait to really buckle down and attack this goal when our camera arrives! 

Make intentional family memories

This year I want to be more intentional about making memories and tying heart strings. The kids and I made some fun, icy memories on my parent’s frozen creek bed, Josh and I taught Rose how to play Settlers of Catan, and we’ve spent countless hours reading and playing games together.

This may seem like a very little thing, but it’s a little thing that had been gnawing at my selfishness. Almost every night, Will asks me if I’ll rub his feet. Oftentimes I really don’t want to. All the kids are tucked in bed, we’ve given goodnight kisses, and I feel like I deserve to go kick my own feet up. Instead of groaning inwardly at his request, I’m trying to grasp it as an opportunity to show him love, talk over the day, and tie heartstrings.

So even if it’s just in baby steps, I am making progress in this goal. 

Master the art of whole grain sourdough bread

I’ve still got a long way to go on this one! 

Reach 100,000 visitors per month

And on this one! 

Write 300+ words every day

I’ve had a few good stretches but there have been plenty of days I just don’t have time or inclination to write. Of course, being a homemaker should trump writing about homemaking, but often it’s just a lack of discipline on my part.

Crystal, from Money Saving Mom, shared a really handy idea for sticking with goals like this one: print off a mini calendar and mark each day. Long-time readers now I’m a huge list fan, so this should really help me stay disciplined and keep track of progress. I have a calendar printed off and taped to my laptop. A bit of progress, but hopefully February will be better! 

Habit update: get dressed before breakfast

I also have one habit that I’m working on: getting dressed before breakfast. (Lofty, isn’t it?!) Those of you who always get dressed first thing when you hop out of bed, are probably shaking your head in wonder at how someone could not get dressed right away, but when a morning starts out full-speed with hungry kids and urgent little needs, I find it really hard. Now that I’ve made getting dressed first a priority, it’s amazing how much smoother the morning goes! A sixty second wait for breakfast is definitely worth it.

There have still been days when I’ve forgotten/given in to the rush of the morning, but I’ve almost made it every day. Hopefully by the end of next month, this will be an ingrained life-long habit and I can join the camp of those who *always * get dressed first thing. Hopefully… 

January’s Goal Update

Now it’s your turn. How are you doing on your current goals?

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  1. says

    My goals are somewhat on track. However, there are something that I would REALLY like to change but realistically can’t change until the baby arrives. I’m 5 weeks from my due date and making a huge change in schedule for myself isn’t realistic until I have some what of a routine with the baby. Maybe it’s a lame excuse….

    I think it’s great to post your monthly goals in review. It really helps you keep on target. Keep up the good work!


    • anna says

      I don’t think it’s a lame excuse at all! Welcoming a new baby into the home is amazing, but overhauling the schedule at the same time seems like a setup for exhaustion! 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful labor and healthy baby.

  2. says

    I’m doing very well on my goal of writing 5,000 words a week. I’ve actually done it every week this year! (So far.) 🙂 We’ll see how the rest of the weeks go.

    As for marketing, I’m slowly starting to feel like I might be making some progress. I haven’t done much, but I do know my book sales have been better in January than I think any other month before. I’ll keep working at it.

    • anna says

      That’s awesome Bekah! Way to go on your January sales too. 🙂

      I’ve written at least 300 words a day for the last five days… hoping to keep the streak going!

  3. says

    I enjoyed this post, Anna!

    I love your goal for taking time to write every day. Writing is a huge part of processing my days, as well, and something I strive to make time for nearly every single day.

    • anna says

      Thanks Kristy! This weekend was crazy and I don’t think I opened my laptop once (!!!) But I’m really trying to stay faithful with writing and the weekdays have been much better. 🙂

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