My Goals for 2013

My Goals for 2013

My Goals for 2013I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

I love the sense of possibility that a new year holds; I think that’s why I love making goals and dreaming dreams each January. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013, as well as for the five and ten years beyond.

Here’s what I’ve decided to aim for in 2013:


Save up half a down payment. We own our home, but a huge goal of ours is to move to a larger one (that is, one with more than one bathroom for our family of six) without selling our current home. That means we need to save up a down payment from scratch. This is a pretty audacious goal, but we’d be delighted to accomplish this.

Health and Fitness:

Complete a Whole 30. This is a short-term (30 day) nutritional reset. I eat this way (whole foods, and for me, low glycemic index) most of the time already; the big changes for me are no coffee, no wine, no cheating. I slated January as my Whole 30 month, but I was dreading giving up the coffee so much I started it early so I could just get it over with already. Today is Day 6.

Practice yoga once a week. Recently I’ve started Jennifer Hoffman’s yoga video series, and I feel great when I do it. I don’t know if once a week is enough to see any real benefit, but I know I can manage doing these once a week.

The next two are my unaccomplished fitness goals for 2012. Here’s to a better 2013!

Do one pull-up. 

8:30 2k row. 


Write something every day. Many times I have an idea to write something–an essay, a poem, a story–but I don’t do it because it won’t make a good blog post or I don’t have a good venue to share it. This year, I want to write more for the sake of writing.

Guest post once a month. Last year, I so enjoyed the relationships I built through guest posting. This year, I want to intentionally plan these.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing. This is a repeat of one of my goals from 2012, because it worked so well for me. This year I have my eye on Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg, Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield, and On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Creating Nonfiction by William Zinsser.

Try new things. I’ll tell you more tomorrow about what’s coming to the blog in 2013!

Hit up another conference (or two or three). I’m thinking about Killer Tribes, Story Chicago, and Influence.

At Home

Celebrate Special Breakfasts. I’m borrowing this idea from Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home. I have a hard time making myself make the effort to celebrate because it’s so much work. But a simple breakfast? I can do that. We kicked off with a breakfast-y feast on New Year’s Day.)

Print photographs quarterly. My kids love to flip through family photos (and so do I). I’m doing pretty well with capturing memories, but I’m terrible about printing them. Monthly would probably be a better idea, but I know quarterly is actually doable. I’m marking my calendar now!


Log the books I read–and keep good records for you. In addition to using Goodreads, I’ve begun pinning my completed books to Pinterest. I’ll keep this up in 2013. (Any specific boards you’d like to see? I’m thinking about one for getting out of a reading rut, and my favorite books for kids)

Read 1 fiction book a month. It’s incredibly easy for me to find great nonfiction, but I struggle with finding great fiction–especially modern fiction.


Say yes to get-togethers with friends. Right now my schedule doesn’t make this easy, but I want to make these a priority in 2013. (I’m off to a good start–on January 2 I got to have impromptu coffee with a good friend who lives 3000 miles away.)

Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. Because these get-togethers have always turned out to be delightful.


Use my weekends well. Since November, my family has reclaimed our weekends! (For six years, my husband worked at a church, so Sunday wasn’t the weekend for us–it was his busiest workday–and he often worked Saturday nights as well.) This year we want to be intentional about using our weekends well. I’m using Laura Vanderkam’s brand-new ebook What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off as a guide. Details to follow.

Learn to use my camera. This was a 2012 goal, and while I made progress, I have a ways to go. My husband had a terrific idea for a family photography project that we’re going to try. (Want to hear more?)

Go on a family camping trip. We didn’t get to this one in 2012, so we’re rolling it to 2013. At least it will be easier now that the baby’s a little older!

Fuzzy Goals:

I want to cultivate a warmer atmosphere in my home in 2013. With 4 kids, it can get a little crazy around here. And when it gets crazy, I can get a little cranky. (I promise, it’s true!) I’m dreaming of ways to make this goal a reality this year. (Got tips? Please share!)

What do you want to accomplish in 2013?

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