Back in January, I posted my goals for the year, both the big picture and the more granular. The year’s three-quarters through. I’ve accomplished a lot, but much is undone. Three months is enough to accomplish plenty.
I’m still doing decently well with the big picture goals, probably because they’re always top of mind, and limited to five: to focus on vision, marriage, self-care, writing, and home life.
My specific, bite-sized goals for the year are more hit and miss. Here’s a look back at those goals, and how I’m doing with them:
Tackle the nagging tasks
Back up my laptop. I’m doing this regularly, using this drive. Change my hosting for MMD.
Make the switch to a password manager.
Writing and blogging
Find or form a writing group.
Write a few guest posts for new-to-me sites.
Write 500 words a day. This has become such an ingrained habit I’d forgotten it was a goal.
Work my way through Let’s Make Some Great Art. I worked on it this morning … for the first time in months.
Things I want to try/experience
Make tamales with the kids.
Take the kids to a high school football game. Not yet, but tis the season.
Walk a labyrinth. I did this in August, and it was wonderful. But I’d forgotten I’d listed it as a goal until I was prepping this post. Attend a JASNA meeting.
The year of great self-care
Schedule regular massages. On the whole, I’ve done well with this, but I haven’t had one since our August vacation.
Turn the lights out at 10:00 pm unless I have a really good reason not to. In a word, this is going poorly.
Revisit the Whole 30 twice. I need a reset a couple of times a year. I did a Whole 14 right after our big family vacation, because I very much needed a reset.
Practice twenty pull-ups every day. I’m doing this more often than not, now that we’ve carved out a workout space in the corner of the garage. It’s not perfect, but it’s progress.
Get 10,000 steps every day. More on that here.
Open the Book of Common Prayer every day.
Find or form a book club. (Especially a kid lit book club.) I’m still interested in this—especially the kid lit part—but it’s just not been a priority.
Read some travel writing,
something by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Wuthering Heights. I have three more months to read some Bill Bryson.
Re-read the books listed here, most of which I’ve chosen because they keep me focused on things to important to forget. I’ve read half of them, and am currently halfway through Renovation of the Heart.
Finally get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for way too long. I’m 3 for 5 so far.
Connect with a local homeschooling group. (More on that here.)
Make time and space for Jack and Sarah to blog. They’ve not wanted to blog, but they’ve both been interested in typing up their own ‘books,” and illustrating them by hand. They need help, and Will and I have been providing it. I’m counting it.
Celebrate special breakfasts, again. I love this one, which makes it really easy to keep up with.
Celebrate the happy things.
Create photo books out of our family photos. I haven’t done anything on this since we moved, but I would very much like to.
Frame some family photos to display in our home. Nothing yet, but I know which walls I want to turn into photo galleries. Progress?
Any big goals for 2014? I’d love to hear all about them in comments!
P.S. My new approach to goals for the year is still working pretty well.