2013 Goal Update (August)


 I shared my goals for 2013 back in January, and posting monthly updates has been a great way to keep me accountable–and to remind you all about the goals you’re working towards. 

September’s here, and I have to keep reminding myself that it’s not yet the fourth quarter. Somehow having four months to go–and not just three–makes me more confident about actually meeting these goals.


Save up half a down payment. We’re 82% funded right now. After reviewing our budget, we slightly increased the amount we’re saving each month. I’m very aware that it’s been a long time since we’ve had a major unexpected expense like a car repair, or hospital bill, or storm damage, so while I’m thrilled at the progress we’re making I’m also knocking on wood.

Health and fitness:

Practice yoga once a week/do one pull-up/8:30 2k row. I don’t think I rowed one day in August. In an unexpected turn of events, I switched to running instead. (This made sense because we were traveling–with no rower–and it’s cooler outside in the early morning than it is in our house where the rower is.) I’m looking forward to getting back on the rower when the temperatures cool off.

I know there are four months between now and the end of the year, but I seriously don’t see how I’m going to pull off a pull-up between now and then. My mini-goal for the first week of September is to put together a training plan that incorporates more than just pull-up practice, because if I’m not going to hit this goal (again), I would at least like to feel like I gave it a good shot. 

morning writing


Write something every day. Vacation really knocked me off this wagon and I’ve had a hard time getting back on. September’s here: it’s time.

With that being said, I am posting more often here and I hope it’s not overwhelming you. I noticed last month that I was saving up topics I wanted to write about right then because there were simply too many of them for my three-day-a-week posting schedule. Some ideas grow better with time, but others need to be written and published quickly or they won’t be written at all.

Guest post once a month. Last weekend I was over at Money Saving Mom talking about how our budget changed when our income almost doubled overnight.  

Read three books about the craft of writing. I’m halfway through Elizabeth Berg’s Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True.

At home

Celebrate special breakfasts. August was uneventful in this category. My kids tell me we’re due for a special pancake breakfast, “just because.” Maybe our first day of (home)school would be a good time?

Print photographs quarterly. I ordered a couple of Blurb photo books right after our trip. They’re coming this week and I can’t wait to see them!

what I'm reading


Log the books I read–and keep good records for youIn addition to using Goodreads, I’m posting finished titles to the Books I’ve Read in 2013 page. Since that page is being wonky lately, I’m also pinning them to Pinterest.


Say yes to get-togethers with friends. I’m looking forward to daytime coffee dates now that everybody else’s kids are back in school.

Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. I’m headed to Influence and Story Chicago this month and am looking forward to meeting some of you there.

vintage camera


Learn to use my camera. I mostly took the summer off from my online photography class, but now that I’ve had a few months to get acquainted with manual mode, I’m starting up again. I’m also trying to instagram at least once a day just to practice spotting and framing interesting shots.

New goals popping up:

We’re making plans for a fairly large project that would need to be completed in early 2014. It would require a lot of time and energy, but I think it would be worth it in the long run. Details to follow … maybe.

How are you coming on your 2013 goals? 


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  1. Ibukun says:

    I love how you actually got your goals in one place and kept yourself accountable so far. I’ll definitely try that next year but in July I wrote a post about the 20 things I want to do before I turn 21. Hopefully, will blog about that every month to keep myself accountable. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Suzette says:

    I always thought making room in our *tight* budget for a mother’s helper was a lofty goal. I marvel at your savings for a house…and then, by cutting WAY back on our transportation costs (read: parking my car for a few months, at least) we have been able to hire a mother’s helper. Twice a month, simple, but I am so so so very excited and now I’m starting to see that with patience and more creative thinking maybe we can be that couple hitting the 82% savings for half a down payment. 🙂 Thanks for keeping it real. I’m starting to realize that perspective is a big player in life choices and goals.

  3. Shawn says:

    I loved reading your post on MSM. That’s awesome that you are saving so much towards a down payment. Are you planning to keep your current house as a rental, or just selling it after you buy a new one? If my income double, the first thing I would do is quit my weekly housecleaning job and hire someone to clean MY house once a week. I don’t mind driving a very old car or living in a small house (even if it has one bathroom,) but I hate cleaning house! Keep up the progress. You’ll get there as long as you keep trying.

    • Anne says:

      We’re planning on keeping our current house for the long haul as a rental, but we keep hemming and hawing about whether we *really* want to do that….

  4. Angie says:

    have you ordered photo books from Blurb before? Any thoughts or opinions you want to share? they have unlimited number of pages, right? I soooo need to get caught up on our photos!!

    • Anne says:

      Nope, this was my first time ordering from Blurb. The books just came a few days ago and they look really nice! It took me a little bit to get the hang of the program (I started using their Bookify software, and ended up switching to the other one and liking it much better.) I’m not sure if the pages are truly unlimited, but I know I didn’t even come close to reaching my limit.

  5. Best ever book on writing– Bird by Bird written by Anne LaMott. You’ve probably already read it– she’s her funny warm embarrassing self and tackles the real hurdles in writing. But wanted to mention it just in case…

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