2013 Goal Update (June)

 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. 


Save up half a down payment. We’re halfway through the year, and 58% funded. I’d love to experiment with household expenses to see if we can finish this one off early.

Health and Fitness:

Complete a Whole 30. I completed this in January (read my complicated thoughts here, and my objective opinion here) but last month I planned a Whole 14 tune-up, which turned into a Whole 12 tune-up when my daughter cried when I told her I wasn’t going to eat her birthday dessert. (I ate the birthday dessert.) I was surprised at how simple and uncomplicated the 14 (er, 12) days were.

Practice yoga once a week/do one pull-up/8:30 2k row. I’m continuing to work on these but a detailed status update would be snooze-worthy.

Daisy Buchanan's Louisville house from The Great Gatsby

an outtake from the Louisville City Guide: this Cherokee Park home is believed to be the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s Louisville residence in The Great Gatsby


Guest post once a month. Last month I stretched exercised my fledgling photography skills by putting together a Louisville City Guide for Allison Lehman’s blog.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing. Last month I read Rachel Aaron’s short ebook 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. It’s 99¢ (or free to borrow for Amazon Prime members) and totally worth it. Aaron’s focus is writing fiction, but I still got a lot out of this easy read.

At Home

Celebrate Special Breakfasts. Yes. In June, it was birthday breakfasts.

Print photographs quarterly. I bombed this one. The end of June was crazy and I didn’t even think about it. That should teach me to wait till the last minute–or the last week in the quarter. 


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.

Read 1 fiction book a month. I’ve read some great ones lately! I’ll share my favorites in next week’s Twitterature link up.


Say yes to get-togethers with friends. Summertime is making this easier, and we’re taking advantage.

Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. June (well, and early July) were great for real-life meetups. (If you’re ever in Louisville, you know where to find me….)


Use my weekends well. This keeps getting easier as my baby keeps getting older and gaining stamina (and stretching past the old 7pm bedtime).

Go on a family camping trip. Would you believe it? We had a campout planned for the end of June and we canceled due to a big booming thunderstorm. I’m looking forward to crossing this one of the list, but can’t do it yet.

How are you coming on your 2013 goals? 


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  1. Jeannie says:

    I was hoping to have a full draft of my personal writing project (a tween novel) done by the spring — but I’ve only accomplished about 25 pages in 2013. Ouch. 🙁 However, my daughter and I decided to start a mom/daughter story this summer: she wrote the first chapter from the teenage daughter’s perspective, then I wrote the mom’s chapter, and we’re alternating, waiting for the other to be done her chapter before we continue. We have 4 chapters written so far. I don’t know what we’ll do with it, but it’s been good for our writing and our relationship, so I don’t mind that it’s taken me away from my other project. I guess my takeaway is “If you aren’t reaching your goal, find a new goal” — not the best advice in all situations, I realize!

    • Anne says:

      “If you aren’t reaching your goal, find a new goal.” I love it!

      Also, if your joint effort is good for the writing and for the relationship, I’d say you’re doing okay. 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    So glad you linked us to the Louisville City guide post! I’ve been curious about it since you mentioned it in your newsletter. Those pictures look gorgeous of your area. Those are all taken by you, right?

    P.S. You had me at “coffee city” 🙂

    • Anne says:

      Yes, I took those, though I couldn’t do the coffee justice! Or anything else, but I’m emotionally invested in the coffee. 🙂

  3. Angie says:

    Hubs and I tried Whole30, and I was sooo looking forward to day 8, ready to feel energized and great, and my bloodsugar crashed. I tried just adding in non-gluten grains, but it didn’t help. Hubs absolutely loved it, and discovered he’s intolerant to gluten. So, we pretty much still eat that way, and I make homemade bread for me and the kids. I was really bummed not to be able to finish it, although we really did learn a lot about our eating and nutrition. I started making 3 vegetable sides for lunch and dinner no matter what else we eat, and that’s good for everyone.

  4. Esther says:

    I love your goals! I have goals in mind, but it’s seldom that I write them down. However, I do keep a small notebook with me at all times. This has helped me immensely in staying focused on what I would like to accomplish–whether for today, the week, or the future. I hesitate to call them goals since the list often includes things like iron and mop the floors, but it’s still satisfying to cross them off.

    • Anne says:

      Ah, the notebook! I’ve been thinking about these little beauties a LOT lately. I might have a post for you coming up soon on this. 🙂

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