2013 Goal Update (May)

2013 Goal Update (May)


 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 51% funded, which is about 10% ahead of schedule. Two words: tax refund.

Health and Fitness:

Practice yoga once a week.

Do one pull-up. 

8:30 2k row. 

I’ve been doing tabata intervals on the rower, because a 4 minute sprint during pollen season is about as much as I can stand. (Lungs. on. fire.) But because–and only because–of this goal update, I suffered through a 2k time trial and set a new PR of 8:59. I’m getting there.

I’ve also switched over to a formal pull-up training plan, instead of just knocking out a few every time I walk under the pull-up bar. I can’t tell yet whether it’s making a difference.


Guest post once a month. The Influence Network–whose tagline is “make your online life mean something”–asked me to write about what it looks like when your online life doesn’t mean something. Here’s my answer.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing. I’ve more than met this goal already, but if you’re looking for a good book that touches on the craft of writing I highly recommend Ann Patchett’s The Getaway Car. You can read this $3 Kindle single in an hour. Worth it.

At Home

Celebrate Special Breakfasts. We had one lovely “just because” Saturday morning breakfast. I made this cured salmon myself, and it was fabulous. When it comes to the Buy vs. DIY debate, smoked salmon is squarely in the DIY camp: it’s fast and easy, tastes incredible, and is way cheaper than anything I can buy at the store.

Print photographs quarterly. I’ve been snapping away, but haven’t printed any. But it’s a quarterly goal, so I have all of June to fulfill it. (Here’s to not waiting till the 29th!) I also have a coupon code for a free photobook from Blurb that expires at the end of June, so that’s on the  to-do list.  


Log the books I read–and keep good records for you. In addition to using Goodreads, I set up a new page on the blog to share the books I’ve read in 2013.

Read 1 fiction book a month. Still doing great with this one. Many of these books made it into the summer reading guide.


Say yes to get-togethers with friends. This is happening…

Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. I’m so excited that summer travels–mine and others’–are making many real-life meet-ups possible with friends I currently only know online. June is going to be a fun month.


Use my weekends well. I feel like we’re doing really well on this one. I have a related post to share with you soon.

Learn to use my camera. I said “yes” to a small project (that looks a lot like a guest post) way outside my comfort zone in an effort to force myself to use my camera. It’s going live in June, and I promise I’ll share once it’s up.

Go on a family camping trip. No plans yet.

How are you coming on your 2013 goals? 

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  1. Shana Norris says:

    Wow — you’re rocking your goals, Anne.

    So curious about the small photography-related project.

    Is your formal pull-up plan online? I can’t do a pull-up to save my life.

    • Anne says:

      The pullup plan isn’t online. It’s scratched on a post-it note from my old Crossfit coach. If you’re interested I can share the details, but it’s super simple.

  2. Sarah says:

    You’re making great progress! I usually get on a kick to print photos when Snapfish runs their penny prints deal. I plan to post my monthly goals tomorrow!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I wrote a novel in the month of May! That was huge.

    Your goals inspire me because they are so numerous and you are keeping up on all of them! It is impressive! Way to go!

      • Jennifer says:

        Yes and no. NaNoWriMo is November (which I am sure you already knew) but that is the busiest time of my work year and therefore when a friend challenged me to do the same thing (50,000 words in 30 days) but in May, I took her up on it. We read “No Plot, No Problem!” by Chris Baty. His book didnt really help me too much except for a few essential points: the guidelines for NaNoWriMo, the suggested daily word count (which I followed very closely so as not to fall behind) and the advise to get rid of my “inner editor” for the month which enables me to just type away and plug out the story without worrying about polishing it…for now.

        Will I ever do it again? Doubtful. Am I glad I did it? Absolutely!

        • Anne says:

          I need to read that book! I’m so intrigued by the 30-day novel concept. Even though fiction isn’t my thing, I still would love to do it once. That might be crazy, but stories like yours make me think that maybe it’s a good kind of crazy. 🙂

  4. Breanne says:

    What a brilliant way to keep yourself accountable. I’m encouraged to do the small things each day and they will add up to big goals over time.
    I’m curious, did you seek out guest post opportunities because of this goal or did they more just happen?

    • Anne says:

      At first I sought them out, and then they kind of happened. 🙂 But if you’re thinking of branching out, either way works.

      By the way, I said this on a recent post but I don’t know if you saw it: I always love the gorgeous photos on your blog. It’s inspiration for this newbie photographer. 🙂

      • Breanne says:

        Oh, I missed that comment else I would have said something! Thank-you so much! =) I consider myself a newbie and I do a lot of fiddling around and figuring out lighting. Its fun and becoming ‘good’ is one of my big goals. =)

  5. Olivia Williams says:

    Hi, like your blog. I’m wondering whether you are keeping up your yoga via every breath i take and enjoying it? I am thinking of subscribing online as I’m based in rural Kenya at the moment and think it could be a great resource? thank you!

    • Anne says:

      I’m NOT keeping it up as well as I should be, but I really like Every Breath. Jen’s current series Yoga for Desk Jockeys is perfect for me (a writer, chained to her laptop) and I NEED to be doing it more. I’m making my resolutions for June…

  6. Melody says:

    I got out my own list just yesterday and checked off what I have accomplished so far! I think I am right around halfway through and have done several extra things as well! It has been fun. glad yours is going so well!

    • Anne says:

      Well thank you. And same to you! It’s amazing how big a difference just paying attention to progress (or the lack thereof) makes for me. 🙂

  7. Danielle says:

    Just out of curiosity, are you trying to do a pull up (gripping the bar with palms facing away from you) or a chin up (palms facing toward you)? Are you trying to do a hanging one, or a standing one?

    I do gymnastics, and we have to do pull ups, so I know how hard this goal is to accomplish! The best I’ve ever done is one hanging pull up and 10 standing pull ups. This is definitely something that if you don’t use, you lose! I can only do a couple standing ones now, because I don’t have a chin up bar at home anymore to practice on!

      • Danielle says:

        Well, assuming you can reach the bar from standing, you stand, hold the bar, and without jumping or swinging, pull your chin up to the bar. So, it’s not as hard as a hanging one, because you don’t have as far to go, but it’s still challenging and still builds the same muscles! If you’re doing hanging ones, you’re hanging from the bar, so your arms are fully extended and you have to pull yourself that much farther. You should post a video of your progress! Good luck, that’s a fun and hard goal! I hope to accomplish it again myself someday. 🙂

  8. Katherine says:

    I love reading about other people’s goals. It inspires me.

    My goal this month is to read more books (I am going to whittle down my blogs a ton) and to read to my kids every day. I let that one slide way too much.

    Oh- and floss. Another one I let slide…

  9. Gretchen says:

    Hi Anne!
    I purchased and read Ann Patchett’s Getaway Car on your recommendation a few weeks ago. Thanks for the heads up. I loved the book. It was very worth it, as you say! There are some other books in that series that are on my list too.

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