2013 Goal update (November)

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This year I’m posting regular updates on my goal progress. Here are my goals for 2013 and how I did with them in November.



Save up half a down payment. We’re 107% funded. Just in case this sounds impressive, another way to look at it is that we’re 7% complete on next year’s goal. Not as impressive.

Health and Fitness:

Complete a Whole 30. I completed this in January, but felt like I needed a pre-holiday nutritional “reset.” As always, I ended with feeling good–and a little conflicted. (My wrap-up is here.)

Do one pull-up: Ugh. This is not going well.

8:30 2k row. I haven’t been on the rower this month, but I’m running regularly. (I originally set this rowing goal as a replacement goal for a running goal of either a sub 30-minute 5k or an 8:00 mile.) I actually did an impromptu time trial last week after I was already tired from running a 5k and clocked a 9:50 mile.

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Write something every day. Yep.

Guest post once a month. I wrote about one thing we were horrible at for Erica’s Marriage Diaries series over at Let Why Lead. I also reassured homeschoolers that everyone wants to quit in November and February over at Simple Homeschool.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing. I met this goal a long time ago, but I love reading about the craft of writing, and suddenly my to-read stack (I mean actual books, not a list in a notebook or cyberspace) has exploded.

If you’ve read any of these, please weigh in and help me prioritize my stack!

At Home

Celebrate Special Breakfasts. We’ve had a lot of fun with this one this year.

Print photographs quarterly. We did family photos again this year with the lovely Jenna Maddux, and it’s time to actually make some prints.

I’m also thinking about doing an annual photobook this year instead of printing piles of photographs. If you have any methods or services to recommend, I’m listening!


Reading: Log the books I read–and keep good records for youI’m maintaining Goodreads, as well as my “Books I Read in 2013” board on Pinterest.

Use my weekends well. November was a little tough in this area, but our December weekends are packed with holiday anchor events.

Learn to use my camera. I did learn to shoot in manual mode (thank you, Shoot Fly Shoot). The holidays are a great time to practice.

How are you coming on your 2013 goals? 

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  1. sheila says:

    My husband makes photo books through apple.com. We get one for us and get copies for each of the grandparents. (No photos to put in albums for anyone!)

    I also wanted to say thanks for the tip on the kiwi crates. I ordered a subscription for my nieces through your link. They’re going to love it!

  2. Tim says:

    On making our weekends meaningful: the ones we cherish most are the ones with nothing planned and nowhere to go. We’re a pair of homebodies!

  3. Anne says:

    I took the Petersiks of Young House Love’s advice and started a book with MyPublisher. The entire process is guided by “don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.” Or I’d never get started! Sherry Petersik said she just waited until the right sale came along to publish their yearbooks once she had them compiled. I also noticed a “price this book” button that I have yet to explore. I’m wondering if it takes current sales into account.

  4. I’ve been meaning to read READING LIKE A WRITER for years. Next year is it!

    While I haven’t read Beth Kephart’s memoir book, I’m a huge fan of her fiction. She has been a dear friend and role model to me these last few years, and I can promise every bit of writing advice she has is golden.

  5. Leigh Kramer says:

    I read Situation and the Story a few months ago and was underwhelmed. It was like taking a class but not in a good way. I read the first chapter of Reading Like A Writer and it reminded me of Situation and the Story so I decided to walk away- which I never do! I don’t want to read clinical, academic takes on writing but if that’s your thing, then go for it.

  6. Good for you! These updates inspire me to be more intentional with my goals next year. (I hope I actually make that happen!)

    I’ve made several photobooks through blurb.com. In particular I love turning my blog into a book so I have a real record of it!

    I was honored to have been on the list this month! Thanks again for joining the Marriage Diaries! Have a happy December!

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