2013 Goal Update: Slow and Steady. (February)

my-goals-for-2013-updateThis year I’m posting regular updates on my goal progress. Here are my goals for 2013 and how I did with them in February, along with next steps.


Save up half a down payment. We went backwards in January. Thankfully, February was pretty normal: no financial emergencies like last month.

We’re pretty frugal by nature, but I’ve also been looking over our budget to see if there’s anywhere we can cut back. Last month we finally changed internet providers, for a recurring savings of $16 per month. And How to Look Expensive convinced me to give DIY hair color a try again. (The result was fine, but not amazing.)

Next step: Keep on keeping on.

Health and Fitness:

I carried on a family tradition and got sick in February. Nothing too bad, but I did take a few days off rowing and the pull-ups to let my body recover. I didn’t make great forward progress, but I didn’t fall off the wagon. Under the circumstances I think that’s pretty awesome.

Complete a Whole 30. I completed my Whole 30 in January, but I’ve joined a group of girls online who are encouraging each other in healthy eating. It’s been a great support community as I figure out what post-Whole 30 eating looks like for me.

Next step: maintenance mode.

Practice yoga once a week. I’m still loving Jennifer Hoffman’s yoga videos. I’ve actually increased to 2x/week because I feel so great when I do it.

Next step: I’m eyeing increasing to 3x/week, because Jen says that’s where the real benefits come in. I haven’t done it yet, but I might when she releases her next series on yoga for people who spend a lot of time at their desks. (Me.)

Do one pull-up. I’m not doing any better than I was in January, but I’m continuing to practice consistently.

8:30 2k row. I told you I suspected this goal would be tough. I set my baseline on January 2; it was 10:28. On January 31 I hit 9:29.3. On March 1 I clocked a 9:16.3.


Write something every day. I’ve been writing a lot. I’m taking a writing course right now, so I’ve had built-in goals and accountability. I’ve also been experimenting with morning pages this month. 

Guest post once a month. Last month, I posted on Quirky Bookworm, Money Saving Mom, and Tim Fall’s blog. I also wrote a post on preparing for a Whole 30 challenge for Food Your Way.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing. Last month I read When We Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams and re-read The War of Art. Both were for the writing course I’m taking.

Try new things. I’m thinking about doing an email series on the 20something years. Is this a topic you all are interested in?

Hit up another conference (or two or three). Killer Tribes is happening this month. I’m also toying with the idea of heading to Texas for a special event in April. (I need to decide soon. I hate making big decisions like this!)

At Home

Celebrate Special Breakfasts. Luckily, I planned ahead on this one. I was a little sick on Valentine’s Day, but not so sick I couldn’t put regular breakfast onto bejeweled pink paper plates. That’s all it takes to impress my kids, folks.

Next step: plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day and birthdays next month.

Print photographs quarterly. Nothing yet. This has gotta happen in March.


Log the books I read–and keep good records for you. I’m maintaining Goodreads, as well as my “Books I Read in 2013” board on Pinterest. You can click over from the right sidebar.

Read 1 fiction book a month. I actually feel like I’m reading too much fiction right now. To compensate, I’ve made an exception to my fiction-at-bedtime rule and have been reading my giant pile of cookbooks instead. They’re pretty relaxing, too.

Next step: make sure I’m not just reading fiction, but being intentional about it.


Say yes to get-togethers with friends. February wasn’t a great month for this, but things will improve in the spring.

Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. Still scheming.


Use my weekends well. We’re finding our feet on this one; details here.

Learn to use my camera. What I really want to do is learn to shoot in manual mode on my Canon DSLR. I finally read my camera manual in February and spent some time playing around with the settings.

Next step: Keep practicing! I’m thinking about taking a photo course. I’ll let you know if I pull the trigger.

Go on a family camping trip. Nothing yet. I’ll think about this one in the spring.

My Big Fuzzy Goal:

Cultivate a warmer atmosphere in my home in 2013. I did great on this one in January, because of my Whole 30. I’m not even kidding. I felt amazing, so it was easy to be patient, kind, and cheerful. I was shocked at how my Whole 30 directly impacted the atmosphere in my home, but there it is.

Next step: Same as last month: Re-read Happier at Home for more ideas. And follow my own advice via Brené Brown.

How are you coming on your 2013 goals? (If you haven’t set any yet, it’s not too late!)

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  1. Tim says:

    SO you guest posting at my place was a win win, then Anne. It helped you meet a goal and it blessed me tremendously. In fact, I think I’ll label it a win WIN, because I think I came out ahead on the deal!

    And on reading too much fiction, I don’t understand the concept. Too much fiction? For me, that would be like saying I’ve been breathing too much air. I swing back and forth between fiction and non-fiction, but there’s nothing purposeful about it. Sometimes I do long stretches of one type or the other, but it’s never too much for me!

    Happy Sunday,

  2. Lucinda says:

    I so appreciate the monthly updates on your goals – it reminds me to visit my again and not just read them, but to look where I’m making progress and what I might be ignoring.

  3. Jacey says:


    You inspire me in so many ways. Please keep up the good work!

    Yes, I am interested on what you have to say about the 20 something years. The War of Art is fantastic. I am going to Killer Tribes and would be so thrilled to meet you!

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