Back in January, I posted my goals for the year, both the big picture and the more granular. The year’s halfway gone (half empty), but with six months left, there is plenty of time to make serious progress before 2015 (half full).

I’ll admit I haven’t kept my eyes as firmly on these goals as I have in years past, largely because when we moved the bulletin board containing them came down, and it hasn’t gone back up. (Clearly, my physical space has a huge effect on me. But I digress.)

Despite this, I’m doing pretty well with the big picture goals, probably because they’re always top of mind, and limited to five: to focus on vision, marriage, self-care, writing, and home life.

My specific, bite-sized goals for the year are more hit and miss. Here’s a look back at those goals, and how I’m doing with them:

Tackle the nagging tasks

Back up my laptop. I’m doing this regularly, using this drive.

Change my hosting for MMD.

Make the switch to a password manager. 

Writing and blogging

Find or form a writing group.

Write a few guest posts for new-to-me sites. Any recommendations?

Pitch a magazine. (I don’t really care about this any more, and am considering dropping it.)

Write 500 words a day

Use Pinterest and Instagram wellI’m erring on the side of giving myself too much credit here.

Read On Writing Well, Blog Design for Dummies, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. I’m 1 for 3 so far: I’ve only read the Vaynerchuk.

Pet projects

Learn more about the enneagram and the Big Five. I’ve had enough of the Big Five. I’d like to read more about the enneagram before the year is out.

Work my way through Let’s Make Some Great Art.

Work my way through Fix It Write. (More about that here.) I haven’t done anything since before Christmas!

Things I want to try/experience

Make tamales with the kids. 

Take the kids to a high school football game. 

Walk a labyrinth. 

Attend a JASNA meeting. (More on that here.) I went to a tea-tasting back in January. It was … fine.

The year of great self-care

Schedule regular massages. So far, yes—and my neck and shoulders thank me for it.

Turn the lights out at 10:00 pm unless I have a really good reason not to. Since we moved, bedtime has been late. I’m paying for it!

Revisit the Whole 30 twice. I need a reset a couple of times a year.

Practice twenty pull-ups every day. Not since we took the pull-up bar down to move. Time to regroup.

Get 10,000 steps every day. More on that here.  

Open the Book of Common Prayer every day. This is so not happening. But since I was writing this goal update, I went to actually locate the book.


Find or form a book club. (Especially a Kid Lit book club.) I’m still interested in this. The big question: is it worth the effort?

Read some travel writing, something by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Wuthering HeightsBill Bryson, here I come.

Re-read the books listed here, most of which I’ve chosen because they keep me focused on things to important to forget.

Finally get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for way too long. I’m 3 for 5 so far.


Connect with a local homeschooling group. (More on that here.)

Re-read The Well-Trained Mind and Writing With Ease. These books remind me why we homeschool.

Make time and space for Jack and Sarah to blog. Not really.

At home

Celebrate special breakfasts, again. I love this one, which makes it really easy to keep up with.

Celebrate the happy things. Hmmm. Sometimes?

Create photo books out of our family photos. I was making progress—until we moved. (Common theme this year. Sigh.)

Frame some family photos to display in our home. Nothing yet.

Any big goals for 2014? I’d love to hear all about them in comments!

P.S. My new approach to goals for the year is still working pretty well.


  1. Amanda says:

    I just finished my first Bill Bryson and I loved it! And that’s proof that I’m actually doing well on my goals 🙂 I don’t do yearly goals really, but I just started my third Day Zero Project which keeps me plenty busy!

  2. Sarah Ronk says:

    This is a good reminder… I need to revisit my goals too. I think I’ll need to adjust many of them! #lifewitha1yrold

    On the password manager. If youre interested, we used to use lastpass, and right when I finally got on board to use it regularly my husband switched us to 1password… but I love it!! So easy and user friendly! #softwareengineerapproved

    • Anne says:

      I think 1password is the one I decided on, too, but goodness knows I can’t remember why six months later! That “software engineer approved” bit gives me confidence. 🙂

  3. Molly says:

    I am impressed by your list and how much you have accomplished considering how busy you have been.
    I tend not to make goal lists or lofty New Year Resolutions. My ADD mind makes me feel like a complete and utter failure when I don’t follow through, don’t see progress, etc. I have set the goal to read 7 books on my to-read list this summer, but that won’t happen. I even cut it back to 5. I’ll get two done for sure, but neither was on my list. I just found them and liked them. I’ve read 3 of 7 Harry Potter books and stopped. I need to get back to those. The one thing I have been really wanting to do is join a book club, and a friend of mine is starting one up. Our first meeting is on Friday! Yay!

  4. april says:

    Bill Bryson is so hilarious! I loved Notes from a Small Island and In a Sunburned Country. If you like Bill Bryson, try Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome. It’s a British classic but would also be considered travel writing, and it’s very funny! I read it with my British Lit class for a change of pace.

  5. I’m doing great with about half of my goals (learning French, walking every day, reading my Bible), but the other half are going poorly. Most of them had to do with growing my online income, which is tanking, and will likely continue to do so now that I’m pregnant. I have a really hard time looking at the computer screen during pregnancy which is not good for my writing. 🙁

    I’ve noticed that the goals that easily translate to daily habits are the ones that I do great with (hence the daily Bible reading, French practice, walking). I need to get better at breaking down my other goals into some daily activity standard. Frustrating.

  6. MelissaJoy says:

    How do you pick your categories? Do you start big picture and pull contents from that space, have a theme that you draw from or build up with individual goals or something else? I can get caught in the goal-alike problem if I start too detailed and the big picture allows for so much growth that I can overshoot into crazy idealism leaving me without a great formula for long term goal setting. I used to have daily goals that I called “for my consideration” which kept things in perspective. Goal setting is very personal and seasonal, isn’t it?

  7. Kelty says:

    I’m glad you posted this today! I’m so due for a goal refresh/reminder and good grief, how did half of 2014 end up in the bag already?!?!?

    A note about book clubs…I think they’re totally worth it. I feel like discussing a good book increases the richness of the reading experience. Also, I end up reading books I probably wouldn’t have found or picked for myself and almost always enjoy them. My first introduction to book clubs was several years ago when we moved to Alabama for my husband to attend helicopter flight school for the Army. I met several wonderful friends and it was just the perfect combination of personalities. We are all in different states now, spread from east coast to west. Recently, one of our founders had the brilliant idea of picking back up using a video chat program. Its fabulous. Not only do we get to keep up with each other this way, no one has to clean their house to host nor get a babysitter. We keep it low key and fun, a book every 6 weeks or so.

  8. This post is great motivation for me to revisit my 2014 goals. I am realizing I need to be more specific with some goals and drop others. Making goals is only something I really have started doing this year and it has been a challenge. I am an INFP and list making is not one of my strengths, but it is terribly fun to cross things off a list!

    Thanks again for the motivation!

  9. Kelty says:

    Also, question for you…how do you get these business/writing/blogging books read? Do you just read them whenever, like mixed in with your other books or do you set aside special time for them?

  10. Anne says:

    I wondered about your goals. Have been meaning to ask after I came across a written set of my own. I think the KidLit book group could be a linkup!

  11. Christine says:

    I haven’t made any set goals for this year but your post inspired me to do just that. As you said, the year is only half over. Thank you for this post!

  12. Tina B says:

    My health and fitness goals are going well. I signed up for a 5K and I’m going to make it if it kills me! LOL. My reading goals… uh, not so much. I just don’t make the time for it like you do. I’m also working toward the minimalist lifestyle so donating stuff and downsizing has been important this year. It’s easier than I expected and it feels good. I’ll be anxious to see what happens in the next six months!

  13. Anjanette says:

    Impressive progress, Anne, especially considering your move!

    I think any magazine you pitched would be great. I don’t know if it would be more worthwhile than continuing to grow your blog though. From a reader perspective, I can tell you that the blog as a whole is more in line with my interests than any of the magazines I read, and I do appreciate the fresh thoughts nearly every day 🙂

    • Tina B says:

      I totally agree with the comment that your “blog is more in line with my interests than any of the magazines that I read”. YES!

  14. Hi, I’m new here.

    I’m actually interested in you forming a book club. I’d love to know what other books would be great for my daughter who is now 16 months old. Right now, we have a few classics and we’re looking into getting a comprehensive Dr. Seuss collection.

  15. Rachel says:

    Bill Bryson is hilarious! Love his books! As for book clubs, the only one I’ve been in was a Cookbook Club…more for eating than reading…does that count? But it was definitely a blast

  16. I love A Walk in the Woods, and I really enjoyed Almost French by Sarah Turnbull in the travel memoir category. (Well, she actually moved to Paris. Does that count?)

    You are welcome to guest post on my site anytime!

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