My goals for 2014

My goals for 2014

My goals for 2014 | Modern Mrs Darcy

I’m approaching goal setting a little bit differently in 2014. Most of my goals for the year fall under the umbrella of 5 big picture goals.

These are the specific, bite-sized goals I’ve made to help me achieve the Big 5 this year:

Tackle the nagging tasks

Back up my laptop. (I just ordered the drive, woohoo!)

Change my hosting for MMD. (Ugh.)

Make the switch to a password manager. Like this one.

Writing and blogging

Find or form a writing group. More on that here.

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

Pitch a magazine.

Write 500 words a day. I’ve been tracking this since I started using the Commit app, and I’m shocked at how terrible I’ve done so far in 2014!

Use Pinterest and Instagram well. Follow me on Instagram here, and on Pinterest here. (If you have any collaborative boards, I’d love to be part of them!)

Read On Writing Well, Blog Design for Dummies, and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.

Pet projects

Learn more about the enneagram and the Big Five. (This will look like reading. Right now, I’m working through The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective and Quirk.)

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

Work my way through Fix It Write. (More about that here.)

Things I want to try/experience

Make tamales with the kids. Just for fun, but I tend to shy away from big kitchen projects like this.

Take the kids to a high school football game. They’re begging.

Walk a labyrinth. Luckily, there’s one at a local seminary.

Attend a JASNA meeting. More on that here.

The year of great self-care

Schedule regular massages. Old sports injuries + too much typing is a wicked combination, and this helps so much.

Turn the lights out at 10:00 pm unless I have a really good reason not to.

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

Practice twenty pull-ups every day. Would I love to be able to do an unassisted pull-up? Absolutely. But that’s not my goal. (Already decided: if I’m out of town, I’ll sub push-ups.)

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

Open the Book of Common Prayer every day.


Find or form a book club. Especially a Kid Lit book club.

Read the books I’ve been meaning to read for too long. 

Read some travel writing, something by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Wuthering Heights.

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


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. They each have blogs (more about that here) but the grown-ups need to provide a little more help for them to be able to do it regularly, as they’d like.

At home

Celebrate special breakfasts, again. This goal was a smashing success in 2013.

Celebrate the happy things. In 2014, I want to expand on the goal of special breakfasts by celebrating (in a low-key way) the little and the big: a first-ever cartwheel, Will’s successful project at work, a lost tooth, a fun new writing gig for me. I have in mind something low-key, like the special plates for dinner or some noisemakers.

Create photo books out of our family photos. My kids adore these, and I do too–even though I hate the process.

Frame some family photos to display in our home. I’m terrible about this, but this convinced me it’s worth the effort.

As always, this list is incomplete and subject to revision. But I think it’s a good start for 2014.

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

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  1. What a beautiful list! And it’s not intimidating! I’ve shied away from making resolutions or goals this year, although I usually love the process and the idea of a fresh new year. But I’ve failed foo often in the past so this year, the only thing I half-committed to was going boxing at least 2 times per week. And that’s just to make the cost worth it. I try to go 3 times per week instead.

    By the way, I would love to have you guest post on my blog, To a Pretty Life. My readers would love you!

  2. I’ve made a few “big picture” goals this year, but the only concrete one is continuing to go to yoga twice a week. I’ve already established a routine there (and just paid for a new block of classes), so it’s easier to maintain.

    I need to read On Writing Well too. We should read it together! And as for Doris Kearns Goodwin, my husband LOVED Team of Rivals, her book on Lincoln and his cabinet.

  3. I really want to get a sewing machine, so my daughters and I can learn how to sew. I’d also like to write on my blog at least every other day. Word count doesn’t matter to me because I tend to be long-winded, anyway. I’m also planning on transforming our home into a completely creative outlet for my kids. Right now, we just have a lot of books, some puzzles and games, and some craft odds and ends. I really want my kids to be stimulated. Lastly, I really want to be a good example to my children regarding life-long learning, character, and most importantly, faith.

  4. I’d love to re-read Wuthering Heights this year. I’ll join you! I’m in the process of combining my blog and website (as you probably know), but if you’d ever like to come talk books at my place, I’d love it. I’m pretty small potatoes. 🙂

  5. Tim says:

    Re walking the labyrinth, at first I thought you said there was one at your local cemetery. Interesting home school field trip possibility.

    Big goal for 2014? Other than hoping not to embarrass myself daily (too late, already failed that one this year), this may or may not be the year I once again send out query letters and try to find an agent. Went through it intensively a few years ago and have let the manuscripts sit since.

  6. Ana says:

    I’m reading the Rohr Enneagram book right now (thanks to your recommendation!) I’ve never heard of the Big Five, but I just put Littauer’s Personality Plus on hold–it was recommended in one of Kevin Leman’s books–I’m reading several of those right now too. Interesting stuff! 🙂

  7. A Kid Lit book club? Sounds awesome!

    Curious to hear your Pinterest/Instagram tips as you make some headway with those goals: I’m a little lost about how to be effective with them.

    One of my big goals for the year is to have my writing more widely published, like an online magazine or something. Actually just got some fun news about that yesterday. And to (finally) roast a whole chicken…I’ve never done it 😉

    • Anne says:

      Roasting a whole chicken is a great one! It’s intimidating … until you do it. (It took me YEARS to confidently tell the “back” of the chicken from the “front.” Really.)

  8. Jenn says:

    How funny! That’s what I talked about today too. The one I’ll share here is writing! It’s been a life long love. But with kids it’s just so hard to set time aside for it.

  9. Great list. What sort of magazine? I could see places being interested in an essay on homeschooling while working — anything that’s different and counters assumptions does well on that front.

    • Anne says:

      Hmm, I had in mind several of the new women’s magazines that are very much in the same vein (to my way of thinking, at least) as MMD, but I hadn’t considered a homeschooling essay. That’s a great idea!

  10. Marianne says:

    I’d love to hear more about your special breakfasts and other things you plan to do to celebrate accomplishments in life. Sounds fun!

  11. Laura says:

    Wow, what an impressive list of goals! If you find a good book club in Louisville, especially a kid lit one, let me know – I’m hunting for one too!

  12. Allison says:

    Wow, that’s a lot! Best of luck with that hefty list!

    Mine is stop negative self-talk and shaming myself. When something bad happens, even as small as spilling something, I immediately apologize and call myself a giant idiot. I will find any reason to put all the blame on myself. I’ve even been finding ways to blame myself for being 10 days overdue with my first child! Not a healthy habit and one that’s been around way too long (and one that drives my husband nuts!)

  13. Angie says:

    I am so excited! I can help with not just one, but TWO of your goals! We’ve got the LRW meeting coming up, which you will love. But my youngest son is also on Eastern High School’s drum line and we go to every home game, so I’ll email you a schedule when they come out 🙂

  14. I love the ideas on your list! I work at a Seminary and they usually set up the labyrinth once a year. Love it.

    My goals are a different this year than in the past. I am pushing myself to be more hospitable. It comes easy for some, but I have to challenge myself to set the dates and make a plan. Hopefully by the end of the year, it will come naturally.

    The rest of my goals for reading, journaling, praying and more are here:

  15. sarah ronk says:

    After reading The Little Book of Talents and 168 Hours recently I feel like I’m finally coming around to figuring myself out esp for the purpose of how to write goals. After all my years of writing out “resolutions” (and loving it!) This is the first time I think I’m getting it right and having them be Life Goals instead of a calendar-year resolutions. And now thanks to your posts like this one I’m working on breaking my goals into big picture and bite sized too. Thanks!

    If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils as they apply to your self care section let me know! I’d love to answer any questions.

    And starting a book club… LOVE it! I’m ALWAYS trying to get ppl to start book clubs I wrote a whole 31 day series on how to do it… but it’s really rare to hear about any new ones forming! Go for it!!

    • Anne says:

      It was Happier at Home. Happier families tend to have more framed photos around the house. While it’s not causal, it still motivates me to finally do some framing!

  16. Amanda Roby says:

    I would LOVE to see a guest post on a new favorite blog “Nerd Fitness”. The site focuses on paleo eating, fitness, and personal development as seen through the lens of all things nerd. Think Legend of Zelda and World of Warcraft. I know there are plenty of women on the site, and I can’t help but think that some of them mix their gaming fascination with Jane Austen. I, for one, would love to read about “leveling up your life like Austen”. 🙂 Seriously. I have no idea about Nerd Fitness’s posting guidelines, but you just need to do this. For me. 😀

    • Anne says:

      Okay, this is fun and an idea that NEVER would have occurred to me! I found out about Nerd Fitness almost two years ago when Steve Kamb (NF founder) spoke at an event I was at and just blew me away with his story of how he went from typical fitness blogger to NERD FITNESS blogger. It makes me happy you’ve found and love that site. 🙂

  17. Just discovered your blog (how could I have missed it for so long????). Being a lover of books, your blog is definitely a good one for me! I love this goal list btw. I’m also a lover of goal setting…. and (slightly obsessive) categorising of goals 🙂

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