100_3968I set some lofty goals this year that, in all honesty, I am not sure that we can accomplish.

However, I like to set the bar high because even if I don’t accomplish ALL of the goals, at least I have achieved more than if I had not stretched myself.

Also, these goals can’t be completed in a month or two.  Most of them will require all of 2013 to complete.

Here is how we did meeting our goals in August.


Pay off my student loan:  On target.  The current balance is approximately $1,369.37, so we paid off $182.28 in August.

Reduce our credit card balance to $5,000 :  No progress.  No progress YET, but in just a few days, there will be a huge development on this front that I’ll talk about next week.

Maintain an emergency fund of $3,000:  Accomplished this month.  We actually added a bit more to our emergency fund, so it is now at $3,700.

Complete our wills:  No progress.  I was given the name of a lawyer, and I e-mailed him, but it took him over 4 weeks to respond.  I don’t take that as a good sign, so we haven’t decided yet if we’ll meet with him or try to find someone else.

Apply for another life insurance policy.  No progress.

Make several necessary car repairs (to the tune of $2,000 or so dollars):  Accomplished.  All car repairs are done.

Read 24 books this year.  Accomplished.  I read 2 books in August, bringing my total to 24.  This goal is accomplished!

Watch 24 movies this year. Accomplished.  We watched six movies in August–Hachi, Bully, Happy People, Detachment, China’s Lost Girls and  Hitler’s Children, bringing our total to 24 for the year. This goal is accomplished.

Lose 20% of my current body weight:  On target.  I had a backslide on this one during the summer, but now I’m back on track and have lost 13% of my body weight since January.  This goal is 65% accomplished.

Exercise at least 3 times a week:  No progress.  I stopped exercising once my son finished school and we weren’t walking to school anymore.  I have to find a place to fit in exercise.

Continue to follow my diet and heal my leaky gut.  On target.  I took another food intolerance test last week, and I can’t wait for the results to see if I’m continuing to improve.


Check e-mail no more than 4 times a day:  On target.  I didn’t think I’d be able to do this one, but now I’m so busy homeschooling that I don’t have time to check e-mail all the time like I used to.

Treat my blog like a business:  No progress.  I was doing good on this during the summer, but now, not so much.  I still have to work on tweaking my schedule so I have more time for my blog.

Stick to a regular blog schedule:  On target–sort of.  My regular routine slipped during the summer.  I’m working on reestablishing it.

Do you set goals?  If so, how are you doing on yours?

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