This post contains affiliate links. Um, let me just alert you that 2021 is 75% done.  How did that even happen?  Since September ended, it’s time to update you on my yearly goals.  This is my ninth monthly update post.

My Goals for 2021
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Concrete Goals

Read 26 Books

This goal is 115% accomplished.  I have read 30 books this year.  My goal was to read 26 books in 2021, but in September, I read four more!:

The Warsaw Orphan (review coming soon!)

Lottie Moon: Giving Her All for China

The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China (review coming soon!)

Who Gets in and Why 

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House

On the Horizon

The Dry 

Rust & Stardust


The Sound the Sun Makes 

The Four Winds

Isobel Kuhn

The Giver of Stars


Right Cross

Betty Greene: Wings to Serve

When Breath Becomes Air

Under the Tulip Tree

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

The Institute

The Rosie Project

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

A Higher Call,

Elisabeth Elliott: Joyful Surrender,

Forty Autumns,

Blood & Silver,

When We Meet Again,

Charles Mulli,

The Book of Lost Friends,

Complete Half of The Bible in a Year Program

This goal is 100% accomplished.  As of the end of September, I’d listened to 183 days of Father Mike Schmitz’s podcast, The Bible in a Year.  Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll do any more this year because it got very heavy and depressing–so many murders and awful actions.

Complete & Utilize Two Trainings for My Blog

This goal is 8% accomplished.

I have not yet completed the trainings, but I’m working on a training for SEO right now.

Live a Healthier Life

Sure, live a healthier life is vague, but here’s how I break it down:

Track my points on WW’s Green plan every day

Accomplished in September.  I did great with this in September–I tracked for all 30 days!  And, I switched to WW Blue Plan.

Exercise at least five days a week

In September, I averaged using the treadmill 5 to 6 days a week.  I’ve also been able to increase the daily time I spend on the treadmill.

Lose weight


Last month I had a plateau and only lost 1.5 pounds at the beginning of the month.  But I stuck with the plan and was rewarded in September because I lost 6 pounds last month!!  I’m now down 49.5 pounds since I started losing weight last year.

Notice how my average weight loss is only 0.6 pounds per week?  I know that would discourage a lot of people because it’s so slow, but over time that 0.6 pounds a week has led to a 49.5 pound weight loss.  That makes me pretty happy!

Watch videos and read books on how to stop emotional eating healthy living.

I didn’t listen to any of these in September.

Find and Eliminate Time Wasters

This year I’ve been working on way to become more efficient.  However, I haven’t done much with this since June.

In January, I found ways to reduce my time in the kitchen!

In February, I started limiting my social media time to 30 minutes a day.

In March and April, I had my kids taking cooking classes so they could cook a few times a week and give my husband and me a break!

In May, I rearranged my schedule with the kids’ help so that I have about two hours during the day to work rather than doing all my work on the weekend.

Research My Ancestry

This goal is 100% complete.  My subscription is done.  However, for Mother’s Day, the kids and my husband gave me money that I can use for ancestry research.  I plan to get a subscription to so I can learn about those ancestors, but I’m going to wait a few months because the next few months will likely be busy for us.  I plan to work on this again closer to wintertime.

Declutter the House

This goal is 100% complete.  We definitely could declutter more, but for what I wanted to accomplish in 2021, we’re done.  Best of all, there are no piles of clutter on my bedroom floor like there used to be.

Complete Home Improvement Projects

This goal is 75% complete!

Nothing was done in September, but thanks to a leak in our bathroom shower, we’ll be redoing part of our master bathroom.  Surprise!

Here’s what else we’ve done in 2021:

July’s Improvement

July was a costly but productive home improvement month.   We had our roof repaired because we had several broken tiles.

Then, we finally got the exterior painted.  I never really cared for the peachy color it was when we bought the house.  The color just seemed like it was from the 90s.  I like the new color scheme much better.

We have a patio off the back of our house, and since we moved in, large pieces of the paint blew off during monsoon storms.  The painters said that whoever did the painting before just painted directly on the ceiling dry wall, which made it not stay on.  This painting company sent out a man who put on three layers of plaster over the drywall before they painted.  It looks so much better!

June’s Improvement

I wanted to buy some curtains for our house, but I waited until Amazon Prime Day.  The first curtain I replaced was the ratty green one by our front door.  I replaced it with a creamy one that makes the entry way much brighter.

I also ordered curtains for our bedroom, but we haven’t had time to put them up yet.

Previous 2021 Improvements

Here are our completed projects:

The ugly livingroom:


The kids’ bathroom cabinets:

This year, we’d like to:

  • paint the livingroom,
  • paint the kids’ bathroom cupboards
  • paint the kitchen cupboards,
  • paint PB & J Girl’s ceiling,
  • replace the carpet,
  • replace the sliding glass door handle, and
  • paint the outside of the house

There’s more we’d like to do like replace some light fixtures, fix our rusty wrought iron gate (the painters were able to do this)put in back splash, and replace our bathroom mirror, but we’ll wait on the other items.

Maybe Teach Bookworm to Drive

10% Complete. In September, we didn’t do any driver’s training.  Bookworm wanted to focus his attention on applying to college and scholarships, so we took a break.  Hopefully we’ll start up again in November.

Overall, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far on my yearly goals.

What are your goals for 2021?  How much have you accomplished so far?

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