This post contains affiliate links. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year!  I am happy to begin completing some of these yearly goals!

This year I decided to arrange my goals differently.  Every week, I set weekly goals and share how I did on those goals.  I think of them as micro goals.  Then, once a month, I’ll update you on my yearly goals.  This is my sixth monthly update post.

My Goals for 2021
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Concrete Goals

Read 26 Books

This goal is 81% accomplished.  As of the end of June, I had read 21 books in 2021:

Kindred (review coming soon)

The Sound the Sun Makes 

The Four Winds (review coming soon!)

Isobel Kuhn

The Giver of Stars

Later (review coming soon!)

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 69% accomplished.  As of the end of June, I’d listened to 126 days of Father Mike Schmitz’s podcast, The Bible in a Year.  My goal is to complete 1/2 of this in 2021, so I have 57 more days to go.

Complete & Utilize Two Trainings for My Blog

This goal is 0% accomplished.

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 June.  I did great with this in June.  For two weeks, I switched to Weight Watcher’s Purple Plan, and then I switched back to the Green plan.  My body seemed to like the variety.

Exercise at least five days a week

I burned this up in June!  I exercised every day but two in June!

Lose weight


I lost 6 pounds in June, so I’m now down 39 pounds total since I started losing weight last year.  I have to admit, this is the absolute slowest I’ve ever lost weight, but at least it is coming off slowly but surely.  I think this month I lost more than usual because I am recovering from adrenal fatigue, I exercised nearly every day, and I followed my Weight Watchers’ plan religiously.

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

I don’t really think I need emotional eating podcasts anymore, so I’m going to change this to listening to one healthy living podcast a week, which I did in June.

Find and Eliminate Time Wasters

This year I’ve been working on way to become more efficient.  However, I didn’t work on this in 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 45% complete.  Working on it, working on it!  Last month, I packed up about 10 bags of stuff to give away.  I plan to round up at least 10 more bags this month, too.

Complete Home Improvement Projects

This goal is 50% complete!

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, put in back splash, and replace our bathroom mirror, but we’ll wait on the other items.

Maybe Teach Bookworm to Drive

No progress on this one.  We offered to sign him up for driver’s training, but he first has to take the driver’s permit test, and he hasn’t done that.  We’re really just waiting on him at this point.

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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