This post contains affiliate links.  So far this year, I’ve made good progress on several of my goals.  On others, well, not so much.  I decided to set micro goals for nine days, and that’s helping me make some progress on the goals I’ve been slacking on. Here are my goals for 2023: week 12 of 52.

My Goals for 2023

Personal Development

My kids are older now, so I have a bit more time to devote to personal development.  So, these are the items I’d like to accomplish this year:

Write in my journal for 150 days

6% accomplished.  No writing this week; I’m up to nine times for the year.

Crochet an afghan for our bed

No progress this week.

Try 52 new recipes

19.2% accomplished.  This week we tried Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup, and the family liked it. I also made Lemon Crumb Muffins, but we decided those would be better with blueberries in them. (I’ve tried 10 new recipes this year.)

These are all the new recipes I tried this year:

Lemon Crumb Muffins,

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup,

Ham, Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata,

Slow Cooker Broccoli, Cheddar, and Potato Soup (left out the canned soup & used almond milk and Daiya cheese)

Chicken Sausage, Pepper & Cauliflower Rice Skillet, (the family LOVED this one)

Baked Pork Tenderloin,

Mulligatawny Soup,

Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup,

Read 30 books

30% accomplished.  I didn’t finish any books this week. You can read what I have in store for my reading challenge in 2023 in this blog post.

I have read nine books in 2023:

Cover of Sophia's War. Has the profile of a woman with a noose in the center.

William Carey: Obliged to Go (review coming soon)

I’m Glad My Mom Died

Sophia’s War 

Gwendy’s Button Box 

Mildred Cable 

Mission to Cathay,

Fairy Tale 

Copper Sun 

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School 

Volunteer 100 or more hours

19.5% accomplished. We volunteered 1 hour this week, bringing our total to 19.5 hours this year.

Spend an average of two hours a week on researching my genealogy through June (52 hours total)

10.5% accomplished.  Did not do this this week.  I am at 5.5 hours for the year.


Since a few months into the pandemic, I’ve focused on getting healthier.  This year, I plan to complete the weight-loss component of that journey.

Follow Weight Watchers or Healthi to help me lose the last 40 to 45 pounds I need to lose

Not going to lie.  On the struggle bus with this one.

Exercise an average of 18000 minutes (300 hours) this year

My Goals for 2023

7% accomplished.  I exercised 25 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 1264 minutes this year so far.

Adventure/Family Time

Bookworm is in college in Michigan and the girls are getting older, so my husband and I want to prioritize family time before we’re empty nesters.

Visit 26 attractions

Our Quick Trip to Rochester New York

15.3% accomplished.  No trips this week.  Here are the trips we’ve taken so far:

Buffalo Museum of Science

Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Trip to Rochester.

Spend 60,000 minutes (1000 hours) outdoors with the kids

1.77% accomplished.  I spent 22 minutes outdoors this week.  So, we’ve spent 1066 minutes outdoors this year.

I really don’t know if we’ll accomplish 1000 hours, but this goal is one that even if we fail, we win.  Because we have this goal, we’re consciously spending more time outdoors.

Organization/Home Management

I have felt unorganized since June when we started prepping for our move.  I really dislike feeling so scattered, so I’m planning to change that this year.

Stay ahead in my writing.

For my blog, have at least 5 posts written in advance at any point in time.  For my paid writing, I’d like to be 5 posts ahead.

Currently, I am 4 posts ahead on my paid writing, and I have 1 post written in advance for my blog.

Have at least 12 freezer meals available in the freezer at any point in time.

I found a great deal on organic red peppers, so I plan to make stuffed peppers and add them to our freezer meal stash.  I didn’t use any freezer meals this week.  I have the following 14 meals in the freezer:

Sloppy Joes (2 meals)

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken  (2 meals)

Slow Cooker Fajitas (2 meals)

Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup (1 meal)

BBQ Smoked Sausage & Lima Beans (1 meal)

Chili (1 meal)

Beefy Kale Tomato Soup. (3 meals)

Ground Chicken & Hashbrown Patties (1 meal)

Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup (1 meal)

Spend an average of three hours a week on administrative homeschool tasks (156 hours for the year)

20% accompished. I spent 1.5 hours on homeschool activities this week, mainly reading, finding scholarships, and helping proofread short essays they submitted for a scholarship.   So far, I’ve spent (need to update) 31.25 hours this year on administrative homeschool tasks.

Get rid of 40 bags of clutter

10% complete.  Nothing new this week. We currently have three bags of clutter and one small table to donate.

That’s it.  These are my ambitious goals for 2023. I’ll update them weekly as I have for the last several years.

What goals have you set for the new year?

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