This post contains affiliate links.  Last week I 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 13 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% accomplished.  This week we tried Smoky Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli and Bean & Ham Soup. (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

33% accomplished.  I finished The Redemption of Michael Hollister this week. You can read what I have in store for my reading challenge in 2023 in this blog post.

I have read 10 books in 2023:

A boy's face in shadows.


The Redemption of Michael Hollister (review coming soon)

William Carey: Obliged to Go 

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

20.75% accomplished. We volunteered 1.25 hour this week, bringing our total to 20.75 hours this year.

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

11% accomplished.  I spent 15 minutes this this week.  I am at 5.75 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

I did this four days this week.

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

My Goals for 2023

8% accomplished.  I exercised 194 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 1458 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

19% accomplished.  I forgot to mention last week that we went to Gabel’s Maple Farm.  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

2.1% accomplished.  I spent 228 minutes outdoors this week.  So, we’ve spent 1294 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 last week, so I made stuffed peppers and added them to our freezer meal stash; we also had extra of our Bean Soup with Ham, so I put that in the freezer, too.  I used one meal this week–Beefy Kale & Tomato Soup.  I have the following 15 meals in the freezer:

Bean & Ham Soup (1 meal)

Paleo Stuffed Peppers (1 meal)

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. (2 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 .25 hours on homeschool activities this week, working on PB & J Girl’s upcoming assignments.   So far, I’ve spent (need to update) 31.5 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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