This post contains affiliate links. Here are my goals for 2023: weeks 17 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

6.6% accomplished.  Nothing this week; I’m up to ten times for the year.  If I want to accomplish this goal, I am going to have to start writing every other day!

Crochet an afghan for our bed

No progress this week.

Try 52 new recipes

23% accomplished.  This week we tried two new recipes: Beefy Black Bean Chili, and Gnocchi Vegetable Soup.  The chili was a hit, and they ate the gnocchi soup without complaint, so I guess that one was a success? (I’ve tried 12 new recipes this year.)

These are all the new recipes I tried this year:

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup

Beefy Black Bean Chili,

Bean & Ham Soup,

Smoky Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli,

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

40% accomplished.  I finished Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. You can read what I have in store for my reading challenge in 2023 in this blog post.

I have read 12 books in 2023:

Cover of The Death & Life of Dominick Davidner with a young boy on the front.

Out of the Easy (review coming soon)

The Death and Life of Dominick Davidner  

The Redemption of Michael Hollister 

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

25% accomplished. We volunteered 1.5 hour this week, bringing our total to 25 hours this year.

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

11% accomplished.  I did not do this this week; I need to find time soon because my subscription ends in June!  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 not do this this week.

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

My Goals for 2023

11.9% accomplished.  I exercised 220 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 2148 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


Cherry blossoms and a lake

34.6% accomplished.  We went to the Japanese Garden at Delaware Park to see the cherry blossoms this week. Here are the trips we’ve taken so far:

The Aquarium of Niagra

Honolulu House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

Gabel’s Maple Farm

Buffalo Museum of Science

Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Trip to Rochester.

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

3.59% accomplished.  I spent 360 minutes outdoors this week.  So, we’ve spent 2154 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.

I’m eeking out a small lead again.  Currently, I am 4 posts ahead on my paid writing, and I have 0 post written in advance for my blog.

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

I didn’t use any freezer meals this week .  Since May looks to be a busy month, I think I should have a small freezer cooking session perhaps in the beginning of May.  Right now, I have the following 14 meals in the freezer:

Paleo Chili (1 meal)

Bean & Ham Soup (1 meal)

Paleo Stuffed Peppers (1 meal)

Sloppy Joes (1 meals)

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken  (1 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)

24% accompished. I spent 1.5 hours on homeschool administrative homeschool activities this week.  This time, I registered Cuddle Bug as a student to take ASU Universal Learner classes and got her enrolled in her first college course.   So far, I’ve spent 37.5 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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