This post contains affiliate links. This week was a busy one.  Our cat had a medical emergency (more about that next week), my husband had an in-town conference, and my daughters are busy getting projects ready for an upcoming science fair, so they met with their friends/partners a few times.  All of that meant less goal-achieving, but life should settle down in the next few weeks.  Here are my goals for 2023: weeks 18 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.  No new recipes this week. (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 didn’t finish any books this week, but I’m only 20 pages from finishing one I’ve been struggling through for months. 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

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. No volunteering this week.  We’ve volunteered 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

12% accomplished.  This is just sad.  I exercised 21 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 2169 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 visited the Buffalo History Museum this week. Here are the trips we’ve taken so far:

Buffalo History Museum

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

3.69% accomplished.  I spent 60 minutes outdoors this week.  So, we’ve spent 2154 minutes outdoors this year. **I should point out that the girls are spending much more time outdoors than I am, so they’re doing better on this goal than me.

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.

This week I used one Beefy Kale Tomato Soup.  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 13 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. (1 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)

24.68% accompished. I spent 1 hours on homeschool administrative homeschool activities this week.  This time, I started ordering PB & J’s Girl’s curriculum for 9th grade!!   So far, I’ve spent 38.5 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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