This post contains affiliate links.  The nice thing about goals over a year is that some weeks, you may not get much accomplished, but you can still accomplish a lot over a year.  This week was a week where I made almost no progress on my goals.

I got the news on Sunday that my godfather and uncle passed away, and Monday we drove to Michigan to be with my mom and to go to the funeral.  As you read this, we’re heading back to New York.  I’m so grateful to be closer to home so I can show up for my family in times of sadness (and happiness).  I couldn’t have gone to the funeral if we didn’t homeschool and if we still lived in Arizona.  Here are my goals for 2023: week 4 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

3.3% accomplished.  I did not write in my journal this year; I’m up to five times for the year.

Crochet an afghan for our bed

No progress this week.

Try 52 new recipes

9.6% accomplished.  No new recipes this week

These are all the new recipes I tried this year:

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

2023 Reading Challenge

16.6% accomplished.  This week I finished Mildred Cable, which I read outloud to Cuddle Bug.  I also finished Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School.  You can read what I have in store for my reading challenge in 2023 in this blog post.

I have read five books in 2023:

Mission to Cathay,

Fairy Tale 

Copper Sun (review coming soon!)

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School (review coming soon!)

Mildred Cable (review coming soon!)

Volunteer 100 or more hours

1.25% accomplished. We didn’t volunteer this week, but we do have leads on another place to volunteer that will hopefully bump up our hours.

Spend an average of two hours a week on researching my genealogy through June

No Ancestry work this week.


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 of Healthi to help me lose the last 40 to 45 pounds I need to lose

Not this week.

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

My Goals for 2023

2.3% accomplished.  No exercise this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 410 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

3.8% accomplished.  No trips this week.  Here are the trips we’ve taken so far:

Trip to Rochester.

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

.06% accomplished.  No outdoor time this week.  So, we’ve spent 385 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 a week ahead.

Currently, I’m not ahead on my paid writing, and I have 2 posts written in advance for my blog.

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

I now have 8 meals in the freezer for the nights I don’t have time to cook.  I have the following meals:

Chili (2 meals)

Beefy Kale Tomato Soup. (4 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

7.5% accompished. I spent 1.5 hours on homeschool and college-related activities this week, mostly reading Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School and doing the corresponding activities.   So far, I’ve spent 11.75 hours this year on administrative homeschool tasks.

Get rid of 40 bags of clutter

7.5% complete.  While cleaning the basement, I packed up two bags of clutter and set aside one small table to get rid of, which I’ll count as a bag.

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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