This post contains affiliate links.  This week we got back to normal, but I am still dealing with some residual sadness because of my godfather/uncle’s death.  Even when you know it’s coming, it’s tough.  Also, I got good news this week, and we’re planning for an exciting trip, so it’s been busy around here.  More details coming later.  Here are my goals for 2023: week 5 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.  No reading this week.  🙁  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 

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

Mildred Cable (review coming soon!)

Volunteer 100 or more hours

1.75% accomplished. We volunteered for 30 minutes this week, bringing our total to 1.75 hours this year.

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

2.4% accomplished.  I researched my genealogy for 1.25 hours this week.  Life’s about to be a lot busier soon, so I hope I can continue to work on this.


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 this week.

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

My Goals for 2023

2.7% accomplished.  I exercised 80 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 490 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

7.9% accomplished.  This week we went to the Rochester Museum & Science Center.  Here are the trips we’ve taken so far:

Rochester Museum & Science Center (review coming soon)

Trip to Rochester.

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

.08% accomplished.  We spent 92 minutes outside this week.  So, we’ve spent 477 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 1/4 of a week 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 have picked the recipes and bought all the food for a big freezer cooking session this weekend.  My time will be at a premium soon, so having a stocked freezer will help.  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

7.8% accompished. I spent .5 hours on homeschool and college-related activities this week.   So far, I’ve spent 12.25 hours this year on administrative homeschool tasks.

Get rid of 40 bags of clutter

10% complete.  I created another bag to donate, mostly old boots and shoes, so we now 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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