This post contains affiliate links.  I got a new freelance job (yay!), which has doubled the amount of time I work from home.  As a result, we’re working on updating some systems here to make life more manageable.  I’ll be sharing what we’re implementing in just a few weeks.  Meanwhile, I didn’t accomplish quite as much as I normally do because I’ve been training for my new job.  Here are my goals for 2023: week 6 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

5.3% accomplished.  I wrote in my journal three times this week; I’m up to eight 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 

Mildred Cable (review coming soon!)

Volunteer 100 or more hours

5.75% accomplished. We volunteered for 4 hours this week, bringing our total to 5.75 hours this year.

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

4.8% accomplished.  I researched my genealogy for 1.25 hours this week, and 2.5 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 started again on Wednesday.

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

My Goals for 2023

3.4% accomplished.  I exercised 126 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 616 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.  No trips this week.  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

.096% accomplished.  We spent 102 minutes outside this week.  So, we’ve spent 579 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 3/4 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 had a freezer cooking session last weekend that I’ll share with you this upcoming Wednesday.  I’ll wait until next week to update this section, but yes, I have more than 12 meals in the freezer now.  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 (156 hours for the year)

8.8% accompished. I spent 1.5 hours on homeschool activities this week, mainly planning PB & J Girl’s next four weeks of school and grading.   So far, I’ve spent 13.75 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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