12 Goals for 2014: April Update


Jesse and I spent time really discussing what my focuses should be for 2014 and we nailed down four areas that are my priorities for this year:

  • Marriage: to continue to invest time and energy to strengthen and nurture our marriage and make it one of the greatest priorities
  • Mothering: to continue to invest in our children with the goal of teaching them character, life skills, and raising them to be responsible adults
  • Myself: to make my health a priority and to invest in my personal growth as a Christian, business owner, writer, speaker, and leader
  • MoneySavingMom.com: to invest time into blogging — not just overseeing the business and my team, but making writing content pieces one of my top blogging priorities

Having these specific areas determined at the beginning of the year is really helping me to prioritize and giving me much clearer direction on when, where, and what to say no to this year.

Here’s my progress for my 12 goals for 2014:

Marriage Goals

1. Read 6 marriage books. (I’ve finished two marriage books so far.)
2. Write 50 love notes to Jesse. (I’ve written 16 love notes so far.)

Mothering Goals

3. Read 40 books aloud to the kids. (We’ve finished five books so far — I’m really hoping to catch up on this goal over the summer!)
4. Finish memorizing Romans 1 together. (We’ve been working on this!)
5. Go through a cooking course with the kids.

Personal Goals

6. Read through the Bible. (I’m on track with this.)
7. Memorize Romans 2.
8. Run a 5K race and go through P90X again.
9. Read 150 books/ebooks. (I’ve read 34 books so far this year.)

Blogging Goals

10. Write 150 substantive content pieces for the blog. (I’ve written 54 substantive content pieces so far this year.)
11. Write 50 DIY/Recipe posts for the blog. (I’ve written 14 DIY/Recipe post so far.)
12. Blog about/participate in the 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge (I finished April’s challenge.)

Did you set goals for 2014 yet?

If you’ve posted an update on how you’re doing on your goals for 2014, I’d love for you to share your link in the comments. Or, if you don’t have a blog, feel free to just leave a comment with an update on how you’re doing on your goals. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

If you’re brand-new to goal-setting, be sure to read my post on How to Change Your Life By Setting Goals.

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  1. Mary says

    I really like the idea of setting goals and working towards them. In my family we just recently started setting weekly goals and it helps everyone know what is going on and what they should be working on. I do have a question regarding your book goals. I love to read and try to do at least a bit every night (I have 3 boys – 6,5 and almost 2 so days are a bit busy). Reading 150 books seems like a huge number. It’s 3 books a week! How do you plan on accomplishing that? And what qualifies as a book?

  2. says

    I’m new to clear goal-setting as a way of life, having just read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode last week! However, the book really inspired me to start setting regular goals, including daily and weekly ones. My primary focus is on paying off our family’s credit card debt, so I started a blog for public accountability and support. I borrowed the concept of public goal-setting and reporting from this and many other great blogs, and I can already feel the difference in the way I live my life. Thank you for the inspiration!

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