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2013 Goals: September Update

Here’s my list of 25 Goals for 2013 and an update on how I did in September:

Personal Goals

Read through the Bible in a year using this plan. {I’m on track with this so far.}
Run in at least one 5K race.
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Memorize Romans 1 and 2 with Jesse. {I’ve made some really great progress on this in the past two months — yay!}
Wake up by 6 a.m. and exercise, shower, and dress by 8 a.m. every day. {I’ve made good progress here. Not perfect, but huge strides in the right direction!}
Read 150 books/ebooks {See my list of 48 books I’m for sure planning to read here — I’ve read 87 books/ebooks so far in 2013, so I’m falling a little behind here, but am hoping to make up for lost time in the next three months!}

Marriage Goals

Read 3 marriage books.
Finish reading through the Psalms together as a couple.
Have overnight stay (sans children) at least every other month. {Done in September.}
Go on at least one date per month. {Done in September}

Mothering Goals

Continue memorizing together from the Grace and Truth memory book.
Ice-skating lessons for all three children during the first quarter of 2013.
Swimming lessons for all three children during the summer. {We signed the kids up and they start next week.}
Finish at least 37 read-aloud books. {We’ve finished 30 books so far this year, so we’re on a good track here.}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family Goals

Weekly accountability meetings with a friend. {This has been SO helpful!}
Get together with friends for a playdate or lunch at least once a month. {Done in September.}
Continue being involved in our local church, couple’s group, and blogging accountability group. {Ongoing}
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family. {Ongoing.}

Financial Goals

Use a portion of the proceeds from my next book project to fund a well project.
Fund our Child Survival Program for 2013. {Done — yay!}
Buy a new bedroom set.
Invest in another rental property.

Business/Blogging Goals

Release two new ebooks.
Attend one speaking conference. {I attended the She Speaks Intensive in January.}
Finish and submit the manuscript for my next book.

Did you set goals for 2013?

If so, tell us how you’re doing in the comments or leave a link to your blog post update below. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!


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  • Meredith says:

    The only thing I am going to say that if I read that many books, I would totally forget what I read! My goals are going great this year. I keep them on my ipad and look at them at the beginning of each month.
    The only one that is truly a struggle is things I want to do for my daughter. We ended up sending her to public school after being 50/50 for so long on homeschooling as well. It’s hard for me to get that much reading, fun, games, cooking, etc. in with her. At the same time, I don’t think school is stimulating enough for her that I try to fit what I can in. Any suggestions on how to make this easier?
    The only other thing I am not going to get done is I wanted to finish a book series before the end of the year. The last book just came out and it’s on hardback only. Our library doesn’t get things until they are on paperback. It’s coming out in January. I am thinking of reading A Christmas Story instead (I’ve actually never read it).

  • Victoria says:

    87 books already! I think I am at the mid 40’s which amazes me. Goal is 75 but I have got to admit considering it is already October I don’t know if I am going to make it. I need to start listening to audio books as I work on stuff in the evening again, however the kids got me hooked on Duck Dynasty these last few weeks we have been borrowing each season from the local library. One more season to go though and then I have watched every episode available on DVD then I can get back to crafts and audio books.

  • Karla says:

    Crystal, in your opinion, how does someone get started in the rental property business? You had, as one of your goals, to invest in another rental property. We don’t have alot of extra money, but I’ve always wondered if this could be a way to make extra money. Thanks for your opinion on this. I love your blog!

    • Crystal says:

      It has been a good cashflow for us, but we also saved up and paid cash for our rental property investment. If you don’t have a lot of extra money, I’d start with something smaller — like investing in a small business or something else that will give you good return on your investment so you can work up to larger investments like rental property.

  • Mackenzie says:

    I’m so proud of you for plugging along at all these Crystal. You are such an inspiration and it has been so fun to watch you and your family grow over the years. I pray continued blessing on you and your sweet family!

  • Mera Johnson says:

    I’ve followed your website for quite some time now and have used all of your strategies! I just started a travel blog and am using your goal setting tool to achieve goals in every aspect of my life. Blessing to you!


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