Insane Goals: September 2013 Update

Insane Goals

I wrote a crazy-long list of goals for this year.  Here is how I did last month on my Insane Goals.

September Accomplishments:

Well, well, well…  I didn’t do a single thing off of my Insane Goals list in September.  Part of me wants to hang my head in shame.  However, I did…

  • Celebrate my 8th wedding anniversary
  • Rejoice after my brother-in-law’s successful open heart surgery
  • Plan and pack for a vacation at the beach
  • Plan and organize Grace’s 4th birthday party
  • Plan all of my blog posts for the month of October (I almost never plan ahead!)
  • Start taking both kids to story time at the library
  • Try to get back into the groove of working on my book.  I wasn’t very successful, but I did try.

September Disappointments:

I’m not disappointed with my lack of progress this past month.  Vacation and birthday planning takes a lot of time and mental energy – at least for me!  Plus the stress of my brother-in-law’s heart surgery was a big deal for our family.

I’m want to focus on the fun we had this past month.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from our vacation:





You can see my complete list of goals below.  

My 2013 Insane Goals

House Goals

  • Organize & Declutter: office, Noah’s closet, kitchen steps, kitchen cabinets, attic, basement, upstairs bathroom, my night stand
  • Hang Pictures: dining room, Noah’s room, Grace’s Room, master bedroom, upstairs bathroom, downstairs bathroom, living room
  • Install a Radon Mitigation System
  • Fix the Microwave
  • Reorganize my Jewelry
  • Follow my Cleaning Checklist
  • Deep Clean the Dishwasher
  • Spring Clean All Rooms: living room, dining room, kitchen, downstairs bathroom, laundry room, stairs/hallway, Noah’s room, Grace’s room, master bedroom, upstairs bathroom

Finish Photo Books

  • The Year 2009
  • The Year 2010
  • The Year 2011
  • The Year 2012
  • Grace’s First Year Book
  • Noah’s First Year Book
  • Upload pictures to Snapfish monthly & catch up on uploading from 2012

Food Goals

  • Experiment with my Bread Machine
  • Make a Meal Directory
  • Think Outside the Cereal Box
  • Grow Something
  • Can & Freeze: salsa, pickles, blueberries, jam, applesauce, corn

Books to Read (affiliate links)

  • Bright from the Start by Jill Stamm
  • 7 by Jen Hatmaker
  • Platform by Michael Hyatt
  • A Barn for the Harvest – written by my pastor in honor of our church’s 30th anniversary

Grace & Noah

  • Read Grace’s devotional book daily at nap time.
  • Eliminate Grace’s daily potty training accidents.
  • Re-teach Grace the alphabet.
  • Teach Grace to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Read to Noah daily. 
  • Breastfeed Noah for 12 months.
  • Buy & Install a new convertible car seat for Noah.
  • Have Noah’s 9 month, 12 month, and 18 month pictures taken.
  • Have Grace’s 4 year picture taken.

General Goals

  • Write a note of appreciation/thanks every month.
  • Have monthly date nights with Nate
  • Invite someone over for supper or dessert every two months.
  • Use & Enjoy our Gift Cards!
  • Create & Complete a Summer Fun List
  • Create & Complete a Festive Fall List
  • Mail out the my “girlfriends notebook”
  • Put an emergency kit/bucket in the van
  • Keep library fines under $5 for entire year.  Current total: $8.20
  • Watch Downton Abby Season 1, Season 2, & Season 3

The BIG One: Write an eBook.

Now it is your turn!  I would love to hear about your goals and progress in the comments.

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  1. Many of my goals were not accomplished in September too. It was such a busy month! Almost can’t wait until the middle of winter when there is nothing to do, almost.

    1. Seriously, what is it about September??? I fear that life is just going to get more and more busy as all the holidays come.

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