My Goals for 2023: Week 26 of 52

This post contains affiliate links.  We’re halfway through 2023; is it just me, or is this year flying by for you, too?  On a different note, this week our kid who was sick last week is almost back to normal, but our other child is now sick and in the thick of it.  Fingers crossed that my husband and I don’t get whatever they have.  Here are my goals for 2023: weeks 26 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:

NEW GOAL: Study Japanese for 30 Minutes a Day

This week: 0% accomplished.  Why?  First, sick kid.  Second, I’m continuing to prepare for the kids’ upcoming school year.  Combine that with my part-time work, and, well, there wasn’t much time leftover!

Until we go to Japan, my goal is to study Japanese for 30 minutes a day.  I’ll try to learn the following:

  • 300 Most Common Japanese words using Japanese Pod’s 300 Words in 30 Days videos.
  • Watching Japanese shows and listening to slow news.
  • Talking to my husband in Japanese about basic items around the house like food, etc.
  • Working through Talkbox.Mom’s Japanese boxes.  (I’ll let you know next week which ones I will focus on.)

Write in my journal for 150 days

6.6% accomplished.  Nothing this week.  Or, perhaps I should count it as done twice because I wrote a Gratitude post on the blog, which is one of the topics I wanted to cover in my journal.  Hhmm.

Crochet an afghan for our bed

No progress this week.

Try 52 new recipes

46% accomplished.  No new recipes this week. (I’ve tried 24 new recipes this year.)

These are all the new recipes I tried this year:

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables, (big hit!)

Kale and White Bean Beef Stew

Skillet Pork & Mushrooms with Zucchini

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast with Potatoes & Carrots, (big hit!)

Frittata Florentine

Beef Enchilada Casserole, (the kids LOVED this!)

Egg & Sausage Casserole,

Tofu, Cabbage & Pepper Stir Fry,

Herb Rubbed Pork Sirloin Roast, (loved this!)

Chicken Enchilada Skillet,

Southwestern Beef Chili,

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal, (a hit with the whole family)

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup

Beefy Black Bean Chili,

Bean & Ham Soup,

Smoky Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes, and Broccoli,

Lemon Crumb Muffins,

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup,

Ham, Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata,

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

50% accomplished.  I didn’t finish any books this week.  I’m finding myelf longing for a week where I have a couple of hours a day to read. You can read what I have in store for my reading challenge in 2023 in this blog post.

I have read 15 books in 2023:

Cover of The Death & Life of Dominick Davidner with a young boy on the front.

The Hail Mary Project (review coming soon!)

The Final Life of Nathaniel Moon (review coming soon!)

Jefferson’s Daughters 

Out of the Easy

The Death and Life of Dominick Davidner  

The Redemption of Michael Hollister 

William Carey: Obliged to Go 

I’m Glad My Mom Died

Sophia’s War 

Gwendy’s Button Box 

Mildred Cable 

Mission to Cathay,

Fairy Tale 

Copper Sun 

Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School 

Volunteer 100 or more hours

26% accomplished. We did not volunteer this week.  We’ve volunteered 26 hours this 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’m trying something new which I’ll share in a few weeks.

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

My Goals for 2023

21.1% accomplished.  I exercised 179 minutes this week.  I have exercised a grand total of 3815 minutes this year so far.

Refined Goal:  When I’ve exercised this year, it’s been walking.  However, I need to amp this up so I’m not completely out of shape for all the stairs and hills in Japan.  Here are my refined goals:

  • Get 70,000 steps a week, (This week: 70% accomplished. I got 49,017 steps.)
  • Do at least 20 minutes of yoga a week, (did not do)
  • Lift weights at least 30 minutes a week. (did not do)

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


Cherry blossoms and a lake

54% accomplished.  No trips this week–sick kids. Here are the 14 trips we’ve taken so far:

The Buffalo Museum of Science’s Virtual Reality Exhibition

The Buffalo Zoo,

Ganondagan State Historic site

Buffalo Naval and Military Park

Buffalo History Museum

The Aquarium of Niagra

Honolulu House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

Gabel’s Maple Farm

Buffalo Museum of Science

Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

Rochester Museum & Science Center

Trip to Rochester.

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

10% accomplished.  I spent 301 minutes outdoors this week.  So, I’ve spent 6028 minutes outdoors this year. I should point out that the girls are spending much more time outdoors than I am, so they’re doing better on this goal than me.

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 5 posts ahead.

My lead is gone!  Currently, I am 0 posts ahead on my paid writing, and I have 0 post written in advance for my blog.

Have at least 12 freezer meals available in the freezer at any point in time.

This week we took a Chili meal from the freezer.  So, right now, I have the following 10 meals in the freezer:

Paleo Chili (1 meal)

Beefy Tomato & Kale Soup (1 meal)

Sloppy Joes (1 meals)

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken  (1 meals)

Slow Cooker Fajitas (2 meals)

Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup (1 meal)

Beefy Kale Tomato Soup. (1 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)

41.9% accompished. I spent 5 hours doing administrative homemschool tasks!  I  wrote all of PB & J’s assignments for next year for history.  Now, I only need  to do Japanese for the year for her and history/literature for the year for Cuddle Bug, and I’ll be done.   So far, I’ve spent 65.5 hours this year on administrative homeschool tasks.

Get rid of 40 bags of clutter

20% complete.  No decluttering this week.  So far, I have gotten rid of a table, three bags, two boxes, and two small cases, so I’ll count that as eight bags of clutter.

Trunk filled with bags and boxes to donate.


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

11% accomplished.  I did not do this this week; I am at 5.75 hours for the year.  Unfortunately, my subscription is about to expire, so I won’t meet this goal.  (I had no idea when I set this goal that I would get a new job for an additional 10 to 12 hours a week, which cut into my time for completing this goal.)

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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