Monday, December 31, 2012

My Personal Goals for 2013

Yesterday, I posted our family's goals for 2013. Some of my personal goals are the same, but I wanted to share some additional ones to keep myself motivated throughout the year. 


1. Learn how to use my DSLR camera. 


For Christmas, Daniel bought me a Canon T3i camera. I know absolutely nothing about cameras, so the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D for Dummies book was the perfect gift from my mother-in-law. I am hoping to save money by shooting my own pictures of our children instead of doling out the big bucks for professional photographers. I also want to take more of my own pictures for my blog. 


2. Read 50 books this year.


PhotobucketI don't normally keep track of the number or title of books I read in a year because other than writing them down, there isn't a good way to do it. However, Goodreads is the perfect tool for not only listing and reviewing the books I've read, but also for finding book recommendations based on my personal interests. Are you on Goodreads? If so, why not join me as a friend.

This year my aim is to read 50 books. As I mentioned recently here, I plan to take part in Quirky Bookworm's Classics Catch-Up, so 13 of the books will be those she's selected.

3. Try one new recipe or craft every month from Pinterest.


I don't know if you've been sucked into the black hole that is Pinterest, but I have tons of pins just sitting there, waiting to be tried out. So, each month I will pick one recipe or craft idea to make and report my findings on here. Kate suggests we start with these sugar cookie bars {yum!}. I would love for you to follow me if you aren't already.

4. Run a 5K.


This is not only a personal goal, but a family one as well: my husband and I are training to run together in our first 5K in the spring. I have been running since last summer when I was determined to get in shape and lose some baby weight. Now I am eager to do something with all that running, and a race just sounds fun. With my husband joining me, I can't think of a better way to exercise, lose weight, and de-stress. We're gearing up for our first 5K in March, so I'll keep you posted.


5. Keep a family notebook.

Not to be confused with a household notebook, a family notebook, as I see it, is a place to keep record of the activities, goings-on, and everyday life of our clan. I hate feeling like a year goes by, and I don't remember what we've done, where we've been, or how we've grown. And while I love writing, journaling enervates me--probably because I'm too detail-oriented.

I'm not really sure what my family notebook will look like, but I will post my progress as I begin to piece it together. Right now, I've procured an unused extra-large clear three ring binder with a few dividers, a spiral bound notebook, and loose-leaf paper as needed. I think having a space to add brochures from places we visit, pictures, programs, tickets, etc. will be nice. And each year I will create a new notebook to store all our memories. Plus, someone can get all creative and make a fun cover for the notebook :)

 6. Organize all my recipes. 


Oh, this is a HUGE project that I've been putting off and putting off forever because I honestly don't know how to tackle it. Over the years, I have accumulated recipes from magazines, the internet, family and friends, and newspaper that I threw together in a big photo album. Originally, all the recipes were divided into categories, and all my recipes were neatly organized in their place. But years and hundreds of recipes later, I've got a big fat mess.

My goal is to find a way to access all my recipes with ease as well as add more recipes as I find them. Going digital might be ideal, but I would much prefer something I can touch. It's like my problem with Kindles: I crave the feel of paper pages turning in my hands.

Whew! There are a lot more areas in which I really need to work, but I'm starting here with these six goals for 2013. Each month I will give an update of how I'm doing.

What about you? Do you have any personal goals for the new year you'd like to share?

Praying God's richest blessings on you in 2013,

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  1. I'm totally with you on needed paper copies of recipes. I have my recipes on a digital app for menu planning and instant grocery lists (love it!), but when it comes to making food, I always reach for my index cards!
    I personally love index cards. I put them in a card box behind headers. So easy to add, post on the fridge, and return to the box.
    Good luck.

    1. I do the same thing with menu planning, but I hate looking at my phone or computer while cooking. I would much rather have a paper copy handy to make notes on and adjust.

      I have an index box filled with recipes too! You're right: it's so nice and easy to find the recipe I need and put it right back. But mine is pretty full, so I need to find some other option.

      I'm thinking about getting another super huge 3-ring binder and putting recipes on paper and laminating them. I got a box of 100 laminating sheets for real cheap at Christmas, so that may be what I do. We'll see.

      We'll see! Thanks for your comments!

  2. I love this list - and that you posted it for all of us. Just this past year I learned to be confident in using my DSLR (same as yours) for the same reasons - you can do it!

    I am working this year on getting my finances in complete order, and focusing on using a softer voice... I'd like to put together a "scrap" box for each of my boys so I have a collection of their art as they grow up.

    Thanks again for sharing, and I can't wait to hear more about your reading list this year.


    1. Marissa, how did you learn to use your camera? Just trial and error or did you have some good websites you went to? books?

      I should have added using a softer voice to my personal goals too! I feel like all I have done today is yell. It's exasperating for sure.

      I love the "scrap" box idea. I do something similar with my girls: each girl has a memory box {that I got at JoAnn's on clearance} and she can put in her favorite art pieces. Every so often we will go through it and purge items to keep only the favorite/best pieces, but they LOVE getting out their boxes and going through their art projects. So fun!

      Thanks for your encouragement. I am working on my reading list now and hope to post it soon.

      Happy New Year!