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I realize I am a tad early with my goals for the new year but what can I say?  I love lists.  Some of them are repeats from last year, some will certainly be accomplished in 2013 but some will take a lifetime to achieve, if ever.  This list is also sure to be modified as certain goals are met such as buying a new acreage.  Last year was pretty successful so feel free to peruse our 2013 goals and make comments or suggestions if you like!

***And may I also emphasize that this is only a partial list.  I have plenty of other goals for things like working on my character flaws, spending copious amounts of time with friends and family, etc. but those are written in my personal journal.  The ones I share here are public and measurable and since I share them, I can be more accountable to others for completing them.  Enjoy!***

The Rehomesteaders’ 2013 Goals

Personal (mostly just for fun!)

  • Learn to paint with watercolors So fun! Paint with Joy 30 Dec 2013
  • Enter a writing competition
  • Be a participant on The Amazing Race
  • Learn to paint with oils
  • Attend a filming of a game show
  • Enter an art competition
  • Make a hammock
  • Become a better knitter
  • Get professional family portraits Just waiting for them to be edited!
  • Sell something on Etsy
  • Learn to crochet
  • Take a family vacation to Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks
  • Build a piece of furniture Mostly done…if I hadn’t have run out of sandpaper! Assembled 20 Dec 2013
  • Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
  • Take up photography
  • Go back to Montreal (and swing by NYC since we’d be close anyway!)
  • Enter something in a State Fair
  • Be an extra in a movie (preferably on horseback)
  • Attend a major music concert I’m counting it! Does This Count? 18 June 2013
  • See a cheetah chase down prey in real life
  • Go to the Rolex Three Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park FINALLY (it only took 15 years)! A Taste of The Rolex 5 May 2013
  • Take up pottery
  • Invent something functional and useful
  • Ride an elephant (for more than three minutes…)
  • Get a piano, practice myself and teach the girls Thank you Jack! The Entertainer 23 June 2013
  • Visit France (and I suppose the rest of Europe looks pretty fascinating too, haha!)
  • Make or buy a dressform
  • Take a whale watching expedition
  • Design and sew an outfit
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Donate blood First accomplished goal of the new year! An Excuse 18 Jan 2013
  • Donate breast milk Done!  Thank you Indiana Mother’s Milk Bank! Mother’s Milk 19 Mar 2013
  • Sew a quilt
  • Have a year of food storage
  • Be able to do the splits….
  • Prepare a six generation family history chart

Home Improvements

  • Buy an acreage in Indiana We closed 8 Mar 2013!
  • Redo girls’ room
  • Redo Kate’s room
  • Redo our room
    • Paint, trim
    • Carpet
    • Curtains and bedspread
    • Etc
  • Redo master bath
    • Shower
    • Tub
    • Tile
    • Paint
    • Vanity
    • Closet
    • Etc
  • Redo girls’ bath
    • Shower/tub
    • Tile
    • Paint
    • Vanity
    • Etc
  • Move kitchen downstairs
    • Paint
    • Cabinets
    • Tile
    • Electrical, plumbing, etc
  • Great room
    • Paint, 
    • Carpet/tile
    • Trim
    • Stair rail, etc
  • Downstairs guest bath
    • Redo shower
    • Tile
    • Paint, etc
Farm Life
Health, Fitness and Sports
  • Lose the rest of the baby weight (and reward myself accordingly)
  • Run a 5k It was surprisingly fun! Totally Justified 29 Nov 2013
  • Run a 10k The vvveeerrrrryyyyy last goal of 2013! Last Race 2013 31 Dec 2013
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Complete a triathlon
  • Take Dancer to a show
  • Take the girls to a leadline class
  • Compete in a dressage show
  • Compete in a jumping show (either show jumping or hunter classes)
  • Compete in a two day horse trial
  • Compete in a three day horse trial
  • Compete internationally (a girl can always dream…)
  • Pay off credit cards
  • Pay off Rachael’s student loans
  • Pay off Jack’s student loans
  • Build a $1000 emergency fund
  • Build a one month emergency fund
  • Build a six month emergency fund
  • Pay off mortgage
  • Pay for next vehicle with cash I’m now sporting a minivan, paid in full. 🙂
Reading and Writing
  • Read 12 classics
    • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
    • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
    • Dracula by Bram Stoker
    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    • The Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
    • On Christmas Day In The Evening by Grace Smith Richmond
  • Read 12 biographies and historical novels
    • The Princess Pocahontas by Virginia Watson
    • The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
    • George Washington by William Roscoe Thayer
    • An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill by William Fredrick Cody
    • History of ‘Billy the Kid’ by Charles A. Siringo
  • Reach 50,000 blog reads 31 Jan 2013 Let’s Celebrate: A Pageview Milestone!
  • Reach 75,000 blog reads Wahoo!
  • Reach 100,000 blog reads Accomplished 26 May 2013 Yay!
  • Reach 250,000 blog reads
  • Reach 500,000 blog reads
  • Get blog professionally designed
  • Guest blog
  • Have a guest blogger
  • Publish an article online or in a magazine
  • Write a book proposal for The Rehomesteaders Memoir
  • Publish The Rehomesteaders Memoir
  • Write a children’s picture book
  • Publish a children’s picture book
  • Write a young reader chapter book
  • Publish a young reader chapter book
  • Write a young adult novel I did it!  Now to get an agent who can get it published…
  • Publish a young adult novel
  • Write an adult fiction novel
  • Publish an adult fiction novel
This list will is lofty and ambitious and will therefore be ongoing and ever changing.  If you have suggestions, encouragement or want to let me know I’m crazy, speak up!

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4 Responses

  1. I think you are very ambitious! 🙂
    I hope you also take some time to just Be. President Uchtdorf reminds us we are human beings, not human Doings.
    Some days go better when we don't schedule them! It's amazing…
    Filling our days with too much busy means sometimes we are too busy to hear the spirit. and tend to simple things of the moment. I see you deleted my other comments, and that is ok. it is your blog. I just can't stop thinking about your mega list and how stressful it is! I wish you well though. You are lovely and a beautiful mother in zion! God bless.

  2. Thank you for the compliment and the concern. I am well aware I am ambitious and have to bridle it in once in a while but I feel most of the time that God has blessed me with so many talents that I don't want to waste them. Plus, it's amazing how much I can accomplish when I include my girls in whatever I'm doing or do it while they sleep. There's still lots of quiet together time too because we don't watch much television either. 🙂 I hope you enjoy reading more of the adventures we have and what we get done little by little.

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