My Goals to Grow in 2014


Can you believe it’s already the end of 2013?! I can. not. But I’m excited for 2014 and the prospects that a new year always brings: fresh starts, do-overs, a clean slate, a brand new calendar, possibility, hope.

He who made a way through the sea,
A path through the mighty waters,
‘Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (emphasis mine)

Even if you didn’t achieve everything you set out to last year–even if you didn’t succeed at one measly thing–it’s okay. This is a new year and you have a second chance to accomplish those plans you just couldn’t get to or finish last year. That’s why a new year is so invigorating.

Here are my personal goals for 2014:


(1) Develop a regular daily prayer time.

I’ve been convicted in my prayer life (or lack thereof) lately. I’ll sit down to pray and nothing will come out, or I get distracted, or I spew verbal vomit that’s not good for anyone. My goal is to be intentional in my prayer time, carving out time each day to sit quietly and listen, petition, and praise God.

One way to help me achieve this goal is to make my own prayer journal that I can take with me, add to, and record answered prayers in. I’m really liking this one but will probably modify it a little.

(2) Work on character issues with my girls.

I have been struggling with some serious heart issues in my older girls. Not knowing how best to address them and too lazy to figure it out, I’ve been dealing with behavior rather than the heart. Starting now, I’m committing to getting to the root of the problem. I will share some of the resources I’m using soon.

If I don’t accomplish anything else in 2014, I want to help my children see the sin in their hearts and give them ways to root out that sin. My highest calling as a Mom is to share the love of Jesus and His perfect plan of salvation with my children. I cannot slack in this area.


(3) Exercise at least 3 days a week.

Last year I ran a 5K & attempted a 10K. This year I plan to continue running and lifting weights with the goal of increased flexibility, stamina, and strength. I’d like to add muscle and tone those flabby areas.

(4) Improve our family’s diet.

I’ve given in to convenience this year and my family’s health has suffered as a consequence. I want to work on incorporating more fruits & vegetables into our diet again, cutting back on sugar and processed foods, and making more of our foods from scratch. It’s time to start making my yogurt, granola, and bread again.


(5) Read 40 books.

In 2013, my reading goal was 50 books. While I only read 36, I must say that I did attempt some tough ones like Anna Karenina and three Shakespeare plays, but my goal was a wee bit lofty even for me. This year I’m lowering my standards a little. I will continue to log all the books I read on Goodreads. Plus, I’ve created a board “Books I’ve Read in 2014” on Pinterest to keep track of my books. If you’d like, you can follow me.

(6) Write something every day.

If you want to improve as a writer, you must practice practice practice. Whether I’m blogging, journaling, or writing notes to friends or lesson plans, I want to write something every day so I am continually honing my skill.  Like #1 above, I will have to carve out time each day to commit solely to writing, but it’s doable because I love to write.


(7) Say yes to social opportunities.

I’m an introvert, so I tend to stay in. It’s not that I don’t like people because I do. Being around a lot of people just tires me. However, I’ve discovered that I’m a happier person, a more selfless person, and a better wife and mother when I take time to meet up with a friend and catch up –whether over coffee or a play date. So, I’m going to make a real effort to be social at least once a month.

(8) Regular date nights with my husband.

We made this a monthly goal last year and actually succeeded to go out on a date at least one night per month. If you’re married, you need time away from your children, just the two of you, to share plans, hopes, and dreams; to discuss struggles; and to just be together. That’s how we grow in intimacy and love for one another. Plus, I’m always eager for someone else to cook & clean up!

Those are my 8 lofty goals for 2014. On Thursday, I will share how I break down these rather obtuse goals into more manageable steps using my Monthly Goals worksheet. Do you have yours yet?

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Also, free to subscribers only, is a more in-depth Goals Worksheet that details, step-by-step, how to make & achieve your goals. To get your FREE “My Goals Worksheet,” subscribe to my mailing list below. You will receive regular email updates plus freebies only available to subscribers.

I hope you will join me on Thursday, January 2nd, as we delve a little deeper into goal-setting.

Don’t forget the link-up on January 15th when you can share your goals for the year or any post related to goal-setting. 

My hope with this series on goal-setting is to encourage you {& me} to create goals that will help us GROW in our God-given roles so we are performing at our best, first, for God, second, for the good of our families & others, and, third, for the good of our selves.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

God must be a part of your goal-setting process.

Your Turn

Do you have goals for 2014? What are they?

Follow my “Goals: Inspiration & Tips” board on Pinterest.

Blessings to you,


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  1. Thanks for sharing your goals over on Creative Home Keeper. I love your goals, and thanks for sharing the link for those prayer cards! I’ve been looking for something like that. Happy New Year!
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