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January 3, 2013

2013 Focus Points and Goals

Hello Friends!  As promised here is my 2013 goals post.  

I have a hard time with resolutions; I don’t think my brain takes that word seriously.  I totally buy into the big joke that the whole point of a resolution is to just break it before the end of January.  This year I am opting for Focus Point and Goals… we’ll see if I can’t trick this old brain into action!

Focus Points: 

TheHealthier Me – This year I am not setting a weight loss goal.  In all my years of dieting and struggling, I have finally begun to realize that a specific number on the scale is not nearly as important as feeling and performing at my body’s best.  I just want to feel better and have more energy.  My plan to get there is to tackle the Whole30 program this month.  I know if I can just keep at it for 30 days, the improvements will be enough to keep me choosing healthier going forward.  I also have an exercise regiment all worked out and posted on my desk… eating good is only half the solution.  Time to get myself moving more too!

Manic Mother
Acts of KindnessAmber at My Three Bittles is starting an awesome blog hop for the year called 52 Weeks.  She has set a goal to accomplish one act of kindness a week for the next 52 weeks.  That's a year of good deeds!  She invites us all to join her each week and share our acts of kindness and love... changing the world one deed at a time!  I am planning on joining, and hope that some of you will too.  

Family Fun Time – Now that little bear is three, I’ve found that getting out of our routine and going to new places is a thrill for all of us.  It is so much fun to experience things through his eyes.  Since we live about 30 minutes from Downtown Chicago, I’d like to take better advantage of all that the city has to offer.  We’ve lived here for 3 plus years and have just barely scratched the surface of the City.  This year I would like to change that, and at the same time build some great family memories that my little bear will be able to carry with him.  We’ll explore our city, and build our family relationships… can’t argue with that! 

Blog Improvements – I have been working on this blog for just over two months now.  While thoroughly enjoying the process, I feel like I can and should be doing more.  Now that I have gotten a feel for the work and process, I’d like to start offering better content and more original posts.  I’d also like to work in more of my own graphics and photos... which will be another learning experience.  As always, there is still more room to grow!

2013 Goals:

1.  Complete Whole30 Program
2.  Exercise at least 4 times a week
3.  Monthly trips into the City for Family Fun
4.  Be more present with Hubs and Little Bear
5.  Expand charitable acts to more than just giving $$
6.  Write more quality articles for blog
7.  Clearly define and refocus Point of View
8.  Start a Not Done Growing Hop or Link Party

I am looking forward to continuing my journey this year, and am so happy to have the help and support from my readers.  Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear what your goals and focus areas are for the year!


  1. all wonderful goals for the year ahead!! I hope to work out at least 3 times a week and grow that as I get more in shape. :) Your entire list is lovely and I really like the idea to expand charitable donations beyond giving $. There are so many of those who are in need and sometimes getting out there and doing something makes so much difference!

    I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  2. I love your goals for this coming year! All very do-able. Which I think is SO important. That way we don't get discouraged. Thanks for joining the Aloha hop!

    Deidre [Love, The Skinnys]

  3. Thanks for commenting and following on my blog. Followed back :)

    Summer x

  4. You are too kind, friend!!
    Thanks for featuring my 52 weeks project!! :)

  5. New Follower from the Aloha Blog Hop! Love your blog.. You can check out mine at www.kjaggers.com and follow back if you like what you see! Happy New Year! K Jaggers

  6. Hi! I’m your newest follower on Facebook. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I'm also hosting a blog hop - if you would like to join us :) Hope you're having an awesome week.

    April from:
    A Mommy's Blog Design http://amblogdesign.com

  7. What awesome goals! I especially like the 52 weeks of kindness one. Following on Bloglovin'

  8. Following on Facebook also... Good goals. Take care Linda


  9. wonderful goals. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo


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