Life By Kristen

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2013 Goals Check In

As the new month of April and the spring has finally sprung, I’ve been feeling really amazing lately about everything going on in my life. So much that when I see I haven’t accomplished a whole lot in terms of my 2013 goals, it doesn’t seem to matter because I’m living in the moment and doing things as they feel right, as opposed to dwelling on the list and plan. In fact, the plan is sort of gone- and that’s ten types of amazing. 

In terms of my financial goals, the only one I have made efforts on is growing my emergency fund. I’ve barely made a scratch into debt, haven’t even thought about my retirement stuff, and started in February on the One Month, No Buy Challenge, but a number of things for the house were needed and I spent most of March making sure I had everything I needed to my Amsterdam trip ( in 24 days!!!!).

I’ve been doing REALLY WELL in the healthy living department. Breakfast happens 4-5 days out of the week, and weight training has been happening about once or twice, depending on my schedule. I have been walking outside as much as the weather will let me, but with a lot of moving/cleaning going on at work, I feel like I’m moving enough during the day. I’ve cut WAY BACK on the carb intake ( minus Easter, though I passed on bread) and am down to one sugar in the coffee in the morning. The real test will be in the next few weeks as I bring out the spring and summer clothes and see how they are fitting, but overall, I’m feeling great, sleeping well, and have so much more energy.

The house goals I think I have made the biggest strides in. The office/reading nook area is set up, but I’m awaiting a shelf going up and trying to figure out how to incorporate painting space into the room. The outdoor goals of vegetable garden, painting front door, and cleaning up the backyard are in planning stages, but I’m very happy to report a new back fence was installed last week- and it’s fantastic (thank you tax refund)! The new blinds and shades for the house are one of the first action items I have in mind for May after I come down from my post-travel high. And researching remodeling the attic hasn’t gone much farther than pinning a bunch of ideas together, which is still a step in the right direction I think.

The lifestyle goals are really what have transformed me. I haven’t done well at all with having friends & family over for dinner which is the one thing I want to improve, hopefully kicking it off with a party in May. I am definitely more social and spending time outside the house, which has made me more appreciative of my down times and less critical of my personal space. I’m behind in the reading goals for the year, but with the summer and travel coming up, I know I will better my numbers. I’ve been doing okay with the blog, but the crazy work month of March again took hold of all of my creative mind space, leaving little room for writing here or for freelance, as well as virtually no painting. All of these things are priorities moving ahead because I know the joy and peace they bring to me and I feel like I’m bursting at the seams to get them out.

All in all, I think I’m on the right track. I know where I want to improve and how my priorities have shifted from January to now so I’m adjusting the goals a bit too. I think that’s part of the process of self-discovery and personal growth- to allow yourself that wiggle room to course correct as needed and as life happens 🙂


Taking On 2013

Every blogger seems to  be putting out their 2013 goals this week. My theme for the year is ‘be about it,’ and I’ve outlined some goals for myself for this year.


– Switch over all retirement stuff to one firm

– Knock out 5% of debt

-One Month No Buy Challenge- I completed a no groceries month last year & I am going to try for a no new purchases of any kind for the month of February. The only purchases allowed are gas and perishable foods.

– Continue to grow my emergency fund


-Do more walking and start weight training at home with kettlebell

-Eat breakfast everyday- and no coffee alone is not a breakfast, Kristen. Nor is cake or cookies.


– Set up a working office/reading/painting room

– Get new blinds for the entire house & new privacy sheers for front door & sunroom

– Paint front door inside&out, scrape/paint interior of sunroom

-Clean up and prettify backyard including new back fence

– Larger summer/fall vegetable garden

– Research remodeling attic


– Be more social: Go to more events sponsored by museums, lectures, make plans with friends for day trips, trivia nights, etc.

– Have friends& family over for dinner at least once a month: I love to cook and one of the downsides of living alone is cooking for one because it’s never as much fun as cooking for loved ones. I want to have more friends over for dinner and game nights and make weeknight dinners for my parents and close family

-Read 50 books: I tried for this last year and came up short, but I’m tackling again. This year I really want to focus more on the ‘classics’ and various books that always comes up on people’s favorite all time lists.

-Get with it with the blog, including making a decision about self-hosting and being disciplined with posting

-Disciplined with freelance writing: I fell out of this by the middle of 2012

– Scan and organize career portfolio of media articles, exhibit reviews, work achievements, etc.

-Get out of house more to do the things I love: This is sort of in the same vein as being more social. I am by nature a homebody a lot more than an out and about gal, but a few of the things I love to do do not have to be confined to my home. I want to read more at coffee shops, go to the beach to read and walk after work ( something I did not do AT ALL in the summer of 2012- a real crime since I drive past 2 on my commute), and spend time writing in places other than my desk at home.

Yes, there’s a lot there, but I think all of these have easy, action steps that with focus and “being about it,” I can have success. 2013 is starting off with lots of little annoying to dos: change name on passport, transfer car registration, etc. but these small items are even easily done when laid out clearly. Writing down my intentions and desires for the upcoming year used to overwhelm me, but now I see them as a fluid outline of how I want my life to be in the year ahead. I have big ideas and things I want as I head into the next decade of my life, but I’m feeling very confident that I can do it all and even tackle the new things as they come up.

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