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My 2022 Goals: January Update

I spent some time the past few days reviewing my goals for 2022 and was so thrilled with the progress I made in January! Here’s an update on each goal:


1. Go through 5 She Reads Truth studies for the year. (I’ve been loving going through these studies again this past year, but I realized that it’s better for me to go through much more slowly than what they designate the pace should be. I usually take 2-4 days on each day and that’s worked out well for me so that I’m really soaking the verses and learning from the passages.)

January update: I finished the Old Testament study in January and have started the New Testament book. I hope to have finished it by March or so.

2. Finish at least 4 books a month. (Last year, I set the audacious goal of reading three books per week. I ended up falling very short of that. So this year, I decided to set a much more realistic goal. I hope to exceed this goal by a lot, but we’ll see! And if you missed it, I’m setting monthly goals instead of yearly goals for reading — and I’m really excited about this approach!)

January update: I finished 9 books in January — yay! You can see all my book review posts here. And here’s my list of books I plan to read in February.

3. Complete at least 1 craft per month. (I plan to use some of the craft kits that I’ve gotten from Annie’s Creative Girls’ Club and Annie’s Creative Woman Craft Club. Since so many of you purchased the fantastic deals I posted from them, they signed me up for both subscriptions as a thank you! While crafting is not something I’m really gifted at, I find that it is relaxing for me and something that challenges creative parts of my brain that I don’t use very often!)

January update: I made stacking bracelets in January (see above). I love them and wear them often!


4. Have a monthly date with each of the three older kids. (I’m planning on having the kids help me decide what they’d like to do each month. I love hanging out with my kids and I cherish our time together even more as they get older.)

January update: I watched hours of ice-skating with Kaitlynn when we were both home sick instead of going to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in person like we’d planned. Kathrynne and I went to a movie and Silas and I went out for smoothies.

5. Read 10 chapter books aloud to Kierstyn and Baby D. (I’ve been reading a Bible story from The Jesus Storybook Bible and a chapter from a read-aloud book each afternoon before their naps. While they are little and much of it is over their heads, I love to establish this habit when my kids are tiny so that it becomes an important part of their family culture for the most formative years of their life. Plus, it’s fun for me!)

January update: We almost finished The Jesus Storybook Bible and have read about 40 pages of our current read-aloud. I’m hoping to make better progress on this goal in February!


6. Have a monthly date with Jesse. (While we hope to occasionally get an actual date night out, with multiple little kids, we want to be realistic… so we plan to at least do one Date Night in a Box kit at home every month — even if we can’t get out for a real date every month).

January update: Jesse and I went out to a local restaurant for dinner to celebrate our anniversary — thanks to a gift card his parents gave us for my birthday!


7. Finish my next book draft. (The first draft is due to my publisher mid-February. Then, we’ll be going through multiple rounds of edits before it goes to the printers. It’s slated to release in spring 2023!)

January update: I made some great progress on the book draft in January and it’s getting close to being ready to turn into my publisher to start the big editing process!

How are you doing on goals for 2022? Let us know in the comments!



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