Monday, January 6, 2014

2013 goals: revisited

I'm a little late in the game, but I wanted to do a recap of my 2013 goals as a sort of personal reflection to see my progress and where I'm lacking. Check out my original post here about my "13 in 2013" and read on to see how I did!
  1. Graduate from Wofford with a 3.9 cumulative GPA. That one was pretty lofty... but I got pretty close! I'd say a 3.8 basically counts!
  2. Continue in consistency with this blog! I would say I did well on this goal this year. I attended my first blogger meet-up, participated in multiple link ups, and challenged myself for my "30 Days of Thanks". 
  3. Create a booklist (of the titles I've been wanting to read forever!) and read for the FUN of it! To be honest, I don't think I read more this year than any other year in particular. I have a long list of books on my Kindle that I will continue to tackle! 
  4. Commit to daily scripture reading. I was much better in my daily devotional this year, especially after the move. However, I did not succeed with my "daily" goal.
  5. Continue my work in the Wofford communications office and save (at least) half my earnings. I loved my time in the communications office. I'm so glad I decided to save my earnings too- a great practice to keep going! 
  6. Become more intentional in the daily ministry of my life. This year I tried to use my blog as an outlet for that. A lot of times I bared my heart, hoping that my readers could relate to how tough it can be to keep the faith sometimes! When I was still at Wofford, RUF Ministry Team was a great way to do this. It was such a blessing to serve my campus in the name of Jesus!
  7. After the wedding, try at least two new recipes a week and plan out meals for us. Not sure if I've tried 2 new recipes a week, but I have been better than I thought I would be about cooking. I do meal plan each week and we've had fun trying some awesome new dishes!
  8. Run a 5K, and upon completion, work towards a 10K. I did the Color Run in March, but didn't get a chance to work towards the 10K... that will come this year! Once I train enough to be able to run 3.1 again... oy. 
  9. Closely related, lose 10-15 pounds by the wedding with a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained.  Well, I did that before the wedding... score! But once the honeymoon was over and there wasn't the immense pressure to look fab in a strapless dress, I slacked. I still make a point to eat well, but I definitely fell off the exercise wagon. Time to get back on! 
  10. Land my dream job-- anything related to writing, event planning, public relations, social media marketing, and creative communications-- or all of the above! Not yet. But the Lord has a plan for me. Meanwhile, I love my job of hanging out with the sweet kids in my neighborhood- their families are such a blessing!
  11. Find a church/Bible study group in the new city we move to after Andrew begins graduate school and grow in friendship and fellowship with new people. Once again... a work in progress. We have settled on a church we really like, which is great! This year I am going to really work hard on getting involved in the women's ministry and Andrew and I both really would like to get involved in a small group! 
  12. Work on less excess-- in many senses. This is kind of a work in progress... this will go on into this year! Cleaning, organizing, budgeting... you get the idea. 
  13. Get writing published in a local magazine to add to my resume and portfolio.  I was published in Wofford's alumni magazine for a student spotlight and it was so exciting! 
So ladies and gents, that was my 2013. I'd say I did pretty well, overall. Stay tuned to see what I'm planning for 2014!



  1. Way to accomplish your goals for the year! The important thing is that you set goals, and you set out to meet them, I wouldn't worry a lick about the ones you missed : )
    Ps- way to rock that 3.8 GPA!

  2. Great job! I always have a list of books on my Kindle that need to be read too.

  3. Looks like you accomplished a lot of goals, I have a never ending to-read list on goodreads but it is fun to track how I'm reading! Here's to 2014!

  4. Girl, running 3.1 miles feels like a marathon to me! I ran one 5K and am hoping to do many more this year. Best of luck :)

  5. You go girl! Seriously, the fact that you made 2013 such a productive year is incredible, especially with the adversities you faced... Such an inspiration, and the best is yet to come!

  6. Wow, you really accomplished a lot in 2013...not to mention GOT MARRIED!! Can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you!