Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Goals for 2023

Another day greets us in this new year.  Like many of you, plans for what I’d like to achieve and the direction I want my life to go this year run through my mind throughout the day.  While I set goals and put in motion steps to achieve those goals, I realize that I won’t always be in control of what happens in my life.  By making goals I set the direction I’d like my life to take fully understanding that life happens and sometimes those things that we intended to do or wanted to do change and have to be set aside.  Knowing and accepting this put’s goal setting in its proper place, a tool to benefit us in our journey throughout the year but not something set in stone that’s going to destroy our world if not achieved.

With this mindset, I’m sharing my goals for 2023 …



Maintain weight loss and fitness level. 

Complete 2nd year of Through the Scriptures Bible study course

(2/1/23) I finished the book of Mark, the book of Luke is next.

Complete God of All Comfort Bible study

(2/1/23) I'm beginning month 6 of a 12 month study.

(4/6/23)  I got a little behind in March, but am working to get caught up

Complete Write on My Heart Scripture Writing study

(2/1/23) I finished January caught up and on time!

(3/1/23) I finished February caught up and on time!

(4/1/23)  I finished March caught up and on time!

Write 2 Bible studies and post them on From This Heart of Mine

(1)  When Forgiveness is Hard, part 1 and 2

Continue teaching women and children’s Bible classes as opportunities arise. 

January: Done

February:  Done

March:  Done

Continue writing here on A Working Pantry daily or as close to that as possible

January: I did it!  I managed to write a post for every day!

February:  I did it again!

March:  I didn't write a post for every day due to taking a blogging break but I came close!

Read 1 book per week every week of the year or as close to that as possible (Goal for the year is 52 books)

(1) What Money Can't Buy, a story from the Great Depression by Emily Steiner

(2) Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

(3) The Orchard by Beverly Lewis

(4) The Shabby Chic Home by Rachel Ashwell

(5)  The Bookseller's Promise by Beth Wiseman

(6)  Slower Living by Merissa A Alink

(7) The Tiny but Mighty Farm by Jill Ragan

(8)  Love Centered Parenting by Crystal Paine

(9)  Naomi and Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr

(10)  Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

(11)    A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

(12)  An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers

(13)  As Sure as The Dawn by Francine Rivers

(14)  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Gardening, Pantry and Preparedness

Plant more roses.  Can one ever have enough roses, I think not!!!

Complete and finish the 2 raised beds we have started

Continue growing in, improving upon, and copying the pantry/preparedness lifestyle grandma lived. 



Do a long distance ‘quilt-a-long’ with my sister.   Done! (Pictured) 

Refashion clothes I already have that I’m not wearing

Make more draw string bags

Sew one entire garment by hand

Make an outfit vision board  Done!  I set up a folder on my computer that I can refer back to as wanted or needed.

Do more upcycle sewing using used or thrift store clothing



We have various home improvement projects planned for the year that include new windows, door and maybe, just maybe a bigger pantry.

Monthly updates will be done in red, so check back often!

Remember, he who fails to plan, plans to fail!  Here's to a great and prosperous year!


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  1. I haven't really thought that far because we keep getting sick. We are treating everything with oils but in five days we have had the common cold and now the flu. Ugh! There is a sweet little grandchild having his first birthday party on Saturday and we had planned to go but maybe not.

    1. Oh no Lana! Praying you both get well quickly.

  2. Debby in Kansas USAJanuary 4, 2023 at 8:38 AM

    I like that your goals are realistic. And enriching. More flowers and reading would add so much to nearly anyone's life... even a grump!

    I love your challenges and savings games. Two of our accounts took big hits and I'm sweating a bit. We're already stretched pretty thin, but I think I can manage the games. The checkbook, for sure. The 52 card? I stopped at 26. Maybe I can increase it at some point, but I don't want to fail at the starting gate. So, $4.19 went into savings and $24 is my first Monday draw. My pantry addition was 10 bottles of no sugar, no HFCS ketchup for $1/32 oz. It's normally over $4 so this was a great find.

    Love your purple rose!

    1. Debby, I like that you adapted the 52 card challenge to suit what will work for you right now. I agree, if we make our challenges unrealistic, we'll fail at the beginning and lose the will to try.

      You did great with the ketchup!!! Way to go!!!

  3. Sounds like wonderful plans. My biggest goal is to get fully healed from knee replacement surgery. It’s been my most painful and difficult surgery by far.

    1. Lee Ann, I'm so sorry, you're wise to focus on getting completely over the knee replacement surgery. That does indeed need to be your main focus!

  4. Sounds like you have realistic and attainable goals. I also agree you can never have too many roses. Working on 2 raised beds is also one of my goals; I want to use those to establish some strawberries plants and maybe some blueberry bushes.

    1. Stacie, I hope you get your raised beds done, as soon as our weather opens up, we'll get to work on ours.