Goals for 2014

With the fresh start of this New Year, it is inspiring to dream about all that could transpire in these coming 12 months. Just think, we will hopefully become a family of 5! There are circumstances out of our control, but plenty within our grasp.



One controlled circumstance being how we use our time. I am not into sweeping, large scale, overwhelming resolutions, but I definitely wanted to lay out some attainable goals and in a place where you all can keep me accountable :)

I have a few other personal, marriage, and/or family goals bouncing around my brain (that are still not officially set), but I am certain of these few that are someone clear cut!


Serve with my kids once per month

This is the one I’m most excited about! In this stage of early motherhood, it can feel overwhelming to serve outside the house and nearly impossible to do it alongside children. Yet, I want them to experience giving of themselves and putting others first.  I want them to develop servant hearts and let’s be honest, I need to lead by example and be refined in all the same places. I want them to learn that this is part of who we are and what we are called to do; live generously with our lives. I’ve brainstormed a few ideas – some might be work beautifully or fail miserably – either way, I’m looking forward to doing something and doing it alongside my little partners!

Do you serve with your kids? Do you have any suggestions of what to do or ways to make it doable?

Every month Read 1 Classic or Non-Fiction, 1 Fiction, 1 Christian Living/Theology Book

I might read more. I might read less. These are not hard and fast rules, but I can tend to get stuck in one genre or not have a good fiction on hand and then just muddle through or start a couple I’m not overly interested in. This way I’ll try to cover a wider variety and read at least 3 books/mo.

What are your reading goals or lists this year? Any books that are a MUST read?

Learn/attempt one new skill/activity every month

I’m not sure what these will entail…there is SO much I’d love to learn! I am proficient at twiddling away time; instead, I’d rather be cognizant of the skills and activities in which I am investing the precious hours I’ve been given!

What are skills you’d like to learn? Anything that could be done right here as a community?

Set Small Manageable Weekly Goals

I often have a slew of random tasks I’d like to accomplish but they never seem to take priority until I feel completely overwhelmed, melt into some emotional heap and/or unleash on whoever is in my general vicinity, and then pull myself together to start tackling each item. You might be shocked, but that is not actually the most efficient way to go about things.  This will include things like:  organize the pantry and go through kids dressers for outgrown sizes OR put away the Christmas decorations :) etc.

Do you keep daily or weekly to-do list? What is your most effective planning tool to keep yourself organized and on track?

What are a couple of your goals for 2014?

~ Becca

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11 Responses to Goals for 2014
  1. Emily
    January 3, 2014 | 4:19 pm

    These sound great! You constantly amaze with all you already tackle. I’d love to hear more about what you end up doing to serve with the boys. We are working on actually completing tasks in our house this year. We are really good at starting them… I’ve been finishing the painting for three years.

    • Becca V
      January 3, 2014 | 4:32 pm

      Sounds about the same; painting the trim is why we still don’t have blinds hung in our BATHROOM, haha! Maybe that should be one of my weekly goals :)

  2. Deanna
    January 8, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    Great goals! I have serving with my daughter on my goals for 2014 list for the year too. Love how you broke down your reading. What a good idea. I do weekly goals and really like it. Helps me get a lot more accomplished.

    • Becca V
      January 8, 2014 | 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Deanna! Yeah, I’m excited to have something written down and ready to tackle each week; hopefully I too will get a lot more accomplished!

  3. Heather @ Something Sew Beautiful
    January 11, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    I love reading the goals people have for 2014 & yours are great! I especially like the one about serving with your children. Whether those experiences are rocky or smooth sailing, what memories you’ll create!

    I’m super stoked about my own goals this year :) I went in a new direction (thought about things I say I want to do, but never make the time for) & know I will actually complete them, since most are things I have been wanting to do for quite awhile!

    • Becca V
      January 12, 2014 | 9:08 pm

      Awesome, Heather! Good luck on the goals you tackle and cheers to your wonderful 2014!

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  5. Kristin
    January 16, 2014 | 1:03 am

    I love your goals…especially your reading goal. I get in a rut, too. I’m terrible about reading classics. I have good intentions, but they never draw me in like more modern fiction. I’m trying to do better, though.

    I wrote about my goal a few weeks ago on my blog, but my biggest goal of the year is to run a 1/2 marathon in the spring. I’m also wanting to expand my skills in the kitchen. I love to bake, but I want to try yogurt and granola bars and maybe ketchup, too!

    • Becca V
      January 16, 2014 | 4:02 am

      Wow! 1/2 marathon! Go get ’em…fitness needs to inch its way up my goal list :) You read some good books to help you along on your kitchen goals, what fun!

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