**Every season, I post a set of goals that I set out to accomplish. I track my progress here on my blog. I like the challenge of setting goals – it helps me to accomplish so much more. This post features the wrap up of my Fall 13 goals**

I’ll admit, this fall, I wasn’t terribly good at posting updates about my 13 in 2013 progress.  I plan to remedy that with my Winter 14 (coming soon).  While I had a posting frenzy during my 21 Day Sugar Detox, I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog otherwise.  Sometimes, you just have to choose between living life or documenting it, so I chose living.  But, now that I’m all teched out (iPad! iPhone!), I see my productivity coming back.

So here’s how I did with my goals this fall:


French press coffee
French press coffee
  • Drink “slow” coffee on the weekends, and green tea on weekdays – Done and then some.  I’ve pretty much stopped drinking coffee from my coffee maker, and have switched to only French Press and cold-brewed coffee.  So much better.  Didn’t fully switch over to green tea, but I’m okay with that
  • Make 24 hour fermented yogurt - Done and blogged.
  • Add two new recipes to my regular repertoire - Done and blogged.
Before... After

Before… After



  • Organize outdoor shed - I cleaned out all the junk we don’t use and reorganized what we do use.  Much easier to find stuff now.
  • Start composting for real – Didn’t buy a compost tumbler, but I discovered that my vintage West Bend tins work great as compost keepers when you put a ziplock in them.  While I don’t like creating some extra garbage, I think it makes up for it in the fact that now I’m composting constantly.
My little veggie garden

My little veggie garden


  • Build a raised bed garden  - Success!  I’m growing romaine, tomatoes, a pumpkin (just for the heck of it) and some celery.  I’m already working on my second one.
DIY Toothpaste

DIY Toothpaste – tastes better than it looks



  • Make vanilla extract for xmas gifts- Didn’t happen at all.
  • Try a natural oral care routine - Done.  I adapted Wellness Mama’s recipe to make my own toothpaste.  I’m using Orawellness’ Healthy Mouth Blend.  I’m also using a tongue cleaner, and sometimes I oil pull with coconut oil.  My mouth looks and feels good, and my breath isn’t too bad either.


  • Learn about retirement plans – Making some progress in this realm.  Still have to do more research about possibly moving from an investment to a pension plan.  Meanwhile, in January I’ll start setting aside money with every paycheck for a separate retirement account.
  • Finally sell all that stuff lying around on eBay - Still have more stuff to sell, but I made good progress on it.
  • Pay off my credit cards – Didn’t work out so good.  I actually have more debt now than I started with.  Mostly, there were several large purchases that had to happen.  I lost my prescription sunglasses, so I had to spend $200 on a new pair.  I needed a filling, so there was another $100 at the dentist.  Plus lots of little things came up, which kept adding onto the debt.  Even though I’ve been paying a bit on my credit cards with each paycheck, I haven’t gotten it down to zero yet.  Need to keep working on this one.
Chambray shirt - one of my newest work pieces

Chambray shirt – one of my newest work pieces


  • Buy at least three new work wardrobe pieces – Done!  Didn’t document them all, but I did have a couple of consignment store trips to get new work pieces.  My work wardrobe still needs an overhaul, but this was a good start.
  • Read 10 YA books and one professional development book - Done and done.  I actually read way more than 10 YA books, and I read one professional book.
Some of the books I read

Some of the books I read

What personal goals did you accomplish in 2013?  

I’ll be posting a year-in-review soon, then it’s on to my Winter 14 goals!


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One Comment

  1. Posted December 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Diana, you’re making wonderful progress! I cut back on blogging this fall too, and that’s OK. We all need a little break this time of year. I use a tongue cleaner too and I love it. :) January is the perfect time to get back on track with paying off debts, something I’m working on too. It’s easier when the people around me are cutting back on expenses too after the holiday season. Have a happy new year!
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