Looking Forward to 2013

Can you believe it’s 2013? 2012 went by so fast. I was going to jump on the sewing blogger bandwagon and post a recap of my 2012 projects, but I figured if anyone is interested they can just look through the 2012 archives.

I didn’t post any goals for 2012, but I did in 2011. I looked back at those and was happy to find that I’d worked on most of them over the past two years. Many of the items on that list are ongoing goals that remain on my list for 2013. And since making lists is one of my favorite things to do, I’ve made a short list for 2013. It really helps me to enumerate my goals for the year. Displaying them publicly means that I’ll be more likely to strive for them.

Sewing Goals

-Average at least two completed projects per month

-Make several pairs of pants, including at least one pair of jeans

-Make at least one shirt for Alex

-Make at least two coats or jackets

-Practice more advanced sewing and tailoring techniques

-Sharpen my pattern making skills and design sense

-Plan some serious stash busting

-Organize my sewing stuff, when my sewing room is usable

-Participate in a me-made month, or other sewing challenge

-Host a Sew-Along

-Make 2013 the year that I reach the point that almost every piece of clothing I own (aside from socks, underwear and sweaters) is made by me.

-Work on what I’ll call my Super Secret Project

Knitting and Crocheting Goals

-Finish at least one sweater/cardigan

-Practice knitting lacy patterns by making at least two scarves

-Learn new skills, like cabling

Health and Fitness Goals

-Try at least one new recipe every two weeks

-Waste less food, plan ahead and get creative with meals

-Eat lots of fruits and veggies, and try new ones

-Keep up with current exercise routine (avg of 50 mins high intensity, 5-6 days per week)

-Run at least once every few weeks

-Run in at least one race of any length

-Go hiking and walking more often

Life Improvement/Misc.

-Read at least 35 books in 2013 (BTW, I’m on Goodreads, and I enjoy seeing what others are reading. So, please become my friend. I would love it! You can get to my profile from the Goodreads widget on the sidebar, too.)

-Go to at least one of the monthly book discussions at the library

-Complete a bible-in-a-year reading plan

-Refresh my French language skills

-Learn the basics of a new language or two through audiobook (perfect to do while sewing)

-Send more notes and cards to friends and family

Writing Goals

-Average at least 1 post per week, or maybe every few weeks ;), to the blog

-Write at least 250 words per day

-Start writing one of the books on my list of ideas

-Finish the personal essays I’ve started and write new ones


Then there are the joint goals for Alex and I, which mostly have to do with the house renovations. He told me that we will have Thanksgiving with his family at our house this year. So, we’ve got a lot of work to do!


I want to shout a big thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog! I appreciate all of you, and I hope you have had a good year. What are some of your plans and/or goals for the next year? Cheers, to a happy and blessed 2013!

Photo taken by one of my lovely sisters-in-law
  1. Laurie

    January 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I’ll help you refresh your French! Haha!

    1. Becca

      January 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks, Laurie! I would love that! We’ll have to make sure to have some conversations in French when I’m out there.

  2. Laura

    January 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Love it and love you!

  3. Korey

    January 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

    This is a great set of goals! I look forward to following your progress on them. I have several reading, writing and fitness goals myself: finally defend my dissertation proposal and make significant progress on writing the dissertation itself, read 45-50 books for pleasure, not counting dissertation research and start creative writing again which I used to love but haven’t done in several years.

    I would love to pick your brain about this, I also want to try to pick up running (I was thinking of starting with the couch to 5K program). I walk constantly both recreationally and out of necessity (since I don’t have a driver’s license) and I exercise my arms a lot but I think the time has come to take things to the next level.

    1. Becca

      January 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks! Sounds like you’ve got a lot of hard work and fun ahead of you for the year. It can be difficult to keep up with creative writing in the midst of a busy schedule. I really have to force myself to write a certain about every day to try to get back in the habit.

      You should totally pick up running! If you already walk a lot, you should be able to progress to running a 5K pretty easily and quickly. It’s all a matter of building determination and perseverance. I’m of the opinion that running (and exercise, in general) effects your whole being. It’s great for improving your discipline and overall well being. I’d love to hear how it goes! I do a lot of kickboxing and cross training lately, but I still try to add running in about once a week. I’ve found that I do better when I change things up.

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