my 2014 personal goals

My Personal Goals for 2014

I love setting goals each year. Sitting down to a planning retreat is one of my favorite yearly activities. Last year, I learned four goal setting lessons – accountability being one. This year I want to share my goals for 2014 with you!

my 2014 personal goals

I break my goals into focus areas based on my current set of priorities. I talk more about determining priorities and setting goals in my eBook, Live for Him: A Grace-Filled Look at Planning. You can read more about my eBook by clicking here.

My Personal Goals for 2014

Daughter of God

1. Read through the Bible in one year
2. Read 25 books
3. Memorize 12 life-giving verses
4. Complete leadership study with Mark

Wife to Mark

5. Date night once a week (using some of these ideas)
6. Date night out once a month (using some of these ideas)
7. Read 4 books together (we are still working through this list)
8. Develop a habit of prayer
9. Do one thoughtful thing a week

Mother to Samuel

10. One date a month just mommy and son
11. Read 14 books aloud a week
12. Read 4 chapter books
13. Read through entire God’s Love for You Children’s Storybook Bible
14. Set up swimming lessons for the summer

Mother to Timothy

15. Continue nursing until 12 months (at least)
16. Read 7 books aloud a week


17. Create a family mission statement
18. Plan and participate in one family night a week
19. Pray through the rooms of my home once a week
20. Implement a monthly freezer cooking schedule


21. Meet with mentor in person twice a month
22. Email long distance mentor once a week
23. Walk through two books with teens this year (first up Lies Young Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free)
24. Plan one hospitality event a month


25. Start skiing
26. Master kombucha making
27. Learn to make sourdough bread


28. Complete shopping price list book

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  1. Awesome goals! I still need to work on setting my own and learning to stick with it. I want to make some kombucha too! I’ve never had it but I got a free starter and some tea from the healthy living bundle this past Fall. I have yet to do anything with it though. I am afraid of messing it up…lol. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad I found I found you on Twitter! We have some very similar mindsets and interests! You sound like you have some very doable goals. I used to be very goal oriented. Now I just live in the moment. I focus on being who God wants me to be day to day…which is a good wife and mom. I blog in between when I get time, but that’s it. I pray some because prayer is essential but I know as a wife pleasing God comes through me pleasing my husband which is what I’m all about 100%. 🙂 And then there is mothering this awesome 20 month old I have and growing this baby inside of me. My life is pretty simple….I just let the cares of tomorrow take care of themselves and I think about tomorrow when tomorrow comes. LOL.

    1. Sounds like you are in a rhythm of intentional living! These goals I have set are in hopes of creating habits, a rhythm to my days that bring purpose for me. I’m hoping to really cultivate intentional habits this year. You are busy right now and simple is GOOD! I’m glad you found Intentional By Grace! I look forward to connecting more and hearing more about how you go about your days. I absolutely love learning from others!

  3. Leigh Ann,

    I LOVE your list(s) and how it’s broken down. 🙂 I’m a book lover, so all of the books in the list(and reading of them) makes me smile! I’m curious what books your looking to read this year? For yourself and the children.

    I’m wanting to master fermented drinks as well, though I’m starting with water/milk kefir! Should be a lot of fun. lol


    1. My book lists will be up soon! So stay tuned for that.

      And I love milk/water kefir! It’s something i would love to get started again but didn’t write it down because I thought I had enough to focus on. 😉 I love fermented drinks!

      1. LOL I love fermented drinks as well! I can’t wait to see your book list. Though I don’t ‘need’ the book suggestions as last count had me at about 350+ books to read…ahem…

  4. I love this! I need to sit down and do the same. I really like how you break your goals into different focus areas, and I’m enjoying the eBook very much! 🙂

    I’ve mastered kefir and sourdough (well, not mastered, but I can make them reasonably well…), but I have yet to attempt kombucha! Both my kefir and sourdough have been hibernating for the past couple of months, though, and I need to get them out and going again. One of my goals is to master no-knead sourdough this year.

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the eBook! That makes me happy.

      I probably should have clarified that I want to be able to do these things reasonably well. I “get” kombucha. I want to master it this year. I don’t “get” sourdough. I want to get comfortable with it by the end of the year. We’ll see! I like the sounds of no-knead sourdough! That sounds up my alley. 🙂

      1. I “get” sourdough, but not the no-knead quite yet. I LOVE the concept. I tried it a bit this past fall but then all the busyness of the holidays hit. I plan to get back into it soon. Sourdough is awesome! When I started with it a couple of years ago I knew you could do bread, biscuits, and pancakes, but now I make cookies, cake, pie crust, crackers, chips, batter for things like onion rings, and on it goes. It’s definitely worth the learning curve! 🙂

          1. I’ve written a little bit about it. A couple of these haven’t been cleaned up from the move to WordPress yet, but they’re passable. 😉




            I’m glad you’re getting motivated! Sourdough has been great for our family.