Sunday 15 January 2023

Looking Forward to 2023

Now that we are firmly planted in 2023, I've been pondering what/how I want to focus my energy in 2023.  This year I decided to divide my goals, or ideas of focus, into categories to see which ones spoke to me the most.  Upon looking at a variety of different organizers online and various caterigoies the below are the ones that spoke to me the most.  Some years I have a list or goals, other years I've let a word guide me, and this year I really wanted to look at the different categories of my life to figure out where I want to put my energy the most.  So let's take a peek below and don't forget to leave a comment below with your own aspiration, hopes, goals, or your word for the year.


  • Reading is still one of my goals.  I've upped my goal to 24 books for this next year because I've found a groove in listening to audiobooks with more success.  I am also aiming to make 2 of these books, in print, be non-fiction and related my work in education and/or leadership.
  • Try out some new skin care products and introduce Retinol to my routine to meet the needs of my skin at in this new decade of life.  PLEASE send me your must try products for 40+ sensitive skin.


  • Joining up races in 2023 is something on the top of my priority list, a duathlon, 10km or maybe even I could train for a half-marathon.  
  • Start lifting  or incorporating weights 2x/week. 
  • Dry Needling and Chiropractor appointments on a consistent rotation. It's been a long road to having my back and right hip feel like it could do that again, but I've had so much success with dry needling in the past 18 months that I feel like I am very much in a healthy maintenance stage.  


  • Kids:  As the girls are getting older, Logan and I both are excited to enjoy a family trip to Disney World this year in April and then we are hoping to do a family night/day date every 4-6 weeks.  We kicked off the New Year with a day of snowboarding/skiing at our local hill and everyone ended up having a good time.  Some other possibilities is a movie night, a hike, dinners out (we don't do that a lot), maybe an escape room, etc.  Give me your teenage suggestions!
  • Parents/Grandma:  As my grandma continues to get older, 92, I am feeling my time with her also limited so I want to make seeing her a major commitment and make time to call her weekly and visit her in person bi-weekly.  I also want to have a sit down meal with my parents monthly.
  • Friends:  We want to make seeing friends and hanging out with them happen monthly.  Our friends are so important to us and they make us feel alive and we are always laughing those big belly laughs.  
  • Logan and I feel like we are in a really good place and we are finding lots of ways to spend time together on a regular basis through out regular evening walks with Oreo and by hanging out lots over the weekends.


  • Photography:  I wan to continue to grow my photography side business this year.   2022 brought lots of new clients, and fall was especially busy. I am hoping to increase my cliental and interaction on IG this year by doing a few giveaways and also by posting twice a week.  I also want to enroll in a coarse or a webinar to keep learning and growing my knowledge base, specifically incorporating and trying new prompts and poses for family photography.
  • Teaching:  I really want to attend a conference on leadership, early learning or literacy in 2022, like a bigger, in person conference.  I want to be INSPIRED.


  • Monitor spending.  I wanted to dive into our finances in 2022 and failed miserably.  In 2023 I'd like to monitor these three things:  #1 how much I spend on clothing, #2 do a deep dive in our overall spending 2x/month and #3 track how much money I make from my photography side gig.  
My plan/hope is to evaluate, reflect and adjust these goals in each quarter of the year.  Next time I'll have a post update on them will be Monday, March 27th.  


  1. I hope this year goes well for you!

    Curated by Jennifer

  2. These are all great goals and it’s good to write them down. I hope to travel a bit more this year to places like Vermont to experience fall and even Charleston. I also need to look at my finances a bit more this year. I would like to save up for more travel so knowing where I can cut back expenses is my main goal. I hope your weekend went well and your Monday is off to a great start!

    Maureen |

  3. Hope you have a wonderful year and achieve all of your goals! :)

  4. What a wonderful list of goals! Disney World sounds wonderful for you next family trip.

    1. We are all so excited, children and adults alike.

  5. You have done well with your photography business! I wish you lived closer! I usually run 3x a week and I do weights 3x a week. The combo works really well with me!! I love Disney, what an exciting trip to plan!


    1. That's such a wonderful compliment, thank you so much. Thanks for sharing your schedule, that has me feeling better about sticking to 3 cardio sessions and adding two weight sessions. We also walk most evenings at a brisk pace for about 30 -40 minutes with the dog. We are soooooo excited about the trip, kids and adults alike.

  6. Tax time is a good time to figure out how much you actually make from your photography. So maybe you can establish your budget and examine the other areas of spending at that time, too. I need to quit buying clothes...she says after ordering a new pair of joggers just this morning. But my closet is FULL. I have one of everything!! Time to wear everything more often.
    I think you should attend a leadership conference and contemplate moving into a leadership role. You would be a wonderful, compassionate principal!!

    1. That's a great idea! hahahaha. I definitely want to be mindful what I bring into my closet. In a lot of ways I am glad that I have a very small closet and one container or seasonal clothing. The space keeps me from over buying, or at least continually decluttering and donating because I just don't have the space. I bet the joggers you picked out are super cute though!

  7. I love how you categorize your goals for the year- so helpful and makes them more attainable as you stay organized!

    New post is up featuring a fun pair of leggings, hope to see you there!


    1. Thanks so much. It will make reflecting much easier I hope.

  8. Make a plan and work the plan. You are halfway there with your incredible plan! I am sure the coming year is going to fall your way.


    1. Awe, thank you. Sometimes plans turn out the way you envisioned and other times not so much. Either way, I am looking forward to 2023.