Mid-Year Update (July Already? Really?)

Wow, we’re already halfway through the year. I’m constantly amazed at how fast the time goes by–especially as I watch the kids grow up. Since we’re in July, I thought it’d be a good time to check in to see how I’m doing on my 2012 goals that I mentioned here and here. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m always hopping from one thing to the next and have to remind myself to go back and finish what I’ve started. I’m getting better but am still a work in progress. So, without further ado, let’s see how I’m doing…

First up—an update on my 40 Before Forty goals.

For my birthday this year, I thought it’d be cool to come up with a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the big 4-0. Honestly, when I revisited my list a few weeks ago, I thought, what the heck was I smoking? I must have been feeling really high on life that day because my list is pretty ambitious to say the least. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean. Nonetheless, I have crossed off two things so far:

#28 – See Statue of Liberty in person, April 2012 (read more about my momcation to NYC)


#34 – Be able to point out all 50 states on a map, May 2012 (thanks to some apps like iLearn: US States, Stack the States and U.S. Map).

I’m also making progress on several other goals including #9, 14, 36 and 40. That means more updates to come before the end of the year. As of today, I have 38 goals and 1,308 more days to go.

Next up—my 2012 resolutions

Experience the everyday – I’m doing really well with this. Instead of sitting in front of the t.v. as much, we’re playing outside or taking family walks. I’m learning to unplug from the internet/social media every so often. And after reading this article on the dangers of the internet, I’m planning to completely forgo all things internet (unless it’s work-related) for an entire week at least twice a year–for sure, once in the summer and once around the Christmas holidays.

Let God be my one thing – I am much more consistent about keeping my bible study and prayer time. (Using the devotionals and Bible reading plans on the YouVersion Bible app has been a big help.) I’ve even just signed up again for my 2nd round as an accountability captain for the Hello Mornings challenge.


I was hesitant about signing up again, but it’s such a great way to keep myself accountable and to encourage other women in their walk with God. I’m doing pretty good solo, but do want to start doing more family activities centered on God.

Eliminate debt – OK, I’m completely bombing on this one. Very little progress has been made. I did decide to re-assume my role as household money manager. After I turned those duties over to hubbie (all because he kept questioning my system of doing things), I started living like money grows on trees. I was getting pretty careless, so I thought it best to get back to taking a more active role in our finances. August will also be budget-reckoning month (just in time to start planning for Christmas shopping).

Read – I’m so excited about this one because I’m seeing some big-time progress. My goal was to read at least 24 books/ebooks this year; and so far, I’ve read, wait for it…21! Hot diggity! I didn’t even realize I’d finished this many books. Now, if I can just translate this momentum to my other goals, I’ll be one super mama.

Live well – Progress has been up and down on this one. Overall, I’m working out more. We walk most days, and I’m getting to the gym 1-2 times a week. However, if I miss a day or two, things go downhill quickly. Right now, I’m on a two-week slump—eating all kinds of crazy desserts and fast foods and not working out much. Hubbie’s ramping up on a weight loss kick, so here’s to hoping that gets me going again.

That’s how things are going in my world. How are you doing on your 2012 resolutions? Anyone knocking it out the park on their goals? Share your secrets if you are.


  1. Niklas says:

    If someone cannot pass this test, there’s no other reason to go on to the other tests. But just as Pat Robertson likes to beat others over the head with his Big Book of Silly, there are rules about preachers too. The strongest selling point of this app is its ability to navigate the entire Android file system including, the SD card, and even access the internal memory.

  2. Susan says:

    love love love this idea. love this as a blogging inspiration. very very cool! congrats on being able to scratch stuff off your list as you celebrate your journey to the big 4-0

  3. Cheryl says:

    What a great idea to write these down and go back to review your progress. Sounds like something I should do too. Thanks for the idea!

    • The Well-Rounded Home says:

      Yes I highly recommend setting birthday goals. Mine are making me excited about turning 40.

  4. motheringfromscratch says:

    {Kathy} I saw the Statue of Liberty on my 40th birthday, along with the other famous landmarks of New York City! Being slightly over 40 now has made be much more relaxed about life. You seem to really have a handle on goal setting I see!

    • Kacey says:

      How cool! I really enjoyed NYC this time around. I’ve typically been a pretty good goal setter–but not as great on the goal doing side. Blogging has really helped me to do much better about not just talking about what I want to do, but actually doing them.

  5. Pamela says:

    I’ve been going to therapy twice a week for the past 3 weeks for my foot. I have been doing a lot of leg lifts w/5 lb weights). I have been working muscles I forgot I had (not really) or should I say I did not want to work. I feel great after an hour of stretching, flexing, and lifting. I’m committed to your weekly plan of some type of exercise 3 times a week.
    I have no specific goals – just to live and enjoy life one day at a time!

    • Kacey says:

      Work it! Yeah, that’s the thing about exercising and lifting weights, all kinds of things start hurting that you didn’t know you had. But, good to know you’re sticking with it. That’ll help motivate me.

  6. Karen says:

    My goal for 2012 is simple–take time to enjoy each day! It’s been great not allowing myself to stress over anything. I just turn everything that’s beyond my ability over to God. Doing so makes life so much better!

    I’ve also committed that each year until I turn 60 to take myself on a “birthdaycation” to places I’ve always wanted to go. One down, and 5 to go! Even now, I’m doing some sort of planning for each one (thanks to the internet).