2013 Goals – How Did I Do?

Did you make goals for 2013?  I never make resolutions for the new year but I do like making goals.  I like making goals and definitely like checking items off a list as I complete them.

Let’s see how I did with my 2013 goals.

2013 Goal Recap by virginiasweetpea.com


Home Goals

I made three home goals and only completed one.  Maybe it’s not such a good idea to publicly post goals if you aren’t going to follow through with them!

Goal #1:  Replace the carpet on our steps.  Fail!  The carpet is still there and looks even worse than what you see in the picture.  My excuse is that I should paint the walls before the carpet is replaced but don’t know what color because this room ties into our living room and I couldn’t possibly pick a color without knowing what fabric I’d use for new window treatments that the room needs.  Do you have situations like this?

Carpet on Our Steps

Goal #2:  Replace the pictures above the buffet in our dining room.  Fail!  The same bird prints are still there.  I should get busy with this in 2014.

Pictures above the buffet

Goal #3Update our Hall Bath.  Success!  This summer the bath was painted, the grout refreshed, a new shower curtain was made, and an Ikea Hemnes Cabinet was installed.  We are thrilled with the end result of this project.

How to Install an Ikea Hemnes Sink Cabinet


Yard Goals

I made two yard goals and accomplished both.

Goal #1:  Get our 2012 Derecho damaged lawn looking pretty again.  Success!  Our yard is green and pretty and you would never know that our turf was almost completely destroyed by tree trucks.

Our Repaired Turf

Big difference, isn’t it?

2012 Derecho Damaged Yard

Goal #2:  Landscape between our house and our neighbor’s home.  Success!  This area looks so much better with the right plants and a greenstone path.  Digging all of those holes was hard, hard work but so worth the effort.



Fitness Goals

I made two Fitness Goals

Goal #1:  Continue to exercise on a consistent basis.  Success!  I ran, took Sherman on long, long walks, did cycle class, tennis, and weight lifting.  I hoped to add distance to my running in 2013 and also to do yoga once a week but neither happened.   Perhaps 2014 will be the year for both of these activities.

Sherman Skulina in Manteo

Goal #2:  My 2013 goal was to continue to work on my tennis game, to compete against myself, and to not compare my skill level to that of others.  I didn’t play as much tennis in 2013 and realized that I like it that way.  Although I enjoy tennis, mentally I am better off not doing it because I get so worked up over it.  Being somewhat of a perfectionist, it drives me crazy that I try hard at it and am still not very good. The time that Mr. SP and I used to spend playing tennis together on the weekends is now spent walking our dog.  I really, really enjoy walking Sherman.  It doesn’t make me enraged like tennis does and I never feel the need to say every cuss word I know while I’m walking Sherman.  In 2014 I am going to continue to play tennis for fun and if I play in competitions, let it go when I make a mistake.

I always enjoy playing with Elsie!

OBX Charity Classic 2012

Now I need to  come up with my 2014 goals!

Have you made goals for 2014?  I’d love to read about them!


  1. I love your goals Paula! I think you did awesome on them! Even though you only completed one goal inside your house that definitely sounded like the biggest project on the list. The end result is beautiful too – just like your yard! Can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!

  2. I’m so impressed with everything you have completed this year, Paula! Especially your fitness goals. This is such a weak area for me. I did great right up until our cruise and completely fell off the wagon, and was running 2 miles per day. Happy New Year!!!! Looking forward to visiting your blog often and hopefully get back on the wagon with some motivation towards taking care of myself.

  3. Yay that you got lots of your goals done! That is great. I didn’t really go in to 2013 with any goals. Our lives were in limbo land at the beginning of the year. I’m coming up with some for this year now. I don’t want to overwhelm myself with them though. We shall see.

  4. Happy New Year! I think you and Mr SP did an awesome job on the bathroom remodel! I remember commenting on the progress. I laughed about your reasons that the carpet on the stairs hasn’t been replaced, because I have the same reasons that our old LR carpet is still in place! Add….. I’m thinking “we’ll wait until we knock part of the wall out between kitchen and living room”! It never ends and you’ve done a great job with your list! I need to work on mine! Looking forward to reading your blog in 2014!

  5. Good job, Paula. You were smart to delay the carpet project until you know exactly what you’re doing elsewhere. I am hoping to see that project scheduled in 2014 and to read the blogs that will go with it.

  6. Great goals and I’d say you accomplished a lot! The yard looks beautiful and lush. And you look amazing! I’m inspired by your fitness routine.

    Here’s to 2014!

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