Personal Goals

I‘ve recently been thinking about why I don’t get everything done that I’d like to do. Sure, I have little ones at home and life takes time. But I often find myself floundering a bit with no real direction.

And then it hit me.

I no longer write out my to-do list. I no longer write down my yearly goals.

Back when I worked a full time desk job, my planner was always close at hand. I’d spend my day working (of course) but often times I’d jot down things I wanted to read, projects I wanted to do, or even my to-do list for the next day.

I very much enjoy a good to-do list.

And so it begins that this year I want to be able to do more. Because the work I do at home is never finished, my blog is never finished, and I honestly don’t feel like I can sit back and really feel like I’m done. That and my to-do list keeps getting longer……. So I thought I’d break up my year into more manageable pieces, and focus on each quarter as it comes around.

Personal Goals, 1st quarter: January – March

  • Finish eight more units in my master herbalist curriculum – I. Am. So. Slow. Seriously, a work at your own pace thing has become my downfall – I keep letting life (and blogging) get in the way of furthering my education. So I’m setting myself goals and trying to read at night instead of watch tv.
  • Learn to make cheese – You’d have thought I would have already been playing around with making cheese right? Or at least attempted it! But no. I rarely get enough milk from our farm share to make milk, some weeks getting none at all. But a friend of mine is leading a cheeses making class AND our farm has extra milk right now. Guess that means I’m making cheese!
  • Study three new herbs – Along with working on my curriculum, I thought it’s be fun to research and play around with one new herb each month! I’m about ready to put in my bi-yearly Mountain Rose Herbs order so I’ll be adding in a couple extra herbs I’ve never used before.
  • Try eight new recipes – This may be a bit lofty, yet I’d like to begin trying a new recipe each week or two. I find that making new dishes helps me keep things fresh in the kitchen as well as expands my knowledge of food and preparing it.


So what are you currently working on?

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. It is indeed incredibly important to have yearly, monthly (or quarterly like you have planned, AND daily goals. Life is so much more satisfying when you accomplish little things and eventually big things.

    Ever since starting my 365 Days of Sculpture project, I’ve felt so much more energized, happy, and conscious of things around me. I’m glad you’ve gotten back in the habit of writing to-do’s; it’s also good to leave open time for sporadic things to happen.

    donielle Reply:

    @Jonathan Lopez, “Life is so much more satisfying when you accomplish little things and eventually big things. ” I agree with that completely! I’ve use Pinterest to find some great daily planners/blog planners/weekly planners and printed out as many as I could before my ink dried up. :-) Once I get more……I think it’ll make my day go a lot easier. Already I have a mostly clean and scrubbed house, and daily tasks are actually getting done! Soon – I’ll tackle to blog to-dos… if only I could hire an assistant…….

  2. Love this! Great mini goals and to-dos. I can relate to the childhood bookworm gone non-reader. I was o excited to get that book free as well! I hope your plans go well. I think I should do a quarterly thing too. It would make things more managable and help with my sanity! Tjanks!

    donielle Reply:

    @Andrea, I just started the book last night and it’s really good! Feels funny reading it on my phone though……I don’t normally buy ebooks. :-)