23 Goals for Year 23

Yesterday I celebrated my “golden birthday,” turning 23 on the 23rd. Many people, including my mother, did not know what that meant, so I think it’s a recent development in birthdays. I don’t know if it was the title or the amazing outpouring of love I received, but I have to admit it was a pretty spectacular birthday! Thank you, friends and family, for making me feel so blessed.

A birthday card from one of my best friends, Christie, said something that got me thinking. She said, “This year will really shine for you and I can’t wait to see you live it.” Not only is that incredibly sweet, but it made me stop and think about what 23 might have in store. I decided to set some goals and resolutions for this year, like I should have done at New Years 😅. A few of them I have been striving towards for a while, but some of them I just came up with, hah! In no particular order, here are 23 goals for year 23 of my life! Let’s see how many I can accomplish in the next 364 days:

1. Blog more: Hey, I’m working towards that right now!

2. Memorize scripture: I have tried many different methods of this over the years and nothing seems to stick. I recently started trying a new method of memorizing Bible verses and hopefully I will share those ideas with you soon!

3. Write a song: #tbt to the time I wrote a graduation song for my first soulmates: Christie, Courtney, and Kim. This is so embarrassing, yet just cheesy enough to share.

The Girls slideshow from brianna branches out on Vimeo.

4. Communicate in more meaningful ways: Send more snail-mail, make more phone calls.

5. Practice piano consistently

6. Learn to play more fiddle/bluegrass on my violin

7. Percolate a perfect cup of coffee: I can never master the water to grounds ratio…

8. Cook more, eat out less

9. Drink less soda: In elementary school I gave up soda and didn’t drink it again for 3 or 4 years. In high school and college I had it every once in a while. But since getting married, I think I drink soda at least 4 or 5 times a week and it always makes me feel gross. I want to break this habit!!

10. Host more friends and family in our home: Living in a small apartment shouldn’t prevent us from hosting guests! But when we do, we might end up with another fort… Fort

11. Find volunteer opportunities, give back to the community

12. Read at least 12 books: I used to be a much better reader and I wish I would have spent my past 3 months of unemployment reading more books, rather than watching so much Netflix 😐. I think I can read at least one book a month for the next year, but hopefully I’ll do even more than that!

13. Develop exercise habits: Another thing I should have done over the past 3 months.

14. Travel the country: I have a few trips planned for the upcoming months and one of them is to California, a place I’ve never been. I’m hoping to see more of America this summer!

15. Be more financially responsible

16. Do well on my grad school entrance exams: Gotta start brushing up on the music theory now…

17. Get a dog: This is probably the least likely of my goals, as our apartment does not allow dogs. But hey, a girl can dream.

18. Get to know my husband better: After 4 years, it is easy to feel like you know a person pretty well. But the joy of marriage is learning more and more about each other every day and I am so excited to be on this journey with him!

19. Find chapstick that actually works: This winter has been rough on my poor little lips 👄

20. Ride bikes: My wonderful husband bought us new bikes for my birthday this week! We are excited to explore the trails around our apartment and go on cycling adventures.

21. Explore Omaha restaurants: Caleb and I created a list of all the places we want to eat in our new hometown with the help of our friends. We love eating out, thus goal number 5, but we’re excited to try more restaurants unique to Omaha!  

22. Create more: Living in a consumer culture makes it easy to always take without giving. Whether it is the song mentioned in goal number 3, a craft, a project, an idea, or a blog post, I hope to come up with some individual and new creations in this 23rd year!

23. Love well: I am always drawn back to Matthew 22: 37-40, which states:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

I hope this year is filled with love, laughter, and joy as I continually pursue God’s will for my life.

What are some goals you have for this year? How are your resolutions going? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Omaha readers: What restaurants should Caleb and I add to our list? 


10 thoughts on “23 Goals for Year 23

  1. Savannah Perran says:

    Happy belated birthday, Brianna! All of these goals are awesome 🙂 .
    One of my goals for 2016 is to write a full novella (I’m excited to do it!), and the other is to read fifty books.


    • Brianna says:

      Thank you, it was a good birthday!
      And wow, that is so exciting. I would love to read it once you’re done, what a great idea!
      50 books is a wonderful goal, let me know if you read any interesting ones 🙂


  2. sikesjr says:

    I LOVE your blogs so keep them coming!!! SO VERY PROUD OF YOU and will be interested in how you get along with your 23 challenges. XOXOXO. Mama Sikes Sent from my iPad



  3. Melanie says:

    What a great list!! My husband and I actually just went on a bike ride tonight. We rode about a mile or so, up to a nearby restaurant for dinner and then made a quick pit stop at the grocery store for cereal before heading home. Bikes for a great added adventure to a date night! Enjoy yours and happy Monday!!


    • Brianna says:

      Oh, how wonderful that you can use your bike to run errands and explore your city – I was just thinking today I wish there was more within biking distance of our apartment, ha! I’m glad you were able to enjoy springtime with your husband!


  4. Bethany Lotulelei says:

    Omaha must be such a fun place to live! If you are looking for a good cup of coffee take that hubby of yours and go to the Culprit Cafe in Omaha! A friend and I recently spent the day in Omaha going to the Joslyn art museum, thrifting, and hanging out (she lives in Iowa and since Omaha is the halfway point for us we meet every three months), and we happened to stumble across this cafe. We are both serious coffee drinkers, and Culprit’s Burnt Brown Sugar and Butterscotch coffee was easily the best coffee I have ever consumed. And I usually don’t even like butterscotch. It wasn’t very pricey either! Cheaper than Starbucks. Give it a try! Good luck on all your goals this year. I think year 23 is going to be a great year for you!


    • Brianna says:

      Oh my goodness, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Ahh thank you for the recommendation 🙂

      Also, I think it is so special you make it a habit to meet with her every couple of months. That is too great!


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