2011 Goals

Oh, how I love setting goals for a new year. I look forward to spending the last few weeks of December planning what I want to accomplish, what areas of my life I want to improve, and projects to get done.

In 2009, Bart and I were on fire with our goal setting and accomplishing. This past year, we never really finalized our goals and we both felt the void. This year will be much improved.

Here are some of my goals for 2011:

  •  Health
    • Run 5K in August
    • All whole grain rice and pasta at home
    • 10 new vegetarian recipes added to regular rotation
  • Creativity/Projects
    • Start herb garden on balcony with 8 different varieties
    • Photo albums for previous five years of marriage
    • Finish bumpers for Ella’s crib
    • Frame four pictures for the house
  • Blogging
    • Participate in  Cybils (Picture books or non-fiction picture books, preferably)
    • 50 Book Reviews
  • Organizational
    • Ella’s closet organized
    • Bathroom cupboards organized
    • Pantry organized
    • Laundry closet organized
  • Intellectual
    • Read 4 adult classics
    • Read 6 Newbery books
    • Read at least 2 Economist articles from each issue
    • Download internet time tracker
  • Family
    • Be a better gift giver
    • No TV for Ella
    • Read 50 Caldecott (winners or honors) books with Ella
    • Weekly Family Home Evening
    • Plan 4 dates with Bart
    • Do 4 new things in Texas

Happy New Year, indeed.

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  1. Ooh, good ones! I highly recommend the Couch to 5K program for your running goal because it's so satisfying to go through the levels. My favorite thing ever for pantry organization is pull-out drawers like these. They take away some space, but they save you from digging around in a cavernous cabinet.

  2. Oh, these are great goals. I am curious to hear how the no TV thing goes. We are hoping to follow the AAP recommendation of no TV for the first two years and I have heard from parents that this is incredibly challenging to stick to.

  3. I love how you have categorized your goals. I need to do that. My first goal is to finalize my goals this Sunday. 🙂

  4. I love that you included "No TV for Ella". That's something I feel really strongly about and if I have kids some day, I hope to keep them away from TV for as long as I can!

  5. I'm also glad to see the no TV rule. We, too, feel very strongly against TV for toddlers (sometimes I tell my husband that our kids won't watch TV till they're in kindergarten!). I'm curious to know if you've chosen an internet time tracker to install yet. I know I waste too much online but I haven't figured out what I want to use at this point.

  6. Love your categories and your goals–especially your categories (I might be changing my goals up a little now).

  7. I was actually just listing some of my goals for 2011 when you commented on my blog! I'm still figuring out some of my goals but will post them soon. I did notice that we have a couple of similar goals – but sadly, this Type A person didn't even think of categorizing my goals! Love it!

  8. Curious about your "No TV" goal as well. I will say that my toddler LOVES watching some "Wee Sing" DVDs that we purchased and she interacts with them…though she doesn't watch them every day. We don't have TV in our house, but we do have DVDs and Netflix. Is your policy no to any media online too? DVDs? or just TV?

  9. It is nice to set goals huh? You feel like you can work something and when you accomplish them you feel amazing! I have some similar goals too. Wish we lived closer because I would love to train with someone to run marathons with. My sister found this amazing vegetarian recipe from Rachel Ray, we made it and we are OCD. If you want it, just email me and I will pass on the goodness! Happy New Year!!

  10. I love that you categorized your goals this year. Good luck with accomplishing them and keep us updated on your progress.

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