2012 Goals

If you’ve spent more than twelve seconds at my blog, you might know I love love love goals.

This year, I did my goals a little differently than I have in the past. I’ve felt like, some years, things on my list are just on there for the sake of having goals, not because they are really things I care strongly about. And then, because of my really reasonable personality type, I tend to do the things I don’t care so much about just because they’re easy to check off, and kind of ignore the few important ones. I am just such a model of good goal setting.

So this year, I formatted them a little differently (inspired in part by Janet’s resolutions on her 2011 wrap-up post). I came up with five overarching themes for the year – things I want to focus on, ways I want to improve. They aren’t measurable (I know! goal failure!) but they’re easy to remember and I’m hopeful that they’ll keep me focused on improving my life this year. Here they are:


Then, I divided my life into various categories (wife, mother, blogger, reader, physical, etc) and tried to make just a few goals in each of those areas – ones that I’d really feel good about working toward. Here are some of those:


  • Two one-on-one activities a week (planned in the evening – supplies bought as needed).
  • Make holidays fun (Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
  • No TV for Ella in our home


  • Waste no food from the CSA (and this is why we had rutabaga on Thursday night).
  • Quarterly exercise plans (2x a week)
  • 2 desserts a week – one month of commitment at a time
  • Floss every day (so far this goal is killing me. My dentist father is probably not that impressed).

Dressing Myself

  • Buy things that make me happy
  • 15 items repaired/altered


  • 40 book reviews (non-picture books)
  • 25 recipes (with photographs)
  • Full 2×2 series
  • All Newbery and Caldecott Titles of 2012


  • Painting done
  • 72 Hour kits completed

I am really excited about 2012 – it’s going to be great.

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  1. Um, can I steal all of these?? They are so pretty, too. I like the idea of making your goals look nice and maybe even hanging them up somewhere as a reminder.

  2. 72 hour kits? Your goals all seem reasonable to me. How many books did you review last year?

    I really like the unqualified goals like in your boxes. I did that last year and it really changed the way I acted. I haven't posted my goals for this year, really haven't even sat down to think about it, but it'll be like yours, a combo of concrete and abstract.

  3. I am also a dentist's daughter and flossing regularly, let alone everyday, is something that I have the hardest time with.

  4. I love the "live vibrantly" one. Love.

    Also, my family has a pretty awesome Valentine's Day tradition that I think is fairly unique to us. The last Monday night in January my Mom would bust out a pile of paper plates and stickers and markers and colored paper and doilies. We'd take 2 paper plates, cut one in half and then put them together to make a circle-shaped pocket. After decorating the crap out of them, we'd punch holes around the edges and stitch them together with yarn, leaving a tail to use as a hanger.

    We'd hang our "Valentine's Pockets" on our doorknobs and then each morning from February 1 to V-day we'd have a small surprise in them, a cute eraser, a fun-sized candy bar, a sheet of stickers, etc. On Valentine' Day we'd have a bit larger present–new pajamas, or a book, or something like that. Ella is probably still a little young to appreciate such a thing (except the book part, she'd love that), but it is one of my favorite holiday traditions of the entire year.

    (As we got older, we'd construct elaborate "pockets" out of cardboard and shoe boxes…one year I made a Valentine's Day Robot, the surprise would be dropped in the robot mouth and would go down a throat and into a safe-box (robot tummy) that had a secret entrance code (pipe cleaner lock) on the back. It was awesome.)


  5. Don't worry, Janssen. Flossing gets easier with time. After a while, you will have to floss because your teeth feel so dirty if you have not. Flossing used to be 'the impossible dream' and now it is a staple in my evening routine.

  6. I love how pretty you made your goals and I like that they are attainable in a "big picture" way.

    Like Lisa, I am curious what 72 hour kits are?

    One of mine is to make a fire plan-Groovy Girl has been "bothering" me about this for 2 years!

  7. great goals. I am ready to do my own "happiness project" and I'm so excited! It's broken down very similarly to your goal plan. Good way of thinking.

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