Goals {Things to do in 2012}

In true procrastinator style, I waited a little bit to make my full & complete goal list for the year. A few weeks ago, I made an abbreviated list. There are now many things to add to it!

  • Walk 4 times a week.
  • Join a women’s social & volunteer organization. Done.
  • Stick to meal planning. I have a full year membership to E-Mealz to keep me on track with budgeting for groceries and for planning.
  • Take classes for fun–art, dance, writing, computers. Anything.
  • Continue to journal and finish my Gadanke journals.
  • Order our wedding album.
  • Start & Finish both college and wedding scrapbooks.
  • Read all the unread books on my bookshelf. I keep buying — but not reading.
  • Digitize all our old family photos.
  • Plan a vacation.

{Edited to Add}

  • No fast food in the odd months (Jan, March, etc.). I don’t eat fast food that often since I cook a lot to save money, but there are times I crack. I’d like to be able to say that I went several months without eating anything from a drive thru window.
  • Update my iPhone I have been meaning to update and sync my iPhone for months. I finally bit the bullet and did it! I just hated having the idea of not being able to use my phone for an extended period of time and the scare that it might delete everything on my phone. Some of my friends lost everything in the upgrade! It was a success though. :)
  • Keep up with my personal email. When I wrote this, I had 1,000 emails in my inbox. All read of course… just not always replied to or deleted. I went through last night and took two hours to get down to 300 emails! That’s awesome. Most of those emails are things I’m saving… papers I wrote in grad school, cell phone pictures, the first emails when my husband and I met… those are cheesy. I should re-read them to him. ;)
  • Blog 366 times this year {it’s a leap year!}
  • Watch 30 movies from my Netflix queue
  • Add 30 movies to my Netflix queue
  • No more than one soda a day and not every day
  • Go to 2 spring training games
  • Go to 5 Rays games
  • Watch the sunrise on the other coast
  • Read 48 books
  • See a play
  • Cut down on the beer — like way, way down.
  • Eat more vegetables daily. This will be hard as I only really like broccoli…and corn…which isn’t that good for you. Can I eat broccoli every day?
  • Take two vacations–even if they are “mini” weekend trips
  • Send 100 Postcrossing cards
  • Complete 50 swaps on Swap-Bot
  • Open an ETSY shop
  • Organize my postcard collection
  • Start a record collection
  • Continue with Project 365 {I just use my phone to take silly pictures to remember what I’m doing that day. Jen gifted me the Project 365 Pro app for my phone. Here’s a look at my November and December!}



I’ve also done this survey every year since I’ve started blogging. You can see the 2010 and the 2011 versions here and here.


One thing I will learn: To accept my body for its strengths and weaknesses. I’ve had a piss-poor body image ever since I moved. I don’t know why. I just FEEL huge. I know that I am not gigantic, but I am not what I used to be. Heck, I’m not even what I weighed at my wedding and that was barely a year ago. I need to just stay active and eat right and try not to focus on the numbers.

One place I will go: The east coast of Florida. I want to watch the sunrise from a beach there, I want to visit St. Augustine, & I want to see Key Biscayne. It’s supposed to be beautiful.

One physical habit I will break: Giving up before even trying. I wake up early every morning to work out, but each day I somehow talk myself out of it. I have to do the dishes, take out the trash, read this book, etc. and so forth. I’m always looking for something else to do.

One physical habit I will cultivate: Regular dog walking and human walking. Convincing the husband to take walks with us.

One mental habit I will break: Over analyzing things. Just be.

One relationship I’ll repair: I would love to get back to being close with my girlfriends from back home. Since I moved, it’s been a struggle. I don’t always call or text back. I don’t know why.

One work habit I will change: Stay on top of emails. I have a bad habit of reading an email and not replying for a week. I end up getting caught up in another project. Read email and reply IMMEDIATELY.

One thing I’ll throw out: I will do a super makeup clean out. Does one really need three aqua eyeshadows?

A second thing I’ll throw out: I need to do a tank top/t-shirt clean out. I have two drawers filled to the brim with tanks and shirts. I can only wear so many in a YEAR … no need for 876 tank tops.

One thing I’ll eat more often: Vegetables.

One thing I’ll eat less: Fast food.

One thing I’ll drink more: Water, water and more water.

One thing I’ll drink less: Beer.

One resentment I’ll get over: I do not really have any resentments that need to be addressed.

One person I’ll treat more respectfully: My husband. I try to respect him but I think sometimes I don’t always show my appreciate for what he does.

One thing I’ll spend less money on: Beer. Fast food. Nights out.

One other change I’ll make in my finances: I should actually use that savings account.

One thing I’ll spend less time doing: Complaining. This might be a tough one.

And a thing I’ll spend more time doing: Walking the dogs. Reading. Writing. Taking pictures.

I have a pretty good feeling that 2012 is going to be unlike any other year that I’ve lived. It’s going to be full of change and… adventure?

I know that I won’t be perfect this year, but at least I wrote out everything that I’m wanting to do. It could be helpful. Reading everyone else’s goals and resolutions always inspires me… especially the recaps when people actually complete their goals. It’s like… I can do this. There is no one holding me back but myself. :)

This reminds me… I still have November and December goals to update on! I’ll let you know how I stand later this week. :) I might even make some goals for January. Small, attainable things. Completing smaller goals always makes it seem easier to finish the big ones.

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  1. says

    This is a really awesome post. I haven’t made any resolution yet, bad I know :(

    A few years back I gave up meat for my resolution and kept it up for almost three years. I figure that’s good enough for awhile lol!

    Good luck, and good job, with everything!

  2. says

    I need to check out EMealz

    Last year, I made a point to take a picture each day and actually did so until probably fall. But – I would go weeks without downloading pics and then it just all became a big pain in the ass to organize and keep up with. So I immediately bought the app you mentioned and am loving it so far. Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I love that you’ve already crossed things out. Way to go! No fast food on odd months is a good idea. 48 books?! I think I’m pushing it with 24. I keep buying and not reading too! I love Project 365 also. Good goals! You can do it all!

  4. says

    You have quite a list of goals for 2012! I’m impressed.

    Lol and when you said the only veggies you like are broccoli and corn all I could think of is the Manwich commercial where the little girl wears a sloppy Joe costume in the school play. The kid dressed as corn says to her “what are you doing here? You’re not a vegetable!” And she replies that there is a serving of vegetables in each serving of Manwich…and that “corn isn’t a vegetable…it’s a grain!” Whatevs…I still kind of think of corn as a vegetable…


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