I didn't really make a list of goals for 2012. Sure, I had a list in my head, but that didn't go so well for me. I made a list of 28 projects that I wanted to finish in 2012. I checked off eight. Eight?!? Not even one third of the list. How pathetic is that? This year is going to be better. Things are going to be different. I am setting some goals. There are going to be deadlines. I am putting this list out into cyber space and people are going to be able to judge me. That is a huge motivator for me.
I hate to fail publicly.
Failing privately is okay. No one knows but me. I can always burn my list in the wood stove and no one will even have to know it existed. But, if I put it on this blog some random person might see it. That random person might meet me. They could possibly ask me if I did what I said I was going to do. I could be publicly humiliated for my lack of commitment. Oh, the horror! See what I mean? It could be devastating.
Goals for 2013
- Read through the Bible. (Not an online version or on my phone. A real Bible that I can hold in my hands and make notes in and feel and smell and... you get the idea)
- Lose 75 pounds. (A little less than 1.5 pounds a week. I can do it. I had Lap Band Surgery for Heaven's sake. How much more help do I need?)
- Read 48 Books. (Self-improvement books. I could read a mystery novel every day with no problem. I want to make a point to read things that are a bit more substantial.)
- Learn to knit. (Just for fun. I crochet like crazy. Knitting looks harder. I want to do it.)
- One date a month. (Just us, no kids. Even if it is just to run out to the grocery store and get lunch.)
- Four overnight trips. (No kids, just a little time and money to waste on ourselves. These kids are going to be grown up soon and I don't want to look around and think. "Who are you, and what am I going to do with you the rest of our lives?")
- Intentionally show appreciation for the sacrifices that he makes by working away form home in a difficult job to take care of our family. (I want him to know that I notice. Exactly how I am going to accomplish that is probably best left undescribed in this particular venue.)
- Finish the current Bible Study this school year and pick out a new one for next year.
- One field trip or interesting adventure per month.
- Get in Marshall's head and figure out how to help him motivate himself to accomplish the goals he has for himself. (Apparently public failure is not his main motivation.)
- Visit or have a craft day with my mom once a week. (She lives alone. She is probably lonely. I need to be more intentional about spending time with her. And anyway, she is my best friend and a lot of fun to be around!)
- Go out to my dad's once a week and spend time with him. (His health is not so good, and I want to make sure he knows we care about him.)
- See or talk to my Gram once a month. (She is 96 years old. Need I say more?)
- Write two notes or send cards once a month. (Snail Mail. I like getting mail. Everyone else must too.)
- Host family get togethers once a month. (Birthdays, holidays, no reason. Just make sure I feed everyone once a month.)
- $500 a week income for me. (A teaching job with an online school would be fantastic, but if that is not God's plan for me then I am sure He and I can work something out.)
- End 2013 with no debt except the mortgage. ( It is just a little bit on the credit cards right now, but ending the year with no debt would mean not charging anything for Christmas this year.)
- $20,000 in Savings. (That is a lofty goal. Easily doable when I start having an income, but nearly impossible without it.)
- Track spending monthly and lower amount each month.(When I started keeping track of how much money I really spend, I was appalled. I thought I was frugal. Not so much!)
- Make one Christmas gift every month. (Or multiples of one gift. I want to be done with all of the high pressure crafting before Thanksgiving.)
- Lower Christmas budget by $500. (I love Christmas and I strive to make it special for everyone, but we spend a lot of money accomplishing that goal. I want to slow things down and spread things out this year.)
- One project a month that contributes to a more organized Christmas. (Things like organizing the decorations and deciding on a gift list early on will make things easier and help me have the kind of Christmas I want.
- Finish Christmas prep by Thanksgiving. (All of the above goals will help me finish up by Thanksgiving. I just want to spend the month of December decorating my house and making some special cookies and doing all of the fun things we like to do. I don't want to have to worry that it isn't all going to get done.)
- Celebrate something every month. (There is some sort of Holiday or birthday every month that I want to recognize in a significant way. Even if it is something as simple as having apple food for every meal on Johnny Appleseed Day, I want to make sure that we are creating memories.)
- Plan meals weekly or monthly and try one new recipe every week. (I never make new foods. The only new recipes I try are for deserts. I want to be more adventurous this year. And I want to be more intentional about what we are eating. I would like to make more food from scratch and use the vintage cookbooks that I have been collecting. And then there is Pinterest, too!)
- Grow a garden. (We got a good start on making our raised bed last year but it fizzled out short of actually planting anything.)
- Redo 3 rooms. (Abby's room is first on the list because that will be her birthday present this month. She wants horses, not the flowers and fashion that I envisioned.)
- Make a yearly cleaning plan or follow one online. (My daily plan is working out very well. Now I need to figure out the big stuff.)
- Five posts a week.
- Six new income streams.
- Learn or research something new about blogging every week.
- Get a new computer.
- Get a SLR camera.
- Make and stick to a blogging schedule. (In short, I want to be a real blogger, not just a blogger wannabe!)
I just know that 2013 is going to be my best year ever. Life is so good. God is so good. I can't wait to see how things turn out.
What are you going to do to make 2013 your best year ever?