My Goals for 2012

I love dreaming up goals for the New Year, and I wanted to share mine with you.  I’m looking forward to unpacking these in more detail throughout the month of January.


Hit the major financial milestone we’ve been working on for 2 years. I’ve never started the New Year with an already-completed goal, so I’m putting this one at the top of the list!  My husband and I were hoping to hit this milestone in March, but we were surprised to be able to pull this one off on December 30, 2011.  It’s nice to enter the New Year with some momentum behind us!

Save a pile of cash. Yes, we have a specific goal, but I’m not blogging it 🙂

Health and Fitness:

Do one pull-up. I have gotten so close to hitting this goal twice in the past, but pregnancy has always interfered.  This is the year.

8:30 2k row. I thought about choosing a running goal, but the thing is:  I hate running.  (There!  I said it.)


Start a new blog. I am aching to dialogue about matters of faith, and I’d like a separate space for that.  I’ve purchased the domain, I’m setting up the site….stay tuned for updates!

Write an e-book. I would love to give this a try.

Read 3 books about the craft of writing.


Redo our living room. Nothing elaborate, but it badly needs a paint job.  And then it will need curtains.  And pillows.  And maybe, a comfy chair.  On the cheap.

Complete the switch to green cleaning products.


Read Harry Potter, Madeline L’Engle, and Annie Dillard. These three have been on my reading (or re-reading) list for ages, and 2012 is the year.

Log the books I read. I’ve been a terrible literary record-keeper in the past. This year, I’m going to do better.


Get together with friends once a month, just for fun. Playdates don’t count.

Send Christmas cards. I’ve taken several (ahem) years off.  We probably have long-lost friends that don’t even know we had a fourth child.  This year, I’m sending them.  I have nearly 12 months to plan ahead!


Be more on top of things.  In a later post I’ll share my plan for making this fuzzy goal more concrete.

Learn to use my camera.

Go on a family camping trip.


Learn to knit. In 2012, I’ll learn to knit mittens, baby booties, and a (really cute) hat.

Have fun sewing. This year, I’ll make a picnic blanket, a dress-up cape, and curtains for our living room.

Give handmade gifts. Especially for the many babies we’re planning on welcoming in 2012.

We’re also thinking hard about our 10-year plan.

What do you want to accomplish in 2012?

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  1. Jamie says:

    This looks like a great list! Getting together with friends more often made the top of my list as well. Have you thought about using Amazon to help you track the books you’ve read? I make a point of reviewing everything I read, both to help others make informed reading choices and because Amazon keeps a searchable, dated list for me of all my reviews so I can go back and find things later. You can also use Amazon to make recommended or themed reading lists for yourself or others. Just a thought. 🙂

    Also – very interested to see what comes of your spiritually themed blog!

  2. Must be a year for branching out…. I am setting up a second site as well… time will tell if this was a good move or not on my part!

    Love you list.. I have not done one yet but have my word for the year – CLEAN

    Good luck with everything I look forward to following your adventure!


  3. Hey Anne – great list! I discovered and used goodreads last year to keep track of what I had read, and it was SO nice to be able to go back in December and see what I had been reading since January. It’s easy and not as time consuming as, oh say, Pinterest. 🙂

    You hate running? One more reason I know we would get along in real life. 🙂

    My top three goals would have to be:

    1) Pay off the house (and work on financial decisions in every area)
    2) Write a book (and your ebook comment got me thinking…)
    3) Time management

  4. Danielle says:

    I love your list, Anne. Specific, measurable, ambitious but achievable.

    And we really need to get together sometime to talk about books and kids… and that awful jogging class we had to take in college. I think about how much I hate running every time I put on the T-shirt from that 5K.

    • Anne says:

      Oh, I would LOVE that!

      I have no idea what happened to that 5k shirt (although I did wear my Class of ’99 shirt to the gym today!) My big memory from that day is how the race almost made me late for the Cubs game in the city 🙂

  5. Well I ten of my goals for 2012 on my blog already… but the big three I want to accomplish completing my book and getting it to the publishers, losing 15 more pounds to reach my goal weight, and reading through the whole Bible in a year. I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy 12 months!

    And by the way, I can’t wait to read your faith-based blog!

  6. Nicol says:

    Hi Ann,
    Funny- your goals could have mirrored those that I have had…looking orward to your new blog; just do not give this one up! Happy New Year!

  7. Joi says:

    My goals are to eat better and exercise regularly; do a better job cleaning, and with regularity; read more; and, since you mentioned it, log what I read! I use Shelfari Bookshelf for that, but a few months ago I fell off the wagon. And I also resolve to try new recipes in the kitchen. =)

  8. sarah beals says:

    Great goals, Anne. I am rooting for you. You can do it. I also want to write an ebook this winter, to help fund a missions trip that my daughter Rebekah was accepted to travel on this summer. 🙂

  9. Malisa says:

    I love your list of goals. And that you have specific ones for so many areas of your life. How exciting to consider writing an ebook! Also, what great crafting goals.

  10. Dianna says:

    You’ll have to explain what a 2K row is …… And running is not that bad 😉

    You should check out 3 in 30… I love it, since it breaks dwn goals into small, manageable chunks.

  11. What a list! I’ll be impressed and proud of you when you complete it. 🙂

    The thing I’m most excited to see is your blog about faith-things. I’d love to exchange thoughts and words with you about that. 🙂

    Happy New Year, Anne!

  12. Karianna @ Caffeinated Catholic Mama says:

    I can’t wait for your new blog! Congrats on meeting your financial milestone… we are still working on ours, but should reach it by next year.

    8:30 row sounds amazing! Last time I was on an Erg, I was pulling in the 9:30-9:45 range, and I was winded… I can’t imagine an 8:30.

    I, too, have been pondering an e-book… maybe we should collaborate? 🙂

    And thank you for the blog-spiration for today! I was going to post Rose Parade pics of the girls, but those are already all over Twitter and FaceBook.

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  14. Tracey says:

    Writing an ebook is on my goal list for 2012, too!

    Thanks for sharing your goals. I always enjoy reading and being inspired by what others are planning for the coming year.

    • Anne says:

      Lucky, that’s so funny–because I just picked up On Writing from the library today! It will be the first Stephen King book I’ve ever read.

  15. Yan says:

    HATE running, LOVE Madeleine L’Engle, and hope to be working on a cookbook this year. I’d recommend Terry Brooks’ “Sometimes the Magic Works,” even though I haven’t yet finished it. The man is wicked funny in person, and not at all elitist about his process.

  16. Heatherly says:

    I didn’t have time to read through all of the comments, so I hope I am not being redundant, but

    1.Read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It really inspired me as a writer.
    2. Goodreads {redundant, for sure as I replied to a commenter above}
    3. Harry Potter {woop woop} is up there with Austen, Anne, and Downton for me… in different categories, of course, but with as much passion. Keep me posted on your progress. 🙂
    4. Knitting my first scarf now. Learned on Christmas day. *fingers crossed*
    5. 2nd blog? Double the pleasure, double the fun! Can’t wait!

    Blessed New Year!

  17. sonja lange says:

    Good luck with your goals! I would love to learn to sew, I have a machine and everything – just never have made the time…I read all of the time, but I would like to read more meaningfully if that makes sense – the problem is I read before bedtime and usually like to take that time to escape from the day so I tend to choose books that aren’t to serious or heavy…so I tend to read a lot of simple, funny mysteries. The financial goal – pay off credit cards and finally save money. Thanks for reminding me to set my goals and really go after them.

  18. Ellen says:

    love your goals and here’s “inspiration, encouragement and blessings” being sent your way.

    I also want to learn to knit 🙂 Maybe we can do a beginner’s swap 🙂

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