My 2012 Goals

Last year, I wrote about my goals for 2011. I met some of them and others I didn’t.

This year is a new year so it’s time for new goals. Goals are good and necessary to give purpose to one’s life. As I reflected, many of my goals this year are continuations of things that I’ve recently started and / or want to improve upon.

Here are my goals for this upcoming year.

1. Continue to read.

I love to read, as you know if you regularly visit my site! My goal this year is to read 100 books. I’ve tried to do so the past two years and have only been shy a couple books. This year, I’m going to do it! Of the ten I listed in my reading plan, I’ve already finished Inconceivable and The Book Thief (plus another one) so that only leaves 97 books to read.

2. Journal more. 

I have a dozen journals that I have completed in my life so far. It’s the way that I remember things and it’s also the way I try to process things. Lately, I’ve noticed that my journaling has become sporadic. I know I won’t be writing every night in my journals like I did before I was married, but I’d like to journal at least once a week.

3. Continue to put money aside in savings.

Andy and I are working to put money aside in savings. We’re trying to grow our emergency fund while at the same time save for larger home purchases. I’d like to rework our budget to find “extra” money to contribute to our savings.

4. Cook at least one new recipe every month.

I enjoy cooking but have found myself relying upon the same recipes. I want to expand our favorites list and the only way I can do so is by trying new recipes. I want to cook at least one new recipe a month. I hope to cook more than one but one is a good goal.

5. Continue to grow this website.

Over the past year and a half, this website has really started to grow. Thanks to you, I now have around 100 views a day as well as 32 daily email subscribers. (If you’d like to sign up for daily emails so you don’t miss a thing, you can do so here!) I’d like to continue reaching out with this website, providing encouragement so we can all joyfully thrive.

I am looking forward to continuing our Meet a Frugal Lutheran series, as well as the Christmas Savings Challenge. I plan to continue providing coupons and deals that can help you save – so we are doing more than just surviving. I also have some new ideas in the works. As always, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear your ideas!

6. Wear my pedometer and walk more.

I’ve had such busy days and weeks that I’ve gotten out of my good habit of walking. I know that when I wear my pedometer I do walk more because I can see how every little step counts. I’m going to start wearing my pedometer and aim (initially) for 10,000 steps a day. I hope to increase that number over the course of the year, too.

7. Continue to check things off my 30 Before I’m 30 List

I have four months left before my 30th birthday and there is a lot left undone on my list. I don’t know that all of it will happen before I leave my 20s but I am going to do my best. I have all the frames for our family picture wall and I started my household notebook, but I need to get busy if I’m going to make these things happen before my birthday!

Those are some of my goals for this new year. I will try to update you periodically with how I’m doing – although some of the progress will be written in other features on this website. These goals make me look forward to the upcoming year. Before I conclude, it’s only fair and fitting to ask this.

What are some of your goals this year?

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