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My Goals for 2012

Last year, I set out to be more intentional in setting goals. I broke many of my goals down into monthly pieces and then broke those down even further into weekly bite-sized pieces.

I was amazed at how well this worked! Not only did I follow through with almost every single one of my goals for 2011, but I also was able to accomplish some extra projects.

Since this more specific and intentional method of goal-setting worked so well, I’m following the same pattern with my goals for 2012. Here’s my list of goals:

Goals for 2012

Read through the Bible in a year using .
Read through the 24 books on my 2012 booklist.
Listen to 12 audiobooks.
Run in at least one 5K race.
Complete the Couch to 10K program.
Tackle 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects.
Focus on one habit per month (I’ll be sharing my list of habits in a few days).
Learn to use my new DSLR camera (huge surprise Christmas present from Jesse!!) & improve my photography skills.
Take at least one photo a day and put together a page every week for my
Memorize Colossians using .

Go on the
Go on two Marriage Retreats (overnight trips sans children for planning, talking, goal accountability).
Have monthly date nights.
Read four books together.
Read at least 3 books on marriage.

Continue regular dates/outings with each of the children individually.
Continue .
Ice-skating lessons for all three children.
Swimming lessons for all three children.
Start preschool with Silas.
Go on at least one field trip every month.
Go on at least one family vacation.
Finish at least 15 read-aloud books.

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family:
Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone.
Continue being involved in our local church, homeschool group, young couple’s group, and blogging accountability group.
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family.

Continue to take Sundays off from blogging/business work.
Continue keeping strict Office Hours for the business/blogging time each day
Switch to a paperless planning system.
Follow my weekly blogging plan.
Plan blog posts out at least a month in advance.
Write and schedule blog posts at least a week in advance.

Continue to tithe 10% of our income.
to needs in our community and around the world, as God prompts us. (We’ve been looking for 1-2 specific needs to give to each month and find so much joy in giving as God leads us!)
Pay cash for a new-to-us vehicle to replace our family’s van.
Finish saving for and purchase a rental property with cash.

What Are Your Goals for 2012?

If you’ve posted goals for 2012, I’d love for you to share your link below. If you’re new to goal-setting, be sure to read my post on how to set goals and then download my free printable goal-setting worksheet.

On the fourth Saturday of each month in 2012, I’ll be posting an update on my goals and encouraging you to share the progress you’re making on your 2012 goals, too. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

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  • says:

    This is the year that I’m going to stop talking about trying things and just do it! I tried your pizza dough recipe last month and have already used it 3 times! I thought it would be so intimidating, but once I actually looked at the recipe and saw what little time it took I decided to not think about it and just do it! I want to keep that attitude going in 2012.

  • says:

    I submitted my goals! Hope you enjoy!

  • says:

    Thanks for giving us a place to submit these. I’m really hoping that by making my goals public I will actually achieve them 😉

  • says:

    I am planning to homeschool and was wondering how old Silas will be when you start preschool? Did you start all of your kids at that age?


    • Crystal says:

      We started the girls at 3. I was waiting to see whether Silas seemed like he’d be ready or not. Since he’s really interested in school and sits in on lots of our homeschooling and asks for his own papers and worksheets, I’m going to go ahead with it in the Fall and see how he does!

  • Aisha says:

    This is GREAT!!! I would like to start a simple yet rewarding homeschool porgram with my 4 year old (as of September) who I know is more than ready. But I want to keep it simple. What are you suggestions on a curriculum and planning out the home school time. Do I do one big 3 hour/2 hour block or spread it out throughout the day?


  • Heather says:

    I’ve been working on memorizing Colossians along with an in-depth study and I am really enjoying it. I’m in the middle of chapter 3. Good luck and may God bless you as you spend more time dwelling on His Word! 🙂 ~Heather

  • Melissa says:

    Thank you, your post inspired me to write my own goals out for 2012. I think it helps to have it on paper and know what I’m working toward. Thanks again.

  • says:

    It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who makes a ton of goals. Good luck on yours for 2012. 🙂

  • says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement. Here’s the link to my goals for 2012: .

  • says:

    Just linked-up my goals, and I can’t wait to get started!

  • says:

    Better late, than never! I finally have my list up! Phew! It’s a long one. I’m excited to hear about your cruise this year – it looks great!

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