Goals for 2012

For as long as I can remember, I have spent the first day of the new year making a list of personal goals for the year ahead. Many people refer to these goals as “resolutions,” but I prefer to call them goals. For some reason, “goals” sound more concrete and inspiring than “resolutions.”

This year, I took more time creating my goals. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to include on my 2012 list of goals. I already know that 2012 holds many changes for me and Ian, so I wanted my goals to reflect those changes. I also want to focus on making myself a better all-around person, so many of my goals focus on things I can do to improve. Without further adieu, here is my coveted list of goals for 2012:

Mantras (mottos to live by all year long!)

  • Be a better person
  • Let go
  • Be present


  • Donate blood
  • Work on 30 x 30
  • Set aside 1 hour/week for creativity
  • Set aside 1 hour/week for job refinement


  • Attend yoga and spin classes every week
  • Run 2-3 times/week
  • Weight Train 2-3 times/week
  • Drink more tea
  • Eat more vegetables, less empty carbs & sugar
  • Learn to meditate

 I usually encourage Ian to make a list, and he may jot one or two things down but he’s not really into writing goals the way I am. This year, I thought it would be nice for us to make a list of goals we have for our marriage. We worked hard last year to improve our marriage and we want to keep that momentum going!


  • Weekly date night
  • Stick to the budget & meal planning
  • Do something active outdoors every weekend
  • Surprise each other more
  • Be more social

These goals are printed and hung on our office bulletin board and our refrigerator as constant reminders. Seeing the goals everyday helps hold both of us accountable. I’ve realized over the years that unless I put my goals in plain view for the entire year, I often forget about them.

Do you set goals/resolutions for the new year? How do you hold yourself accountable?


One thought on “Goals for 2012

  1. Quite an impressive set of goals! One of my goals is to do something different each month – whether it be as simple as trying out a new restaurant, or something more adventurous (such as watercolor classes)! Here’s to 2012!!

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