Monday, January 02, 2012

new year, new goals :: 2012 by month

How were your holiday weekends? I hope they were lovely! I’m so thrilled to get back to blogging this week- last week was an awesome time of resting, playing, traveling, and just enjoying having less work to do! I feel energized and ready to start again, don’t you? :)

I have so much to share with you guys over the next few days! But I figured since it’s a new year, I would start with posting my monthly goals to 1. make me set them, 2. keep myself accountable to others, and 3. because I just love a brand new year- it feels like a chance to try again, don’t you think?


Here are my categories for personal goals in 2012:

These are special tasks I want to accomplish. These might have to be rearranged through the year- but this column gives me an idea of what I would like to get done in 2012. I’ll keep you guys posted on what gets done every month!

I love to read, but ever since I had my 3rd child I’ve been terrible about reading books regularly. I’m hoping setting goals in this area will help me focus on it intentionally. Finishing one book a month will be exciting for me!

I have to frequently memorize fitness choreography now, but I really want to memorize more of the Bible this year.

I went to Christian schools as a child and was required to memorize lots of Bible verses. Though it was work at the time, I’m ridiculously thankful now that I had to do it. I can still quote chapters of the Bible that I learned in the 3rd grade! I’m going for it again at 29 {much older and much more tired!}, and my goal is to memorize all of 1 Peter this year. I wanted to do more, but I think 12 verses a month or so is probably a much more reasonable number for me at this stage.

These are character traits I would like to work on this year, outlined with specific actions aimed to help me think and learn about them. I believe the Holy Spirit is the only way to becoming like Christ and heart change is from Him alone, so I’m praying He will help me to become more like Him through this project and help me to see my shortcomings and sinfulness- the ones I can see {on the list and so many more!} and those I don’t.

2012 goals by month:






organize sewing room

list 8 items on eBay

prepare 16 freezer meals

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

by Crystal Paine 

1 Peter 1:1-12

new fitness choreography

taking the gentleness challenge to react sweetly to my family


prepare 20 meals for freezer

crochet a scarf

How to Have a HEART for Your Kids
by Rachael Carman


1 Peter 1:13-25

make a conscious effort this month to keep my mouth from complaining


remodel kitchen- paint/refinish cabinets and walls

plant early garden veggies

Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

by Francis Chan 

1 Peter 2:1-12

surprise the kids with an unexpected
trip to the park


reorganize pantry

freezer cooking if kitchen is completed

Knowing God

by J.I. Packer

1 Peter 2:13-25

new fitness choreography

show mercy to each child when they don’t deserve it as possible


paint and finish the girls’ room


by Dave Ramsey

1 Peter 3:1-11

a helper: 
ease the burden of someone else



paint and finish the boys’ room

make Ava and Isabella a doll

Mere Christianity

by C.S. Lewis

1 Peter 3:12-21

hug and kiss each family member every morning before breakfast


 sew fun pillows for girl’s room

order homeschool curriculum

The Ministry of Motherhood

by Sally Clarkson

1 Peter 4:1-11

new fitness choreography


smile and say a prayer when I feel I can’t wait on the kids


throw 5th birthday party for Isabella

organize homeschooling

Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
by Kyle Idleman

1 Peter 4:12-19

give away something I love to someone who needs it


remodel hallway and stairs/floors

One Thousand Gifts

by Ann Voskamp

1 Peter 5

make an effort to encourage my husband with my words


 make Elijah a DIY fort for his birthday

Christian Mission in the Modern World

by John Stott

Memorize 2 Peter 1:1-11

new fitness choreography


write thank you notes to loving people in my life


make 4 superhero capes for
Christmas presents

market prep

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by
Elyse Fitzpatrick

Memorize 2 Peter 1:12-21

take a hot meal to a friend or neighbor


So Vintage Market

host Christmas events

The Pursuit of God

by A.W. Tozer

Memorize 2 Peter 2:1-11

take cookies to immigrant workers waiting for work in the cold

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We’ll see how it goes! I’m excited to see what happens!
What are your big goals this year? I’d love to hear!

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