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!


  1. oh, and here are a few of my goals for the first six months!

  2. amazed at your thoroughness...great job! love the categories you chose too...they encompass all the important stuff: God, remodel, loving others, frugality and fitness. :o)

  3. This is probably the best and wisest list I've seen yet this year. What a wonderful way to do it!

  4. Wow I LOVE this!!!! Love love love it!! So bookmarking this and re-reading...often!

  5. That is an awesome list. I really love the last be. It is wonderful to think of others, especially ones that others are driving by and potentially judging unkindly. Very inspiring post!

  6. Oh thanks, friend!! It was so fun seeing you the other day! We must love the same stores!! Hope you had a good time on your trip!

  7. Oh yay! i love your list! Isn't it funny how reading becomes something we have to work for? It cracks me up! I like your daily time goal- great idea! I can't wait to read more!

  8. I love the way you organized your goals in a chart, what a great visual. Hope your able to get everything accomplished. Your the second person I've read wanting to memorize scripture, I think the Lord my be trying to tell me something ..... hmmmm. :)

  9. I also love that you're memorizing 1 & 2 Peter! I may have to add that to my goals!

  10. sounds amazing! i luv to read also but ever since i had my little man i have absolutely NO retention ability. i used to ravish books but i cant remember one chapter to the next what i read. one reason i really started reading blogs, plus i got to "meet" some really GREAT peeps! ;D

  11. oooh I love the way you did this. I am also trying to read more (nonfiction) this year. I have read 1000 Gifts- Amazing! My favorite book EVER. I have also read MSM's book and it's great of course. I love your "be" section of the chart especially. I need to go apologize to a child right now. :/

  12. Amazing list! You picked some great goals. I love 1000 gifts and Crazy Love. Blessings!

  13. Hey! Those are some awesome goals. :) I have been memorizing from 1 Peter as well! I love it! I'm preparing for a Bible memory focused missions trip in February. I actually did a challenge with that for my 31 Days series, and discovered one REALLY helpful memory tool in the process, just wanted to share it with you in case you get stuck on a verse:

  14. I have been a huge blog reading fan, too! I don't read books anymore, just blogs! :P lol! I am hoping being intentional this year will really help me focus on learning more! we will see how it goes I guess! :D

  15. Oh, how cool!! ! Peter is one of those that I just keep coming back to and loving so much! I am so excited for your mission trip!! I will definitely check it out!

  16. :) Oh, I know that feeling, friend! I am excited about WLW's project- I am so in need of this, especially getting back to school this month!

  17. Thank you! I am going to host a special Bible memory accountability group here this month, and I would love for you to be a part of it! :D

  18. I love Crazy Love too! I am excited to read more this year, and I've heard so many good things about 1000 gifts! Thank you for stopping in! :D

  19. I absolutely LOVE the way you set up your goals! How creative! You could check mine out as well, if you like, at The Modern Girl's Guide to Proverbs 31. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Betsy @ Romance on a DimeJanuary 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Thanks for sharing these!! I'm definitely going to think about my goals for the year!

  21. I am just now getting to this. I love your categories! I am using them too. Thank you for the challenge. This is something that I didn't do {but felt the Holy Spirt prompting me} and my year wasn't what it could have been. Lesson learned! I look forward to reading yours as the year goes on!

  22. I've read several of the books on your list, you don't be disappointed!! My big goals for this year is to wait on the Lord, to see his hand in even the smallest details of our day and to look for ways to bring him honor. I'm so bad about having big dreams and high standards but I'm not that great at living them out day to day. I have a huge goal of reading a book at least 30 minutes a day. I'll share my list soon, hopefully. I have a goal of intentionally showing grace and to purposefully encourage at least one person EVERY day!

  23. I love this!! Your blog is a huge inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your goals and your faith. This is a wonderful idea and I'm going to start implementing my goals for the's never too late to start, right? :)

  24. I just stumbled on this from your most recent blog post and I love it! I too love to read but have trouble actually finishing a book. I would love to learn something and actually do something each month. Just the idea of setting goals seems like heaven right now. Do you happen to have any kind of printable planner for this? I have your daily planner which I love but I didn't see anything like that for this. Just wondering! Thanks again for being such an encouragement and example.


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