Welcome 2012…My 10 Goals!

by Katie on January 5, 2012

Each year I sit down and jot down a list of goals.  Then I resolve myself to do them.  Or at least I try.  Usually the list is pretty long…way more than one can feasibly focus on in a year.

This year I am keeping the goal list fairly short (read: not a whole sheet long).  My hope is that by keeping the list short I will actually accomplish each one.  Wouldn’t that be grand?

Oh, and I’m well aware that I’m kinda late to the game, but I’m just now narrowing my list down.  I’m not sure, but I’m thinking that maybe procrastination should be added to the list?!?

I am in love with this Resolution Subway Art idea from Lil Blue Boo. I’m so making this!

So here we go…my goals for 2012:

1. Learn more about food and how it effects my body

I’ve been doing some reading  lately and it has opened my eyes to what I am eating.  Food, even some foods we view as good, can negatively affect our bodies and the way we feel.  I have Rheumatoid arthritis and I am aiming to improve the way I feel and control as much of it as I can by diet.  It’s not going to be easy, but changing my diet has to be better than the alternative.

2. Eat out less

My husband and I had a nice mocha date on Jan 1 to go over our budget for the year. I always enjoy sitting down and looking at our budget…it just encourages me to stay focused on saving not spending.  After examining the budget I decided we needed to eat out less…it’s a money waster.

3. Waste Less

I need to get better about using up what I have on hand in the refrigerator and freezer.  Simple as that.

4. Spend more time in Bible reading and prayer

I love what Corrie Ten Boom said, “Don’t pray when you feel like it; make an appointment with the King and keep it.”

5. Go to bed and rise earlier

Don’t we all need to do this?

6. Diversify my reading

I don’t watch tv; I read.  I read quite a bit, but I want to add more non fiction and a few classics fiction novels this year.

7. Be more intent and focused

Life passes us by quickly.  I want to make sure that everything I am doing really counts. 

8. Learn to sew

This has been a goal for years.  I will do it this year.

9. Work my way through my pastry chef books…or at least work my way through part of them

I got accepted into pastry school last year and decided not to go.  Silly, I know.  At least I was smart enough to purchase the books…now I just need to use them.

10. Ride 750-1,000 miles on my road bike

After riding miles upon miles on our hybrid bikes, we decided to buy ourselves road bikes for Christmas this year.  I am now the proud owner of a pretty red bike with red tires, affectionately known as glossy poppy.  Doesn’t everyone name their bikes? I’m hoping to master the clip in pedals and log a lot of miles this year!

Your Turn!!

What is on your goal list for the year??






{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Lee Ann January 5, 2012 at 9:08 am

Loved this post. I do need to ask though, how will eating “better” for lack of a better word impact your food budget? I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and really love it. You have such neat ideas and you tie your faith in very well. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. It changed how we shop, at least at first it did. And our spending changed quite a bit because for some reason it is cheaper to buy food that is not good for you. Isn’t that ironic? The best stuff is higher many times. So I just wondered since you want to tie in nutrition to help with your RA, do you think your food bill will go up? Now cutting back on going out will allow more $$ to be diverted to the grocery. Hope you don’t think I am being too nosy. I find your blog inspiring.


Katie January 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks, Lee Ann…I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog! I’m so thankful to have you as a reader! You are not being nosy, at all….I wouldn’t have put it out there if you couldn’t ask questions:)

Okay, so right now I have cut out starchy fruits/veggies, gluten, sugar, and most dairy (for a little while). Before this change we were eating a lot of fresh foods too, in addition to baked goods whenever the mood struck :) So I’m thinking it won’t cost too much more…I’m more or less just changing what I buy. I had a some money leftover in my grocery budget, so I spent $47 at the grocery this week. I may have to up it to $50 and I’m ok with that…time will tell!

That said, the $50 included no meat (already had in freezer), just lots of veggies and things like that. Groceries have skyrocketed this year. It takes very careful planning, sticking to only veggies that are on sale, cooking dry beans vs. canned, and stocking up on meat when it is a good deal. I hope this answers your question :)


Lee Ann January 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

It was quite eye opening to have to read food labels when my dh first found out he was diabetic. You’d think that fat free salad dressing is way better than the fully loaded stuff. Not exactly. Yes the fat grams may be better but check out those carbs!!! They have to make up the lack of fat somewhere or it would taste horrible. Spaghetti sauce etc………the list goes on and on. Now my dh has it down to a science, so much so that the doctor tells him he is the poster boy for diabetes and wishes all his patients were like him.


Katie January 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I know…food can be so deceiving, can’t it? It’s a hard thing to learn (and stick to), but it sounds like your husband is doing great!!


Tiffanee January 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

Love the subway art!! I need to do that! Love your goals. They are great lifetime changes. Thanks for the inspiring post!


Katie January 6, 2012 at 8:35 am

I love it too…it would serve as a constant reminder of your goals in a fashionable way :)


Misty January 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Still working on my goals… I figure as long as I get them finished by the end of Jan. I am good :) Thanks for the inspiration


Katie January 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Yeah…it takes about a month to get back in the rhythm of things and figure out all of your goals :)


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