Goals for 2012

To be perfectly honest, I'm not a "resolution" type person. Failure is a big fear of mine. And let's face it, most people fail at their resolutions. I know I have in the past. But this year, I've decided to set some goals. Looking back to 2011, I'm shocked by how quickly the year went by. There is so much I wanted to accomplish. I feel like I let the year get away from me. Granted, I was a wee bit preoccupied being a new mommy. But I want 2012 to be a different year.

Here are some goals I've set for myself [and how I plan to reach them]:

Be more prayerful. [I plan to actually finish and keep on with "The Power of a Praying Wife". I need to move Amelia's daily prayer calendar to a more open area. When people ask for prayer, I want to pray in that moment with them rather than saying, "yeah, I will pray." and forgetting.]

Craft more. [I have so many unfinished projects. After I finish those I would love to do many of the crafts from my "crafties to try" board on Pinterest. I'm not sure what reaching this goal will look like yet. I do know that anything will be more than last year!]

Blog regularly. [I love love love writing. It has been a love of mine since I was 12. I write in a journal about once a week. But that's usually me writing down Amelia's milestones and such. I want to blog once a week. I don't have a main idea that I want to blog about. I guess whatever my heart feels will do. One week might be about a craft project I did. The next week might be about parenting struggles. Who knows?]

Be a gentle parent. [I want to discover what it looks like to gently parent my sweet Amelia and future children. I was spanked, yelled at, slapped, and mocked as a child. Now that I'm a grown woman I wouldn't say that I'm "messed up" because of my experience. But since becoming a mommy, I've found that a lot of who I am in moments of tension comes from what was modeled to me. I plan to change that through prayer/deeper understanding of God's grace for me, accountability in my husband, reading the tons of resources available, and acting out what I learn.]

Participate in 5k, 10k, and half marathon races. [I am currently going to the gym 3x a week and doing the "Ease into 5k" program. I am in week 4 and can walk/jog about 2 miles in half an hour. By the end of the program, which is in 4 weeks, I hope to be able to jog 3 miles in half an hour. There is a 5k race in March called "The Shamrock Run". I guess that's my first run! After that I will continue to build my endurance.]

Continue to handle our finances well. [We plan to continue to tithe, budget, pay down debt, and save. Our biggest savings goal are a full emergency fund and a house. Obviously, these are long term goals hence "continuing".]

I think that's a good start! :) I'm excited for the year and what will come of it. It's sure to be an interesting one now that our baby is entering toddlerhood! Happy 2012, friends!


  1. Sounds like an awesome start to the year Shelia! I can't wait to hear how you progress in your goals and all the wonderful insights you will share.

  2. Wow, this is super cool She :) you are doing so well in each of these! I could read each point and say that I can see you working so hard at each of them in your daily life. Write a book someday. Thank you for being such an amazing mentor to me. Love you!
    Kayla Joy :)