new year resolutions

It's that time of year. Time to set unrealistic goals so that we can look back in a year and be disappointed at ourselves. You know, like loosing 300 pounds or organizing every square inch of our house. I normally shy away from resolutions for this very reason - I am really really bad at sticking to a goal.

This year I am going to make some goals, but I'm keeping it simple. Rather than have a yearly goal that I will most likely ignore because I have 11... 9.... 5... 3... more months in the year, Anderson and I have talked about monthly goals for 2013. Doesn't that just sound so much more inspiring and motivating? It's like taking tiny bites of a big goal.

Like I said, Anderson and I have decided on some goals together, and I've also decided on some goals for myself. Here they are:

Our Goals Together:
1. One date a month. Sounds simple, right? Not for us. We are cheap and babysitters and dates are expensive. Add in the whole exhaustion thing and we usually just skip it and watch a $1 Redbox movie after Sawyer's in bed. No more. We will put on non-pajama clothes, venture out of the house, and join other grown-ups for a few hours together at least one time a month.

2. Host a dinner once a month. I am really terrible about having company over. I have personal space issues and I am insecure about our tiny house and my lame cooking skills, so instead of facing my fears and insecurities we don't have people over very often. I am going to man up, learn to cook some new things, stop apologizing for my teensy dining area, and have friends from our church over. It will be good for me, for Anderson, and for our friendships. I'm really excited/nervous/slightly panicky about this one.

My Goals:
1. Read 2 books a month. Admittedly, I am shooting pretty low on this one. However, considering I read less than 20 books in 2012 (how did I let that happen?), I think it's reasonable. Small bites of a big goal, remember?

2. Finish one embroidery/stitching project a month. Once again, I'm shooting for a reasonable goal. I finished about 12 projects last year and I'd like to keep that up. The over-achiever in me is telling me to step it up, but I'm going to be so busy hosting fancy soirees and going out on hot dates that I don't know how much cross stitching time I'll have. Ha.

3. Run 30 miles a month. I mostly set this goal to try to keep myself from quitting on running after I do my half-marathon in February. I really enjoyed the 10K I ran, and I'd like to stay in shape enough to run maybe a couple more 10Ks in 2013. I'll be honest. I'm kind of iffy on this goal and I'm not sure I'll stick to it, but I really will be making an effort to stick with it.

4. Complete one craft book project a month. I have quite the collection of craft books and magazines and rarely make any of the projects featured in the books. Mostly I just admire the beautiful pictures and styling and then put them up on the shelf. Terrible, I know. 

I'm going to try to post at the end of each month and let you know how I'm doing. I'm excited and motivated and ready to keep some goals!


 I'm off to celebrate the New Year, boring parents style - fighting to stay awake until midnight. It's only 9:00 and I'm already drooping. (Also I'm making Anderson watch Step Up Revolution with me because I'm heartless and cruel.) 

What about you? Have you set any goals? Share in the comments - I'd love to know! Happy New Year!



  1. Bahaha heartless and cruel. Toooo funny. Very reasonable goals, I totally think you can do it!!!

    Happy New Year!!

  2. Happy New Year everyone !
    Me, apart from trying to get more than a 9.5/20 in tests I don't really have any New Year resolutions. (Maybe something with trying to finish all the craft projects I've started, that's a good idea ...)
    Bye ! :)

  3. You can do it!!!

    Of course I have goals - 4.5 pages full - but that's how I roll.

    I sometimes wish I could be more laidback...

  4. 1. let's just talk about how sad i am that i'm just now finding your blog. LOVE it.
    2. these are such inspiring goals. and attainable ones! i'm with you on #2. i need to be better about hosting people over when it's not just for small group.
    3. my goal is to consider others more significant than myself. not sure what it's going to look like, but it's a goal nonetheless. :)

  5. Good goals! Especially the 30 miles/month one. Your transformation into a runner gives me hope. Not that I want to be a runner, but at least that maybe I can become somewhat athletic someday. And I also like the craft book project goal--I'm the same way. I find a zillion projects I love and want to do, and put them off until I forget about them.

    Also, you beat me last night, writing this post at 9! I was out at 8:30. Ha!

  6. Those seem like some really reasonable, yet measurable goals! Best of luck and cheers to 2013! http://www.craftbuds.com/craft-buds-2012-year-in-review-link-party/

  7. I love your goals! I may have to steal a couple ;)

  8. 30 miles a month sounds like a great idea. Happy new year! xo

  9. I'm with Angela, these are some great goals that I might have to steal! My main realistic goal is just to embrace Color! We are moving into our new house soon and I'm determined to add splashes of color everywhere (which I think you do a great job of!). Happy New Year to you and your family! God bless you this year! Thanks for being awesome :)


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