2012 Goals: November Update


It’s almost the end of 2012. How are you doing on your goals for this year? Here’s my update on what I’ve done so far this year… I’ll post a final 2012 update at the end of December. And then it will be time to start with a fresh, clean slate for 2013!

Personal
Read through the Bible in a year. {I’ve been keeping up with this faithfully.}
Read through the 24 books on my 2012 booklist. {Almost finished through December. I have also read quite a few other books!}
Listen to 12 audiobooks. {I’ve gotten a little behind here, but I’m plugging away at it!}
Run in at least one 5K race.  {You can see a picture and read more about my experience here.}
Complete the Couch to 10K program. {Started this in October.}
Tackle 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects. {So, I’ve been doing some DIY projects, but not the ones on my list — bad me.}
Focus on one habit per month. {Totally bombed this one this month.}
Learn to use my new DSLR camera (huge surprise Christmas present from Jesse!!) & improve my photography skills. {I’m excited to be seeing some improvement and progress with this! And I’m also excited that I’m beginning to feel more and more comfortable using my camera!}
Take at least one photo a day and put together a page every week for my Project Life album. {Made some progress on this one in November.}
Memorize Colossians using the plan and free download here. {I didn’t do very well on this one this past month; must make this more of a priority!}

Marriage
Go on the Love Like You Mean It Cruise. {Done–read my recap here.}
Go on two Marriage Retreats.{Went to Cincinnati together in April & Pennsylvania in October.}
Have monthly date nights. {We had one date in November.}
Read four books together. {We’ve done two books so far this year and we’re working on a third.}
Read at least 3 books on marriage

Children/Homeschooling
Continue regular dates/outings with each of the children individually. {Done for November.}
Continue Grace and Truth memory book. {The children memorized a few verses and worked on a hymn in November.}
Ice-skating lessons for all three children.
Swimming lessons for all three children.
Finish second grade, begin third grade with Kathrynne.
Finish kindergarten, begin first grade with Kaitlynn.
Start preschool with Silas.
Go on at least one field trip every month. {We went on one field trip in November.}
Go on at least one family vacation.
Finish at least 15 read-aloud books. {We’ve finished 27 read-alouds so far this year!}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family
Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone. {I wrote two handwritten notes in November.}
Continue being involved in our local church, homeschool group, young couple’s group, and blogging accountability group. {Ongoing}
Continue with weekly get-togethers with both sides of our extended family. {Ongoing}

Business/Blogging
Continue to take Sundays off from blogging/business work. {Ongoing}
Continue keeping strict Office Hours for the business/blogging time each day. {Still plugging away on this!}
Switch to a paperless planning system. {This is the one goal I think I’ve officially decided to drop this year as it just wasn’t working for me. Back to the paper.}
Follow my weekly blogging plan. {I mostly stuck with my blogging plan in November!}
Plan blog posts out at least a month in advance. {I’ve been doing much better about this — yay!}
Write and schedule blog posts at least a week in advance. {I’m doing somewhat better on this.}

Financial
Continue to tithe 10% of our income. {Ongoing}
Give generously to needs in our community and around the world, as God prompts us. {Ongoing}
Pay cash for a new-to-us vehicle to replace our family’s van. {We bought a new-to-us vehicle in July — yay!}
Finish saving for and purchase a rental property with cash. {We signed a contract on a rental house and are set to close in a few weeks!}

How Are You Doing on Your Goals for 2012?

If you’ve posted goals for 2012, I’d love for you to post an update on how things are going and share your link in the comments. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to just leave your update as a comment. Let’s encourage one another to live lives of intention and purpose!

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  1. Linda says

    I didn’t set goals for myself last year and I regretted it every time I saw your updates.

    You have been a tremendous inspiration to me; therefore, I’ve decided to start working on those this weekend so I know what I am working towards in 2013.

    Thank you!

  2. lana says

    You are an inspiration. My husband and I are paying off our home this Friday, praise the Lord! We are putting two kids through college, so far, debt free for now. We are saving for our retirement, keeping our marriage connected, tithing and trying to keep our kids in line with the Word and trying to be His hands and feet.