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2012 Goals: August Update

How are you doing on your goals for 2012? I’m excited about the progress I made in August…

Read through the Bible in a year. {I’ve been keeping up with this faithfully.}
Read through the 24 books on my 2012 booklist. {Finished through August. I have also read quite a few other books!}
Listen to 12 audiobooks. {I’m still finishing up listening to August’s audiobook!}
Run in at least one 5K race. {I’ve been running at least a few 3.1+ mile runs on the treadmill each week and am slowly working on getting my time down. I’m hoping to sign up for an official race soon — hopefully this month.}
Complete the Couch to 10K program. {I’m hoping to start this soon.}
Tackle 12 Do-It-Yourself Projects. {I’m hoping to make June through September’s projects this month. I’ll keep you posted!}
Focus on one habit per month. {We didn’t get everywhere early in August, but we’ve been making huge strides in getting places on time — and we’ve been early multiple times, too! Yay! I’m so excited to see this habit starting to stick!}
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. {I didn’t do as well with this in August, hoping to improve in this area in September.}
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!}

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).
Have monthly date nights. {We had two dates in August.}
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. {I’ve read two so far this year.}

Continue regular dates/outings with each of the children individually. {I went on at least one outing with each child individually in August.}
Continue Grace and Truth memory book. {The children memorized a few verses plus a few verses of a hymn in August.}
Ice-skating lessons for all three children. {The children finished up their third round of ice-skating lessons and we’re taking a break while we do swimming lessons!}
Swimming lessons for all three children. {We started our fourth round of lessons this month and the children are loving it!}
Finish second grade, begin third grade with Kathrynne. {Kathrynne finished second grade in May and we started third grade in August.}
Finish kindergarten, begin first grade with Kaitlynn. {Kaitlynn finished Kindergarten in May and we started first grade in August.}
Start preschool with Silas. {Started this in April.}
Go on at least one field trip every month. {We went on one field trip in August.}
Go on at least one family vacation. {We went to family camp in July.}
Finish at least 15 read-aloud books. {We’ve finished 22 read-alouds so far this year!}

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family
Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone. {I wrote & mailed five handwritten notes this month.}
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}

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 August!}
Plan blog posts out at least a month in advance.
Write and schedule blog posts at least a week in advance.

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’re in the process of investigating our options in our price range right now and deciding if we want to go ahead and purchase something or continue saving. At this point, it’s looking like there’s a good possibility we might be purchasing something very soon. I’ll keep you posted.}

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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  • Shelly says:

    I made up just a few goals for the rest of this year as I did not have any yearly goals until I did the Make the Most of your Mornings series. So I am working on just 5 for the rest of this year.
    We started to work on our homeschooling for this school year and it is going fairly well so far. My son is adjusting to a little more work for 1st grade and the first week was a little hairy but now we are falling into a regular routine.

    I have a blogging schedule set up and have been sticking to it fairly well. Which I am pleased about. My exercising while not on the list is coming along well. I am getting about 5 days of exercise and at least 10 minutes each time. This is a big progress for me. I need to concentrate more on my other two goals as these two have fallen by the wayside. But I am making progress on half of my goals at least.

  • I should probably write a blog post on my goals for 2012, but I do have them printed out and pinned to the cork board over my desk. Here are a few I’ve accomplished:

    California Licenses & Registration, California Car Insurance, Copies of House Keys, Find New Doctors/Dentists, Pass CBEST, Fingerprinting, TB Test, Substitute-Teacher Application/Orientation, “Field Trip” with the Kids once a month, Attend BSF (Bible Study) weekly, Attend Couples Bible Study/Potluck Weekly, Pay off Second Mortgage, Apply for Refinance on First Mortgage, Try Using Cash for Groceries/Gas, Renew Lease on Rental Property, Sell Washing Machine/Grill/Books, Home Improvements, Write English Curriculum (2 times), Read 14 Books, Sister’s Wedding, Staff Conference, Update Blog, Form Mastermind Group

    Here are a few more for the rest of the year: Painting for Church, Read More Books, Close on Refinance, Sell Books/etc On-Line, Begin Substitute-Teaching, Find New Homeowner’s Insurance, Find Less-Expensive Car Insurance, Numerous Home Improvements, Preparations for Family Visiting, Solidify Budget, Find New Ways to Make Money From Home, Make/Order Christmas Gifts, Make/Find Halloween Costumes, Learn to use Sewing Machine, Prepare for New Baby in January, Attend Membership Classes at Church, Attend Women’s Retreat


  • Elysha says:

    Hello. The links within your goal setting post don’t link. They go to a page that says “Oops, not found” (or something like that) and then list your archive. Do I search of the other posts in the archive?

    • Crystal says:

      Whoops! I’ll go fix that for you — sorry!

      • Elysha says:

        Thank you! I am TERRIBLE at a goal setting (overwhelms me). I like to read the reasons for the goals in the first place since that makes goals less life CHANGING and more life AFFIRMING. If that makes sense…

        • Crystal says:

          I only found two links that were broken. Can you check and see if there are others that I missed?

          • Elysha says:

            The paperless system link isn’t connecting. All the others I checked work now 🙂

            • Elysha says:

              I mean…. The link you talk about going back to paper…

              • Elysha says:

                And here’s an unrelated question… But can you write a post about how little tv you watch? Lol.

                • Crystal says:

                  Um, none. 🙂 Except for the Olympics… and the occasional show or movie online (maybe a sum total of 2 hours per month, if that?)

                  • Elysha says:

                    Explains everything. 🙂 I watch far too much. Did you make a conscious decision to not watch tv, or is it just your personality?

                    • Crystal says:

                      I didn’t grow up watching TV, so I think that play into it a lot. I enjoy the occasional movie with my husband, but mostly, I find that life is too full with other things I’d rather be doing.

                      Perhaps you could start by just being more intentional in what you watch — choosing your favorite shows and planning to watch those and then trying to use at least 30 minutes of your normal TV time each day to work on other goals, etc.?

                    • Elysha says:

                      Yes. I can. Thank you for your time. Your blog really keeps me accountable. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with some of the things you’ve posted… because I love what you say, I just hate doing them. Lol. Change is hard, so much easier to engage in entropy. One step at a time…

  • Amanda says:

    What type of DLSR camera do you have? Would you recommend it? We have been looking into getting one.


  • Jen says:

    Skip the couch to 10k and go straight to the half marathon program on marathon! 🙂 I did the couch to 5k starting in Feb, then continued on. I ran my first race this past weekend, a half marathon. 🙂 You can do it! It is just the right time committment for a busy mom.

    • Crystal says:

      My big goal is to run a half marathon sometime in the next few years. It still feels really, really daunting, though, as I’ve never run more than four miles without stopping before!

      Congrats on all your amazing success with running!

      • Jen says:

        If you can run 4 miles, you are good to go! 🙂 You’re already conditioned and it is just a matter of training. When training for mine, I loved ending runs thinking, “I’ve never run that far in my entire life!” 🙂 I will be looking forward to seeing sometime in the near future that you registered for a half marathon! :). Btw, before starting the c25k program I’d never before run more than 2 miles without stopping.

  • Melissa says:

    Your goal setting (and success) has inspired me to have regular goals too. We are fighting down debt. It is slow going, but now, after a year, we are starting to get some good traction.

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