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Setting Goals for the New Year
Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 2, 2012 @ 1:02 am In Big Dreams | 21 Comments
Setting goals for the new year is necessary for me to get traction on the ways I want to grow. Dividing them into personal, family, home, and financial goals for 2012 helps me wrap my head around different areas of life.
This is probably one of my favorite times of the year: the great big Mulligan . A fresh start. A do-over, if you will.
Because truth be told, I’m not always the wife, mom, teacher, cook, writer, daughter, or friend that I wish I were. As such, I’m so very thankful for fresh starts. I know I can’t be perfect. Honestly, I don’t wanna be perfect. But, I love to get a fresh start.
It encourages me to press on.
We spent the weekend cleaning house, putting away the tree, and generally putting some order into our chaos. We did some deep cleaning of areas that hadn’t seen the light of day in awhile. And it was good. Out with the old…. and all that jazz.
We also watched the last two years in video. So fun! And so amazing to see how much our kids have changed in such a short while. If you don’t already have a favorite way to review the past , I highly recommend the slide show thingamabob set to music. So sweet!
Looking back is a great reminder of the things that we want to do more of.
A glance backward reminds us of where we’ve been and where we want to go from here.
Now, you may or may not be the resolution-making type of girl. I don’t call them resolutions, though. I call them goals. You call them whatever you want. As long as they spur you on to being the best YOU you’ve got, I’m good.
But, I’m a firm believer in articulating goals for yourself. And if you do it publicly in front of dozens of people, so much the better. At least your pride will spur you on if not your friends in accountability.
Last year  (and the year before that ), I shared some of my goals for the year. I broke them down into four main categories: personal, family, home, and financial. This structure worked for me. So I’m doing it again.
I guess you could say my goals are generally “goals for life” since the ultimate end result doesn’t really change, though the processes do vary from year to year.
Here are some of my goals for
Top two photos: Jamie Getskow Voeltz
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 the great big Mulligan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulligan_(games)
 favorite way to review the past: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/12/review-the-old-year.html
 Last year: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/12/new-years-goals-a-free-planning-sheet.html
 the year before that: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/goal-setting-some-things-change-some.html
 Write a cookbook: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/12/were-having-a-baby.html
 Booking It reading program: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/12/booking-it-in-2012.html
 the assigned reading list: http://lifeasmom.com/features/booking-it-in-2012-an-online-book-club
 Refining my time budget: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/02/time-management-without-a-schedule.html
 I’m going to get fitted: http://modernmrsdarcy.com/2011/07/how-to-buy-a-bra-that-actually-fits/
 Dream a big dream.: http://lifeasmom.com/2012/01/living-a-better-story.html
 Part of my Pantry Challenge goals: http://goodcheapeats.com/2012/01/goals-for-the-pantry-challenge-winter-2012/
 One Bite at a Time: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005MZGZ84/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=oflwtf-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005MZGZ84
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