Thursday, December 15, 2011

2012 Goals

With every New Year, I feel like I have a fresh start, and this year is no different.  This year, I am posting my goals for everyone to hold me accountable!  I will be posting updates every month as to how the goals are coming along.  This is what my personal goals look like for 2012:

  • Daily Devotional: Read The One Year Bible (I enjoyed reading the Bible in 90 Days, but I would like to slow it down this year!)
  • Find a church that is a fit for our family

  • Read one marriage book a month and put it’s teachings into practice
Health / Personal
  • Eat healthfully (more fruits and vegetables, less meat, carbs and sugars)
  • Create and maintain a cleaning routine
  • Lose 50 lbs (that’s only a pound a week – achievable!)
  • Decrease the amount of “stuff” in our home (Purge-A-Palooza 2012! - will talk about that next week)
  • Volunteer at the Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary (a monthly commitment) 
  • Sponsor a child in need
    • When I started making my list of goals in October, as soon as I had this goal listed, a fellow blogger wrote about how she and her family sponsor a child through Compassion.  After a lot of research about the ministry, we sponsored a child 11/11/11!  It is amazing how God put everything into place!!
    • It is our goal to sponsor another child, but this time, through another organization called Amazima.
  • Save $5,000 toward a replacement vehicle/maintenance
  • Invest 5% of our take-home income into a Roth IRA
  • Sponsor a pot bellied pig at Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary
  • Less pre-packaged food / more cooking from scratch
  • Reduce use of paper towels and paper napkins replacing them with cloth
  • Lower resource consumption (electric / propane / water)
    • Electric use of primary residence over past 12 months=15,298 kWh
    • Electric use of the house we own next door over past 12 months=6,876 kWh
      • We expect this number to be drastically lower due to the fact that we are no longer heating the shed, which was our pot bellied pig and puppy’s abode last winter
  • Install energy-saving power strips throughout home
Gardening & Preserving
  • Grow enough tomatoes, green beans, snow peas, squash and green peppers to be used through the fall and winter 2012 and spring 2013
  • Can at least 24 quarts of tomatoes (sauces, stewed tomatoes, etc)
  • Freeze at least 50 pint-sized bags of vegetables
  • Plant at least 3 concord grape vines

 What are your goals / aspirations / resolutions for 2012?


  1. Love this. I am inspired now. :) Thank you

  2. Aww. Thank you.
    The New Year is coming quick! :-)

  3. Nothing like sharing your goals to you audience to keep you accountable! :) But thanks for sharing Meg, looking forward to hearing about your progress on them in the upcoming year!

  4. Great goals!! We stopped using paper towels altogether about 4 years ago. My hubby brings home OR towels that are unused....they are great...lintless and reusable. Our whole family and all of our friend uses Blue towels. I offered them on my blog for the price of shipping them....a couple years back. If you would like some, email me and I will send you a batch out. We even use them as dinner napkins on informal nights!!

    Bee Haven Acres.

    PS....thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. :)