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My 2012 Goals

It’s said that if you put your goals into writing, you actually manage to accomplish them. I am taking a page of blog-speration from Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy (and if you aren’t reading her blog, you should be!) and here are my 2012 goals:

Financial

Spend less, bring in more- I am still working my Thirty-One business and I am hoping to expand more. I have a pretty good sized display kit, so I am really going to try to stop the excess shopping. I have kicked my previous retail demons, and since we are living in such a great climate, I can play outside with my kids rather than head to the den of temptation (aka the Mall.)

Get that emergency fund established. Enough Said.

Writing

Determine and Perfect my Blog Niche- Right now I write about a whole gamut of ideas and I have been thinking of trying to streamline it a bit more, to focus.

Begin actually writing my YA novel- instead of just planning and re-planning and re-planning

Write an ebook- I talked to a friend a few years back about writing a book and this might be the right platform for it!

Become Self-Hosted- It might run me about $10/ month for blog hosting, but it might earn me a bit more cred.

Health and Wellness

Kick Sugar- for good this time

Start Jogging again- There is this pin on Pinterest that really reflects my feeling towards running. But a second hand double jogging stroller is less expensive that a gym membership, and the loop around the Rose Bowl Stadium is about 3 miles (just about 5K.) Spend less.

Work on my flexibility- there is a Bikram Yoga place near us, but I might just get a few Yoga DVDs instead. Again, spend less.

Personal Mental Wellness

Get my budding friendships established- Make some “momma-only” dates with the ladies that I have met here

Meet other Spiritually focused At-Home Moms at our Church- there is not a mother’s type ministry at our Parish, so I think the Holy Spirit has been kind of pushing me to start something… Maybe Mass Readings at the Park or something.

Get out once a month for some alone time- Just a date with me and a coffee cup

Re-establish Friday Night Date Night- for a bit, DH and I were having Friday Night Dates at home and they need to come back. Maybe even take some Tango lessons…

Reading

Actually finish reading Anna Karenina and The Lord of the Rings.

Work Crossword puzzles again.

Craft

I have decided to let my Etsy Shop go to the wayside. I started listing my baby hats, longies/soakers and fascinators at the peak of their popularity and I don’t like the extra pressure of having the shop stocked.

I will continue to work of my lace knitting techniques. There are some BEAUTIFUL patterns for lace shawls out there and I’d love to try them out. Plus I have some new blocking wires that I can’t wait to use.

 

Let’s see how far I can get on that list this year! What are your goals for 2012?

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Wrapping up 2011

2011 is in the bag and 2012 is yet to be! I received my blog report and I was impressed by some of the stats:

I had visitors from 6/7 continents and most of you guys are from North America and Australia!

My most viewed posts were:

A Song for Mama’s Milk (March)

Reminiscing the Dress (February)

Let’s Talk about Sex, Baby! (April)

Car Lashes… (April)

Welcome to the world, Cazimir Kolbe (August)

Some things to look forward to in 2012:

Series on Conversion/ Reversion to Catholicism

How to be a “Gentle Woman” when all you want to do is throttle the person nearest you

Catholicism 101: Stuff you probably never knew about the Catholic Church

Posts on St. Damian, my Patron Saint of 2012, as determined by the Saints Generator

Anecdotes on raising two girls and family life

Wonderful Recipes

Fun with Organization

… and whatever else we end up talking about!

So, thank you for reading and joining me on this journey! And be sure to tell your friends to stop by for a visit as well!

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