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Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Goals - the Non-Crafty Edition

What are you hoping to do with yourself this year? I like to set out a few goals every January, for my crafting life and for my everyday achievements. I am adamant that they are not resolutions, even if the overall concept is much the same. In my opinion there is a sense of impermanence about new years resolutions, whereas goals are more lasting.

  • I need to read. More specifically, I need to read things that aren't blog entries or Ravelry forums. Novels, nonfiction, essays, instructional books, and magazines are all fair game. I used to be an absolutely voracious reader before I became an exhausted parent.
  • I need to continue to improve my mental, emotional, and physical health. More exercise would definitely help, as would getting a handle on my quick temper and mopey streak. I need to take more care of myself and squish away the aspect of my personality that likes to play the martyr.
  • Play more vieo games! I bet I'm the only person you know with that goal eh? I love gaming, but I spend so much time on my other hobbies (or pissing away time on Ravelry) that I never get a chance to play games. Play board games with Jake too.
  • Put 10% of our earnings away as savings. Be more budget conscious, and less focused on the importance of having things. Sigh... but I do love things.
  • Cook more. In particular: bake bread, try new recipes, make more vegetarian meals, experiment with new ingredients and cuisines, and learn new ways to make tasty, healthy, and cheap meals. If I come up with anything good I'll share it on the blog ok?
  • Get my driver's license. My learner's permit expired in 2004. It's time to pull up my big girl panties and learn to drive.
  • Keep a cleaner house. This may involve vacuuming, doing dishes right after using them, and cleaning the bathrooms. Yuck. Maybe I can delegate this one to Jake?

Well, that is enough of goal setting! These are by no means the only things I want to do this year, but they're a good start.


  1. Em, I seem to remember that you and I don't live too too far away from each other - we should totally get together for a walk every once in a while! Heck, we could even do something regular if it works out! Also, I love talking finances, so maybe I could offer you some motivation on that front :) All the best with your goals!

  2. Wow- you don't have a drivers licence?! Actually, I kind of understand the graduated system sucks. I changed my license to a US one then back to Canadian one just to avoid taking that last test =o)

    Good luck with your goals!

  3. I hear you..I also set goals, NOT resolutions. Some of mine include:

    Not purchasing or eating any sweets aside from those that I make myself. We'll see if this leads to a maniacal baking streak...

    Take a 30 minute walk each day - so far so good!

    Stretch at least 3 times per week - so far not so good.

    Flossing every other day. Gotta take care of them teeth!

    Try a brand new recipe once every 3 weeks.

    And go climbing by the end of March. Gotta have a super fun one in there.