2012 Goals

My 2012 intentions are set, which means it’s time for the juicy measurable GOALS! I don’t know about you, but I love tracking things, and seeing progress. Which means that I have a lot more fun with measurable goals than with intentions – even though intentions are really important too!

To see the fully updated 2011 New Year’s Resolutions post, click here. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I might have liked, but I aimed for the moon and was really happy with where I landed.

This year, I am being no less ambitious. I know I could have made my blogging goal, so it’s staying the same. Turns out 100 books was too high, so I’m cutting it by a quarter. I’ve made simple adjustments to other goals and added some new ones. Each of them reflects something I want to learn or improve upon, and I think hope know I can get them all done by the end of 2012 if I really set my mind to it.

I’m posting my goals as a page on the blog here and will be updating it throughout the year. I’ve also created a public spreadsheet that I’ll be updating weekly with my progress. Gotta have that accountability!

Now, without further ado, my 2012 measurable goals!


  • Read 75 books this year: This is down a bit from last year’s 100, but since I hit 50 this year 75 doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch!
  • Take 5 trips: Doesn’t matter if they’re an ocean or a town away, but I want to take 5 trips, just for fun.
  • Bake & decorate 5 cakes
  • Bake 4 “breads” from scratch: I want to learn how to actually use yeast!


  • Write 100 blog posts (2 a week!): I know this is manageable, I just need to be consistent.
  • NaNoWriMo 2012: Again, did it this year, I can do it again! It was such a great experience.
  • Submit writing to 3 different newspapers or magazines
  • Project 365 (see the photos on Flickr): Take a photo every day. Can’t be too hard, and it will hopefully improve my photography.
  • Complete 10 DIY projects: Doesn’t matter if it’s painting a picture for my bedroom wall or building a pencil-holder for my desk.
  • Write an ebook


  • Take a photo of everything I eat (watch my progress on Posterous): Hopefully I’ll be able to improve my awareness and eat more healthfully.
  • Lose 20 pounds: This one might prove to be the hardest of them all!
  • Be able to run 10K

So there you have it, my 2012 goals. Have you set any goals for the coming year? If so, share them below! I’d love to hear what you have in mind for 2012. Maybe we can encourage each other in our goals! I know I could use all the help I can get.

Happy New Year! Here’s to 2012 being our best year yet!


8 thoughts on “2012 Goals”

  1. I’ve found a book a week to be a reasonable goal (when I can keep to reading regularly). But I tend to read slowly when I’m reading a fiction book. Keeping to a writing schedule is also hard, but making a specific time to write helps to stay on track. As for getting in shape the slow carb diet (especially high protein breakfast) works wonders.

    1. I find I’m quicker to read non-fiction as well! I think I’m going to try to read more non-fiction this year. I managed 50 books this year and I barely read throughout the summer so I think I can pull it off if I put time aside each day. Writing time is a difficult one for me – except for NaNoWriMo, my blog, and my writing commitments for different papers, I never took any time for writing otherwise. I think this year I’ll try to do more writing that doesn’t have to do with a particular goal.

      And it’s funny you should mention the slow-carb diet – that’s exactly what I’m doing! I just finished the 4 Hour Body and after hearing him rave about the diet, I decided to give it a shot. It’s exciting to hear that you’ve had success with it too! How long did it take for you to see results?

        1. Yeah, actually those few foods are what I plan on eating the most of, as well as kidney beans and other nuts. I don’t drink coffee, but I might try adding cinnamon to my tea! :) Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Taking the time to read is a big goal for me this year. I love reading like crazy, but it’s an activity that takes a back seat to all the other things I need to get done. I don’t think it’ll be hard to get started with this particular goal, but a book I’ve been waiting for (Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer) is coming out in a few days, and I’ll be doing everything but camping outside the bookstore waiting for it!

    1. This year I found that reading kind of took a back seat too, especially closer to the end of the year (cough, NaNo..). But I really love reading, so I think I’m going to try and make it easy on myself the way you are – by choosing books I’m really excited to read. Books that make you that excited about reading are the ones that are easiest to read, right? :) For me, the last time I got hooked on a series was The Hunger Games and before that, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Gotta find myself some more addictive books like those!

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