G is for Goal, Right?

As I sit here still surrounded by Christmas paraphernalia (since we got our tree later this year, we're not quite ready to say goodbye to her yet) I am beginning to look ahead to the new year. Just a little.

Last year, Lelly shared her 10 year journal with BlogVille and I decided to give it a try too. This type of journal gives you five lines (there are also carry over pages) to record daily events & thoughts, along with pages for long term goals/accomplishments, important dates, addresses and medical/household happenings. I was fairly faithful with my daily jottings, and I want to do even better in '09. This morning I decided to write out my goals for the new year. I didn't write them down last year (did I even come up with any??), so I already feel ahead of the game this year. Go me.

Indulge me while I share them with you, won't you?

Family Goals as a Wife and Mom
Plan and prepare more meals at home. Limit eating out to 2x a week.
Family night (game, activity or movie) weekly.
Date night 1-2x a month.
Purge & organize clothes/toys/stuff at least 2x a year
Better balance of TV/computer (i.e. LESS)
Practice hospitality
Be present and engaged

Spiritual Goals
Memorize 2 scriptures a month. Goal: Have God's word readily on my lips.
Continue weekly Bible study w/the girls.
Family devotional time each day
Daily personal quiet time for prayer and Bible reading

Plan time to practice more photography
Sew more
Plan time to scrapbook and make cards
Send good mail (even just a card) more regularly

Health & Fitness
Join Weight Watchers again & follow plan better
Prepare healthier meals at home, fewer short-cuts, more veggies & fruit.
Exercise 3-4 days a week; running/cross training/ light weights
Register for 1 full marathon (possibly Dallas White Rock in December '09)
Work on rediscovering my waist and abs!

Aggressively pay off credit cards
Read more and possibly follow Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace methods
Try couponing, possibly The Grocery Game

Since we took two big $$ trips in 2008, and we want to attack debt, we don't have a big trip planned for 2009. We do hope though to do a short San Antonio trip late spring/early summer.

Okay, I am now slightly intimidated and overwhelmed. Deep, cleansing breath. So many of these things are ideas that have been rattling around in the back of my brain for a long time, now they are actually written down. Several are things I (or we) already do, but can do better, several are things that are brand new (daily family devotionals, couponing, locating my abs). My plan is to have regular meetings with myself (a la Jill), hopefully each month, to evaluate how I am doing.

Have you made goals for '09? Any tips for making goals more specific and attainable? Any advice for evaluating progress?


  1. i was just reviewing my '08 statements last night. it was a short list, seven items, i think. but i was thrilled that i had *inadvertently* accomplished 5 of them!!

    i love how you've categorized your goals for oh-nine. i think i might try this.

    happy new year, marathon bird!!

  2. These are great goals! I need to have a meeting with myself about my intentions for 2009 (is today really December 31st?!). I've been thinking about them a bit and trying to choose a word for the new year, but so far it's been inconclusive. Maybe I should check out the 10 year journal too.

  3. I love the idea of writing goals (it is a list, right?) and putting them in such a public forum. Yours are enviable!

  4. My goal for 2009 is: Look Outward. Look Upward.

  5. those all sound like really good goals. I think especially game nights and hubby nights are so important..those are the memories that really last.

  6. I need to do something like this too. It's a little scary for me to share it openly but since you did it, I'm going to join you in this. Happy New Year and God bless your sweet family this year!

  7. I do the same thing every New Year. Don't always fulfill my goals...but at least I'm moving in the right direction.

    Your list is admirable!!

  8. We had a LONG trip back to the home-place today following a very fun week long stay with family and I had the chance to think a bit. I have goals in my head, but have not had the chance to write them down.

    Thanks for sharing yours!
    I hope to type mine out at some point.

  9. Great goals!

    Happy New Year.

  10. Holly, I think your way makes it more specific and attainable than I have already tried this year. I think I'm going to go back and categorize my goals a little more specifically like you've done here.


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