Happy New Year! OK, I'm a few days late, but we have been out of town relaxing with family, not thinking about anything! It feels good to be home, and I'm happy to be back to the blog world!
I love fresh starts, and January is one of my favorite times of the year because it is the ultimate fresh start! After our time away and off of work, I feel super energized to stay on top of cleaning the house and eating healthily and tackling some projects I've been avoiding. This brings me to my goals for 2012.
In making my goals for each year, I stay away from vague resolutions like "be healthy" and "get organized". What does that even mean? I want a goal that's clear and measurable so that I know exactly what steps I need to take to accomplish that goal. Not only have I found that this mindset helps me actually meet those goals, it's also much more satisfying along the way.
1. Re-read and put into practice The Happiness Project. I loved this book and have incorporated some of the principles and habits into my life and have found them very helpful. Since the book is broken up into a chapter for each month of the year focusing on one area of life, it's basically a year plan of mini goals. I will be posting about the goals I make each month for that specific area of my life, since I've found announcing it to the internet is a pretty strong source of accountability.
2. Buy a house. This is our big family goal for the year. We've started the process and it's exciting!
3. Make ingredients from scratch. I want to do a better job of controlling our intake of preservatives and high fructose corn syrup, so I want to make some simple things from scratch. I have a list in my head and will post about them as I make them throughout the year!
4. Get back into memorizing verses of the Bible. I have fallen out of the practice of regularly memorizing verses, and I miss it. I want to write them down in a notebook and carry them around in my purse with me.
5. Make cake pops. This is my fun goal. I've tried to make them before and utterly failed! I want to make a perfect batch, meaning they actually stay on the stick, they don't crumble into the chocolate as I dip them, and they look pretty when I'm done!
So there are my goals for the year! What are your goals for 2012?