12 Goals for 2012

This post was initially inspired by Niki over at Debt Free by Thirty (see the inspiration post here) and then I saw Serendipity at Serendipity’s Guide to Saving posted one as well, I just knew I had to get mine out there!

Like the other two ladies, I created a pretty visual of my goals using Picnik.  And I’m going to get straight into the goals, shall we?

1. Pay off debt.
I hope this one is pretty self explanatory.  I have some nasty debt hanging over my happiness and I’d like to get it out of the way so I can get on with my life.  An admiral first priority for the new year I think.

2. Complete 52 in 52.
As of  12/16, I am right on track for my 52 Books in 52 Weeks.  I have 22 weeks to go and would really love to knock this one off my list!

3. Minimalize.
I have way too much Stuff and I am feeling the burden.  As with my debt, the Stuff is something I’d like to shed over the next year until I have enough that I am able to find balance.

4. Knock five things off my 30 before 30.
I’m not sure which 5 I’ll be knocking off yet (aside from 52 in 52), but I’m optimistic that I can knock out 5 of the items on my 30 Before 30 list, on top of everything else I want to accomplish this year.

5. Save $ for travel.
Again, a semi-ambiguous goal… I don’t yet know how much money or where I’m going to be traveling, but the truth of the matter is that I’m a wanderer.  I feel lost when I’m stuck in one place for too long and I’ve been here way too long.  So I want to take a trip.  Where is still TBD.

6. Max out Roth IRA.
I have not done this since I first opened it 4 years ago.  I’m happy with how my retirement savings are going, but I’d like to be able to step them up a notch… however this goal has a catch.  I can’t really complete it until I pay off the debt that’s been torturing me.  But if I can knock out $6k of debt in 6 months, surely I can get $5k in right?

7. Drink more water.
I used to drink a LOT of water.  I was happier and healthier then.  So bring back the water!

8. Practice yoga.
As with the water, I was happier and healthier when I made time for yoga.  Given some life changes that have been happening lately, I hope this is something I can reincorporate in my life this coming year.

9. Work on sixteen personal commandments.
I created the personal commandments as part of my Happiness Project a couple years ago.  They were commandments that were meant to better my life and help me become a happier person, so I’d like to try and bring them back.

10. Learn French.
I started to learn French as part of my Peace Corps application process.  Even if that doesn’t pan out, I’d love to learn finish what I started and learn a beautiful language.  Hopefully one I can keep up this time!

11. Create a piece of art.
I love to paint.  I love to write.  This piece of art might be poetry, it might be a painting, it might be finally turning the side table my puppy chewed up into a beautiful Union Jack table.  Who knows what that art will be?  But it’s been too long since I’ve done anything creative for personal reasons and I’d like to create something this year.

12. Be grateful every day.
I want to cultivate a life of joy and thanks, and often I find myself feeling unhappy and angry when I know there is so much to be grateful for.  So I want to be grateful every day.  People always say that couples should never go to be angry… well, I don’t want to ever go to bed ungrateful.  I’ve been blessed in life and just want to remind myself of that every day.

So there you have it, my 12 for 2012. I’m pretty happy with them! Anyone have any big goals for 2012 in general? Any fun stuff in the works for next year?


  1. Great post! My goals for 2012: (1) Pay off debt (sounds familiar — haha! — plus it’s a very worthy goal); (2) travel to Scotland; (3) travel to see children (wherever they are) as often as feasible; (4) travel to see sisters at least twice yearly; (5) travel to see brother; (6) start regular exercise program of walking/running; (7) clean out at least one room of the house (preferably two); (8) donations — books, clothing, money; (9) shred old papers no longer need; (8) organize family photos; (10) hire a cleaning person/service.

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