My Goals for 2012

About ten years ago, a mentor and successful businessman counseled us with these wise words: "People don't plan to fail, they fail to plan."  I believe that's true.

I get so much more done when I've set specific, reasonable, measurable goals for myself.

Last year, I set some basic goals for a few things (like reading), but nothing like what I've done this year.  I've broken everything down and spelled everything out --- I haven't done it this thoroughly in years.  And it feels really, really good.

Let's dig in...

Here are my goals for 2012:


  • Continue daily Bible reading and prayer time.
  • Complete the 21 day Daniel Fast.
  • Read at least 24 books, or two books per month. (My January books are here)
  • Complete the Couch to 5K program.


  • Go on the Love Like You Mean It marriage cruise.
  • Go on one overnight getaway.
  • Have monthly date nights.


  • Take each child out alone once per month.
  • Work toward potty-training Preston.
  • Go on at least one family vacation.
  • Go on a family camping trip in the summer.
  • Complete 12 read-aloud books.
  • Continue having one family night together at home per week.
  • Plan one family activity per week (hiking, walks, parks, etc).
  • Visit with extended family at least once each month.


  • Re-organize my homekeeping binder and recipe binder.
  • Transform 8x8 closet downstairs into organized pantry for bulk purchases.
  • Continue regular homemaking routine, including one load of laundry each day.
  • Re-decorate master bedroom.
  • Finish unpacking items still in boxes from move.
  • Quarterly de-clutter the house.


  • Complete second grade, begin third grade with Gentry.
  • Begin simple pre-school lessons with Preston.
  • Read one more book on Charlotte Mason’s philosophy and integrate ideas.
  • Go on one field trip per month.
  • Continue with swimming lessons for Gentry.
  • Continue with art classes for Gentry.


  • Assist my husband in preparing for monthly leadership meetings.
  • Assist my husband in creating monthly ministry schedules.
  • Assist my husband with paperwork for new church building construction.
  • Plan two ladies events each quarter.
  • Update church calendar each month.
  • Read one ministry-related book per month.
  • Other church planning, hospitality, banquets, etc as needed.


  • Continue to tithe at least 10% of income.
  • Give generously as needs arise and are prayerfully considered.
  • Continue to save 100% of our rental’s net income (after taxes, tithes, etc) towards updating the rental property.
  • Increase car savings to (XYZ).
  • Increase emergency savings to (XYZ).


Did you set goals for this year?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments!


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  1. Kasey says:

    Obviously I have made some more important spiritual goals, but one really big thing I want to do this year is to organize all my recipes. Sadly, it just might take me the ENTIRE year to get it done!

  2. Hi Jaime! I like the way that you broke your goals down into particular areas of your life – that’s very organized! I’m a ministry wife also, and although I don’t write down particular goals for those responsibilities (as they generally keep me hopping without a reminder! haha!) I do love the fact that you are intentional with it! I’ve seen you around FB, but I wanted to have the chance to say hello and introduce myself! Your blog is beautiful – I look forward to getting to know you better!

    • Jaime says:

      Thank you, Rhonda! You are so sweet. I’m going to pop over and visit your page — it’s so nice to “meet” you!

  3. Cindy says:

    My personal goals are much like yours. I thought I would just read one book per month, but I am thinking I may up that to two per month.
    Have a lovely day.
    Hugs Cindy

  4. Christy says:

    Wonderful goals – I don’t have mine so thoroughly thought out, mine always include prayer and exercise and this year I want to learn to cook better – using my abundant cookbook collection!

  5. kim says:

    If you dont mind my asking, how did you get into home schooling? I would like to home school my grand daughter, in August she will be starting 1st grade. My daughter will be moving after college in 2114 and she wants to keep home schooling when she moves out of state. I have been looking around but it is very confusing on where to start. Any help would be appreciated.