7 Goals for 2012

Posted December 21, 2011 by Paula in 2011 / 9 Comments

1. Get a promotion at work

I’m not gonna lie, the idea scares me, but in a good way. I have finally admitted to myself that this is the path that I want to take, and I am also finally ready to take this path. It’s exciting and scary, but also kind of peaceful, because I know I’m doing the right thing.

2. Participate in the Word Count Blogathon

I wanted to do this in 2011, but I had some health issues around that time, so I wasn’t in the blogging groove. But come May 2012, I am going to be ready! With a little planning, I don’t think that posting for 31 days in a row will be a problem. Plus, the Blogathon seems like a really great way to connect with other bloggers.

3. Participate in NaNoWriMo

This was something else that I had wanted to do in 2011, but time got away from me, and I wasn’t ready when November came around. NaNoWriMo is also on my bucket list, so it would be really awesome to complete this goal in 2012.

4. Blog more consistently

I considered making this a goal to blog everyday for a year, but I’m not sure that I actually want to blog everyday. Sometimes I like to leave a post up for a day or two in hopes that more people will see it. 🙂 So, my plan is to write at least two posts a week. Plus, I also want to do Fantasy Friday, Saturday Sharing and Sunday Stealing consistently every week, instead of randomly.

5. Learn more about SEO

I want people to be able to find my blog, and I know SEO plays an important role in that, but I haven’t really taken the time to learn a lot about it. Well, that is going to change! I’m going to force myself to read about and incorporate it into my blog. Even if I do find it boring. 🙂

6. Commit to shopping with the 5 piece French wardrobe principle in mind

I really have to get my shopping under control! And I think this formula would be perfect for me. French women just buy 5 pieces each season – Spring and Fall. They look for quality over quantity, and of course, basics like bras, t-shirts, layering pieces, etc aren’t included in the ten pieces that you can buy in a year. I know I can’t quit shopping completely, so having a plan and forcing myself to really think about what I buy and limiting what I buy, will at least help me get it under control.

7. Read more books

Blogs replaced books for me this past year, and that is just not okay! I’ve decided that starting in January, I am limiting my online time to two hours a day – one hour for reading my favorite blogs and one hour for working on my own. Some of you are probably thinking that two hours is a lot of time to spend on the internet; others are thinking that two hours is not enough time! I’m leaning toward the latter myself. 🙂 But I miss my books, and this is the only way I can see to bring them back! 🙂

So, what are some of your goals for 2012? Were there things that you missed out on in 2011 that you just have to do in 2012? Is there something new that you want to learn? Or a bad habit that you want to break? Let me know in the comments!


9 responses to “7 Goals for 2012

  1. Paula – I love your goal list, so much better than the long resolutions I used to make. It’s so much more positive and I am going to go with you especially on #4 (twice a week blog posting seems doable, let’s spur each other on!) and also on #6–I am working on having a better wardrobe of fewer pieces yet higher quality, it makes getting dressed so much easier. I work at home so I have less motivation to dress up, but I love the way I feel when I do :). -Alexandra
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    • Thank you A! I use to make resolution lists too, but they were always so hard to stick with! I’m glad that you’re with me on #4 and #6! 🙂 I definitely want getting dressed to be easier, right now it is kind of stressful, because there is just so much in my wardrobe! But I’m going to work on making it more manageable.

  2. I think I already accidentally do the 5-piece-a-season rule, mostly ’cause I try to get as much wear out of my clothes as possible…(and because I have too many shirts already, LOL).

    SEO would be great for me to learn as well–I feel like I’m blogging to nobody these days. :/ Dialup and sickness team up against me most of the time.
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    • I know that feeling – like I’m blogging to nobody! But it gets better. 🙂 I just keep blogging and trying to connect with other bloggers. And I’m hoping learning about SEO will help. 🙂
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  3. I love how you’re including a lot of writing & reading this year, Paula! I just got a Kindle for Christmas and am looking forward to reading much more than I could in the past, since it’s so difficult to buy books in English in Peru!

    I haven’t thought about my resolutions at all, but this year, I definitely want to read many books! In general, I also want to limit my spending of unnecessary things, but I know I have to be more specific than that and your 5-Piece Wardrobe plan is giving me ideas! =) Love it! =)

    Hope you had a very merry Christmas, btw! =) Hugs!
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    • Oh, yay! I got a Kindle too! They are so neat! I think having one will really help me with my goal of reading more books. :)I’m glad you liked the 5 piece wardrobe idea, when I first heard of it, I knew it was perfect for me!
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