4 Simple Goals (Before 2013)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Image by Rosmary via Flickr/Creative Commons

 The cool crisp air greeting me in the mornings and the bright red leaves on the trees outside my patio window signal that fall is here and 2012 is coming to end. For me this is a cue to start jotting down goals for 2013. But thanks to Katie at A Place to Dwell, I've decided to put my planning process for 2013 on hold for a bit and do something new -- 4 Simple Goals. This project is the brainchild of Elsie at A Beautiful Mess and you can find the rules in detail here. Essentially, you pick simple, activity-oriented goals that will make your life richer, happier, and healthier. Elsie also recommends that you reward yourself for sticking to your plans and that you blog about your progress. Here are my 4 Simple Goals Before 2013:

1. Start exercising 6 days a week. Supposedly we humans develop habits after doing something for 21 days, so once I've exercised 6 days a week for three weeks I'll consider this goal accomplished. 

2. Read and meditate on Scripture daily. Again, I will consider this goal accomplished after sticking with it for for 21 days. Since I'm so into blogging and building community between women, I think one thing that can help me with this goal is the blog SheReadsTruth.com. So I plan to follow the Bible reading plans offered there and chat with other women involved in this online community. 

3. Finish reading How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. 

4. Spend more quality time with my husband. We've both been so busy lately we barely see each other. Before this year is over I'd like us to sit down and discuss how we can be more intentional about prioritizing our relationship. 

OK, it's your turn. What are your 4 Simple Goals (Before 2013)?


  1. Hmmm, haven't given it much thought. But I'll give it a try:

    1) Save money, do away with unnecessary spending; do a financial soul searching inventory and make a budget to stick to no matter what.
    2) Finish the first draft of my novel
    3) Finish my reading goal
    4) Practice, somehow, on staying focused and not allow myself to get distracted by silly stuff. So I reckon I need to create a plan for my daily life and practice some structure and routine!

  2. 1)grow to 5'
    2)shrink to 110lbs
    3)tan for darker skin
    4)make a real list of goals

    1. You forgot to add have Tomatino's Pizza with my favorite cousin. Also, it's so funny that you want darker skin considering our family practically disowns me because I'm so dark.

  3. Love it
    1)Maintain focus to finish work projects so I can enjoy time off and be ready for 2013
    2)Address some paper clutter/organization at home -- will help me stress less and make me more inclined to have family and friends over.
    3)Pull off an annual Santa party for eight zillion kids
    4Focus on being in the moment with my family during the holidays. So excited we're all going to be together.

  4. Let's see, shall we?

    1) Finish the first leg of my black feminist thought journey by reading Patricia Hill-Collins.

    2) Exercise three times a week.

    3) Start and finish all of my final projects by November 16.

    4) Update my freelancing calendar and actually stick to it.

  5. Love your list, Javacia! :-) I'll be seeing you around the She Reads Truth site. :-)

  6. Just four right?
    1) Set up my virtual assitant website
    2) Lose 5-7 pounds by exercising 3 times a week (zumba)
    3) Post on my blog 3-4 times a week (preplanning necessary)
    4) Save money by cooking during the weekdays

  7. I bookmarked the details and I'm going to put some thought into it (and probably write a blog post). Thanks for the idea!

  8. 1. To Finish a novel
    2. To do a screenplay
    3. To make better grades
    4. To make a song.