Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year, New Goals

I'm not one for making new year's resolutions. I never have been. However, I've been changing a lot of things about me lately, so why not the whole resolution making, i mean keeping thing, right? I have made several different goals; all which are only small changes to things I already do, but, will(hopefully) round me out to a happier, healthier, better me.

Blogging Goals
#1 Comment on 4 out of 5 blog posts I read. Honestly, I love comments. I think others like comments. I read so many blog posts and NEVER EVER leave a comment. I follow countless numbers of blogs that I read religiously and NEVER comment on their posts. So, while I know some posts I just won't be able to respond nicely to, so I won't respond at all, MOST I love and I need to share that with the author. So many people I respect and appreciate their "life sharing" through their blogs. This should get a great head start with the Creme de la Creme list and ICLW throughout the year!

#2 Participate in ICLW 10 times this year.

#3 Participate in Mel's Show and Tell at least twice a month.

This means your guaranteed 3 posts a month people... isn't that exciting! Shamefully low goal, but I know I can do it!

#1 Read the entire Old Testament of the Bible this year. I kind of feel like this is cheating since I am the ONLY teacher now for Gospel Doctrine and we're studying the Old Testament this year... but I've only read it once before (all the way through) and I was in high school, so I'm putting my mind to it and doing it this year, with good, albeit cheater pants, motivation.

#1 Try counting my calorie intake. I've never done it before. I think it will help me make more informed eating decisions and therefore encourage better eating habits... aka not eating a whole _____ (fill in the blank with whatever unhealthy snack you want) as soon as I get home from school. I'm not going to obsess about it... this I'm not going to not eat things I enjoy, but, I may eat less of them in one sitting! I need a baseline, somewhere to compare to.

#2 Cook on Wednesday night at least 15 times this semester while John's in class. This will save us money, help us be healthier, and strengthen my marriage... it's the one thing John put on his "Something Erika can do to make me Happy" list. So I can do it!

#1 End 2010 with less debt than I have right now.

So you see, being the teacher I am, each of these goals are measurable, realistic, and EVERYONE can see if I've done them or not.
It makes me more accountable.
I means I actually may accomplish some of these goals.
I means that I may make some real progress in life this year.

Ha, ha, ha.

And it means that they may only last this week...

but seriously I WANT to do this.

I WANT it to be a year long thing!

Oh Goodness... I'm gonna need TONS and TONS of encouragement people! (I'm regretting this already)

Happy New Year!


Jennifer said...

You can do it!! I am sure you can :) Sounds like some great goals. Keep us posted how you are doing with your list and sticking to it. Do not forget you CAN and WILL stick to it. We all know you can!! :)

G said...

Yay for keeping resolutions! Hopefully this will be the year that we both achieve that goal! I will definitely try to give you all of the encouragement you need!

I love your resolution about commenting on blogs because I do the exact same thing, read and read and read, but rarely comment. You've inspired me to share more of what I'm thinking the my favorite bloggers.

And the cooking thing is SO something I should do more of. Be sure to pass any fabulous recipes my way. Which reminds me. I STILL want the enchilada recipe you and John make. I've been meaning to ask you that for over a year...

onemorebaby said...

I will cheer you on! You can do it! I love your goals, all very realistic and obtainable... : ) Can't wait to see you suceed! Hugs, ag

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Good luck with your resolutions--I love the blogging ones :-)

Elisabeth said...


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Member of a married, heterosexual couple
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You do not have any biological or adopted children living in your home
You are not currently pregnant
Either you, your spouse, or both has received an infertility diagnosis
You have received treatment for infertility in the past six months, or plan to do so in the next six months
Both you and your partner are willing to participate & have access to the internet

Wes and Dani said...

Thanks for the tip, but The R House is the one adoption blog I follow. :) Have a great day!`

Missy said...

If you want a website that is good for counting calories, try sparkpeople. They have a bunch of other features too. But the main thing I used is a database of food where you choose what you ate and how much and it knows the nutrition info. Some things you may have to enter yourself, though.