Thursday, January 10, 2013

Resolutely setting goals

It seems this time of year is ripe for tackling self-improvement projects and making changes.  After all, doesn’t everyone make New Year’s resolutions?  Well, not me this year. 

When I make resolutions I don’t actually keep them, try as I might, even when they’re easy.  One year my only resolution was to start no new projects.  How hard could that be?  I didn’t have to do anything.  That was the point. 

One thing you’ll learn about me is that I tend to have a lot of irons in the fire.  A lot.  I like the thrill of starting something new, gathering the supplies and beginning the process.  So the goal for that year was just to finish what I had started. Ha!  Like that was going to happen. 

So instead of resolutions I’m going to set me some goals.  Some are serious, and others not so much.
Learn/relearn to crochet    My grandma taught me how several decades ago but I don’t remember a darn thing.  I’ve been itching to try something new so I bought a skein of some gorgeous teal blue yarn at Hobby Lobby to make a scarf or hat. 

Discover what restaurant serves the best Moscow Mule     Just because.

Be able to run 2 miles straight   I need to lose weight and get into shape.  At one time I could run twenty miles, so two doesn’t seem like so much.

Read more non-fiction/spiritual/historical fiction and less “candy” fiction   I love, love, love to read.  I think I went through about 40 books last year.  Almost all of them were fiction.  I really should read things that help improve my mind and faith, not just entertain me.  Any suggestions?

Meet at least one blogger this year    If you're willing.

Now that I’ve written these out, I’ve got to wondering.  What’s the difference between resolutions and goals?  And, is failing at one worse than failing at the other?

You know what?  Don’t answer that!



  1. I have a book suggestion Reed of God by Caryll Houslander. It is about our connection to Christ through the lens of Mary. DH and I went through what our goals are for this year, they all seem within reach. We have never really been into new year's resolutions or goals but for some reason there is a lot we want to get done this year.

  2. I like your list! :)

    I would read anything by Scott or Kimberly Hahn.. They are awesome!!!

    And you sound just like my hubby... lol He loves to start new things, and then they sit there for months (once it was a year) on end not getting finished!

  3. I don't know if there is a difference between resolutions and goals...kinda the same to me. Goals just seem more achievable. Right?

    I'm for the goal of losing weight and I'm so working hard at not is so not good for me!

  4. I like to crochet, but haven't started anything new lately. I use to get such deals on yarn - but it isn't as easy to find anymore.

    My running goal for the year is 1.25 minimum miles per day. Last year it was 1 minimum mile per I did up it. I wouldn't do it if there wasn't a treadmill in the basement - but I found it a very good routine last year and decided to keep it up!

  5. "Meet at least one blogger this year." You can meet me.

    Seriously (well not really) I always make the same resolutions:

    1. Eat more junk food.
    2. Exercise less.
    3. Be meaner to other people.

    That way, I don't feel bad when I break them.

  6. I want to pick up crocheting too. But, one of my resolutions is to do less- hahahaha. Resolutions seem to be more long term and permanent where goals are more short term. maybe? who knows. Books- so many good ones. My two favorite spiritual reads are Mere Christianity and The Holy Longing. They are a bit harder- at least for me there were. Shirt of Flame by Heather King and Rome Sweet Home by the Hahns are easier reads.

  7. Didn't mean to end so abruptly. Happy New Year Donna!!!