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January 21, 2012

I’m not much for making goals.

I sincerely love making lists, yet I am absolutely, miserably terrible at lists that require more discipline that just checking things off. Making goals, writing budgets — I stink. I will write grocery lists and cleaning lists and packing lists like they are poetry of the highest order, yet when I try to organize the more serious areas of my life, the ones that I have to be accountable to, I suddenly find much better uses of my time…like Pinterest…or Facebook…or scrubbing my sink. (All of which I’ve done today, so I’m out of excuses.)

However, I read this the other day and it got me to thinking. Goal-making is supposed to be good, right? You’re supposed to make goals that you WANT to achieve, yes? In thinking about it, I think I may have stumbled upon what my problem has been in the past: I made the goals I thought I should achieve, not the ones I wanted to achieve. Therein lies a giant, giant gap! A big, stern, judgmental gap that laughs at me each year as I make goals that I have no intent of keeping.

So here are a few goals for 2012 that I have every intention of keeping! So let’s go!

1. Play around with more creativity in my clothing: My clothing default comfort zone is what I like to call “preschool yoga teacher.” Lots of muted colors, lots of long shirts, lots of leggings. Not bad, just rather boring. This year, I want to have a little more fun with how I dress. So I’ve recently gotten really into colored tights (red, yellow, aqua, navy, oh my!) and began playing around more with textures and layering different items together. I will never relinquish my deep and powerful love for cardigans, but hopefully, this year, they can have a little more fun.

2. Read more books, watch less movies: Once winter hits, there is nothing I love more than hibernating in and watching movies and backlogged seasons of TV shows. While I have no intention of giving this up, I do want to balance my media diet with more of the written word. I love to read but I tend towards thinking I should read “serious” books, which sometimes makes me not want to read. Because sometimes I want to read novels about other girls who love Jane Austen and have problems! Or sometimes I want to read foodie books! Or sometimes I like historical fiction! So lay it on me, readers. What books have you read recently and loved?

3. Live in community again: I wrote about this recently and am now in the midst of figuring out what this might look like. It may still take a few months, but I plan on entering summer 2012 with some solid action. I am really, really looking forward to cooking together, hanging out, watching movies, dance parties, and generally enjoying what it is to be hilarious, awesome ladies in our 20s.

4. Eat better: As a baker, I have a whole lot of butter, sugar, and flour in my life. It’s my job, it’s my passion, it’s the reason I have a little bit of a muffin top. I absolutely love carbs and I tend to indulge a little more than I should. It’s been too easy to do this while living alone; no one is there to ask why I think that four pieces of toast and a glass of wine is a suitable dinner. However, I really want to try balancing my tendency to scarf carbs with more vegetables and whole grains in my diet. (I’m also hoping cooking in community will help keep me accountable to this. Cassie, you hear that? TAKE AWAY MY TOASTER.)

5. Have more fun: This may sound like a no-brainer, but trust me, there are many moments where I need to kick my somewhat introverted self in the tush and demand that I go dance, go to that art show, go meet friends for a cocktail, go for a walk, even when I’m tired and feel more like going to bed at 9 p.m. like a granny. I want to take more advantage of the fact that I am young and living in an amazing city that has ample opportunities to enjoy life. So next weekend, it’s a comedy show and a birthday party; the weekend after, it’s a dance party. There will be party dresses and bright tights and photos and giggles. And what fun we shall have!

6. Write it down: It’s no secret that I love to write. I’ve never had much of a problem doing this with any frequency. But for 2012, the goal is getting back into writing with more intention. This means both here on Ye Olde Blog (hopefully bringing more recipes back!), as well as in my own personal handwritten journal. It’s a wonderful tool for becoming more diligent in prayer, in becoming a more self-aware person, and as a way to understand better how my experiences, relationships, and choices affect who I am, the way I see the world, and what can be learned from all things.

So those are my goals! I’m excited about living into these thoughts and ideas with intention and excitement. And feel free to keep me accountable and ask how these things are going.

So now what I want to know — what are some of YOUR goals for 2012?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. kelly permalink
    January 21, 2012 4:55 pm

    this is so great caroline! i can’t wait to see you and your playful outfit at my birthday party! get fancy girl! i too want to read more-watch less…have you read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? writing is also a goal of mine and i’m re-reading frederick buechner’s telling secrets…he talks about the significance of knowing our stories. “Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track , you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way because it is precisely through these stories in all their particularity…that God makes Himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally. If this is true, it means that to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but also spiritually.” hopes and cheers to fulfilled goals!

  2. Aban Jasoomani permalink
    January 22, 2012 4:21 pm

    right now, my goal is to make it through the week w/o tearing up. the first few weeks of school have been rough..but the good kind of rough. i also, want to bake at home (i’ve stopped that all together, because i’m still getting used to my schedule)

    also, i want to LOVE my classmates, and be bold in sharing JESUS with them.

  3. January 23, 2012 5:49 pm

    My book series of the moment: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. If you are up to a very well written fantasy novel, Martin has been called the Tolkien of our generation. It is ridiculously good, complex, and addicting. Ben turned my on to them 🙂


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