JAN13 Goals

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Yesterday I mentioned that one way I’m setting goals this year is on a monthly time frame.  My decision to measure goals this way for the entire year has a lot to do with my taking the I Choose self-guided workshop at Big Picture Classes.  I am thrilled to be focusing on about 30 days at a time, and plan to use some of my monthly goals as progress points in the 13 goals I set for 2013


  • Try a variety of home workouts.  As with the rest of the world, the idea that January brings a clean slate and the opportunity to reset in all avenues of health, I’m taking advantage of all the new year excitement to refocus on getting the work outs in.
  • Cook from Cooking Light. Julie sent me a subscription to Cooking Light magazine as one of my Christmas gifts.  The first issue of my subscription has already arrived and I’m super excited to dive in.  Cooking Light is a magazine I’ve heard many friends rave about, but I’ve never actually even looked at an issue before this one arrived.  I love that the magazine is filled with delicious looking recipes I’m eager to try, as well as tips, suggestions, and more. 
  • Find a work scheduled that’s right for me.  I’m ready to get back to a normal, non-holiday schedule at the office and to re-introduce a weekly schedule to my at-home work, too.  This week is a little funny, because it’s only a 3-day week for me at the office.  But I plan to try to find a bit of structure to my evenings, especially.  I want to spend time working several nights a week, but I know I will be most creative and productive if I don’t work EVERY night after getting home from work.  Here’s where I’ll be focusing on my word for 2013: BALANCE.
  • Design the Valentines.  I didn’t send Christmas cards or holiday greetings.  I’ve been thinking that Valentine’s are a lot more fun and unexpected to find in your mailbox, six weeks after all you had all those great envelopes of fun from everyone else.  I’ve already started a list of people to send to, but I know that I need aim to have these babies designed, printed or crafted, and addressed by the end of the month in order to allow for projected procrastination and still making a timely delivery by February 14.
  • Read a book.  As I write this, I don’t know which book I plan to read this month, but I know I want to read something.  Having a book I’m into helps me to make taking an away from the computer lunch break a priority at the office.  I would really like to get into the habit of stepping away for an hour each work day, taking time to eat away from my screen and read a good old fashion book with pages. 
  • Eat something from the freezer. A while back, I went on a major prep and freeze a bunch of meals spree.  I’ve barely touched all the stuff I’ve made and stuck in the frozen tundra of my kitchen, and if I don’t start eating it NOW, it’s all definitely going to be way past it’s prime.  I also know I have a lot of frozen fruit that could happily be made into nutritious smoothies if I just took the time to blend it up.   

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13 thoughts on “JAN13 Goals

  1. Danielle

    I think I may try some monthly goals this year too. One overall goal is to read more books. i got a kindle for my birthday, and I hope that helps. I’m reading Gone Girl this month. I’ve seen good reviews. Want to read with me?
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    1. Heather Post author

      OH!!! i have heard really great things about Gone Girl! I have already started a book, though [moments after finishing this post I went and looked through the many stacks of unread books I’ve been keeping in the bedroom] – and I think I made a choice you’ll be happy with 🙂 I am FINALLY reading Devil in the White City! It’s especially nice since I JUST stayed downtown when I was in Chi-town last month, so the neighborhoods, cross streets and historical landmarks are all fresh in my memory.

      1. Danielle

        A favorite of mine! My book club read it, and I’m going to give you one hint about the book that may help you enjoy it more. The two story lines never connect. My dad told me that he read it thinking the two stories would come together eventually, and it was a bit of a let down that they didn’t.

  2. Faith

    I love making recipes from magazines. I’ve found a lot of great new meals that way!

    Making monthly goals seems like a great way to go and keep things fresh in your mind 🙂

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  4. Miranda @ Biting Life

    Ooh I love Cooking Light! Haha, I’m with you on the freezer thing… I definitely need to clean it out a little bit. I’m pretty sure there’s a gigantic bag of like 20 chicken wings in there, and I have no idea what to do with them!
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