The Casting Dock

Twelve in 12: the year of goal-reaching.

1. Save a significant chunk of money towards a house down payment.
I have a specific amount in mind, because as we all know, goals should be as measurable as possible, but Jerome felt weird about specific dollar amounts going on the blog. Fine by me.

If my newly formed temporary guidance counselor position magically transforms into a full-time one for the fall, I think this will be quite manageable.

2. Earn 100,000 frequent flier miles.
This is my new thang. I’m pretty good about finding good deals and sticking to budgets, but I’ve never taken the time to keep up with frequent flier miles. There are lots and lots of ways to earn miles without actually flying and I’m INTENT to capitalize on them this year–100,000 miles roughly equates into 4 round-trip continental US flights OR allllmost 2 roundtrip western European ones. Yes, please! This baby is a top priority this year.

3. Do something new (or something I haven’t done in a really, really long time) every month.
My intention is for this to be somewhat “bigger” new things, not like, I ate sushi for the first time. I want to be more intentional to try new things and really take advantage of this beautiful part of the country. If I were to move tomorrow, there are so many things I would regret not having done here.

4. Read 25 books.
I know this isn’t a particularly lofty goal compared to those people who aim for 50 or 100 (!), but I have a hard time keeping up with books during the work week and I have a tendency to get 50-100 pages in and then lose interest and drop it. Plus, Jerry and I have a marriage pact that we recommend one book to the other for each year of marriage. I’m already behind. So within my 25, I’m committing to catch up on the marriage pact books too. We’re only in year 4 for goodness sakes. Shameful.

5. Write a letter of gratitude every month to a person of impact in my life.
Being more appreciative and more grateful is especially important to me this year and a significant piece of that is expressing gratitude to people who have had an impact in my life. It could be a really significant impact or a smaller, more time-confined impact just for a season of my life. Either way, I want to be better at carving out time to say, Thank you. You made an impression. You mattered. And I am grateful. So often the people of influence in our lives have no idea of the true impact that they have made.

6. Learn farrrr more about my camera.
That silly little thing isn’t working right now (hence the significant lack of pictures on the blog) so I need to a.) GET IT WORKING and b.) figure out what the heck the different settings and random numbers actually mean.

Total novice here.

7. Consolidate my investment money into one account and continue dabbling in stocks and options, even if it means I lose a little money.
I have a little bit of money in a few different accounts and I just can’t keep up with it all. I want it all in one place and I want to devote a set amount of time to reading, researching, and pulling the trigger. I like investments, but I know the only way I’m going to learn more is if I have my own money at stake. I also know that means I’ll probably (continue to) lose my own money for a little while. Ha.

8. Spend more consistent time with God.
Totally not specific, I know, but I can’t flesh out exactly what I want this time to look like.

I just know I need more of it.

9. Floss at least 100 days.
I am terrrrrible at flossing my teeth even though I know it’s soooo important and even though it only take ONE MINUTE. In general I’m pretty terrible at things that only take one minute. Colossal flaw. Anyhow, I’m checking off every day that I floss on my calendar and so help me, THIS WILL BE THE YEAR THAT IT BECOMES A HABIT. Lord knows it didn’t happen last year, despite being one of only three resolutions…

10. COUPLE GOAL: Give to a charity of choice and send a care package to someone, just because, every month.
We started doing this last year and I loved it. I felt like I was at least giving back a little bit on a consistent basis and with it factored into the budget, it was fun to shop for and send packages just for the heck of it.

11. COUPLE GOAL: Stick to the prayer calendar.
We each have picked seven specific things to pray for, one for each day of the week. The plan is to flip flop weeks and lists so that together we cover our 14 top priorities. And then I assume every few months we may update the lists. I like the idea of praying with clearer intention and knowing that we’re in it together.

12. COUPLE GOAL: Go to London.
This has been on our calendar almost since we got married and this is the summer to make it happen. We are waiting to hear back if we will have the opportunity to buy tickets for Wimbledon (they have a lottery system) and then we’re booking tickets!

Anyone have goals of their own to share? I love goals!


1 Noche { 01.29.12 at 9:24 pm }

My, my Lofty goals… here I sit just hoping to get to my one, big, gigantic, and often overwhelming goal—-DE-CLUTTER the home !– accomplished this year. Your goals are good ones and some may be stolen by me, but only after I complete my one goal. One suggestion…#9- get the picks and use your travel time to and from work… check off that goal!!!

2 Mama Logan { 01.30.12 at 7:46 am }

I LOVE Noche’s ONE goal. That one has been on my list for many years! Every so often I get motivated and attack an area, but it goes away quickly. Right now my goal is to make it through admission season! I’ve been working LONG hours and then I am WORTHLESS when I get home. Hopefully, your list will the inspiration I need to do better.

3 Craig W { 01.30.12 at 10:58 pm }

If what you have produced photographically so far is the work of a novice I anxiously await your New England Fall portfolio when you *really* know what you are doing.

4 Bryan { 01.30.12 at 11:25 pm }

I had one goal. Develop the cure for stress, fear and anxiety. I’ve already accomplished it and will share it with your listeners.

1.) don’t think about bad things from the past. you can’t change the past
2.) don’t worry about bad things happening in the future. you don’t control all the bad things that might happen in the future.
3.) d0 3 things: sleep enough, walk outside and laugh — every day.

Do those things, eat right, don’t take drugs, and say your prayers and you’ll enjoy a low stress 2012.

I am happy to have cured stress and anxiety in the first month of 2012. In febuary I will move on to tuberculosis.

5 mandy { 03.05.12 at 9:04 am }

I have for some reason have in my memory that you always took really good care of your teeth. When did things start going south? Was it only a dream that you had good oral hygeine?
And I like your goal about doing new things. Ol and I really try and get out and enjoy where we live because you never know when it could all go away.

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