Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year! Some 2012 Goals

Happy new year!

I like new beginnings: the beginning of a new year, a new month, even a new week. I like the feeling of anticipation, and the idea of a "fresh start."

I've always enjoyed setting goals at the beginnings of new time periods.  This year is no different.  I've got a few things in mind that I'd like to accomplish in this new year, Lord willing.  Some of my goals are personal, or financial, or not easily quantifiable, and I won't share them here.  But two of my goals can be easily measured and reported on, so I'll share them with you in hopes that doing so will motivate me (it would be embarrassing to have to report failure!)

My first goal for 2012 is to finish memorizing the Shorter Catechism.  I think it's safe to say that I'm very familiar with the content of the Shorter Catechism, having been taught the doctrines contained in it from my youth, but I still don't know all the questions and answers by heart.  This year I'd like to finish memorizing the Catechism, perhaps with Elijah's help (he finished the catechism last summer, but could use some review).

My second goal for 2012 is to walk a mile a day.  I'd really rather be running, but the sad reality is that it's hard to find opportunities to run, given that my kids can't keep up with me (yet), and I have no one to watch them.  They can, however, walk with me.  They can handle up to a mile and a half at a moderate pace, and perhaps with practice they'll be able to go farther and faster.  So the goal is to walk 366 miles this year, or an average of a mile a day.  I'll record the miles I've walked in the sidebar of my blog.

I tried to walk a mile a day in December, actually, but failed miserably, only walking 8 miles the entire month!  I was quite sick with the flu, etc. for two weeks, but still, I could have walked more than I did.  To be honest, I kept forgetting.  Lame excuse, I know.

Are you making any New Year's Resolutions, or setting any goals?  Feel free to share!


  1. Well done for your committment! I was blessed to learn the SC when I was young, so it was never hard for me; I'd struggle to do it now. And I think walking one mile a day is great (if you have the weather for it). Could you get a treadmill to run indoors? Or could no one in church watch the boys for a couple of hours a week? I guess it is not easy when most of them have their own kids to watch.

    I have a few different resolutions, one is to spend more time on educational outings with my younger kids. Happy New Year, Sharon

  2. Henrietta, I live too far from everyone else at church for it to be practical for any of them to watch my children on a regular basis. And there's no room for a treadmill in this house! But I think walking with the boys will work well enough. So long as I am patient with their stops to investigate things, they enjoy walking with me. :)

  3. I haven't made any resolutions for the year, but I do hope to start walking a bit more. The local library is about 2 miles away, and I would really like to be able to walk there occasionally!

  4. I enjoy thinking of you walking with your boys (while they stop to investigate things :-) Sharon. I also love the thought that they will grow more able to keep up with you and that one day you will be running with them: what wonderful images of something more than just that sort of walking, until they learn to run. Heidi from the pb.

  5. Mercy, it would be so nice to be able to walk to the library! You need to get yourself a double stroller. :)

    Heidi, thanks for commenting. I do look forward to being able to run with my boys some day! For now we'll enjoy our walks, or as the boys like to call them, our "adventures."


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