2012 Goals: November Update

So how is your  goal-setting going for 2012?  I’ve learned that one of the best ways to achieve my goals is to begin by writing them down!  At the beginning of the year I typed up a list of goals, and pinned it to the bulletin board over my desk.  Each month I cross off my goals as I achieve them.  Many goals have gotten bumped to the next month (some more than once!) but I keep on plugging away at them in hopes that I will reach them before the end of the year.

I didn’t get a lot of new things done in November as much as I continued on projects already begun.  I continued selling items on Amazon, donated lots of things to various people and organizations, and threw out a lot of garbage.  I continued shifting and organizing “new” furniture as Brad continued to transition his office from its other location to our home.  We attended some fun community events here in California.  We spent half the month in Maryland where we substitute-taught for five days, and spent a lot of time catching up with friends and family.  We also spent a lot of time this month trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer, which died on October 25.  Despite the many transitions, we found much to be thankful for this month!


All-Staff Conference, Meet My Sister’s New Baby, Substitute-Teach in Maryland, Find New Doctors/Dentists


Substitute-Teach in Maryland, New Driver’s Licenses, New Registration, New Auto Insurance, New Keys, Have Truck Weighed/Smog-Checked


Study for and Pass the CBEST, TB Test, Fingerprinting, Order and Install Blinds, Letter to Naomi, Letter to Oliver, Invite Someone Over, Visit Factory


Attend BSF Bible Study every Week (Complete All Homework), Visit Community Museum, Invite Someone Over


Attend BSF Bible Study every Week (Complete All Homework), Attend Sacred Marriage Couples Bible Study every Sunday (Prepare a Dish), Visit Fort Bragg with friends, Invite Team Over, Pay Off Citimortgage (2nd Mortgage), Apply for Refinance (1st Mortgage), Try Using Cash for Groceries and Gas, Weed Flower Beds, Transplant Bulbs, Make Mother’s Day Gifts


Attend Sacred Marriage Couples Bible Study every Sunday (Prepare a Dish), Attend My Sister’s Wedding in Maryland, Orioles Game, Take Kids Swimming Every Friday, Invite Leaders Over


Purchase Black-Out Curtains for Kids’ Room, Birthday Letter to Naomi, E-mail Landlord Photos of House, Renew Lease on our Rental Property, Apply to Substitute-Teach, Take Kids Swimming Every Friday, Invite Leaders Over


Sell Washing Machine/Grill/Books On-Line, Visit Lake/Park/California State Railroad Museum, Clean Out Garage, Install Kitchen Cabinet Handles, Repair Diaper Hamper, Make Toilet-Paper Holder, Clean Truck Interior, Mount Carbon Monoxide Detector, Mount Curtain Rods and Curtains in Kids’ Room, Hang Naomi’s Stars and Brad’s Schedule, Frame 8×10 Photo, Clean Fridge Interior, Take Kids Swimming Every Friday, Get Texting for Brad, Substitute-Teacher Orientation, Apply New Blog Theme, Link Blog to Facebook, Link Blog’s Facebook to Pinterest, Invite Leaders Over


Visit River/Old Sacramento Gold Rush Days, Create Blogging Masterminds Facebook Group, Re-Write English Curriculum, Invite Team Over, Swap Regular/Maternity Clothes in my Dresser, Purchase Tickets for Flight to Maryland in November, Renew Substitute-Teaching License in Maryland, Create Painting for Church, Decipher Substitute-Teaching Documents, Close on Refinance (1st Mortgage), Hang White Board


Decorate for Fall, Attend Church Membership Classes, Attend Women’s Retreat, Find Halloween Costumes, Visit Pumpkin Farm, Prepare for my Family visiting, Visit Fort Bragg, Visit Chandelier Drive-Thru Redwood Tree, Visit Pumpkin Farm, Visit Lake Tahoe, Attempt to fix Oliver’s Dresser Drawer (I finally threw it away), Install Door-Stoppers, Sell Books On-Line, Brown Spot-Painting on Woodwork Around House, Re-Paint Hallway, Paint Birch Tree Murals in Kids’ Room, Hang Clock/Batteries, Take Truck to Mechanic for “Check Engine” Light, Repair Lamp with JBWeld, Hot Glue Broken Butterfly, Wood Glue Broken Bulletin Board, Apply Felt Pads to Bottoms of Chairs, Vacuum Furnace, Start Purchasing Christmas Gifts


Find/Deliver Christmas Gifts, Visit Family in Maryland for Thanksgiving for 2 weeks, Substitute-Teach for 5 days in Maryland, Take Extra Art Supplies to High School Art Teacher, Donate Items, Sell Books on Amazon, Transition Oliver’s Clothes to “New” Dresser, Call/Visit with Maryland friends, Have Mom Cut My Hair, Change Bank Accounts in Maryland, Figure out why my computer hasn’t turned on since Oct. 25, Clean Out Freezer, Sikh Parade, JFK 50, Handel’s Messiah, Chili Cook-Off…



Make Anniversary Plans, Brad’s Father Visiting, Prepare for Annual Christmas Parties (Host or Find Babysitter), Letter to Naomi/Oliver, Find 4 more Christmas Gifts, Find 4 Birthday Gifts, Put Away Fall Decorations, Decorate for Christmas, Get a Christmas Tree, Find a new OB/GYN, Schedule Hospital/Birth-Center Tour, Donate Extra Art Teaching Materials, Substitute-Teach, Create More Detailed Budget, Try Crown Mvelopes

*These items seem to keep getting bumped from month to month: Find New Home-Owner’s Insurance, Investigate Long-Term Plans, Drill Holes for 4 Handles in Bathroom, Spackle/Sand Bathroom, Cover Back of Medicine Cabinet, Paint Inside Bathroom Cabinets/Drawers, Paint Kitchen Cabinets, Install Child Locks, Learn to Use Sewing Machine, Attach Kids’ Dressers to Walls, Babysit/House-sit/Pet-sit, Find Cheaper Auto Insurance, Apricot Preserves, Visit Historical Society/Community Museum/Sacramento Zoo…

Have you created a list of goals for 2012?  I’d love to read an update on your progress in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “2012 Goals: November Update”

  1. Kristy Dowell says:

    I’m starting to get in the hang of writing goals. Initially everything seemed very general and overwhelming. Now I can write more specific ones since we know a little more of where we’re at. For instance, at first it was just “get health insurance” but neither of us had ever done that before (I had always gotten it through school and he’d never had it), but now it’s “compare prices/benefits of family health insurance to small business health insurance” and we have an appointment for a phone call with a lady from blue cross blue shield of Kansas tomorrow. So yeah, it’s definitely been a work in progress for us, but I think we’re getting the hang of being a little more organized! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Sounds great! For me, it’s that way even after years of doing it. “Refinance the House” becomes “Collect documents to scan and e-mail to Nick.” Every little step in the right direction is a success! 🙂

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