Saturday, January 01, 2011

Goals for 2011

I thought it might serve me in the long run to post some of my goals for this next year. Something written in black and white for all to see and for myself to be reminded.

Taking some cues from this helpful guide:, I will share a few of the "stars" I'm shootin' for this year.

Personal Growth:
  • continue canning/freezing/preserving fresh produce as it makes its way to me. I tried my hand at salsa and tomato soup this summer. It was A LOT OF WORK! But, I decided after my 2nd bowl of tomato soup that I think it's worth it. I just can't go back to condensed tomato soup.
  • Read "Food Matters"; Watch "King Corn" and other documentaries that will encourage conscientious, healthful eating habits in our home
Physical Health:
  • continue regimen at the Y and if my back allows me, begin training in May for a fall racing schedule.
  • Move away from refined sugars. I'm not eliminating sugar. We just like it too much and I'm too serious about many other things. So, we're eating sugar here...I'm just going to begin purchasing Sucanat and using Agave Nectar, Honey as substitutes for good ol' white sugar.
  • Eat less cheese. Might sound funny, but we eat A LOT of cheese. Cheese and chocolate. ;) We could get by fine with a little less. My hubby has high cholesterol and my son has reflux/excema/asthma. I want to see if cutting back on our dairy intake may help all of us.
  • Eliminate/Avoid all foods/drink with artificial colors/flavors in it. Again, this is mostly a push for my son who suffers from excema, but I think it'll be good for all of us.
Marriage & Family Life:
  • Be nice to my hubby. Some days it's really as simple as that. I just need someone (my mom would suffice) to stop me in my tracks at times and say, "Briana, be nice!" I speak too frankly, abruptly to him. It's really disrespect and I want to grow in this area!
  • I also want to make more of an effort to have treats around the house that my hubby enjoys like peanut butter cookies.
  • Show honor to my extended family (mom/dad/siblings) by acknowledging their birthdays and anniversaries.
Money Matters:
  • I'm putting myself on a "spending freeze" of sorts, challenging myself not to buy anything that isn't absolutely necessary. Defining what's necessary is going to be the challenge.
What are some of your aspirations for 2011?


krista said...

i haven't actually formulated a list of goals, but perhaps i should.

we have much in common. i'm smiling a knowing smile at your "be nice to my husband" goal. oy yoy yoy.

and i really want to can some form of tomato product this year. i'm thinking tomato and/or spaghetti sauce.

Jill said...

I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey. I listen to his podcasts regularly to keep me motivated. I wish I would have heard about him 8 years ago. I am also a big fan of cheese and chocolate!

Danielle said...

Great goals, Briana! You'll enjoy King Corn. Here's my goals, so you can ask me about them. :)

1. Continue focusing on memorizing large portions of scripture.

2.Spend one-week finishing various decorating projects around the house.

3. Write a book proposal on With Child: Meditations on the Meaning of Motherhood.

4. Continue growing in technical and creative aspects of photography and pursue developing my business.

5. Do a “Our Life” series of photos posting one photo a week.

6. Finish our 2010 Blurb Book (pictures of the past year).

7. Date nights once a month with Josh and each of the boys.

8. Figure out a regular workout routine.

9. Have boys finish learning numbers 1-20, alphabet, memorize a portion of scripture.