Monday, December 31, 2012

Moment of Truth: 2012 Goals Wrap-Up

Well, here we are--mere hours away from 2013. So, to honor the passing year, I decided to do a little accountability check to see how well I did with this year's resolutions. If you want to check the original post, you can find it here. Or you cou can read how I was doing near the mid-point right here.

Goal #1: Run a marathon.

Matt and I successfully ran the Salt Lake Marathon together on April 21st (finishing hand-in-hand, as you can see) in 4:34:49. So as for my first goal, I'd say I blew it out of the water (considering that my only real goal was to actually finish). If you'd like to read more about it, check that post out here.

Goal #2: Read double of what I did last year, which translates to 38 books.

I tried hard on this one--I really did. But I lost my focus a bit in the summer (when I had the most time), and so I fell quite a bit short. I'm currently sitting at 23 books for the year, although I'm extremely close to finishing 4 more. So even though I didn't quite hit the original goal of 38, I'm still feeling pretty good about this one (especially since I read more than last year, and many of the books were dense classics).

Goal #3: Go to the temple every month.

If you do the exact calculations on this one, I think there was one (possibly two) months that we missed. But there were several months where we went multiple times (I think there was one month we went 5-6 times), so I'd say that we met this goal. However you calculate it though, we did WORLDS better than how we did the year before. (If you'd like to learn more about LDS temples, you can read more about them here.)

Goal #4: Have people over to dinner every other month.

I kind of stopped keeping track of this one halfway through since we seemed to just kind of integrate this into our lifestyle. I would say that on most months we invited people over, although sometimes it was just for dessert instead of a full dinner. But, since the purpose of this was to make friends and be more social, I'd say we definitely reached this goal too.

Goal #5: Finish typing up my mission journals.

I managed to go full-steam-ahead on the first journal, knocking it away in about three months, but then I forgot that I'd set a goal to finish typing up ALL of them . . . so I still have two to go. Oops.

Goal #6: Do the NaNoWriMo Challenge.

Um, as my students say--epic fail. I didn't even attempt this one this year. However, I do plan to incorporate writing into my resolutions for 2013, although I'm not sure if it will be this particular challenge

Summary: So even though I only fully or partially completed five out of the six resolutions, I feel like I've made HUGE strides this year--I turned into a runner, I learned how to do family history, I knocked several books off of my life's to-read list that I'd been putting off for years (like Great Expectations and the unabridged Count of Monte Cristo), I graduated from college, I landed my first teaching job, and I've formed some awesome new friendships. So 2012, I'd have to say you were a phenomenal success.

Can't wait to see what the new year brings us!

P.S. If you want to see a sneak peek at one of the (HUGE) goals I'm taking on next year, check out my guest post on this adorable blog today.


  1. I like that you actually kept track of your goals and evaluated how you did at the end of the year! I have never been super good at that but am trying hard this year to achieve my goals and I'm sure I will do better if I know I am going to post about it to the world :)

  2. I found your blog through Eryka's. Which..great guest post by the way. Running a marathon is always something I've wanted to do..& I only made it to a half! SO that's definitely an amazing accomplishment I share in common with you! Going to the temple. Ah. We HAVE to do this more. We have to we have to. Happy New Year's, Torrie. Loving your bloggy blog already!

    amanda @ we and serendipity

  3. Those are great goals. I didn't set any goals last year, but I should this year to help get myself motivated. Good luck on getting organized. Once you're in the habit it makes it a lot easier.


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