Friday, January 6, 2012


I'm not a huge fan of the word "resolution" because in my mind right next to it is "failure". I've never been one to set specific resolutions, and the ones I've set I certainly haven't kept. Even thinking about goal-setting seems a little... hollow to me - I think mainly because we've been preached at to "set goals!" since high school and I naturally want to run the other way if being forced to do something.

2012 feels different for some reason; I turn 30 this year, and I want to make it a memorable, progressive year. January has always felt like a blank slate to me - a chance to start fresh and be intentional about what we want to accomplish this year. Joey and I have talked about certain goals we want to accomplish for our family and ourselves this year, and we're writing them down to make it official.

1) We're running the Lincoln Half Marathon on May 6. In some ways this is such a foregone conclusion that it seems silly to make it a goal, but I suppose it should be. Why are we running a half marathon? Because we can? Because we're crazy? Because we want to. And we want to for different reasons. For me it seems like a bucket list item to accomplish, and why not do it now? The race always takes place on a Sunday, and a few years ago we drove by the runners on our way to church and I was teary from watching them run - I have no idea why it was such a strangely emotional thing for me. Joey wants to run to put another milestone on his amazing fitness journey - he wants to be able to call himself a runner.

So we're training, and we have been for three weeks now. Today is a day off, but yesterday and today we both ran 3.5 miles. It's actually not bad at all, the worst part is simply finding the time to do it - it's hard to sneak away from the boys one at a time to run, and it gets dark so early, and the weather could be questionable (oh but it's been gorgeous lately!). No excuses though, we haven't missed a training day yet and we don't plan to.

What keeps me going? The fact that I paid money to run 13.1 MILES in 4 months, and right now I can only do 3.5. If you want to run a 5k and you're sitting on the couch right now? Sign up for a 5k, I guarantee you it will get you out the door when you don't wanna.

2) We want to pay off all of our debt in 2012 except our house and my student loan. We've been at this Dave Ramsey thing (baby step 2!) for two years now and have managed to pay off a little over $21,000 of debt. This is a huge success considering that in that time, we've had a kid (and have 2 in daycare, oye), made big home improvements (roof, furnace, A/C, carpet, furniture) - but we've done those things without having to go into credit card debt again. Two thousand twelve (yes, I can't say twenty twelve, it gives me the heebies) is going to have to be a BIG, frugal year in order for us to accomplish this goal, but we're writing it down, so let's see if we can make it happen!

Other things I want to accomplish:
- Have you seen the commercial with the guy saying something to the effect of "get off the computer, the Internet will survive if you're not checking it every 30 seconds"? I feel like that sometimes. I'm either trying to stay caught up with email (personal, work, and ten tiny toes), completing design orders, checking facebook, etc. And all with the added convenience of being able to do it on my phone. I just want to be able to leave my phone on the kitchen counter for an afternoon and not feel like I'm missing a limb. I can do this.

- Pick up my crocheting hook, unpack my sewing machine, get back on pinterest, and find some projects!

- Now that I've said I want to break up with technology... I want to blog more. I love this little outlet and love that I'll hopefully be able to look back on this time in our lives and remember what was going on because right now it all seems like a blur.

- Dig into our family tree on a little more. I love genealogy. LOVE it. There are 693 people on our family tree, but there's some gaps to fill in.

Now that you know ours, what are YOUR goals for 2012?!


  1. Ok...first of all...January shouldn't be a 'blank slate'...after all, it's when Uncle D and Auntie K have their birthdays!!!!! Love ya!

  2. I'm so excited for us, I know we are running two different halts, but it's on the same day! Girl!
    For me, I run because being infertile took so much of my personal power, and running gives it all back, and I can feel like a bad ass!

    The garmin forerunner is my number one training tool,especially if there are two of you using it! Its so motivating tracking everything.

  3. love this, alison! i'm an nut too - i've had so much fun digging through it and made a couple really cool books for my family. it's soooo addicting though - once i start playing with it, i can't stop! :) love all the goals you've set - you amaze me!

  4. Love it! And I'm so envious of your debt goals. I remember when you started and it's incredible how far you've come!

    My goal is to disconnect from my phone more, de-clutter my house and stop spending like mad (happens every year after Christmas but calms down eventually). Oh and start paying my student loans down!

  5. YEA! I need to make a list... can't wait for your 1/2 marathon!

  6. I am so impressed by your debt magic. Feels so good, right? Also, the fact that you haven't missed a training day AND have paid down that much debt means you guys are some disciplined mofos. I love it.

    Best of luck on your goals! Although, I don't think you'll need my luck. You guys are tenacious enough to accomplish them without me. :-)

  7. I am so jealous of your 1/2. But I think I need to just sign up for one, pay the $$ and I will get off my ass and train. Maybe I can somehow convince Mike to do it with me, having someone to train with would be awesome.

    I have the same technology goals!

    And I am working our dave ramsey budget as soon as I finish catching up on blogs - we need to get serious around here, the last few months budget has been nearly nonexistent and that can't be.

  8. I have 1/2 marathon on for this year AGAIN since I had to scratch it after getting pregnant 2 years ago and last year... HAHAHA... pregnant and then a MSPI baby that never slept? Wasn't happening. I realllllllllly hope I can start running again soon. You guys will do great... a 1/2 is so much easier and less intimidating as it sounds. (speaking as someone who was up to 10 miles in training before getting knocked up!)

    You guys will do all of this, I know it! You are one of the best at meeting goals people I know. I admire you so much!



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