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2016 Goals by the Numbers

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

There is an old saying that doctors make the worse patients. I think that must also hold true for (former) performance improvement specialists. I can improve anyone but myself… One of the adages in the industry is that it is better to set hard but achievable goals rather than easy to meet low hanging fruit goals. Why try and improve something by 5% when you can go for 25%?

I am taking that approach with goals for the year. My word per a facebook poll was change, so change it will be. I hope that having so many goals and things to do will keep me busy and on track. I’ll set up a page per goal to help myself keep track. I don’t think I’ll blog anything unless it is super noteworthy. Well, I will blog the blog posts that are part of goal #3. They might be book reviews in conjunction with goal #1.


  1. Finish readingĀ 52 books by female authors. (Any book completed for the first time in 2016 counts, regardless of when I started the book.)
  2. Try 52 new recipes. Maybe this is the year I will finally master the lamb chop. But this is recipes, not try 52 new through random stuff in a pans. I feel like our meals are getting boring because my basic skills are getting rusty.
  3. Write and publish 52 blog posts.
  4. Complete 1 whole 30.
  5. Get outside with my camera on a non holiday 12 times.


We. Will. See.



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Changes for Year 2

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions, mostly because I can never keep them, but Spencer’s birthday tomorrow has me thinking about what I could do better in his second year of life. I am going to try and make some changes and I hope I can stick to them.

1. Be more present at meal times – I am mostly guilty of this at breakfast, where I set him up in his high chair with some cheerios and a banana and then set myself up with a cup of coffee and my laptop and catch up on my reader. And really, I should be paying more attention, talking to him about what we are going to do that day and looking out the window at the birds. I quit this one cold turkey, and honestly, this morning, I felt the pull of my laptop and unconsciously drifted over to go get it a few times.

2. Make a dinner most of the time and make a better variety of food – I am a decent cook, but since becoming a mom, I have been a lazy and unimaginative one. Dinners go like this for the week: spahetti, hot dogs, pizza (out), macaroni and cheese, carbonara, burgers (out). Lame. I can do better than that.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables – The bare minimum for this one is pathetic – fruit or vegetable at every meal for the adults. I get Spencer his fruits and veggies, but don’t always bother taking care of the adults. And soon, I am not going to make as much separate food, so I need to get on top of this one.

4. Eliminate the soda habit – I don’t need to cut it out completely, just get it out of the house and not drink it daily. I was doing really well for a while and drinking iced tea for my post-coffee caffeinated beverage fix, but I backslid on vacation.

5. Go on more walks – At go on one every day the hubs is working. Then consider every day. And I should try and make one per week somewhere new. My neighborhood is boring.

6. Lose 20 pounds (at least) by Spencer’s next birthday – I’m hoping 2-5 make this one easier. If not, I am going to have to take drastic measures.

7. Keep our floors cleaner – The knees on Spencer’s pants got dirty crawling around inside the house yesterday. Ew.

8. Organize the house and make a play room -The house is ridiculous. There is a pile of crap in the corner of my bedroom that has been there since we moved back in after getting the floors done upstairs over a year ago. Clearly I don’t need the stuff and some major purging needs to happen. We have two downstairs bedrooms that we use as an office/guest room and one that has the elliptical machine/storage. We need to make a play room happen and get some of the toys out of the living room. They are getting out of control.

9. Find Spencer some play buddies -I noticed when I made his birthday party invite list that Spencer doesn’t have any friends. He has acquaintances from music class, but I have no contact info. The only kids coming to the party are our friend’s kids. I need to find a play group or something.

10. Make Spencer a sibling – We better get on this before I get too old.

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