I have never been one for writing New Year’s resolutions. I am a firm believer that you can set goals at any point during the year. Why should you have to wait until the New Year to set a new goal for yourself? That’s silly, if you ask me.

Last year was the year of me. I went in to 2012 wanting to focus more on myself. I wanted to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle. I was sick of feeling sorry for myself and just unhappy. So I put my best foot forward. It wound up being a very trying, albeit rewarding experience.

My word for 2013 is… DREAMS.

My goal this year is very much the same as last year. I plan to keep focusing on myself, but this year focusing on myself involves my pursuit to fulfill my dreams.

Personal Goals

  1. Since high school I have wanted to become a personal trainer. This will be the year that I enroll in the program and work towards becoming certified.
  2. I would love to land a part-time or full-time job in social media, whether it be as a community manager or project manager.
  3. I will focus more on myself. Hair appointments, manicures, shopping. You name it. I need to  take more time for myself.
  4. I will sleep more. More sleeps leads to a happier Mommy and wife. Just sayin’.
  5. I will stop worrying about every little thing. I suffer from anxiety and tend to over-analyze everything. 
  6. I will try a new recipe each week. I love to cook, so this should be easy for me to achieve.

Relationship / Marriage Goals

  1. We will date more often. I don’t care if we have a babysitter for a night on the town or we have a date night at home. We need to take more time for ourselves.
  2. We will communicate more. You know devote time with no distraction to actually sit down and have an adult conversation. 
  3. I will work on limiting my nagging (I struggle with this) and stop letting all of the husband’s little annoyances get to the best of me. He is a great individual, husband and father. I need to focus more on that.
  4. Before picking arguments, I will ask myself  “is this worth it?” and “is this matter really that important?”. I struggle with this and tend to just get worked up far too easily over the silliest of scenarios.

Family / Parenting Goals

  1. I will be more present as a parent. This involves putting away all gadgets when the children are awake.   My kids won’t be young forever. I want to take the time to embrace their childhood. I want them to remember me for being a Mom who was involved and fun. Not one that was trapped behind her laptop or iPhone.
  2. I will limit how much I use the word “no”. It’s a word that is commonly overused and totally unnecessary at the best of times. 
  3. We will take the time to take a vacation as a family. I don’t care if the vacation is simply to a cottage or a tropical destination. We love to travel and always enjoy that time we have together. I would love to take another family vacation this year if the financial cards are in our hands. 
House & Home Goals
  1. I will decorate my new home. I never decorated the last house I owned. I just never felt like home, so I couldn’t bring myself to decorate something that just didn’t feel like it was mine. We had a beautiful new home built last year that we took occupancy of in August. This year I will decorate the house, add personal touches and make it my own. 
  2. I’m notorious for being a neat freak. I will try to ease off of that a little. Not all messes need to be cleaned up immediately. 

Blogging Goals

  1. While I love blogging sharing reviews and giveaways about products I love, I plan to write more personal posts this year. When I started my blog in 2008, it was my online diary. It was a place for me to share in my day-to-day experiences, joys of motherhood and vent. There is no reason why I can’t still do that.  
  2. I plan to network more with the brands that I love.
  3. I want to make the move over to WordPress. WordPress would give me more freedom. While the switch over would be a learning process, it would benefit me in the end. It offers more plugins and options that Blogger does not. 
  4. I would love to add on some voluntary contributors to Domesticated Momma. It would nice to add more flavour and writing styles to the daily mix.
What are some of your goals for 2013?

10 Comments on Goals for 2013

  1. Jessica
    January 7, 2013 at 12:11 am (5 years ago)

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  2. Jessica
    January 7, 2013 at 12:14 am (5 years ago)

    Love your goals, mine are very similar! Looking forward to reading your blog through the year. I want to switch to wordpress but am scared to do so!

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  3. Insane Mamacita
    January 7, 2013 at 4:43 am (5 years ago)

    These are fabulous goals! I plan on being here to support you through each and every one of them. I still need to get a list of my goals down.

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  4. Kristen
    January 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Great idea to make specific goals. I completely agree with your relationship goals. I have to work on those myself. I should make a list as well, might actually get some things done if I make a concrete list.

    Good luck fulfilling all of yours.

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  5. NPC
    January 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Love your goals, we share a few!! Wishing you all the best in achieving them.

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  6. Christine McN
    January 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm (5 years ago)

    These are great goals, Nicole! I am also changing the way I blog this year. I’m going back to basics and the reason I started blogging. 🙂

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  7. Margarita Ibbott @DownshiftingPRO
    January 8, 2013 at 11:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Nicole, when I had my kids I had someone tell me to limit the use of the word NO for really important things (like when the kids were in danger or seriously misbehaving). We were told to say: “That’s not OK” and we use that often. It sounds a bit softer and gets you away from always, always, always saying NO.

    My kids now know that when I say NO its actually NO (not maybe, not ask me later, not let me think about it). It worked for us. Hope this helps you with your goal!

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  8. Gingermommy
    January 9, 2013 at 12:26 am (5 years ago)

    Great list of goals, this is the first year I made goals. Here is hoping we stick to them

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  9. Mommy_Jennof3
    January 9, 2013 at 12:47 am (5 years ago)

    These are great goals! The one I love the best is taking care of you! Most MOMS forget that one! Good luck!

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  10. mamawee
    January 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm (5 years ago)

    I also share the goal of being more present with my children. I am a SAHM, and often find I just need that 10 minutes on the computer to recharge….but I think it would set a better example for my kids if I took the time to recharge with them….

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