Goals for 2012 (and beyond…)

I’ve never been a fan of New Year resolutions. To say that all ‘goals’ must start on January 1st is odd. Why not start on May 14th? Or September 23rd?

However, I also know how important it is to set goals for yourself. Whether it be to be more active, to read more, or to spend more time with family – it’s nice to have things you can look forward to achieving.


I also know that sometimes the goals you set for yourself don’t always happen in the amount of time you planned for them to. (Call it God’s timing!) For example, although I did achieve quite a few of my goals last year, there were still some that I didn’t.

But the good news? I can just roll them over to 2012! Or even 2013…or 2027 if needed.

Yes, there are certain goals I work harder at, and others that get put on the back burner. That happens sometimes. But I’m okay with that. Heather from Running With Sass had a neat idea. Although she has goals for this year – she is making 2012 about determination! Whether it be PRing in a half marathon, or finishing painting the fence – she’s going to be determined. What a neat idea!

So, here are my goals for 2012 (and beyond…)



-       2:10 half marathon (Bigger goal – sub 2 hour half marathon)

-       Sub 60 minute 10K

-       Sub 25 minute 5K

-       Cardio 3-4 times a week, Strength 2-3 times a week

-       Create my own spin workouts

-       Try out at least 3 new workouts (Examples: CrossFit, TRX, Barre, Kettlebells, etc.)


Social Media

-       Utilize DailyMile for more than just running

-       Encourage other bloggers/Twitter friends (accountability partners!)

-       Vlog at least once a week

-       Get published in a magazine

-       Market the businesses



-       Focus on being content

-       Spend more time reading God’s Word

-       Pay down the house/vehicle loans

-       Make the recipes I’ve printed out

-       Be more crafty (actually use the Pinterest ideas!)

-       Reorganize/makeover my office

-       Redecorate our bedroom

So there you have it – my goals for this year! But…

Therefore I know I will need to make some plans. I may even need to make smaller goals to make the larger ones a reality.


And I can’t wait to get started!

What is one of your goals?


About Megan

Megan is a runner, author, travelista and dreamer from Michigan. She writes about her running journey on her blog Running Toward the Prize, and is the co-author of Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


  1. Those are great goals. I loved that you broke them down into fitness, social media and well being. All 3 areas need to work together.

    I still need to write my 2012 goals post, so stay tuned :)

  2. Love your goals…there’s a great mix in each of the areas! And I agree – you definitely need a plan to help you achieve them!
    I have 3 main goals this year – sub-3:10 marathon, complete an Ironman, and complete a 50 mile race =)
    Good luck with all of yours!!

  3. I also don’t really like new year resolutions. I feel like people should be setting and reaching goals all year long! I like to make monthly/weekly goals. Though to be honest, I have yet to make either this week/month. I really need to get on that.

    For sure I want to get my 30 day fitness group up and running that starts January 15th. And I want to start getting A’s on my Histology exams – to name a few January goals…. as for weekly goals, I am trying to get a minimum of 3 vegetables a day. hmm… I will try and get a post out by Friday about my official weekly/monthly goals for January!

  4. great goals! Also thanks for the shout out. I would love to be more crafty. I am so impatient when it comes to things like that!

  5. Wonderful goals! Best of luck with them all!

  6. Love your goals and the mix in them. Focusing on being content is a huge one! And one I always have to work at myself..

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