2012 New Year’s Resolutions, Goals or Words – Link Up…

2012 BalloonsDo you make New Year’s Resolutions?

Or do you set a list of goals you want to achieve in the upcoming year?

Perhaps you set one word for the year?

Or have past years’ failures ruined your resolve and you now let the calendar switch over without any new intentions.

For most of my life I never bothered with New Year’s Resolutions. It just seemed obvious that such a list would be easily tossed aside as I quickly broke my self-assigned rules.

But once I became a blogger and spent more time reading about other people’s resolutions and newer goal setting ideas such as selecting a “word” for the year, I decided to rethink January as a time for a restart.

For 2009, I set a list of 5 goals or resolutions as some prefer to call them. As 2010 approached, I looked back at that list and decided to give myself a redo. And for 2011, I borrowed from Chris Brogan the idea of selecting Three Words to focus my intentions in the new year.

Now as 2012 comes upon us, I’m looking back over my words for 2011 and planning for 2012. I’ve decided to focus on one word for 2012…

One Word

My One Word for 2012 is “Grow”.

2011 was a year of huge change in my personal and business life. 2012 will be a year of pushing forward and growing in my role as a single mom and as a business owner and blogger.

As I explained in my recent Momversation video, I have been thinking about resolutions and goals also from a “Mom” perspective. I shared in the video that as a goal in my parenting for the new year, I plan to focus on cooking and baking more healthy but still kid-friendly food from scratch for my girls. I feel that resolution fits nicely into my overall goal of Growth. I want to grow as a mother and I always feel badly that I don’t cook and bake enough healthy foods for and with my girls.

What are your Resolutions/Goals/Words for 2012?

If you’ve blogged about your intentions for the New Year, add your link to the Linky below. Otherwise, share your resolutions or goals or words in a comment.

We’d love to hear what you will achieve in 2012.

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Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
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  1. says

    (Well, that’s supposed to be titled “Uncompartmentalizing Me” on my entry, but some of it got cut off, lol)

    Anyway, I LOVE your word, Susan, and I am focusing on growth as well. It sounds like 2011 was a year of change for both of us. Exciting things to come… I love being able to learn and grow, and I look forward to all that is ahead. Happy New Year!


  2. says

    My one word to focus on will be “love.” I wish to really focus on showing love to my family and friends, especially my husband, and most importantly to reignite my love for God.

  3. Christina says

    My New Year’s resolution is to promote good health! When I was younger I never thought much about it, and always had boundless energy, but a health problem has made me rethink all this, especially the importance of health in our lives!

  4. says

    My word is Grow (spiritually) To grow more with the Father and more to the needs of others, and to do more growing with my life for him. Missionary comes to mind.

  5. says

    I mentioned my word of 2012 in my 2011 critter photo recap. Courage. Courage to try things… mainly with my photography (at the risk of rejection or *gasp* failure), and Courage to believe in myself, which isn’t something that comes easy for me.

  6. says

    What a wonderful choice of words – Each and every day of our life we continue to learn from others and grow. Much happiness to you in 2012 !

  7. says

    My word for the year is FUN. I need to put the FUN back in mom after a difficult year of family health problems. Whilst we didn’t dwell on them and we always kept going they were a constant strain. So this year we’re going for FUN, making the most of being together, making each other smile as often as possible and remembering to always be thankful for our health.



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