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Frivolous Goals For 2012

December 18, 2011 · 95 comments

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It seems every year, I create some goals for myself that are very serious, and pretty hard to accomplish. Of course, I have the best of intentions, but I must admit that quite often, some of my goals fall by the way side mid-year for various reasons.

So this year, just for fun, I decided to come up with some goals that are not only attainable, but will improve my life in some small, and possibly meaningless, way:

1. Never will a sock with a hole in it cross my heel again. You might think “you need a goal for this?”. Well, yes I do. Quite often I will hold on to a pair of socks beyond what is reasonable. Well, no more. If a sock is wearing out, it will go straight to the garbage and not the laundry basket. I figure I am a reasonable adult, and I don’t have to wear worn out socks anymore!

2. I will read more. I spend much of my time running around and trying to be productive. I don’t take nearly enough time for myself and that is going to change in the new year. I am not saying I will be kicking back and reading Harlequin romances while my family is starving or needs to go somewhere. But, if it is a sunny day, I am going to head out to the patio and enjoy some lemonade and a book for a little while. I am going to wholly enjoy it and not feel an ounce of guilt.

3. I will not allow mail to stack up. I am usually pretty good about sorting through the mail each day. Lately though, my counter has been piling up with useless mail and it just makes me mad. In 2012, I will not relax until all mail hash been recycled, thrown out, or filed. This topic leads me to…

4. I will eliminate as much ‘real’ mail as I can. I am going to call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT to hopefully reduce the number of credit card offers I receive. I will also call to discontine any catalogs I get in the mail if I have not ordered from that company in the last year.

5. I will better plan my garden and put more time into it this summer. My garden was completely disappointing this year, and I need to figure out why. Not only that, but I never seem to plant enough seeds either. Well, this year will be different! I am not saying I will master hi-tech gardenening like I saw recently at Epcot, but I will have a greater bounty, even if it means I have to go outside and sing folk songs to my plants and provide words of encouragement for them to grow.

That is about it for my 2012 goals for now. I will probably come up with some more meaningful goals in the next week, but maybe I won’t…

What are your plans for the new year?

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101 Centavos December 19, 2011 at 6:32 am

I like small goals. I have some pretty good plans for the garden as well. Yes, let’s call them “plans” instead of “goals”. Much more flexible. And singing to your garden plants might actually be good for us. It would certainly keep nosy neighbors away.


Kris December 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I wonder if singing would keep the neighbor’s dog from’littering’ on my lawn?

I cannot wait for spring, and your garden posts are so motivating.


Moneycone December 19, 2011 at 8:46 am

I love this simple list of doable goals! 🙂

I like your goal on opting out of junk mail. I did this before, but we moved, this started resuming. Hope you will share your gardening tips as well. I’m a total newbie when it comes to gardening and would love to read simple ‘howto’ tips.

Good luck on your goals Kris!


Kris December 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Mr. Cone. You need to talk to 101 to get all those gardening tips, and I am thinking he will drive north to assess my poor soil quality and create new garden space for my plants! 🙂

Call that number to get rid of at least some of your junk mail. You will be happy you did!


Jon - Free Money Wisdom December 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I agree! I like the doability of this list as well. I never keep any serious New Year’s Resolutions…..or if I try it lasts a week or so. And don’t you just loathe socks with holes in them? So annoying.


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

Jon, it is amazing how many people are against having holes in their socks, yet so many of us have put up with it for so long!

I am not the best at keeping serious resolutions either. I think I can stick to these though!


krantcents December 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I have not thought about my 2012 goals yet, however I am putting a few things in place to increase earnings for 20012. I am still working on 2011 goals.


Kris December 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Increasing earnings is a great goal Krant. I would like to do that too, but I will be strarting out 2012 with knee surgery, so I am not pressuring myself to accomplish much just yet. (The stupidity of why I need knee surgery will be written about soon. So dumb…)


Miss T @ Prairie EcoThrifter December 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Great doable goals. Best of luck with your garden. Remember to start with easy stuff so you don’t get discouraged. Also, use containers instead of beds. I do this and I have been really successful.


Kris December 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

My mom had patio tomatoes and they worked out much better than my planted tomatoes. I have grown tomatoes for years and never failed like I did this year. I am thinking I may need to rotate my ‘crops’. I think I will be getting my soil tested this spring though.


Ashley @ Money Talks December 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Amen to the sock goal!!! I need this too. I’ve been culling out the thread bare socks lately. I have a little stack going on top of my dresser.


Kris December 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Those worn socks kept reappearing in my drawer and I got really fed up the other day. Join me in my quest for thread-full socks!


retirebyforty December 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I will have to work on my 2012 goals too. 2011 wasn’t very successful so I think I’ll pare down my goals a bit.
The only time I have to sit down and read is on the train. There are just too many interruptions at home. I’m sure you know all about that.


Kris December 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Well, I have to say it is easier to read now than it was when my kiddos were little. With the kids being older now, they spend most of the evenings doing homework so they do not take much of my time like your little one must.

You will find your time again!


Corey @ Passive Income to Retire December 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I need to work on going through the mail each day – I just want to plop down and not worry about it when I come through the door though. I hate when it stacks up though, so I too am going to do what I can to eliminate unnecessary mail and go through it.


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

We get so much garbage mail, it is scary. I need to go paperless for some insurance related stuff. I totally agree that it is so easy to just toss the mail on a table when you get home1


Crystal December 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

I need to read more again – that’s definitely on the list. I want to read the first book of Hunger Games again for sure and then find some new favorites…


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

My sons are both enjoying the Hunger Games, I know they are very popular. I have not gotten to them yet, but I have been reading a great book called “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” that is really fascinating.


Don December 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I’m hoping to listen to the audio book of that title someday! Perhaps for a vacation trip if it’s long enough!


Matt @Financial Excellence December 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

I’m totally with you on the sock thing. My goals are simple: 1) Create systems to help me stay organized while I start another semester of school. 2) Start another semester of school. 3) Delegate more to help me keep my sanity!


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

It can be tough to stay organized as a student, that is for sure. It is great if you can delegate, as long as there are people out there you trust to do the job! My life has gotten much easier since I started delegating a lot of holiday preparation to the kids.


Christa December 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Overcome the socks! This is really hard to do. Last year, I kicked my holey sock habit. Now I need to work on my hubby’s holey socks. I think since I do laundry, the holey socks will just have to dissapear 🙂


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

Christa, that is exactly what you have to do- purge as soon as you see the hole.

Did you stay sock-hole-free the entire year??


Little House December 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I like these goals! I’ve gotten better with my holey socks, too. I also finally gave in and purchased new ones last year and new underwear as well. I deserved it!


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

Isn’t it funny when the very basics in life can seem like a treat! I love putting on my new, hole-free socks each morning. It truly makes me smile!


Jacq December 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Whoops, I already do 1-4, but 5 is something I feel a little guilty about. I do have a goal / plan to have landscapers come in and plant something perennial-ish and xeriscape-ish – does that count? 😉 I just hate the thought of a garden cutting into my reading time. Plus the golden retriever likes digging in gardens…


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

I am sick of things cutting in to my reading time too. I don’t think I would spend much time gardening if I had a dog that dug everything up either! (and, yes it does count to have some people come in and fix up your yard!)


First Gen American December 26, 2011 at 7:36 am

I threw a holey pair of socks away yesterday. I always get about 5 new pairs in my stocking at Xmas. I also threw away all those spares that you hate wearing that lost their elasticity or are a dumb color you never wear. I read more this year. I forgot how much I loved it.

I’ll have to make some of my own. I think they will focus on looking more girly this year, which involves shopping more. I wish I didn’t hate shopping so much.


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

I hate shopping too Sandy. Probably because I am too short and nothing fits right.

You need more than 5 new pairs of socks every year. Get Santa on the horn and tell him you want more. Tell him you will even accept them as a result of an ‘after Christmas’ sale.


Squirrelers December 27, 2011 at 2:35 am

Small goals are great.

By the way, I can relate to that sock issue. I too hold on to them way too long, and just went out and bought quite a few replacements. And of course, I got them at 90% off! Yes, that’s 90%, and very good quality as well. Maybe I should write about it:)


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

Socks are actually a very popular topic I have found, oddly enough. I totally think you should write about it, and just throw out all those old socks. You can even go to the store and buy even more 90 percent off socks to justify your decision!


Evan December 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Wow do you know that minus the gardening this could be my frivolous list! LOL I will NEVER throw out socks lol The Wife says I am embarrassing LOL


Kris December 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

Evan, you gotta get rid of those socks!! Think of the freedom you will feel when you never have to feel skin on shoe again!!


Don December 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Loved the list!

I especially like the idea of not wearing socks with holes anymore 🙂 I confess, I’ve worn socks like those before!


Kris December 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Well don’t wear socks like those again my friend!


Financial Independence January 17, 2012 at 11:41 am

Here are my goals for 2012:
– Accumulate at least $40,000 for investments during 2012, beginning 2013.
– Create feasible plan 10 year and review the priorities.
– Diversify the nest egg.
– Think about additional source of income.
– Regular monthly updates
– To cover 6 themes
I have no intentions to move towards an entertaining blog with 2-3 weekly posts. I will endeavor my best efforts to stay on personal subject of financial independence.
– Create list of books to read & read them- 12 books in minimum.
– Publish reviews.
– Have solid understanding of mutual funds and energy sector stocks.
Family Budget:
– Stay under $75,000 with the family expenses
– Accumulate $7,000 towards durable goods replacement over 10 years.
Be happy.


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