4 Simple Goals (Before 2013)

Last week Elsie at A Beautiful Mess posted something that I was immediately compelled to steal.

But it’s okay, she told me to steal it. Elsie challenged her readers to come up with 4 simple goals to complete before 2013. It’s just a little way of keeping ourselves focused during this upcoming rollercoaster of madness from now until the end of the year.

4 Simple Goals for 2013

Keep reading for Elsie’s rules, my goals, and how you could have your goals featured on A Beautiful Mess!

The Rules

1. Choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. Choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.

2. Do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example…. instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. Get what I’m saying? Positive actions instead of just the end result!

3. Choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! They can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.

4. Choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! It can be a small or large reward- it’s up to you.

5. Blog about your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year! I’ll be doing this too! Link back to this post if you want to and leave us links to your goal blogs in the comments of this (or any) post for a chance to be featured on ABM before the new year. We will be sharing some of our favorite reader goals with links to your blogs!

So on that note, let me share my goals with you:

4 Simple Goals for 2013

  1. Eat fresh fruits and veggies every day
    • I have really been meaning to do this, but I have not been planning ahead for meals, and it’s been really bad. I eat when I can, what I can, and I really try my best to make good choices. On my next day off, I will start planning ahead, because lunch in Wicker Park is not cheap.
  2. Get Etsy store online!
    • As of now, done!
  3. Journal/doodle ever night
    • Being the perfectionist type, I have always had trouble journaling and doodling. If I’m going to put something down on paper, I want it to be polished and finished, but that’s not what journaling and doodling are for. It’s spontaneous and freeing, and I suck at that. I’m going to get better and since the journals and doodles are only for me, I hope I’ll be able to leave my judgement of what I’m putting down on paper out of it.
  4. Quit smoking for good
    • I’ve been quitting on and off for almost a year. It’s like a relationship that you just can’t get away from. While I’m mostly quit, I do still occasionally have a cigarette. As I said last year, a nice cold winter is the easiest way to quit, but last winter was the winter that never came, and it didn’t quite do the trick. The colder it gets this year, the less I’ll smoke, and this is the year I’ll kick it for good.

Now it’s your turn! If you’re a blogger, write your own 4 Simple Goals post, or if you’re not, share yours in the comments! Be sure to include a link to this post and Elsie’s original, and leave a comment on A Beautiful Mess to have a chance to have your goals featured!

What are your 4 Simple Goals Before 2013?


  1. Thank you for posting this. I will post mine later today on my blog but for now, I go to do what I said on FB. And that my dear is my goal for today.