Goals make us available, not perfect

Today I’m back at (in)courage, and this time, I’m sharing my 2012 goals! You’re welcome to call them new year’s resolutions, if that’s your thing.

On Monday I poked fun at my mid-90s self, where I went nuts with eight resolutions in one year, all doomed to failure because they expected so much. This year, I’m aiming for four, and they’re quite different than those from 15 years ago. From the post:

“I believe God wants us to enjoy Him fully in the life He’s given us, which means that by addressing the practical, we’re freer to delight in His gifts. We can better hike wooded trails when we’re in reasonably good health—our bodies allow us to experience His creation, in other words.

But practical goals should never be the measuring stick that determines our worth. Not exercising three times per week does not make me a horrible person—it makes me a human being. It’s a good goal because it addresses the stewardship of my body, but God adores me regardless of my earthly accomplishments.”

What are your 2012 goals? Head over to the post and share in the comments!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of ten copies of my e-book, One Bite at a Time. If you’d like to go ahead and buy it, use the code HAPPYNEWYEAR for $1 off before January 10. It’ll make the book a whopping $4.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. This year I am focusing on the word ‘balance’ as my resolution. With a number of big work commitments and a new baby on they way I just need to keep breathing and visualising ‘balance’ and hopefully I will then be able to keep it all rolling 🙂

  2. I don’t do resolutions, I set intentions every day. Its a lot more manageable and easier to hold myself accountable

  3. It’s funny, but new year’s resolutions don’t work for me either. My year doesn’t really start with the 1st of January but at least a week later, when we run out of all the holiday food and parties. That’s when the resolution-like thoughts start emerging, such as to cut down on daily calories, especially sugar and cakes, start working out and reduce the frequency of parties. Nevertheless, I like to quote John Lennon who once said: time you enjoy wasting is not wasted. (Although I share that mainly as a joke, not as a principle to live by.)
    Have a happy new year! Flora

  4. Tsh -when I click on the link, it throws a 404 error.

    • Links are fixed. Sorry about that! And now I’m actually closing comments so that they’re made over on the (in)courage post. 🙂