Goal Post

2012 is finally here! After all of the countdowns, “Best-Of’s” and “Top Tens,” we are finally in the new year. I couldn’t be more excited about it.

I wrote last week about Jon Acuff’s challenge to his readers to create a Finish List – a list of up to 5 goals to complete in the new year.  This fit with exactly where I have been for the last month – prioritizing and goal-setting, specifically for debt reduction – so it wasn’t difficult for me to identify a few things that I want to finish in the next 12 months.  The challenge for me was articulating those goals specifically – in measurable ways.


Yesterday on Facebook I called this my Goal Post (isn’t that cute?).

Get Out of Debt Year- #FinishYear. Getting ready for my "Goal Post" tomorrow. (See what I did there?) http://t.co/J2vtXOXM #subtleuseofhumor
Lindsay Downs


The more I thought about it, though, the more appropriate I thought that was. This is definitely my list of things to “shoot for” during the year 2012:

- Pay off credit card debt by summer

I want to say “pay off debt” this year, but I’m not sure how realistic that goal is.  Instead, we’ll start with the credit card debt we have. We want that gone by summer, and we look to be right on track for that. When that’s finished, we’ll start looking at paying off our van.

- Run the Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving

I “ran” a 5k last November.  I ran a little over half of it and walked the other half. So I’m working towards running the entire 5k race in March, and then working up to the 10k in November. I don’t care about times at this point – I’d just like to finish!

- Start and finish a Bible reading plan (365 days to read through the entire Bible)

A friend and I are doing this together, so hopefully with the accountability, we will be able to keep each other on track.

- Complete current school grades with the kids by September

Grades 5, 4, and 2 are the ones we’re working on, with a little preschool thrown in – AND a baby to chase. Makes for a busy schedule. We also don’t usually do a “traditional” Sept-May school year, so we will probably work through part of the summer. As long as we’re finished by the first of September, I’ll be satisfied.

- Mentoring program at church

Not sure exactly what this is going to look like yet, but we will be forming a mentoring group early in the spring, and my goal is to finish that (with a mentor) and then start another group (being a mentor) in the summer.


So that’s my top 5.  I think we covered financial, physical, spiritual, educational, and emotional. (That was unintentional, actually, but turns out it works pretty well.)  I’m really excited about working on these goals – even a small amount of progress along the way will make a big difference in our family.  These goals my change as their year progresses (and reality sets in), but they are a good starting point.


Do you have any goals for this year?  Let me know what they are in the comments, or follow along the journey on Twitter with the #FinishYear hashtag.

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5 Responses to “Goal Post”

  1. Granny says:

    You need to listen to Raymonds message from yesterday. It will fit in with your goals but was very challenging. It was introduction to next three weeks.

  2. Wow! Nice goals! I love the goal about reading the whole Bible in a year.I need to include that in my goals as well!

    I linked to you through Blogelina's blogging class,I'm a member as well.

    You have a nice blog,it's very intresting and I will be coming back to read more.Good luck with your goals!

    Please feel free to check out my blog —> http://shannpf1977.blogspot.com/
    Shannon's Tales of Motherhood

    Shannon F.

    • Lindsay says:

      Thanks! I'm already "behind" in the reading plan, but I have a friend keeping me accountable, so I hope to get caught up today!

  3. Katie says:

    I found you through Blogelina as well. Love your goals, paying off my credit card debt is my number one also. Good luck

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