Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Resolutions (Let's Beat the "Typical Outcome!")

Since the world didn't end with the Mayan calendar, it's time to reflect on what we've accomplished (or didn't) in 2012 and then look forward to 2013 with hope, opportunity, and love.

 Typical Resolutions Timeline
January-- You are definitely, no questions asked, going to complete every goal you set!
February-- Ya might have missed a day or two but you're still going strong.
March-- You're doing awesome on some goals but waning on others. Although, still hopefully.
April-- You start to wonder if its even possible to accomplish every goal on your list, so you ditch the the "less important ones." (if you're like me you set a goal for each of life's categories: physical, spiritual, secular, mental, family, couple, financial)
May-- Summer is in full swing (if you live in Texas) and you're struggling to even remember majority of the goals you set! You're hope is pretty much gone by now, but the guilt you feel keeps you hanging on to one. last. goal. 
June-- By this point you've been on vacation and missed several weeks of accomplishing the one goal you have left. You try to pick up the momentum for a few days but finally decide- you can't accomplish them all, so let's just ditch them all!
July-- The trend stops here. You figure the year is half over so you might as well wait for next year to "try again."
August, September, October, November, December-- Life happens.
January-- The cycle begins again.

Team Tolman 2013 Goals
My dad gave us some of the best advice: Choose ONE GOAL a year. 
Now you're thinking, but I desperately need to lose 20 pounds, save more money, improve my relationship with my spouse, be more patient, finish painting my living room, take a family picture, and graduate from my 7-year college career?! Reality check. You will feel much more accomplished knowing you have completed a goal rather than setting too many and accomplishing none. Also realize you can (& should) set another goal after you've completed the first. Make this year simple. Set one goal. Do it. Feel accomplished.

Having said that, here are Team Tolman's 2013 Goals.
Travis- 100% Home Teaching (assigned monthly visits to members of our church)
Brittany- Officially graduate from BYU (one online class still lingering...)

Couple- Focus on saving 70% of our income (buying our first house here we come!)
Family- Weekly Family Home Evening

Wish us luck We can do this!            
Team Tolman


  1. I'm slow to catch up on blogs, but this made me laugh! My resolutions are dwindling...and I am sad you still have that lingering class :( no fun!

    1. I know... it's absolutely ridiculous how long it's taken me. I just keep avoiding it, there are way better things to do! haha Love you and good luck with your goals!