52 in 2012 List

When I took away all of the features on the blog in hopes to simplify life and make sure that I was blogging how I wanted, I knew that wasn’t the only area in my life that I needed to make some changes. I knew I needed to have a bit of a life overhaul and I found some of the best inspiration on what I wanted to change when I was laying on the beach in Mexico. It inspired me to create a 52 things in 2012 list, which includes a laundry list of items that I want to A) change about myself or my life B) learn C) or simply complete in the next year.

I’m more accountable with my goals when I share them with people so I thought I’d post the list on my blog and also give you a glimpse of what the future holds for me, my business, and the blog. I’m really excited about all of these things and cannot wait to blog about my progress.

  1. Learn Spanish
  2. Fully learn Buddhism
  3. Launch coaching website
  4. Get prepared to move to Florida
  5. Start my last term of school
  6. Downsize to fit in a house without a basement
  7. Get down to 140lbs
  8. Tone my thighs
  9. Tone my stomach
  10. Visit Florida
  11. Have a no electronics day at least 1x a week
  12. Go camping at least 1x
  13. Go canoeing at least 1x
  14. Take new pictures for all shop products
  15. Launch new product line in January
  16. Organize the office
  17. Make 52 new desserts
  18. Make 52 new recipes
  19. See what Wisconsin has to offer before we move
  20. Stop depending on food or shopping to be happy at times
  21. Grow my hair out
  22. Organize photos from Jamaica
  23. Organize photos from Mexico
  24. Scrapbook photos from Jamaica
  25. Scrapbook photos from Mexico
  26. Make 26 new drinks
  27. Figure out what I want to do with my life
  28. Spend 2 nights a week without Internet
  29. Take a picture a day
  30. Start an online yard sale
  31. Have a regular yard sale
  32. Sell our vintage items
  33. Organize my crafts
  34. Get rid of negative influences
  35. Fully learn to sew
  36. Learn geography
  37. Visit all parks in Brown and Door County
  38. Stop comparing myself to others
  39. Read at least 12 books
  40. Stop working after 6pm every night
  41. Find a way to enjoy exercise until we are closer to the beach
  42. Try to limit eating out to 2-3 times a month
  43. Put $400 in savings each month
  44. Write a letter to myself to open in one year
  45. Write a letter to myself to open in five years
  46. Write a letter to myself to open in ten years
  47. Answer the 50 Questions to Free Your Mind (here)
  48. Add planners to my shop’s product line
  49. Learn what it means to truly blog for myself
  50. Write at least 5 more e-books
  51. Get another tattoo
  52. Go vegan for a week

My hope is that by completing this list, I appreciate the life I have and everything within it. I’d love to see your list if you create one or if you have something similar, let me know!

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  1. Those are some great goals and a really great idea! Hope you can accomplish everything, sweet friend! Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays and all the best for 2012! Hugs xxx

  2. This is such a great idea and I love your lists. I have 3 or 4 main goals for 2012 but I love the idea of 52 smaller ones. If you don't mind I might borrow the idea and blog about it in the New Year? Enjoy the holidays and I hope 2012 brings you everything you wish for and more xx

  3. #19, Wisconsin has to offer alot, granted not this time of year aka snow. But still! Great list!
    -wHiT http://www.blacklittlebutton.blogspot.com

  4. love them! and what a fantastic idea! I might do this for myself… but maybe not 52. baby steps for me! but definitely I have a lot I want to get accomplished in this next year! thanks for sharing!

  5. Great list. I did one too but had only 12 goals so not to overwhelm myself.

  6. I am working on a list for myself right now! LOL It's still not finished but I hope to get it done today =P Good luck with your list! I love a lot of the things on it

  7. Awesome list. Vacations are so excellent for refocusing and listing out what you really want to do with yourself.

  8. #21 "grow my hair out" is on my list too! And, will probably be on my list for the next 5 years since my hair doesn't grow fast like everyone elses, haha. Great list! Very fun idea.

    PS – Thanks for the giveaway on the 500 business cards! They are all ready to ship and I cannot wait until I get them!

    Thank you!
    Something 2 Write About

  9. I LOVE this list. :) My favorites are numbers 4, 15, 16, 28, and 51. :)

  10. moonbeamwishes says:

    What a wonderful list!!

  11. I always get a little bit too carried away when I start these kinds of lists. I guess I should go for 52, too. I hope you have the time and power to complete everything on this list and I look forward to reading about how you're doing!


  12. Wow! This is really inspiring! May have to do this!!

    xoxo http://bresbaubles.blogspot.com

  13. LOVE the idea of writing letters to future you! I’m totally inspired to do the same! Happy New Year!

  14. Ashley, you have inspired me to make my own lists! And because you have really good ones, I may have to steal a few ;)
    Can't wait to read about your accomplishments throughout the year! Until then, Merry Christmas :)


  15. Wow, that's funny! I just started my project, 52 weeks 25, on my 25th birthday last november. I wanted to stop letting time and life pass by without notice, so now I push myself to a challenge or something new every week! If you want to follow the blog : http://52weeks25.wordpress.com !

    I had a great time so far, it gives me motivation and inspiration, so I wish you luck on your challenges and I know you are in for a nice ride in 2012! Go for it!

  16. yay!!! great goals, i wish you all the best for achieving them, cant wait to see what you have lined up for 2012…

    Claire xox

  17. I feel that it's worth nothing that you can't "spot" lose weight. Toning your abs and thighs would be gaining muscle. What you need to do is cut out inflammatory foods and lose any extra weight through overall body workouts. Targeting a specific area with exercises is only a good idea if you're doing physical therapy, and even then, not that much!

  18. Julie Levenhagen says:

    These are wonderful! I can't believe you live in Green Bay (at least for now)- I'm in Appleton and I never find cool blogs by fellow NEWisconsinites. :P Good luck with your 2012 resolutions.

  19. Love this idea! I do have a list only not as many items on that list :)


  20. So many goals! I wish you luck in achieving all of them…if anyone can do it it's you :)

  21. I can help you with your Spanish :3

  22. samanthajoyb says:

    I also did a post on 52 in 2012. loved yours though! http://madnessandi.blogspot.com/2012/01/52-in-201

  23. Love this Post :)

    Thank you for linking up to my “Craft, Create and Inspire” linky paty…

    Hope you will stop by today and link up your favourite post from the past week..
    Claire x


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