bring it, 2012

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Happy New Year!  You would think that my lack of posting last week meant that I was really busy.  Nope, not so much.  Instead, I spent my last week of my maternity leave cuddling with my little peanut and hanging out with my hubby while he was off also.  Plus, I needed a little vacation from blogging, but am ready and rearing to go for 2012!


A baby changes your “normal” New Year’s Eve plans.  Instead of going to parties + drinking, Matt + I dropped MacKenna off at my parents and had our January date night.  We went and saw The Artist (I definitely recommend it – it was a fabulous movie), ate a very late dinner at Chevy’s, picked M up and headed home.  We were in bed by 11 o’clock and I was passed out by 11:30.  Matt was nice enough to wake me up at midnight for a New Year’s kiss.

2011 was an amazing year.  It’s difficult to top the birth of your first born child.  I set goals but pregnancy over rode some of those goals.  Instead, my goal was to have a healthy pregnancy, and I think I definitely achieved that.

Now, it’s a new year and I have set new goals for myself to keep me on track and accountable.  And nothing keeps you more accountable than announcing them to your “closest” blog friends (and in real life friends too).

Health/Fitness Goals

  • Get back to my pre-pregnancy size (I know it’s vague but the following will help)
  • Run 4-5 days per week with at least 1 day of speed work
  • Lift 2-3 days per week (more on this later this week)
  • Drink at least 4 green monster smoothies per week
  • Focus on eating REAL, wholesome food without counting calories (as long as I’m staying on track)


  • Keep the house cleaner with 20 minutes of cleaning each night after M goes to bed
  • Set a monthly budget and stick to it
  • Save money (goes along with the above goal)
  • Have 1 date night with Matt (without MacKenna) once a month


  • Continue to look for jobs (a) closer to home, if possible and (b) in a public school, if possible
  • Become more of a presence in the blogging/social media world (participate in chats, ask for guest posts, etc.)
  • Look into other potential ways to make money so I can either work part-time or from home (this is a long shot, but I want to spend more time with MacKenna if possible)

Bring it, 2012!  I’m ready for whatever you throw my way!

What are your goals/resolutions for 2012?

  • I love your goals!! Good luck this week with heading back to work. =)
    Kaci recently posted..Graditude

  • great goals, kristen! i hope you enjoyed your last week of leave. i’m sure you’re kiddos will be very excited to have you back at school!

    i set a couple 2012 goals – my favorite one is to run my first half marathon! i already picked it out – it’s not until august but it’s a race that’s been on my radar for a while and i am so excited about it!
    sarah @ sarah learns recently last day…

    • Kristen

      I’m looking forward to following your training! I think you can definitely get your goals! 🙂

  • Kerry

    I LOVE your blog and I want to keep reading it, but the font is really hard to read on my iPhone. Has anyone else mentioned this problem? Sorry to be a PITA, keep it if you love it, But I just wanted to let you know that it may (or may not) affect your readers. Best wishes in the new year!

    • Kristen

      I think I fixed the iPhone issue, please let me know though!

  • You have some really great goals (and steps to get there) for this year, and I’m excited to see where these 366 (it’s leap year!) days take you!
    Karolina recently posted..Thankfulness Project Monday

    • Kristen

      Love that it’s a leap year! One extra day is always helpful! 😉

  • Great goals! My goal is to work out at least 3 days a week – I think this is pretty attainable for me.
    Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine recently posted..2012 Resolutions

    • Kristen

      Definitely attainable! You can do anything you put your mind to! 🙂

  • great goals! I named my post “game on 2012” trying to be determined and agressive with the year ahead. good luck on your goals!
    Heather Montgomery recently posted..Holiday Wrap Up

    • Kristen

      Oooh, I like that! 🙂 Good luck with your goals!

  • Best of luck heading back to work tomorrow! I’ll be there too – at my work I mean:)

    I have no doubt you can increase your web presence – love reading your blog. Maybe ask some other full/part-time bloggers to share some secrets! I’m not one of them but it sure would be a great way to spend more time with your munchkin!

    – I agree about the font being tough to read on the iphone.
    Karen @ Are we there yet? recently posted..lions, tigers, and bears – oh my!

    • Kristen

      I think I fixed the iPhone issue, but let me know. How are you handling going back to work?