2012 goal check-up

I’m about ready to blow your mind.

2012 is halfway over.

Well, actually, it’ll be halfway over at the end of the week, but close enough. Is anyone else totally bowled over by that little factoid? I can’t believe we’re already through six months of 2012. Before you know it, we’re going to be ringing in 2013. Crazy!

With the marking of the halfway point of the year, I figured now was a great time to check in on my 12 goals for 2012. If you were hanging out around this joint last January, you know that I set a dozen goals to help me guide my year. Let’s see how I’m doing!

1. Get Business-ed

Babyface and I set a goal to create two legal and registered businesses before 2012 was out and, guess what? We did it! We are the proud owners of two LLCs registered in the state of Indiana. We even have business checking accounts. Fancy, right? The process wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be, but it was annoying and time-consuming. It feels really good to have all of that taken care of.

2. Buy a house.

I have to be honest, this goal was a bit of a “gimme” when I wrote it, because I knew our plan was to buy this house at the time I set my goals. But, things definitely weren’t set in stone. By writing that goal, we really got to business finding a mortgage, getting the purchase contract written and getting insurance. We actually had a crazy easy time getting financed and getting in our house, so we’re very fortunate!

3. Pay off 75% of our current debt.

We’re finally just now starting to get on track with this goal. I doubt we’ll be able to hit the 75% mark, but we’re going to do what we can. The biggest thing that set us back was the tornado in Pekin. Even with good homeowner’s insurance, there were a lot of out-of-pocket costs to pay to get the house back to good condition. We’re actually still finding things. Babyface just went to open our pool for the season and realized that the pool cover was severely damaged by hail. Such is the life of a homeowner, I guess. I think that 75% goal was the dream of a renter. I think as a homeowner, we’ll be lucky if we hit 25% before the year is out. But at least we aren’t adding to our debt (well, other than that mortgage, you know).

4. Raise $2,500 for charity.

When I set this goal, I didn’t have anything specific in mind, but the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer ended up being the perfect opportunity to make a difference and hit my goal! I raised over $3000 and the vast majority of that was thanks to you guys! I am so proud that I hit this goal. And I’m definitely trying to figure out what big good thing I can do next!

5. Go scale free.

I wrote this goal before I had my revelation about the scale and weight loss. I might end up abandoning the scale again before the year is out, but for now, I feel like I have a healthy relationship with it.

6. Find my marathon.

I’m still on the quest to find that thing that makes me exciting about sweating. Hiking is close and the Avon Walk unleashed something in me that I didn’t know was there, but I’m not sure either of them are it. The journey continues…

7.  Become a better blogger, writer and recipe developer.

This goal is an interesting one. I wrote it when I was in a pretty deep and dark place about my blogging and writing. I was upset that other bloggers were so successful and yet I was floundering. I was upset that I’d had some nasty comments. I felt like I was working my tail off, but wasn’t reaping many rewards (other than, you know, the joy of doing something I loved). At some point early this year, I had an epiphany.  It just doesn’t matter. I got into blogging because I like to write, share my life and take pictures. And that’s all that matters! I am who I am. If people (readers, editors, companies) don’t like me, then there is nothing I can really do to change that. That being said, I did really want to up my nutrition and culinary knowledge to become a more skilled recipe developer. I started culinary school in January, and while it’s been a struggle, I feel like I’m much more confident in my knowledge. I’m also looking into other forms of education (there are a few online certificates I’m eyeing). I’m also just getting myself out there as much as possible! I have a weekly feature on Anytime Health and I’m a frequent contributor to Edible Indy. This goal is interesting because it came from a real place of negativity, but I think I’m still following through with it, just with a different kind of motive.

8. Read 50 books.

Gosh, guys. This one is hard! I’ve only read 14 books so far this year. That is waaaayy off from my goal. And if I’m being totally forthcoming, four of those were read during my vacation, so my non-beach reading levels are way low. I really need to step this up. I really like reading, I just seem to always find something else to do. Or maybe I just need to go live on the beach for the rest of the year?

9. Complete 3,500 fitness minutes.

As of today, I’m at 3,814 minutes for the year! Woohoo! Training for a 40 mile walk definitely helped (although I didn’t count my actual Avon Walk minutes into that total). I’ve also noticed I’m more of a fitness “burst” kinda gal. I’d much rather do a long gym session a few times a week as opposed to doing a little bit every day.

10. Go on 12 date nights with Babyface.

I’ve lost count, but I think we are pretty much on track! Mostly this goal was written out of a desperate need for us to get out more, and we’re doing it! Now that we live 30 minutes from Louisville, I’m so excited to explore the city with my best friend.

11. Switch to a plant-centric diet.

It’s been a slow process, but I think we’re finally getting there. I’d say we only eat meat 2-3 meals a week now and when we do, that meat is responsibly raised and a small portion of our total meal. We’ve even been trying to get one or two vegan meals a week! I think the variety is good and I definitely can tell I feel a lot better when my diet is made up mostly of nutrient-dense plants.

12. Enjoy 2012.

If I had to pick, I’d say this one is the hardest on the list. I really, really struggle with worrying. And that worrying turns into stress which is a nasty little infection that can sideline even the happiest of times. I’m trying really hard to just be happy but the older I get, the more anxious and stressed I get. It’s a constant struggle to overcome, but I’m working at it. Babyface is a big help. He always helps me we a hefty dose of perspective!

So there you go! My 2012 goals. I’ve completed four of them and the majority of the rest are on the right track. I’m going to take this chance to recommit to my goals that I’m struggling with. I  still have six months. :)

How are your new years resolutions going?


    • Cassie says

      Hahahaha! I already read a lot of YA books. Honestly I should probably do something like every two YA books I read counts as one “big girl” book. 😛

  1. says


    I’ve been lurking for awhile, but after seeing your #7 I wanted to come out of the woodwork and say hello! Your blog is one of many that I read, but it’s probably the one that resonates the most with me. I’m also a foodie with a Journalism degree who chose to marry a cute Canadian, so that might be why :)

    Screw the haters and write for your own fun and enjoyment (and mine, because I totally dig your work). I blogged my entire way through high school and the early years of college, and that’s so valuable to me now because I can go back and read my own young work and ideas – I don’t care who else read it at the time, but I love that I have the record that I can use to reminisce!

    Keep it comin!

    • Cassie says

      Aww, thank you so much Britt! That means so much to me. :) I’ve definitely adopted that kind of attitude lately. It’s kinda liberating. :)

    • says

      Totally agree with Britt! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and wanted to thank you for giving me that enjoyment. As a fellow blogger, I also know that there’s an inherent tension between trying to “succeed” (or in my case simply build up a reader base!) and writing for the love of it. Keep it up! :)

      • Cassie says

        Thanks so much, Georgia! It feels good to hear that other bloggers struggle with the same things I do. :)

  2. says

    I just chanced upon this post, and am glad I did. It made me stop and think about what I want out of blogging. I had a blog,where I was posting a few times a week (not always recipes either, just random food musings and ideas) but I didn’t feel was up to the standards of the ones I love to read. So I got it redesigned and started working on my photography.

    However, now that I have it…I am so paralyzed with perfectionism, that I’ve hardly posted. (I do have other reasons too…mostly time related) but I realize how ridiculous it is to not post based on self-imposed pressures! So I like what you’ve said and will try and feel the same way moving forward!

    • Cassie says

      That’s awesome to hear, Callie! I’m a big believer that the best blogs are written from a place of love. It’s so hard not to get wrapped up in all the peer pressure…

  3. says

    You look GORGEOUS in that pic with the red coat! You are beautiful already but that pic is wonderful! With regards to #7, I have only just discovered your blog from a comment you made but I can honestly say yours is one of the best I’ve found! I love your voice and your story–it definitely resonated with me, especially that you are focusing on healthy food and living and not just on weight loss. Keep on truckin’!

  4. says

    This post really resonated with me! Especially the last point about enjoying 2012. I’m definitely a worrier as well, so I hear where you’re coming from. It’s hard, but I’m also working on attempting to get rid of that negative character trait!

  5. Sarah says

    Hi Cassie, I recently found your blog after going through a phase of reading lots of different health, food and fitness related blogs, and it’s definitely the one that I currently enjoy checking the most! Love from Ireland :)

  6. says

    I think you are doing a great job and you seem to be right on track with your 2012 goals. I love that you included date night with BF as a goal. I need to make that a goal in my life as well. J and I have a 3 year old and are going to be trying for another one in August so I feel it will be even more important to make the time to reconnect to each other. Keep up the great posts!

    • Cassie says

      The date night thing is a real struggle. We have to schedule it in or we skip it! It’s amazing what falls to the back burner when you’re going through life.

  7. Amy says

    Cassie, I just wanted to tell you that your blog makes me so happy. I love coming back from my work week in the field and catching up on everything you’ve written while I’ve been out of the loop. Keep it up! :)

    #6 inspired me to comment on this post. I always struggle to find physical activities that click, and it can be frustrating! I recently found out that rock climbing is my marathon, as you put it. I know it’s about the journey and I look forward to exploring other activities, but it is truly so worth it. Thanks for the inspiration to get out there, try new things and live life!

    • Cassie says

      Aww, thank you so much Amy! That means the world to me.

      You know, I’ve never been rock climbing, but I really hope to try it some day!

  8. Diana says

    I started reading health blogs last summer and yours is one of my favorites! I really appreciate your focus on healthy living and living a balanced life. The way you honestly share about your struggles, goals and experiences is so refreshing. Continue blogging the way you do; don’t worry about the critics. Keep trucking on your goals!

    • Cassie says

      Thank you, Diana! It’s definitely nice to hear that people like what I’m doing. Thank you so much for reading. :)

  9. says

    I just found your blog (through Iowa Girl Eats posting one of your recipes). I already added you to my Google Reader and have been scrolling back through recent posts. This one made me exhausted just reading it! WAY TO GO! I love that you set so many ambitious goals for yourself. I particularly loved your paragraph on blogging. I’ve been blogging for about a year and I definitely struggle with watching popular bloggers. Then I remember that I’m doing this because I love it and that has to be the very base reason.
    I just wanted to say “hi”. I’m sure I’ll be back!

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