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As 2013 draws to an end, it’s time to look at what my goals were and how they were/weren’t accomplished before making new ones for 2014. A goal is simply a dream with a deadline — something you want to accomplish, so you can create an action plan to make it happen.
- What do you want to accomplish?
- How will you make it happen?
- What do you need to make it a reality?
- Loose 30# — I am 20 pounds lighter than this time last year, and didn’t really work on it as much as I should have. I did stop taking Celebrex for my arthritis and that has slowed me down. A Lot. (sigh)
- Learn Tai Chi — oops!
- Scale down the meat. We scaled down red meat last year but need to add more grains and beans to our diet. — We did better on this, but should work on it more. I need to do 1-2 meatless meals a week in the plan
Family: The same as last year
- A vacation this year, just the 3 of us (we usually have my or his folks along…) — We did Disney!
- Make Sarah’s “down” day of the week special — I think we managed that well with sleep overs, pedicures, sneak treats and more.
- A monthly Date Night with my husband — we did OK but this area could be WAAAAY better. I have a “Date of the Month” gift planned for his January Birthday that will make this more of a reality for 2014
Home: We didn’t get as far here as I had hoped last year, a nice chunk of change went to a new vehicle for us last summer. I will say, it is nice to fork over CASH to the dealership!
- Keep packing for the eventual move – the things we don’t really need right NOW. I really need to attack the basement.– Um, we really got the garage, and never hit the basement as hard as I had hoped.
- Get stuff ready for the May Garage Sale – decluttering and freeing ourselves of excess. — Did it and have stuff being prepped for the 2014 sale.
- Finish stairwell project (floor and door) – gotta hit up the ReStore for a new door — another OOPS! It was the new car that killed my budget for this <grin>
- Paint living room (going to a beige from the green on green “bag paint” — Nope.
- Install new dishwasher (It’s been sitting in my garage for 8 years….) — Nope.
- Install new bathroom vanity (It’s been in the basement for 5 years…)– Nope.
- Get Pink Plastic Tile off the bathroom walls– Nope.
- Piano lessons for Miss Sarah — Yes, and she even played Christmas music for us on the holiday.
- Have Miss Sarah enter the Science Fair — She did great and picked “the electrical conductivity of fruits” for her project
- Keep working on Countries with Sarah — Slacker here, but we did work on challenging spelling words, reading with great retention, and mulitiplication.
- For me: learn to Make Bagels, Make Soap, Make tortillas, Make Yogurt in the crock pot, Can Chicken (It will give me more space in my freezer), Can Ground Beef. I also want to read 100 books this year. — Um, yeah…. I did read 107 books, not counting the Bible. Everything else was a big “no”. I did get a lefse iron/griddle for Christmas and now can tackle some of that. I think I need to focus on ONE project a month as I am now part of the Blogger Recipe Challenge Group and am doing 10 recipes a month for that topic.
- Double my Tupperware 2012 end result, helping twice as many families reach their goals– oops! I am pretty much done with the world of Tupperware right now. In February, they took away my right to do warranty work. (My sales ratio was off) After 20 years, I had a LOT of customers that would just drop stuff off for replacement and I could no longer help them. I couldn’t even do warranty items at parties – making it hard to represent the “lifetime guarantee”. After a few calls to the company, still no luck. That’s OK — I have a LOT of other things that happened to make up for it!
- Teach 6 classes a month, helping other families save money at the store – Did a lot more than 72 classes this year, 27 in November alone!
- Have 5 Scrapbooking Crops in Madison– Did it – LOVED the Mother/Daughter crop but think this venue is drawing near an end too.
- Keep this blog going, it’s a free resource to a lot of people. — And how! New website design (still tweaking), switched to WordPress from Blogger, Favado to make ad match ups a total breeze and a great assistant who helps me post things for ya!
- $5,000 more in the Edvest — Sarah’s College fund is complete. By the time she is 18, and we add scholarships, she should be MORE than OK
- $10,000 more in the House Fund — We might squeak this in before the end of the year…
- $10,000 more in retirement — almost.
- $2,000 for a vacations — Did and done! Now we are planning for next year’s
- $1,200 for annual grocery budget — maybe I should change it to $11,025 because of January…. Unless I spend any more money in the next few days, we are under budget for the year. Current total is $1,079.14 — but keep in mind that once a week, we had a big meal with my father-in-law. It has been his treat (he insisted) because we have helped him with so much each week since Mom died. We also got a lot of fresh produce FREE this summer that I canned/froze. I have spent the last 5-6 weeks pulling things from the freezer for meals too…and have a LOT more to go through!
- $5,000 for our church (includes donations) — We did a lot more than this. Food pantry, Homeless Mission, Weekly Basket, and a TON of toys that I got from the Wisconsin Parent article makes the final result of this over $10,000. Using the FREE money that manufacturers give us (coupons) lets us be able to help bless so many other people. I challenge y’all to donate just ONE thing a week and see how it adds up.
- Keep Miss Sarah with a perfect attendance for Sunday School –she only missed once — because she was sick.
- Keep the Blessing Bag Ministry Going — so far, so good…wait until you hear what Miss Sarah wants to do!
- Keep donating to the food pantry– a no brainer
- 10 school kits for Luther World Relief — stocked up on a few things at back to school time to do this again
- Ring Bells for Salvation Army — did it on “match day”.
- Operation Shoebox x 5 — not me, but my Assistant Laura did 20+ — she ROCKS!
- Giving Tree x 5– we personally took care of 5 families, and then donated a TON of toys that helped scores of families
That about sums up our goal list — I hope you didn’t find it too boring, LOL!
Keep in mind some years our goals were to pay things off (car, credit card, house, doctor bills) …tuck away adoption money…etc. Life is a work in progress — and you have to look at where you are now, and go from there.
I have a sheet for you to start making YOUR goals for next year — it is a FREE Printable (like you see pictured at the very top of this post.
Get it HERE–> 2014_New_Year_Resolution_-_Red_&_Green