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I am a firm believer that goals are like a road map — Let’s say you want to take a vacation: do you just hop in the car and start driving? A rare few do, while most of us make a plan. We figure out a destination, how we are going to get there and what we need along the way.
- What do you want to accomplish?
- How will you make it happen?
- What do you need to make it a reality?
This is an ongoing upswing of better habits for us — We have scaled down red meat, and meat in general. We have also cut back on processed foods, unless I am the one who processed them. Gone are the things high in nitrates and preservatives. I have been cut out of two major vehicle accidents and have arthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ, Post Traumatic Stress, Degenerative Disc and Chronic Migraines — taking VERY little medication for any of it.
- We are eating at home more and I have been really working the meal plans. I am part of a monthly meal swap group too and we have had some amazing creations! I have been also making a lot of my own treats like using Kefir “milk” to make popsicles, etc.
- We joined the YMCA as a family and I have been going daily — I started with those “silver sneakers” classes and have been getting my hiney kicked! They ARE getting easier and easier… Miss Sarah has been enjoying swimming lessons and kids play classes.
- We are investigating the world of classical music, limiting all screen time to 2 hours a day or less (except for me) and adding things like lavender to baths.
It’s easier to make a meal plan when you have a great shopping planner — here is a free one for you
get it here: Operation40k-grocery-shopping-list
Family: A work in progress…
- Keep packing for the eventual move – the things we don’t really need right NOW. I really need to attack the basement, my old Tupperware office and the rest of the garage.
- Get stuff ready for the May Garage Sale – decluttering and freeing ourselves of excess!!
PREP THE HOUSE TO SELL:
- Paint living room (going to a beige from the green on green “bag paint”
- Install new dishwasher (It’s been sitting in my garage for 9 years….)
- Install new bathroom vanity (It’s been in the basement for 6 years…)
- Get Pink Plastic Tile off the bathroom walls
- Fix from steps
For Miss Sarah:
- Piano Lessons
- Ballet Lessons
- Tap Lessons
- Sunday School
- Summer Science Camp (Camp Invention)
- Enter the Science Fair
- Travel the world lessons – learn about 26 countries *lessons planned out and will be shared with y’all
For me: I tried this last year and simply didn’t get to it — so I will tackle one of these each month:
- January – Make Bagels
- February – Make Mozzarella
- March – Make Soap
- April – Make Tortillas
- May – Get a Foodsaver and Prep Crock Pot Meals
- June – Make Yogurt in the crock pot
- July – Can Potatoes
- August – Make Onion Soup Mix from dehydrated veggies
- September – Can Apple Pie Filling
- October – Can Potatoes
- November – Can Chicken
- December – Make Lefse
Read 100 books — I do one educational/motivational and then one trash. Repeat.
- Finish writing books 3-4-5 that i have outlined…more on those later1
- Have 5 Scrapbooking Crops in Madison (great way for me to relax while getting handmade gifts completed)
- Tweak a few blog things: I am adding more product reviews/giveaways, a cooking school 101 series, and more free printable seasonal/organizational/fun content. I did a lot of this this year
- Write at least 10 posts for Wisconsin Parent yep! And I’m Senior Editor
- Work on more travel features… I have Hershey PA and New Orleans on the books.
Finance: Miss Sarah has a fully funded college savings so we will no longer be adding to that.
- $10,000 more in retirement
- $1,200 for annual grocery budget ***An increase of $20 a month, our first increase in 5 years. I am planning a lot more canning this year and want organic produce. This allows for that as I normally get frozen veggies for pennies with coupon/sales.
- $5,000 for our church (includes donations to our church missions)
- Spend the money for a house cleaner every two weeks — I simply have problems doing things like scrubbing the floors with my arthritis. This will also free up more of my time. I DO have cleaning worksheets to delegate/share the general household chores and keep the time minimal so we can create more memory moments. Get it here: TidyCleanPdf
- Get better prepping Miss Sarah for Sunday School lessons – we know in advance the bible verse referenced, it needs to be in her head before class
- Miss Sarah has First Communion this year
- Frequent fellowship with church members
- Keep the Blessing Bag Ministry Going
- Be a part of the New Member Pilgrimage Mentor program
- Keep donating to the food pantry
- School kits for Luther World Relief
- Ring Bells for Salvation Army
- Operation Shoebox
- Giving Tree
That about sums up our goal list — I hope you didn’t find it too boring…but it is that kind of a list of Specific, Measurable, Realistic and Time Sensitive kinds of things that need to be listed
**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.
Here is a FREE list for you to make your own set of goals — I know it says 2014, but it’s a simple form to use1
Get it here: 2014_New_Year_Resolution_-_Red_&_Green