'Tis the day of the new year and the season of accompanying resolutions.
2013 was better for me and my family than 2012. 2012 was the year of emotional/mental/family stresses and problems galore. 2013 was hard, very hard, on our finances with the job loss of my husband. This past fall, my sweet grandmother passed away, which left a big hole in my heart. However, 2013 was, over all, less stressful.
I look now to 2014 with a very optimistic hope for the many fabulous adventures awaiting us. First on the list to do is a move to a new house (but just across the street) which will help out finances. It also be a great opportunity for our jewelry business that we own.
Below is my list of resolutions from 2013. The ones I didn't finish/accomplish will be my 2014 goals, for I still want to accomplish them. The ones I did finish/accomplish I leave intact for today, but crossed off ---because I LOVE crossing things off a list.
~ In bed by 9:30 - up by 6am (during the week) ---Still need to work on this....though much, much better than before.
~ Treadmill 4x/week--- Still need to work on this one. It was hit and miss during the year-- just a struggle for me.
~ Work on photo albums 2x/month --- Still need to work on this one too. My sweet husband has offered to help and we are going to do it for an hour or two on Sunday afternoons.
~ Find more ways to perform service for others --- we had fun with this one last year. Highlights included paying for random people's food at restaurants, Secret Santa and meals/groceries brought to friends who need a little lift. I want to continue this one.
~ Cut back to part time work --- Still a goal. Not sure how this one will work since my husband lost his job last summer. So, I should add: Help husband find full time employment and then cut back to part time work.
~ Family Time each Sunday afternoon -- we have done this most weeks. So this year I want to add that we will have a formal lesson 2x/month.
~ Date night w/sweetie 2x/month----still need to work on this too. We have a hard time finding babysitters, so I will change it to find a group of people I can call on as babysitters then have date night 2x/month.
~ Continue to work on being organized by following 52 weeks to an organized home ---Starting this up again. With the upcoming move, everything now is in boxes. I will need to organize our new home.
~ Paint the downstairs -- didn't get to this. But this year, we want to paint the rooms in our new house. And maybe new countertops and a new kitchen floor.... and .... and ..... there is always a project to be done in a house.
~ Try two new habits to be more 'green.' --- Habit 1 -- use reusable bags for groceries -- it has been hit and miss. I will work on improving. Habit 2 -- use a bleach alternative. I have found a great recipe that I like. It just uses hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. Click here for the recipe.
~ Host another community garden -- didn't get to this. And this year, our new home doesn't have a big enough space to host a community garden, so we will just have a small family garden.
~ I want to add another goal and that is to purchase more items locally--food, gifts and services among them.
~ Pay off medical bill -- we are close, oh so ever close. This will be this year's goal, though I expect it to be paid off in a few month. HALLELUJAH!! And then we, other than our mortgage, we will be debt free.
~ Pay cash for our vacation to Colombia---- didn't get to this one either -- as in we didn't go to Colombia. Maybe this summer???
Here's to a fabulous 2014!!!
What are your goals for the year?