Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017: Goals and the word of the year

Now that 2016 has come and gone, it is time to begin new.

I think I did okay with my goals last year, but this year I hope to do better (isn't that how it always goes, though?)

So, first I'd like to announce my word of the year. I have heard others do this before and thought it was a good idea but it never really came to fruition for me. I have been thinking about coming up with a word for a little while now and have settled on one. I think it is a good one.

REDUCE

Yep, that is the word. I like it. My goal is to reduce. Although now that I have typed it, it does seem a little negative but I assure you I mean it in the most positive way. This year, 2017, I plan on reducing! I plan to reduce clutter, reduce stress, reduce weight (fingers crossed), reduce anxiety, reduce debt, and maybe even reduce work hours (doubtful this year) and reduce number of people in my house (aka: help the 22 year old become more self sufficient). So much we can reduce! 

Do you have a word for the year? It is not too late, ya know.

Now, on to the goals: Right now, there are 10 goals. I may add some as the year goes on, we shall see.

1. Between all the members of this house, we will remove 1000 items from the house. This does not count as everyday household garbage. These items will be items that could be potentially donated or sold. I think I will NOT count items that I throw away. This will make it a bit more challenging. (I totally stole this idea from another blog, but I LOVED the concept!)

2. My goal is to have a yard sale this spring and make a little extra moula to put towards either the vacation, bills, Christmas, or home projects. 

3. This will be a big goal to accomplish! I plan on organizing the garage. I had it looking okay, but then the "boomerang daughter" moved back home and there went that garage again. It WILL get done this year...complete with shelves and such for storage! 

4. The garden. This is THE year I will get the garden established and actually benefit from its bounty. 

5. Travel to Finland for $1000 (not counting the plane ticket). I am traveling to Finland this summer with my dad, stepmom, and sister. The tickets are paid for already so the goal is to have the rest of the trip costing only $1000. This includes passport, luggage, and any other costs, like spending money while there, etc. This is totally doable, especially since we will be spending time with family. I originally wanted to have $1000 just for spending but I think I am going to include the cost of the passport and luggage too. Now, if I can score gift cards to help defray the cost, that is a bonus to the $1000.

6. I plan to pay off heating cooling systems by the end of the year. This "should" be an easy goal to accomplish. 

7. Ok, this may just be the goal I list EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR until it happens. I plan to lose 50 lbs this year and if I do not lose 50lbs, I will be happy to be able to shop in the "regular" sizes again. 

8. Since we have been doing Christmas debt free for the past few years already, this year's Christmas goal is to have all presents bought or made by December for under $500. This does NOT count my husband's gift because I ALWAYS spend more than I should on him and him on me.  Bonus points if the gifts are wrapped before December as well!

9. I plan to keep the grocery bill under $600 a month. I would REALLY like to keep it under $500 a month, but with my husband, that is just setting me up for failure.

10. Work on some craft projects I have been putting off but want to complete. Mainly the cross stitch squares my mom started when she was alive. I'd love to complete them and make the quilt she was planning to make.