Goals for 2017…better late, than never!

We all have that one blogger that we just adore and inspires us.  Truth be told I have a couple, but in the goals department no one beats Mavis over at One Hundred Dollars a Month.  She is a rockstar at goals.  Last year, I watched and read, and cheered as she posted her goals at the beginning of the year and then gave weekly updates as she plowed through.  She inspired me!  So, this year, I am publicly putting out there my own goals for 2017.  I don’t know that I will do a weekly update, but I will try to at least update on them monthly.  So, without further ado….my goals.

  1.  I plan to track (and I’ve already started a spreadsheet) our spending and ultimately learn where we are spending too much and where we should be spending more.  The grand goal here is to find ways to save, cut spending, and pay down debt.
  2. Keep the grocery and household budget to under $125.oo a week.  This may or may not be a lofty goal.  I am undecided here.  I’m trying to keep a closer eye on the cost of items and factor in those elements from #1 above.
  3. Go on 26 dates with Mark.  As we are entering into this empty-ish nest phase of life (which is really, really strange) we are trying to do more fun things together.  Will all of our dates be fun? Well, not in the traditional sense of the word, but spending time together, even if it is at the local Menards, is fun for us!
  4. Get rid of 500 things.  I have already, as of this posting, gotten rid of 71 items.  We’ll see what I end with by the end of the year.
  5. Read 26 books.  I am more than half-way through book one, and I have a pile ready and waiting.  I’m really looking forward to this…I miss reading.
  6. Graduate my Cactus and my Opulent in May.  My babies graduate from high school this year!  Which also means I graduate from being a homeschool mom.  This goal comes with a few sub goals:
    1. Transcripts
    2. Senior pics
    3. Visit the local college
  7. Another blogger I adore Toni over at A Bowl Full of Lemons  She is a rockstar in the organization department!  Each year she hosts the Home Organization Challenge over on her website, and she has a book out by the same name, which is chock full of helpful tips, tricks and ideas.  I own the book and this year I am bound and determined to complete the entire challenge.  It is currently kitchen week and I am more than halfway through.  Yeah me!!
  8. My husband finally got me out hunting, and this year I did both bow hunting and gun hunting for deer.  Shhh, don’t tell him, but I actually enjoyed it!  While I may not have gotten a deer this year, I do have to agree with him, we need our own hunting land.  A place we can build a stand or too, maybe even a small cabin (we’ll see), but the point is, it’s time to start looking.  So the goal here is to start looking, seeing what is available and where, looking at price ranges, etc.  You know, the stuff you do when you buy property.  lol  We may not purchase this year, but we would like to be able to purchase land next year.
  9. Pass my Black Belt Test.  Yes, I started taking karate (our studio is a mix of disciplines) a couple of years ago and this year I am eligible to test for my black belt! :O  Of course, this means I have goals I have to complete before test time.  My sub goals for this goal:
    1. Pass the physical fitness test.  This is new this year to the black belt test and no one knows what all it will entail yet.
    2. Spirit Goal ~ host a blood drive at the studio.  This is scheduled and in process of becoming a reality.
    3. Mind Goal ~ Become a Signing Agent.  I still need to take the class and complete the state’s requirements, but I’m confident this will get done soon.
    4. Body Goal ~ Exercise 3 – 5 times per week for 90 days.  You would think going to classes, and walking the dog would count, but not for this one.  At least not how I’m defining it.  Those are certainly bonuses, but I want to improve my overall physical health and well-being so, not this time.  I have other items I’m doing for this one. 😀
  10. Complete 2/3 of the home improvement projects that are either in progress or planned.  This may or may not be a lofty goal as well.  I’m undecided, especially since a whole boat-load of factors come into play.  The items on the list include:
    1. Finish retaining wall
    2. Build greenhouse
    3. Build deck
    4. Redesign garden
    5. Put in new garage doors and openers
    6. Finish Dining room revamp
    7. Finish Hoffa’s Hideout (another post on this one is altogether necessary!)
    8. Finish Kitchen remodel/revamp
    9. Revamp master bathroom
    10. Revamp staircase
  11. Finish Christmas gift for Mark’s brother and family.  This was supposed to be their Christmas gift this past Christmas, but life decided to through a few curve balls and it didn’t get finished.  My goal is to complete it and get it to them long before this years Christmas.
  12. Simplify life.  LOL.  Are you laughing?  I’m laughing.  I have all these big goals listed here and then there is this…simplify life.  I’m not even sure how I am defining it.  Maybe it will be crossing a bunch of these time eaters listed above off my list.  Maybe it will be making simpler decisions about meals, clothes, etc,…I do not know.  Not yet.  But I’ll know when I am on the track I want to be on, and then maybe I’ll be able to define this more.

So there you have it.  My goals for this beautiful 2017!  What do you think?  Did you set any goals for this year?  Please, share them.  I’d love to know what you’re planning for your year.

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