I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions.
But I do believe that having goals and creating a plan to reach those goals are good things, and if it takes a new calendar to remind me of that, so be it.
I’ve taken some time to craft a list of things I will be working on in the new year. Some of these are things I was working on last year… and probably will be every year.
Replenish our savings. As food and fuel prices increased and we had a few unexpected challenges (plumbing repairs, two car accidents, etc), we dipped into our savings. While I am grateful that we had savings, I recognize that we absolutely must replenish all that we took out of it last year.
Create a family binder and “just in case’ file. I have most of the knowledge of the inner workings of our household, and if something were to happen and my husband or a family member needed to step in and take over for me, I’d like them to have a short learning curve. I’ll be following Michelle’s suggestions for creating a family binder for everyday things, as well as a “just in case” file that will contain critical information about our personal finances, insurance, etc. The “just in case” file will be stored in a secure location… just in case.
Give our family room a makeover. Our family room is a catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a home in our main living space. I’m not especially fond of the current furniture arrangement, and really want to make it a more useful space for our family. We have virtually no budget for this, so my plan is to get creative. My efforts will be largely dedicated to purging what we don’t need and organizing it all.
Start walking. This list wouldn’t be complete without some kind of health-related goal. I’ve tried so hard to establish an exercise routine. I’ve set weight loss goals. But the truth is, I know that walking regularly (at least 20 minutes a day) would make a huge difference in my overall mental and physical health. And all I need to do is put one foot in front of the other.
Spend more time outdoors. We live in a beautiful area, but I often don’t take the time to appreciate it. I’m too busy with my face glued to my laptop or playing Angry Birds. I will be making a conscious effort to create a little less screen time and a little more time with nature.
So, there you have it – my goals for 2012. I wish you all a happy and healthy new year!
Now it’s your turn:
What goals have you set for yourself in 2012?