With the new year, I have resolved to give my blog more attention. I really enjoy having this outlet and I love reading updates from my favorite bloggers. I usually have a massive plan to right all my perceived wrongs at the beginning of the year. 2015 will be a bit different. I have decided to focus on a few important goals and not overwhelm myself. My eight goals are simple and complex at the same time, but I hoping to have more success this year than last. I am honing in on the things that matter most to me: family and health. Here’s more about my plan:
1. Save for trips to visit my and my husband’s families.
Both of my parents are in their 70s and my nieces and nephews are growing up too fast. Last year, I didn’t manage to make it back to DC like I usually do and I would like to spend a week or two weeks there. These trips are expensive because we have to pay for the flights, hotel, food and rental car. Also, my in-laws have been requesting us visit for Thanksgiving for the last 5 years! I’d love to take the kids to Louisiana to visit family and see my husband’s alma mater. There is a classic football game that takes place that weekend as well and it would be nice for them to experience that tradition. Total estimate for both trips: $8,000.
2. Save $20,000 for 6 months/in-case-of-life fund.
Since the last of the debt will be paid off this month, I have decided to take Dave Ramsey’s advice and create an “in-case-of-life” fund. This will be used for things like major house repairs, in case my husband loses his job and anything else that pops up. In 2014, we paid over $10,000 for household repairs including AC, hot water heater and light fixtures. I am sure we will need more repairs this year.
3. Lose 20 lbs and keep it off!
This is less for vanity purposes and more about my overall health. The more weight I carry, the more issues I have with blood pressure. Also, my work wardrobe isn’t fitting as it should and I am not about to spend money on work clothes for a part-time job! I am hoping to exercise more and eat better to achieve this goal.
4. Learn two new recipes a month with one being allergy friendly that might kids can eat
It’s a shame when your daughter greets your husband as he came home from work with “Mom actually cooked today!” Yesterday I cooked some butternut squash for my son and he literally threw it up. His words, “Sorry Mom but it was really yucky!” So yes, I am not a good cook and cooking stresses me out! But I am resolving to get better at it this year!
5. Meal plan weekly with at least 4 servings of fruits and veggies!
This goes along with goal #4. I am hoping to save money and time by meal planning. I hope to make sure my family is eating better this year. Also, meal planning should help with the saving goals #1 and #2.
6. Teach my daughter 23 basic rules to reading phonetically
Since her dyslexia/dysgraphia diagnosis, I have realized I need to spend more time with her focusing on reading. My daughter is very smart but just needs some help in this area. Hopefully less TV times and more quality time with mom will assist in this goal.
7. Ensure my son transitions well to kindergarten (as measured by his progress report)
My son is a very unique individual. With his allergies, small stature and potential speech delays, he potentially will have a difficult time entering kindergarten. But we are going to get him ready and really work with him! I hope to end the year with all A’s on his report card.
8. Blog at least two times a week recapping my progress and general thoughts! (self-explanatory!)
Thank you for reading my blog in 2014 and I hope you continue to join my adventures in 2015. Happy New Years!