2016 Goals List

This has been a super busy year for me and it has actually been pretty great! I was able to check off a lot of my short term goals as well as a few long term ones.

short term goals
cooking

1. Try new appliances to make more things at home
— Bread maker most likely (pizza dough, sourdough, banana bread, etc.)
Hand blender already own (smoothies, healthy shakes, etc.)
Slow cooker already own (main dishes, casseroles, soups, etc.)
— Vaccuum sealer need to buy (for the plan ahead meals)
2. Start buying more local produce
— Shop at the farmer’s markets
3. Begin to make plan-ahead meals
— Come up with a meal plan for every day each week
— Make meals on the weekends
Maybe take a cooking and/or baking class

finances

1. Put $20 a paycheck away into an envelope for future large purchases
— Put more away if possible but the minimum amount is $20.
2. Pay off two credit cards
— Make at least double the minimum payments.
3. Continue to use Quicken for close self-monitoring of finances
— Limit purchases on Entertainment, Health & Beauty, and Starbucks categories

personal

1. Take Spanish classes to brush up on the language and claim it as a second language
2. Continue to grow in my marriage
— Date each other
— Support our dreams and aspirations
3. Complete my Bachelor’s in Nursing
— Graduate summer 2017
4. Clean the house more often
— Create a cleaning schedule and stick to it

photography

1. Use my camera more
— Participate in photo-a-day challenges
Maybe take a photography class
— Use a different theme every month (florals, landscape, random people, etc.)
— Experiment with filters, lighting, composition, etc.
2. Purchase Adobe Photoshop Elements 15
— Learn to use the program

reading

1. Try to read a new book every week to two weeks
— Explore new genres and authors; take recommendations from friends
— At least 50 books for year (work off of your GoodReads ‘to-read’ list and Best Sellers list)
— Work through the books I already own that I haven’t read yet
2. Read every night before bed
— Even if it’s just a few pages

long term goals

cooking
1. Expand my cooking skills

— Learn more about complimentary spices and seasoning methods
— Incorporate recipes from other cultures (Chinese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, etc.) especially those that are vegetarian based

finances

1. Save up a $25K savings for emergency-one-of-us-loses-our-job fund
— Minimum $3,000 a year; about $250+ a month
2. Pay off all credit cards
— Close accounts opened less than three years prior
3. Buy or lease a four wheel drive vehicle, a $5K down payment
— About $417+ a month

personal

1. Become a healthier person all around
— Actually go to the gym. Start with twice a week then build up to 3-4 times a week.
— Take up yoga and running
— Drink two bottles of water a day
2. Learn French and become trilingual
— At least basic conversation
3. Have babies

photography

1. Become a better photographer
— Work on more DIY and cooking projects and document the progress of each as I go.
2. Create photo albums or scrapbooks from trips, themed images, etc.

reading

1. Read all books by Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Piccoult, and JK Rowling
2. Write a review for every book I read, whether I publish it or not
3. Pick 10 books from top lists check them out from the library to read in between
— NY Times Best Sellers List
— Oprah’s Book Club List
— USA Today Best Selling Books List

Time to work on a list for 2017! 🙂

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