Goals for 2017

short term goals
cooking

1. Begin to make healthy plan-ahead meals
— Come up with a meal plan for every day each week
— Use the purchased cookbooks
— Make meals on the weekends
Maybe take a cooking and/or baking class

finances

1. Use tax refunds to:
— pay off chunk of loan
— save for summer renovation project

personal

1. Complete my Bachelor’s in Nursing
— Graduate summer 2017
2. Clean the house more often
— create a schedule

photography

1. Use my camera more
— Participate in photo-a-day challenges
Maybe take a photography class
— 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 month
— At least 50 books for year (work off of your GoodReads ‘to-read’ list and Best Sellers list)
— Mix it up between hard copies and e-books
2. Read every night before bed
— Even if it’s just a few pages
3. Continue running the book club at work

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. Keep balances below 25%
3. Pay off debt consolidation loan

personal

1. Become a healthier person all around
— Take up yoga and running
— Work towards becoming a BeachBody coach
2. Learn French and become trilingual
— At least basic conversation
3. Have babies
— After school is done
4. Chip away at renovation project list

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

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