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My Goals for 2018

 

My most important goal for 2018:

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Have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy baby in late spring!

 

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Garden Goals:

1. Take out dead our peach tree and replace it. We may take out both peach trees in the back, as the other appears to be dying as well. I learned in my extension service classes that peach and apricot trees only last around 10 years here. We've had these trees for 10 years. They are the two above covered in pink blossoms, The one you see on the right died last year and the one on the left is the other we will most likely take out too.

2. Plant many more flowers for cutting and enjoying in the garden. I want to grow thousands of flowers in the garden this year for arrangements thorughout the year.

3. Plant more Swiss chard, lettuce, green onions, snow peas, Armenian cucumbers, alpine strawberries, squash, and beets than in past years.

4. Fix sprinkler issues and reseed the lawn in the bare spots.

5. Find and fix all leaks in the drip lines.

 

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Sewing Goals:

 

1. Sew curtains for my bedroom. I bought the fabric over a decade ago, shortly after we moved into the house. I need to buy lining and something to hang the curtains (I think we will need to make boxes). I want to get this project done this year. We've had shades hanging for years, but they broke last year and I'm ready for my curtains to finally be up!

2. Sew the decorative bed pillow that I embroidered a cover for last year (pictured in-progress above).

3. Sew baby clothes using patterns and material I have on hand. I gave away almost all of our baby clothing, save a few favorite things I had stored in one box.

4. Sew four dresses for myself. (These have been on my list for a few years now; this year I want to finish the ones I've started and sew two more, and I already have the fabric to do it).

5. Sew birthday gifts for the children using fabric I have on hand. My girls have requested several things and I already have a list of what they want.

 

Purchase Goals:

These are my planned purchases for the year. While I'm sure we'll have other needs, these are ones that I already know will be part of my purchases for the year:

1. Purchase a few baby clothing items for the new baby. I've already registered at Target so that I can get a 15% off coupon to use towards baby purchases the last two months of pregnancy (they let you use one towards what is left on your registry at that time, but the 15% is only good for ONE purchase. I'll definitely buy diapers and possibly purchase some onesies and socks at that time). I also will look at garage sales for needed items. I was recently gifted enough hand-me-down 0-3 month onesies that I don't need any in that size.

2. Purchase a car seat for the baby.

3. Buy the following clothing items for myself: sandals, black flats, nursing bras, and a few more maternity items (I'll look for those in thrift stores) for warm weather wear. It gets warm here early in the year. I am needing new-to-me maternity clothing in a smaller size; I donated all of my old maternity clothing last year.

4. Purchase new shoes for the family.

5. Purchase tarragon and tomato plants for the garden. I'll also buy more dirt for the garden; removing tree roots will mean I'll need dirt to fill in those spots.

 

Financial Goals:

1. Refund emergency fund. This was depleted last year after some hospital bills.  We have other goals we'd like to add to this category, but this is the first and most important one, and we won't do any of the others until after this one is accomplished.

 

What are your goals for this year?

 

 

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  • Laura Lee January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on number 9, sending warm wishe's for a happy healthy pregnancy and delivery!

  • Sam January 02, 2018

    Finish paying off the land we purchased and build our small retirement home.

  • Daniela January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I've been reading your blog for the last 3-4 years now, and you're a great inspiration for me. I'm really happy for you!

    My/our goals for our family are:
    - getting healthier financially (finding a new job, finding ways to save up more money - I'm still impressed how you manage to feed your family with 200-250 USD per month)
    - getting healthier physically (i.e. eating healthier, hubby and me: losing 10-15 lbs, exercising regularly)
    - growing more of our own food (and starting the tomatoes and bell peppers earlier this year; also, getting a few more hens for egglaying, taking out two old apple trees that don't bear much fruit any more, so we've got enough space for potatoes and black beans - I'll try the "potato box" this year. They say you can harvest about 50 lbs worth of potatoes from one box of about 3x3 ft.)
    - Doing some renovations around the house (guest room, kids' play room)

    Have a great day and best wishes from the South West of Germany :)
    Daniela

  • Megan January 02, 2018

    Wow, congratulations! Prayers for you and your growing family.

    I started cross-stitching last year, and I'd love to start embroidery this year. Your beautiful work always inspires me.

  • matty January 02, 2018

    Baby! How exciting for you all! Many blessings to you all!

    I enjoy reading your blog... thanks for sharing your goals and aspirations! Best wishes!

  • Susan January 02, 2018

    How fantastic! So happy for your family, Brandy!

  • Kathryn McGarry January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! That is wonderful news.
    I wanted to ask you about your emergency fund. How you do you calculate how much to put into an emergency fund? Do you have enough to cover a certain number of months and would that be for all expenses and food or do you only cover expenses? I don't have an emergency fund but I think it would be a good idea to have one. Do you build your fund with any extra that would normally be put towards debt? As much as I think it's a great idea, I just can't figure out how to do both - build an emergency fund and pay off debt -
    at the same time.
    Thank you so much for all of the information you post. I read your posts when I am starting to feel overwhelmed and panicking. I always feel better afterwards and I feel I can manage and there will be an end to this one day. Thank you so much!

  • An emergency fund should cover all expenses; we eventually would like to have a years' worth, but an emergency always comes up before then. We do it one step at a time: a goal for a month's worth of bills, then 2 months, then 3, etc.

    I think you can do both an emergency fund and pay off debt at the same time, even if it's just a little bit at a time. If you don't have an emergency fund, you'll end up going into debt for the emergency. I find having an amount automatically deducted from my checking amount into my savings account each month makes it easier to save without any thought. That's only a small amount, though; if we are able to earn more than we need for expenses in a month, anything extra will go into the emergency fund. Keeping our expenses down as much as possible (like our reduced grocery budget) will help us to increase our emergency fund.

  • Juls Owings January 03, 2018

    Kathryn McGarry when we went through our Chapter 13 bankruptcy (slow pay) the Judge, our lawyer, and the debt counselor told us to only make the minimum required on the debt and focus on the emergency fund until we had 3 months of basic bills. THEN split the money between the two. You will always go in debt with emergencies if you don't have a fund.. START small other wise you will stop saving according to Clark Howard. Basic bills is the bare minimum you would need... NO cable, cheap cell phone with payment $50 or less if you don't have a landline phone along with other things.

  • Marybeth January 07, 2018

    We read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey and it has changed our lives. We have only our mortgage left and have a 6 month emergency fund. We are currently cash flowing our sons college. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice but I truly believe it was worth it. I rented the book from the library. I listen to his podcasts every day to stay motivated. Good Luck!

  • Terri Deeds January 02, 2018

    Congratulations! I follow you on Pinterest and thought you might be pregnant from some of the things you pinned. :)

  • Wendy January 02, 2018

    Great list. Happy New Year Brandy and congratulations!

  • Angela January 02, 2018

    Aw congrats on the new little Brandi.

  • Angela January 02, 2018

    Life was left out. : )

  • Adrienne January 02, 2018

    Love, love, love the first goal!! Congratulations!!

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood January 02, 2018

    Oh my gosh, congratulations on the pregnancy! Hope it's a healthy and happy one! V. exciting!

    I'm always impressed by your goals. My own goals for the year are more related to my blog and I wrote about them here: http://approachingfood.com/cappuccino-cupcakes/. Other than that, I just want to enjoy my life and family and husband and be healthy and happy.

    Happy New Year to all!

  • Cindi January 02, 2018

    Congratulations on the impending new addition to your family.

    We, too, want to work on rebuilding our emergency fund, which we used to also pay a lot of medical bills this year.
    I'm going to try growing more in my greenhouse this year, and use some new strategies I hope will combat voles in the raised beds. I also want to plant more flowers and just grow more in general.
    I also want to establish a more regular practice of Bible study -- it has been rather haphazard the last few years and I want to be more disciplined.

  • TJ January 02, 2018

    Congratulations. How exciting. Are you feeling well?

    Our financial house is out of order. We, too, had a reduction in income and I haven't figured it all out yet.

    Last year we started an all family and all friends picnic Sunday once a month in the pleasant months in the Midwest, so May - November. I will set plans to continue that and thus a tradition is born.

    I have enrolled in some community ed classes, accounting and google for business. Completion of these is a goal.

    I didn't garden much last spring. I will be much more diligent this year. Farmers markets can't compete with back yard gardens. I won't quit going. I love the farmers market.

    With the newly announced engagement of our oldest son, there will be a wedding to plan.

    Lastly, I plan to paint the kitchen and dining room. The wall paper is very tattered.

  • Jenifer January 02, 2018

    Congratulations to you and your family!

    While 2017 was filled with many blessings, it was rough on savings, emergency funds and health.
    This year my goals are to take better care of myself, by adding more greens and getting in at least 5 workouts a week. I mentally feel so much better with prayer and a little cardio.
    This year for 10 persons who will need a birthday gift and Christmas gift, I am budgeting $10 per person, plus a homemade gift with items I have already (ie, my SIL wants sturdy placemats, my uncle a Star Trek themed pillow or pot holder..)
    I am going to work diligently on recouping savings and my emergency fund. I have a goal of June to have the emergency fund replenished.
    And finally, more gardening and thought out landscaping. Now that I know your Swiss chard soup is something my husband enjoys (It is the only way he enjoys chard) I will be planting more chard too.

    Happy New Year!

  • Jenifer January 02, 2018

    Congratulations to you and your family!

    While 2017 was filled with many blessings, it was rough on savings, emergency funds and health.
    This year my goals are to take better care of myself, by adding more greens and getting in at least 5 workouts a week. I mentally feel so much better with prayer and a little cardio.
    This year for 10 persons who will need a birthday gift and Christmas gift, I am budgeting $10 per person, plus a homemade gift with items I have already (ie, my SIL wants sturdy placemats, my uncle a Star Trek themed pillow or pot holder..)
    I am going to work diligently on recouping savings and my emergency fund. I have a goal of June to have the emergency fund replenished.
    And finally, more gardening and thought out landscaping. Now that I know your Swiss chard soup is something my husband enjoys (It is the only way he enjoys chard) I will be planting more chard too.

    Happy New Year!

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