2010 Goals

Happy New Year everyone!

The year 2010 always seemed so far away (and sort of science fiction-y) and now it’s here…

And my “little” boy graduates from high school…aaaaack! Time marches on, people, even if it bowls right over you. :-)

I’ve been thinking (along with everyone else, it seems) about some personal and blogging goals for the new year. I like to see them as fluid goals, meaning they will be something to work toward in order to feel a sense of accomplishment, but I will not be a failure if they don’t all happen (like resolutions).

We like to keep things positive here at the OC (sorry, I couldn’t help it- it’s still cracking me up!).

Quick recap of last year:

  1. Started on this “Dave Ramsey” thing…took EIGHT months to finally figure out how to wrap our brains around the concept of “giving every dollar a name” with a computerized budget. Yes, I had actually been *gasp* writing it on paper…
  2. Because of the blessing of consistent work (a big deal when you’re self-employed!) and DR, chipped away at our one large debt (aka “garage debt”).
  3. Reined in our grocery spending, cutting our bill by more than $200 some months, but consistently slashing $125 that was able to go to the above-mentioned debt.
  4. Started this blog on a whim last February, wanting to have a place to spew all my opinions, ideas, and recipes- with pictures!

*We interrupt this recap for this important announcement:*

THANK YOU, readers, for allowing me this space and visiting regularly! I didn’t know your sweet comments and questions would bring such joy and laughter to writing and sharing on this blog…bonus! I seriously love you all and feel I’ve gained much more than I’ve given to all my “bloggy friends.”

*We now return to our regular programming…*

    I don’t know, there were probably more, but I didn’t write them down- no blog :-). These were the biggies.

Now, for 2010, here’s what we’ve (well, mainly me…I’m sure I’ll get The Writer on board!) been thinking and praying about in these four areas:

1. Financial

  • Step up the pace to eliminate the garage debt in two years.
  • Contribute more to a new-to-us car fund (we’re driving 15 and 20 year-old cars now…the time is coming when they will give up the ghost).
  • Continue refining the computerized budget system in order to “live like no one else” and give more.

2. House

  • Replace 15+ year old carpet (ugh!!) in living room with wood option- hardwood plywood? salvage? discount?
  • Tear off rotting deck and replace with a porch and hard surface patio.
  • Replace grody tile counters in kitchen with wood ones from IKEA.
  • Refinish original hardwood floors? (I know this probably will not happen, but a girl can dream, can’t she?).

3. Food: Explore ways to get more real foods* and still stay in our new $375 budget by:

  • look into bulk buying
  • try Trader Joe’s (with a list!)
  • look for local, bulk meats (1/4 cow, etc.)
  • finally get chickens (dream…)
  • research raising pigs

*I probably should explain this one, though I will go into details on a later post. I’ve been feeling increasingly dismayed at what I’ve allowed in our house this past year in the pursuit of a good deal. I mean, I never bought out-and-out junk food, but certain crackers, cereals, granola bars that had ingredients I never bought before found their way into the house so I could complete a really good deal. So these goals have grown out of these feelings.

4. Blog

  • Make the site more user friendly by including navigation buttons
  • Update the sidebars
  • Finish the Remodeling Series 😉
  • Begin an organizing series

Well, there’s lots more, but I won’t bore you with them now. :-)

I’d love to see your goals, if you’re making any- just leave a link in the comments.

If you have anything you’d like to see on the site, please let me know…I love to hear from you.

Here’s to a Great New Year!






  1. says

    I know what you mean about yucky tile counters! We are renting our house and the counters are white tiles with white grout. Well, the grout isn’t white unless I bleach it!

    It’s so gross! Who thought white tiles with white grout was a good idea for a kitchen counter?! Some man who has never touched a pot in his life I bet.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts in the new year.

  2. says

    I have written my home projects for 2010 goals but I find it hard to list everything in other areas. There’s too much goals to write down, ha! I do think listing the goals is very beneficial. I like list-making too!

  3. Tracy says

    I live in Springfield. We picked up 6 chickens last year and it’s one of the best these we’ve done. I’ve always wondered while looking at your blog why you didn’t have chickens!

  4. Tracy says

    Oh yeah….what do you use to track your finances? I’m still a paper and pencil gal and am intimidated by accounting software.


  5. says

    I’ve enjoyed your recipes and encouragement the past few months. I found a card with your blog on my fridge when I moved into our new rental on the Oregon Coast. :) Looking forward to Organization Tips!
    Blessings to you in the year to come!

  6. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Laura- I feel for you with the tile counters- I hate them!

    Jacki- I could go on and on too, but I don’t want to get overwhelmed, so I prioritize. :-)

    Tracy- Ah chickens…one day! And we are complete idiots when it comes to accounting softwhere. If it weren’t for my SIL who came and set it up for us, we’d still be pen and pencil. She just used an excel spreadsheet (actually, our free knockoff) with the catagories we used. Sorry I can’t be more help there- it’s certainly not my gifted area. :-)

    Pebblekeeper- WOW! You’re the renters. :-) It was sure fun seeing your photos on your lake blog- our dog does the same as yours! Glad you are enjoying its beauty. Thanks for reading!

  7. Jenelle says

    Great goals for the new Year Jami!

    I know what you mean about being tempted by the deal. It’s hard to pass up really easy to prepare really cheep food. That’s one of the reasons I ove your blog so much. You always make REAL food, and I am looking forward to a new year full of new recipes.

    Are you continuing with the cookies from the cottage series? Or are you cookied out from Christmas? I was really enjoying it.

  8. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Thanks, Jenelle- I really appreciate you! And yes, there’ll be more “cookies.” I’ve got quite a few more to share…

  9. says

    Jami, my husband and I refinished our hardwood floors ourself last year. We got a quote from a company here in town for $5,700.00 The total for materials and rentals after we did it ourself was just under $1,300.00 It is a very detailed job, but not that hard. If you want any info on where we rented the equipment from, just e-mail me!

    Good luck with the house this year, I have a list like yours for my own home!

  10. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Coupon- Whew-talk about your savings! Thank you, for the info. We have refinished floors, too, but in our other house that was in a different city, so when it comes time, I might be emailing you. :-)

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