Every year I've set goals here on the blog (you can see past ones here) and last year I set goals in three areas - Home, Financial, and Business. Writing them down really did help to keep them in my mind, so I would encourage any of you to think about setting a few doable goals this year!
However, I realized at about the 6-month mark that some were just not going to get done. Sigh.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet by giving a brief review of how we did with our goals from 2011 followed by what we'd like to accomplish this year in these same three areas.
Recap of 2011
- We officially got rid of all the carpet in the entire house! This was 7 years in the making- so a nice one to check off the list, let me tell ya.
- The back deck is gone- replaced by a much more usable space that includes a gravel patio, herb garden, and gazebo-like room (almost...).
- The kitchen update was started, but not finished. This however, was the fault of Ikea not having the counters we needed, so I take no responsibility for this one. *smile*
- No chicken coop (I know, *sniff*), no finished laundry room...but hey, we know what to put on the new list!
- Paid off our garage debt, making us debt-free but for the mortgage! That was a happy day.
- Both the Jeep replacement fund and the vacation fund have been growing. The Jeep is still hangin' in there and the vacation fund is helping our family take a trip to Arizona for spring break.
- Kept the food budget to $400- for the most part.
- We refreshed the blog at the beginning of the year, and had fun with a 2-year celebration. I managed to publish a couple of guest posts (one is even a regular gig!), and of course brought you more recipes, gardening ideas, DIY posts, and tutorials.
- What didn't happen were the indexes I really wanted to provide to make it easier to find things around here. And no ebook. Seriously, why haven't I found time for these things?
Goals for 2012
- Finish the laundry room, already! Actually, we have to re-do the floor, as my cream and green painted diamonds were not a good choice paired with a large dog.
- Chicken coop...chicken coop...chicken coop. Please??
- Ikea should have those counters in, so as soon as we can figure out the timing, the kitchen will be updated.
- My word for 2012 is: ELIMINATE. I'm going to go through each area of my house and try to look at everything with a new eye- an eye towards eliminating all the things I don't love, find beautiful, or know to be useful. I'm not talking clutter, here, either. I'll have more on this later this month- much more.
- One of the great benefits of freeing ourselves from debt was being able to give more this last year, so we definitely want to keep that up.
- Our next "baby step" is the six-month emergency fund, which we've been working on. When that's done sometime this year, we need to up our retirement funds.
- Save to pay cash for our spring break family vacation to Arizona (we're halfway there).
- I really, really, want to move the blog to WordPress. Will this be the year?
- There will be indexes this year for recipes and projects, I promise! And better navigation, too.
- I've got a couple ideas for ebooks- my goal is to make the time a priority to work on them.
- I worked hard on improving my photos for the blog- I want to continue to improve in this area, since they are important to almost every post I write.
I'm also starting to put together some series ideas for the year as well, in addition to more "Back to Basics" posts. And what I'd really like to know is:
What would you like to see here at An Oregon Cottage? What areas would you like to know more about, or seen broken down into steps. I absolutely love hearing from you guys and have learned great tips and ideas from you as well- you all have enriched my life more than I ever imagined when I started blogging!