Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Years "Aspirations"

Every year, I come up with a list of things I want to do throughout the year.  In 2010, I decided to keep it simple and had only 3 things on the list.  They were:

  1. Lose 25 lbs  (I failed at this one, by the way.)
  2. Pay off all debt except for house (another fail, but we are close to paying off Todd’s vehicle and then only $7600 left on his credit card.)
  3. Read at least one financial book each month (yet another fail.  I DID read a lot more in 2010 than I have ever read.  I read several financial books, because I enjoy those types of books, but now that I am a blogger, I have been reading books for several different publishers for their Book Review programs.  So I read many more than 12 books in 2010, but not all financial books.)

2010 was a year that I decided would be MY year.  After being so ill in 2009, I wanted to live life to the fullest, and to be honest, I think I did pretty well with it.  It was a great year for me.

I have been pondering my 2011 “New Years Aspirations” and came up with a lot more than just 3 things.  So, here they are:

  1. Become a Godly woman (daily devotionals and attending church regularly!)
  2. Spend more time with friends and family (make more of an effort)
  3. Lose 24 lbs (that’s just 2 lbs a month)
  4. Read 24+ books of my choosing
  5. Pay off the rest of our consumer debt, build a 3 month emergency fund of $6,000 and start investing in a Roth IRA
  6. Have a will made up
  7. Get both business’ up and running
  8. Make at least 1 crock-pot recipe every week
  9. Grow enough produce to be self-sufficient as long as we can throughout the year (can and freeze as much as possible)

What are your aspirations?


  1. Very good goals, Meg! I know you will do it! I'll be praying for you!

  2. I failed at losing weight this last year. Okay, I accidentally lost 10 lbs.
    1. I need to keep that off and lose another 50 lbs.
    2. Somehow, find the funds for materials for a raccoon-proof home for my three hens so they can sleep somewhere besides my den at night.
    3. Work harder at decluttering no matter how bad my back and knee feel.
    4. Finish a sewing project that is faltering and sew more this year.

  3. Linda, those are great "aspirations!" If you want, we can work TOGETHER on the weight loss. And to be honest, I am a bit nervous about raccoons and the chicks I will be getting in a few months. That's how our neighbor lost all dozen of hers...and they were in a cage. The Raccoon got in every time they figured out where it originally got in - it'd make another way to get in. I also need to declutter...ALOT! And sew. :-) Sounds like we're on the same page!