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:
- 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…
- 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”).
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!