2012 Goals: A Quick Recap and Looking Forward

I set goals in three areas last year- Home, Financial, and Blog. Writing them down really did help to keep them in my mind.

Mainly as I realized some were just not gonna get done. Sigh.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet (I’ve got to get some new stuff published for you!) 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.

Home:

  • 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!


So, for 2012:

  1. 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.
  2. Chicken coop…chicken coop…chicken coop. Please??
  3. Ikea should have those counters in, so as soon as we can figure out the timing, the kitchen will be updated.
  4. My word for 2012: 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.

Financial:

  • 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.

For 2012:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Save to pay cash for our spring break family vacation to Arizona (we’re halfway there).

Blog:

  • 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?

For 2012:

  1. I really, really, want to move to WordPress. Will this be the year?
  2. There will be indexes this year, I promise! And better navigation, too.
  3. I’ve got a couple ideas for ebooks- my goal is to make the time a priority to work on them.
  4. 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!

-Jami

Comments

  1. Love your blog Jami! Thank you for keeping on. You’ve given me so much inspiration and information. Here’s to a great new year! (I am going to return to my blog too!)

  2. Hi,
    I’ve awarded your blog the Versatile Blogger Award!
    Stop by my blog to receive it!

    http://learningtable.blogspot.com/2012/01/la-las-home-daycare-graciously-bestowed.html

  3. The Sage Butterfly says:

    You have certainly done a lot. We have lists like that as well. It is so nice to mark things off. I like your blog and really don’t have any suggestions. Happy new year!

  4. I love your garden posts/updates!!! I would selfishly like more on your garden…but I think your blog is a nice mix of everything you’re passionate about. Happy 2012.

  5. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Dorothy- So glad to know you like the garden posts- I aim to have one garden post up each week when the season starts, and some before that to get us ready and inspired (which I love about the TGP, too!).

    -Jami

  6. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Shannan- I saw that in my reader- yah!! I look forward to your comeback and TGP participation. :-)

    Learning Table- Thanks so much!!

    -Jami

  7. Wow! Those are some serious accomplishments and some great goals for the new year. Good luck.
    Jealous that you are going to have a chicken coop; not allowed in my area.
    Stopping by from Learning Table. Congrats on the blogging award.

  8. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Abby- Sorry about you not allowed chickens- boo.

    Thoughts- I’m scared, actually! But I’ve been wanting to move for two years, and I think I just need to do it- I’m trying to get my husband to hold my hand and help…when that happens, I’ll jump. ;-)

    -Jami

  9. Chickens….yes! You will love them….and the wonderful fertilizer they will provide you with. I was surprised when I started reading your blog that you didn’t have chickens. As for what I would like to see here at An Oregon Cottage???? I think you are doing a great job and can’t think of anything to add…….I love it as is!

  10. Wow, I always feel so overwhelmed with the amount of work I have to do to get a company off the ground, kids, home, etc. Then I see all the things you and a few other gals have accomplished and set as goals and I’m inspired again! Thanks for being such a positive influence. I appreciate you!

  11. Thoughts for the day says:

    Your blog is awesome and since we both live in Oregon it is even more wonderful. I am amazed at your creativity and your energy to can and preserve all that on the right side of this blog is a great tribute to your wanting to be natural. Keep writing and I will keep reading.
    Good luck with the transfer to a new blog site, I am not that brave.

  12. I moved my blog from blogger to WordPress in July. My blog was only 6 months old so I didn’t have a lot to lose. My html savvy brother in law helped me (did it for me). I found him a lot of documents from Blogging with Amy and googling. He had never done it before, but it went very, very smoothly! I love WP, but there are some features I still haven’t taken the time to figure out – like Google AdSense. Got to get on it.

    Chickens are on my list, too!! But first we have to move. ;-) And that’s on the list, too. Hope you get your goals accomplished this year!

  13. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says:

    Tami- Thank you for your encouragement! Yes, the chickens are a small issue here at AOC- we moved to acreage in order to garden and have chickens…and here we are 7 years later. Granted, we had a lot of remodeling to do that took priority and the property did not come with an out building that was fully enclosed. But still…7 years? Ugh. :-)

    Sakura- Writing down goals is super helpful- I didn’t really do it before I started blogging and I really do accomplish more with the goals. Plus I’m inspired to “aim high” from others, too- even if I don’t make it. :-) Good luck with yours!

    Michelle- Yes, I love Blogging with Amy, too. Thanks for the info- so good to know it went well with you. And moving- whew! I look forward to seeing how things go for you this year. :-)

    -Jami

  14. I loved reading about your goals – including the ones that did not get done. You have inspired me to write down some concrete goals for 2012. But I doubt I’ll have the courage to post them!

    Can’t wait to see your ebooks!
    Gina

  15. Anonymous says:

    I haven’t been with you all that long and have only jumped around through the archives, but if you haven’t already written about this, I’d like to know any kind of companion planting you use. Mostly, I like being surprised by whatever is on your mind. This is a favorite spot for visits.

    l,
    brenda from arkansas

  16. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

    Oh, Gina you really should- you might surprise yourself at what you accomplish. :)

    Brenda- So glad to have you here, and thanks for the suggestion! I haven’t done anything with companion planting- that’s a good idea, I’ll put it on my idea list. :-)

    -Jami

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