Saturday, February 2, 2013
I did pretty well with my January goals, thanks to Carla's challenges at my half dozen daily. It is a great blog and if you are not a follower, you should be! So I guess it is time for February goals since it is already the 2nd of the month. I just have to say, I stink at new year's resolutions. I have never kept one in my life. I am more of an instant gratification type of a person and there is nothing instant about waiting 365 days!
This year I decided to do monthly goals instead. These goals will help me keep on track and make sure that I get something done! If I fall short in some areas, at least I am moving forward and being productive. I only missed a couple of things on my January list, but I found that I did some big things that weren't on my list as my priorities shifted. I set a goal of losing 10 lbs and only lost 5, but the truth is, I wouldn't have lost any wothout the goal. So here we go!
Lose 5 lbs
Get a vacation house rented for our disney trip later this year.
Get our taxes done - it is so easy to put this off instead of getting everything organized and together. It would just be stupid to wait as I know we are getting a refund. Gotta get the refund in the bank earning a measly .75% in interest - groan! I remember earning 13% as a teenager on my cd's!
List a few items on Etsy - I opened a shop last month, but haven't gotten around to listing anything yet.
Big Cleaning - Spring Cleaning Style!
We live in a very cold region with forced air heat. Therefore, we wait until it gets warmer to deep clean rooms with carpeting and upholstery.
Sewing Room Closet - this was on my list for January and I was so disappointed I didn't get it done!
General Craft Closet - let's just say it is an organizational nightmare. It will not be one of my finest moments when I take a before photo!
10 no spend days - I already had one yesterday.
Sock an extra $500 into our vacation account.
Continue with all of our automated savings. The goal is to increase what we save automatically instead of succumbing to lifestyle inflation. I prefer not to reveal the exact amount we save each month as people I know read this blog. Let's just say we work really hard at it. We are saving for retirement, college, a vacation, a new car and are increasing our emergency fund. We do all of these things on a monthly basis through automated savings. I have given amounts for some of these categories on this blog, but I don't feel that I want to put everything out there. I think that we save a good amount and I will just leave it at that.
Sewing - the fun list!
Sidekick Tote from Noodlehead - this was the other thing frommy January list that did not get done. This has a recessed zipper in the top of the bag which will be a new skill for me.
Divided Basket from Noodlehead - what can I say, the girl has great patterns. This should be a fun one.
Lucky Star Block of the Month from Don't Call Me Betsy. This BOM club has been my first crack at paper piecing and let's just say I am in love with the process! Se the first 2 blocks that I made right here.
Dress up some dollar store potholders - I am not quite sure where I am headed with this. I have seen some cute ideas on pinterest. It will be hit or miss, but there should be some fun along the way.
Finish the 4 Noodlehead Gathered Clutches I have cut out.
Make a Mickey or Minnie tote for our vacation later this year. I made an awesome one last year and gave it to my niece without taking a picture for the blog.
Make a Mickey or Minnie zippered clutch.
Make at least 4 pillowcases from this easy Missouri Star tutorial. I have made them before and they are fun!
Make at least 3 baby bibs.
I guess I better run and get sewing!