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Final 2010 Goal Update

I pretty much fell off the wagon with goal updates in the latter part of this past year. In fact, my last one was in August. Whoops.

I felt like I should write an update even though the year is now officially over, so here I am. I still need to ponder how exactly I’m going to approach next year’s goals, and depending on how that goes, I might post about that later today or maybe tomorrow.

Or maybe not until Monday.

How’s that for specificity?*

*specificity is my most favorite word in the whole entire world simply because it is so much fun to say**. I purposely use it as much as is humanly possible. It’s so bad that when our pastor used it in a sermon, my children all looked over at me and grinned.

**reciprocity is a close second. But it is harder to find appropriate places to use it in a sentence.

1. Eat non-cereal breakfast 4 days a week and eat more fruit at breakfast

I fell off of the wagon with this some during the month of December, but I wasn’t a complete failure….we ate more cereal than usual, but our breakfasts weren’t 100% cereal (to be clear, I don’t consider a Caramel Monkey Bread breakfast to be a triumph. Delicious? Yes. Healthy? Um, no.)

We have been eating quite a bit of fruit in the way of clementines, grapfruits, and bananas. There’s definitely not as much wonderful fruit available at this time of year, though…how I miss the peaches of summer!

2. Save for a replacement van.

I have a really happy update here. My goal was to get 30% of my goal saved (I thought that might be a reach), but I’m happy to say that my van fund is now sitting at 35% complete! Yay!

Depending on how things go this year, it’s possible that my account will be fully funded by the end of 2011, which would be super-duper fabulous.

3. Buy more organic, local food.

I’m doing pretty well here…I bought a quarter of a cow from a local farm and I also bought several pounds of breakfast sausage from them. I’ve been buying unpackaged local chicken at the local organic store too.

Local produce is sort of a problem these days because farmer’s markets and produce stands are closed and it’s certainly to cold to grow anything in my back yard. We are still eating some homegrown and local produce that I froze, and we still have plenty of freezer jam, which I made with local fruits.

4. Keep Quicken updated once a week.

I can’t say that I’ve managed to do this once a week, but I can tell you that my Quicken files are all updated as of right now, and that’s better than the usual.

I’m pretty sure this goal is going to have to stay on my goal list for the third year in a row, which is good for my humility levels.

Ok! So, stay tuned for my new goal list which is coming….sometime.

P.S. I am feeling much, much, much better today. Still coughing, and my head hurts when I bend over, but mercy of mercies, the achiness is gone. Woohoo!

P.P.S. Did you not even know that I was sick? Well, you must not be keeping up with me on Facebook or Twitter. I share important* information like the state of my health at those places.

*by which I mean, “not important”

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Saturday 1st of January 2011

I need to budget better, eat better and get more work done. You have great goals too.

E. Ryan

Saturday 1st of January 2011

Totally off the point, but your comment about 'specificity' reminded me of something. My boyfriend uses the phrase 'as it were' all the time, and it seems to be catching. On more than one occasion the pastor of our church has used the phrase, and I can guarantee that any time he does the friends we sit with sneak a glance over at Zach!

I've been following your blog for a few months now, but this is my first hello. Happy new year! :)


Saturday 1st of January 2011

Oh, I love it when people de-lurk! Yay!

Tina (Tightwad Mom)

Saturday 1st of January 2011

Happy New Year! I am working on some of the same goals as you. After my daughter's (she's barely 15) emergency gall bladder removal last week, I realized that even though I cook fairly healthy meals it's time to eliminate as many preservatives and "Dirty Dozen" foods out of our diets as possible. We have also had a rash of huge medical bills this year, so I am planning on rebuilding our Emergency Fund. Thanks for your fabulous and relevant posts. They have really helped me keep focused.


Saturday 1st of January 2011

Happy New Year Kristen. I have now been reading your blog daily for an entire year. Thank you so much for all the inspirtion and motivation you have given me this last year. I'm excited about the coming year, having set myself goals which incorporate a lot of what I've learned from you. Here's to another year of fabulous blogging! :)


Saturday 1st of January 2011

It's an anniversary of sorts! lol And you are very welcome...I'm delighted that my blog has served you. :)


Saturday 1st of January 2011

I'm not making yearly goals, I'm taking baby steps and working on one thing and then adding more as I accomplish each step. I have chosen a word this year, which is "Beautify", and every step I take will to be beautify myself and my family from the inside out and our surroundings. Eating healthier is my first goal. I've blogged about it and will continue to do so if you want to check up on me. :-)

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