Sunday, December 31, 2017

Getting Organized for the New Year: Setting Goals

(Picture:  Christmas decor down, packed away and valentine decor up.)

Part 1 in this Getting Organized for the New Year Series can be found HERE, part 2 can be found HERE.

Goals give me a sense of direction, something to aim for and a roadmap from where I’m at to where I want to be one year from now.   I work off my goals list all year long and feel such a sense of accomplishment when I can mark an item off as completed.

Below is an ‘overview’ of my 2018 goals, my roadmap for 2018 if you will …

Pantry and Preparedness:
Budget and spend $25 monthly to purchase non-food preparedness items

Start the weekly $5 Pantry Challenge again  (This $5 is pulled from the grocery money each week and used for stocking up purchases and is not to be spent on the weekly groceries.)

Do a once-a-month 'freezer meal' cooking day (I really want to build up a supply of ready to thaw, cook and eat freezer meals.)

Take Bible classes at a ‘biblical studies school’
Daily Bible Reading
Continue to teach teenage girl’s Bible class and children's Bible class
Attend and participate in our church’s monthly ladies Bible book class

Learn how to do shadow work

Learn how to knit better  (I can do the very basics and that’s it! I'd really like to learn how to knit socks, but we'll have to see if that works out.)

Build Savings

Develop secondary streams of income  (This is where a lot of my focus is going to be this year.)

Health Goals 
Get back to a low-carb/ intermittent fasting way of eating

Blog more often

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is just an overview of my goals.  I have a very detailed, step by step goal reaching plan laid out to help me accomplish these goals.  Around the first of each month I will post a 'to-do' list for that month listing the things I want to accomplish that will of course, baby step me toward the overall completion of my goals by years end.  I hope you will join me!

This concludes my 'Getting Organized for the New Year' series, I  hope  you have enjoyed it.  I would love to hear how you get ready for the new year.

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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  1. Great list. I too wanted to make socks. I know how to knit basic things but don't enjoy it. I learned to crochet this year and have progressed well, but don't see socks in the future. I kept looking at those looms in the store but at Joanns and Walmart they were pricy. I have seen several plastic ones at thrifts, but they had no directions or accessory tools so I didn't know if I could manage. But I have seen the pieces at Walmart now. So I was ready to buy the next one I saw. I went into my favorite thrift and there was a super deluxe wooden loom, new in the box with all the pieces for $5. The same one at Joanns was $57. So today is below zero temps and my husband is going to help me get it out and figure it out. It looks fun. So watch the thrifts. There are youtube videos for using it. Also if you look on Etsy they sell handmade ones and a handy person could copy it. I'll let you know how it goes.

    1. Gloria, from what experience I've had with knitting, I think I prefer crocheting too but those socks keep calling my name so I'm going to give it a try! Please do keep me updated on the loom, I hadn't thought about looking for them at thrift stores, you're right, they are expensive! It's good to hear from you! Happy New Year!

  2. I like that you have a broad outline of your goals and then the more detailed plan of getting there.

    I have my broad goals set up but need to work out the details. But I also need to flex because I babysit my 2 year old granddaughter about 20 hours a week.

    Looking forward to hearing what your secondary stream of income will be. That is always wise in these un certain times.

    1. Cheri, I'm researching several options on the secondary stream of income, actually I want to have several! Will update as I travel this new to me road!

  3. I am horrible at any yarn crafts! I have tried for so many years that I am just going to let it go! It's not like I didn't try!

    I love having our freezer stocked with meals. I don't do a huge cooking day because it is overwhelming for me. I just make extra and freeze meals from that. My meat sauce recipe makes enough for 8 meals for us so we eat one portion and freeze 7. I will be restocking that this week since ground chuck is on sale and I prefer to use fresh meat for freezer meals. We just had the last Swiss steak from the freezer today so I will be on the lookout for the meat on sale to restock that. I also have found that a 13 x 9 size casserole can be put into 4 glass loaf pans and we bake and eat one and freeze three. I do lasagna and then cut into 12 squares. After the first meal I completely chill it and take out the squares and wrap each in plastic wrap and then place in a gallon Ziploc. It is great to be able to just pull out two squares and thaw them in the fridge for a meal the next day. Just some ideas. We eat a meal from the freezer 2-3 days each week and it really helps.

  4. Oh great, more blog posts to enjoy! I look forward to them :)


  5. Hi, Patsi!

    I noticed with interest that one of your goals is to learn shadow work. I've had this on my to do list for a few years now! lol! Maybe I'll learn this year, too! I have several of those pamphlet type "books" (you know the type, don't you? They were very big in craft shops in the 80's. They are a tad bigger than 8.5x11 with just four or five pages.) detailing the technique and with patterns. Might I send you one or two?

    1. Oh Jenn, that would be wonderful, I would very much appreciate receiving 1 or 2 of those pamphlet type books. Email me at pantrytalk at yahoo dot com and we'll work out the details! Thank you so much!

  6. Oh! One more thing! I would say I'm an average knitter. I'm a much faster crocheter. Socks have also been on my to learn list for about three years now. Maybe this year?! There's a very talented knitter in my needlework guild that has offered more than once to teach me. I'm just intimidated. By socks!!! lol! Jenn

    1. Jenn,I am intimidated by socks too but I really want to learn how so I'm going to give it a try!!!

  7. The Knit Picks website has some great tutorials including mittens and socks. Here's the first socks video.

    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage


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