Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 New Year Goals

Happy New Year! The new year is always a good time to set new goals. I have spent the last couple days thinking of things I would like to accomplish this upcoming year. I am sure there are more but here a few I have thought of.

1. Learn to sew. I have the machine, now I just need to learn to do it. My sister is awesome at sewing and anything crafty and has offered me lessons. Now I just need to find the time.

2. Start scrapbooking again. I used to scrapbook and I loved it. Again time is the issue.

3. Build up our emergency fund. My goal is to have 6 months of expenses saved. We had this done this year but used it all to pay for a basement remodel.

4. Eat more real food and less processed. I have expanded my cooking and have learned to make alot of things from scratch. I want to continue to plan meals at home and eat out less.

5. I have been thinking alot about milling my own flour. I have seen the Nutrimill and have contemplated saving my money for one and making my own flour. I haven't committed to this one yet but I have been strongly thinking about it.

6. I want to have a large garden again this year. I really need to thin out the strawberry patch which will take some time. I am hoping to can enough produce again to last the winter months.

7. Drink more water.

8. Spend less time worrying about the house and other little things and spend more time enjoying my family. Sometimes I have a problem sitting down and relaxing. I want to be able to feel ok about leaving the dishes dirty or the laundry unfolded and just enjoy spending time with my husband and children. (This is a big one for me.)

How about you? Do you have any goals for the New Year?

This post is linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.


  1. A few friends and I might be able to help you out with #2.

  2. I think my friend cathy and i are hitting up archivers free friday crops this year. she's very motivated to get jer's stuff done in time for graduation.

  3. Stef and I, along with a few other women, have "craft night" about every 3 weeks. If you're interested, let one of us know for sure and we'll give you the details on the next one.

  4. I love your goals...very inspiring! I was just telling a friend that I want to find a cheap sewing machine and learn, but we will see if that ever happens. My number one goal for this spring is to make/buy at least one rain barrel. I have the perfect spot that is fairly close to my garden. I also know someone who mills their flour and I am so intrigued, but again I haven't taken the plunge. Good luck and keep us updated!

  5. Tracy, thanks for the invite! I would love to join sometime.

    All About Us, thank you! We made our own rain barrels last year. It wasn't too difficult. You can make them so much cheaper than buying them. I did a post on ours or you can look it up on the internet. There is a lot of helpful articles/videos out there. Good luck.