January 1, 2014

Making Goals for the New Year

I'm always a little put off by New Year resolutions. I don't see why we need this day to decide to make a change. Plus it seems too committal, and no one likes to let herself down. So instead of resolutions, I'm going to lay out a few goals to look forward to.

January: No fast food (including take out). I had my fill of convenience food while we were on vacation this month, time to get back on track. It's easier than it seems...right?! Also, I want to make a big batch of handmade birthday cards so everyone gets something special (not store bought) this year.

February: Test 4 new cake recipes. This may be in preparation for my Bestie's birthday in March...perhaps.

March: Get that garden started. Last year I waited until May and I didn't get carrots for 7 months. I want such an amazing garden this year that I have to pawn of baskets full of goodies to other people.

My 2013 garden

April: Hop on that treadmill! I want to clock 16 miles this month. Implement 2 meatless meals each week.

May: Reconnect with a lost soul. In 2013 I reconnected with my sister whom I hadn't spoken to for nearly seven years. I felt like I had accomplished something for the first time in a long time and we picked up right where we left off! Also, grill grill grill!

June: Focus on garden-to-table. It's so rewarding to eat the fruit you've grown yourself and I plan on doing just that!

July: Survive off of the pantry & fridge. No grocery shopping this month. I'll have an allowance for milk and eggs.

August: Learn when to say 'no'. The beginning of the school year is always packed with people hitting me up for my time. Between Girl Scout volunteering, PTO charity, and the middle of work's busy season, I need to know who can get by without me this year. Also, plan out an awesome breakfast plan with tons of variety.

September: Sandwich-free school lunches. I let my daughter pick out 1 school lunch a week, so that leaves me 4 lunches to make that don't involve sandwiches. When she was in day school I dabbled in bento box style lunches and had a lot of fun with it, so I hope to reignite the lunch imagination I left behind.

October: Actually carve a pumpkin (hopefully one from my own garden this year!). I always seem to let time slip by and before I know it, Halloween leaves us with un-carved pumpkins. Not this year! Also, make a rockin' Halloween themed cake.

November: Clean out the closets and toy chests. I want to give as much stuff as possible to Goodwill. This serves a good cause and makes room to end the year clutter-free before I'm tied up in the holiday rush. Also, make cranberry sauce from scratch.

December: I have wanted to make holiday treat boxes with candies and cookies to mail off to family across the country for the past 5 years. This year I'm going to make it happen!

In other news, I will be celebrating my 30th birthday this year and I want to do a 30 before 30 list. Yes I'm one of them, and I've been looking forward to this for years! Have you ever done a 30 before 30 (or anything similar)? Throw some ideas at me, I'm still looking for some unique inspiration.

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