Saturday, January 3, 2009

2009 Goals

I'm now back after a little break - however, it was not the break I expected. Yesterday was one of the first days our family was able to get out of the house in a long time. We are thankful for being back on our feet after about 2 weeks of illness. Since Christmas, somebody in our family has either been sick or recovering. Not much fun, but we're on the mend now.

I thought I would share some of my 2009 Goals. Here they are, in no particular order:
  • Start Composting. I've been saving money for a compost bin since last summer, I think we're well on our way to giving it a try this year.
  • Join a CSA.
  • Join a Co-op. I've been checking out co-ops around town to see which one I like best. There are 2 near by that are relocating. After they relocate, I'll make a decision.
  • Minimize our stuff. Continue to clear out our house as we bring stuff in. For example, if I buy 1 shirt, donate 2 that I don't wear anymore.  I think we've got the "buy less" part down in our house, due to being a 1 income family.  Buying less was born out of necessity.
  • Get passports for the whole family. We don't plan on going out of the country this year, but I like to be prepared, just in case we win a trip to Paris (ha!) My husband and I let our passports expire around the time our first was born. I really miss traveling, so I think it's time to save up for this expense. Besides, traveling is a great way to open your mind and expose the children to new experiences.
  • Meet with a financial planner. My husband and I don't know much about financial planning. That's not to say we are bad with money, but we really don't know what to do with it beyond the 401k. Plus, we'll have 2 children attending college within 2 years of each other. That will put the squeeze on us down the road. This next winter we will (ahem) be officially getting on in age, so I think it's time to give this goal a go.
How about your goals this year?


Annie Jones said...

I like your goals! We've been composting for a few months now. If we decide to try a garden, we'll use it there. If not, we'll use it on "needy" areas of our lawn.

We aren't re-joining a CSA this year, because there aren't any physically convenient to us. Instead, I'll be taking the same amount of money I spent on the CSA last year and spend it at the local farmers' market. Not all the food there is organic, but it's still better than store-bought.

We have no need for passports, and I doubt we talk to a financial planner, but I'm all for minimizing our stuff around here.

Otherwise, I'd like to get our bathroom remodeling started (and finished) this year, and I'd also like to look into setting up a legal estate.

Lori said...

I'm definitely with you regarding the "stuff". I think most of us have so much more than we need.

Good for you with the passports! I think it is always good to be prepared. You just never know when an awesome opportunity may arise. Paris dreams do come true. Ha, ha!

My main goal is to stay in the moment this year. We are going to have a lot going on with making a transition from expat life to back home and I don't want to miss out on enjoying anything because I'm focused on the next step. Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

CSAs are great if you like to eat non-stop vegetables all summer long. The "problem" we had was it was too much food as our kids wouldn't eat half of it. And Fridge space? The other issue was never knowing what would show up each time, and then getting many greens and such that we didn't know how to prepare or use. It became time consuming. It always turned out what we could use wasn't there and we'd have piles of stuff we didn't want. When you spend all that money you don't want to throw the food away, and you hope you can have some choice. CSAs can be awesome for the right type of family...and not for others (ours).