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Thursday, December 30, 2010

11 Goals for '11

Last year I made a New Years Resolution and I almost made it, so naturally, I decided that 11 goals would be reasonable for the next, consecutive year...haha. Some of these, I'm sure will get vetoed by the hubster, but hopefully, I'll actually end up trying them all and making several of them part of my life permanently!  I figure blogging about them will keep me accountable. completely random order, here they are:

  1. Start quilting and make at least one quilt.  I think this might be in my blood (thanks to Grandma).  I started out sewing with the intention of moving in this direction.  Very few things that I own are as treasured as some of my homemade quilts and blankets and it would awesome to have this little trick up my sleeve.
    This is the quilt I'd like to try!
  2. Start a vegetable garden (or just grow a vegetable).  I'd love to have a full-grown garden to delve into next year, but lets be real...maybe I should just start with some tomatoes first.
  3.  Read a Proverbs a day.
  4. Eat out no more than once a week.  We've actually been doing really well with this, unless we're home in Florence.  It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but I want to be more purposeful about it this year.
  5. Get rid of most of my clothes.  I realized this year that I only wear a fraction of the clothes I own and it's really overwhelming (I don't need 8 pairs of PJ pants when I only wear three).  I'm getting rid of at least half my clothes and whenever I get something new, I am going to TRY to get rid of a similar item (jeans for jeans, you know).  I figure, I pretty much rotate around 14 outfits that I really like anyway.
  6. Join and become active in a small group at our new church.  
  7. Lose 10 pounds (I know, I know...)
  8. Renovate our kitchen by the end of the year.
  9. Teach the boys how to serve others.  I would really like to set aside at least one day each month for specifically this, but it's really hard for me to come up with projects that a three and one year old can both participate in.
  10. When I think something nice (specifially about my husband), I want to make it a habit to say it, share it, or write it down for him to see.  
  11. Make less waste.  We've already taken steps in this department by eliminating paper towels, antibacterial wipes, and buying milk in glass jugs that can be returned, so this year, we'd really like to take this up a notch.  This might include making my own lotion and other bath/beauty products, as well as anything else that strikes me to try.  I'm up for (almost) anything!
So, I'm pretty excited about this year coming up.  2010 was good to us and we're going to make 2011 even better!


  1. I love this! I feel like these could be my 11 goals too! :-)

  2. I'm with Jessica on this one, although I did get my first quilt done just in time for Christmas. I have been wanting to buy this book for a garden this year
    Backyard homestead
    I have been back and forth on that too, should I just plant a tomato plant to test it out, but then somedays I'm pulling out a paper and mapping out a garden to fill our whole backyard!! :)

  3. So I was reading Jessica's blog and found my way over here. I love your goals! You could take your 1 & 3 yr old to visit a nursing home as a way to serve others. Even just walking around with them would probably brighten some residents' day. I'm also a little obsessed with eliminating waste, so here are some of my suggestions (let me know if you have any): use cloth wipes (SUPER easy) and could be done without using cloth diapers bc for pee they are not even messy; reusable shopping bags; don't pick up plastic bags in the grocery store or if you must, keep them and bring them back with you next time; wash yogurt containers and keep them on hand and send leftovers away in them; wash ziplock bags and reuse them. Cloth diapers :)

  4. Courtney, that's awesome! My grandma used to take Karen and I to visit nursing homes when we were little and it actually made us more comfortable around them when we got older. Thanks for bringing that up. That might be a good project for Valentine's Day:)

    Also, believe it or not, I've actually convinced Pack to let me buy a few CD's to try out with Jude. I realize that our diaper days are numbered (thank goodness), but I figure I'll get to try it out and I 'll know if I like it for future reference;) I'd love directions for cloth wipes. The reusable kitchen wipes are saving a ton of time and money...I think they clean better and easier than store-bought!