My Blog New Year Resolutions and goals!

Yikes, this post has been hard to write!  I love New Years Resolutions, but I like them to be specific so that I might actually be able to keep them.  Vague resolutions do not work well for me.  It is also great to be held accountable (hence writing this post).  So here it goes!

My Blogging New Years Resolutions

  • I want to write more series type posts.  I did quite a few of those at the start of last year and they are fun!  I am planning on doing one on each of the topics in my eight work at home opportunities post.
  • I am going to be doing a design change/update on Little People Wealth.  I like to “freshen” up the blog at the start of the year so now is the time to do it!  This one is going to be pretty major and I am excited about it.  Along with the design change I want to re-vamp the organization of the blog so things are easier for you to find!
  • Get involved in more carnivals.  This is one of those things that I dropped last year as I got busy.  They are fun to be a part of though.  Since all goals have to be measurable I will make a simple goal of at least one carnival per month.
  • Start another blog!  I have been wanting to do another blog since the start of last year, but it hasn’t come together yet.  I would love to start one on planning a frugal wedding.  As the oldest of eight, I have a lot of experience now with how to get the best deals for a wedding without sacrificing the things you want.  Hmm, measurable…  I would like to have the blog up and running by May of this year and traffic of 200 page views or more a day by December of this year.  I will have to write mini goals for myself in order to reach those landmarks.

Financial Goals

  • I am turning 30 this year!!!  That is a big marker for my retirement goals.  I want to have double our current yearly budget in our retirement accounts (mine plus hubbys) by September of this year.  I actually figured that amount using tons of scenario calculators, but after all my calculator work it turned out that the amount I came up with was exactly two times what our annual spending is! 
  • At the start of the year we had 53% of our house paid off.  Ideally we would like to put the house up for sale in March.  If it does not sell then I would like for us to have it 67% paid off by the end of the year.
  • I don’t want to make selling the house a goal since I have little control over it.  But, I can make the baby steps goals.  We need to de-clutter every room, finish remodeling the master bathroom, and “super” clean by the start of March.  Then we need to contact an agent and have that part taken care of by March 15th.  I will write those out into smaller steps for myself.
  • Now that we are having our second it will soon be time to start an account for him.  I want that set up within 2 months of his birth and we will be putting the same amount in it each month that we currently put in our older child’s account. 

Personal Goals

  • I want to start writing a weekly menu each Friday.  It would make dinners much easier to plan!
  • Read one new book a month.  Hmm… this will probably be the hardest – I don’t know where I will find the time!

What are your goals this year?

    { 6 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Lucy postpartumillness.com January 12, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Nice list you have there. My goal this year is your slogan. Spend small to live large, its so true.

    Happy New Year.

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    2 Kendra & Tobin Kirk January 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    fyi, we were first time homebuyers and after 3 years of being in our house, we sold it by ourselves, no agent. It was really pretty easy to do. We ended up saving about $6,000 which was great since our profit was only $17,000. Just food for thought.

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    3 Kendra & Tobin Kirk January 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    fyi, we were first time homebuyers and after 3 years of being in our house, we sold it by ourselves, no agent. It was really pretty easy to do. We ended up saving about $6,000 which was great since our profit was only $17,000. Just food for thought.

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    4 Mommy Kennedy January 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Excellent goals and good luck with the house! Great that you have so much of it paid for!

    Here is my post on my Blogging Goals if you are interested!

    http://thefrugalkennedys.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-blogging-goals.html

    Yes, I agree that it was a hard post to write. You need to be honest with yourself and your readers!

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    5 erosser January 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I read your blog everyday, and I would love it if you would do a frugal wedding blog!!! I respect your thoughts and insight so much! My big resolution is to run a marathon and to not spend money on anything that's not an absolute necessity for 5 months.

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    6 LittlePeopleWealth January 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    You guys are great! I hope I can help you with your goal Lucy 🙂

    I think I might consider doing the selling it on our own thing if it wasn't for the timing. With the homebuyers credit expiring at the end of April I really want to get it on the market in March – but since that is also new baby time… Well, it is going to be a fun couple of months, LOL!

    I have been insanely focused on paying off our house. Well, that and my retirement account. If we ever want to go down to one income then I wanted to be comfortable with the amount I had in retirement (as in I could let it sit with very little deposits and it still would be a decent nest egg come retirement time). And, the house is the biggest debt bill we have – I would feel so free if it were paid off!

    I don't think I will ever be able to run a marathon – I am just not a long distance runner! It is a great goal though – as is the spending one – good luck! You should save a lot of money doing that. I do need that push to start the other blog. I think I would have a lot of fun with it (aren't wedding great), I just need to take the dive.

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