The beginning of the year is imbued with hope and promise... even if things look grim. We can turn grim to our advantage by using it to generate momentum to get some serious good works accomplished. Making goals is an important first step - and at the end of the year, if everything has not been achieved, so what? More has been accomplished than if no goals were ever made at all. So here we go: My goals for 2009.
1. Save $XX thousand by end of year.
2. Pay down mortgage by $XX thousand by end of year.
3. Grow garden for spring, summer, and fall and plant blackberries and kiwis in the spring. Preserve the harvest as much as possible by canning, drying.
4. Renovate kitchen to allow two people to cook in the kitchen at the same time, add storage space, and increase ease of cleaning. This will give me more room for storing produce during the summer garden season and help me keep the kitchen neat and clean. We plan to keep the cabinets we already have in interest of frugality and being environmental.
5. Replace old carpet with wood flooring in kitchen, dining room, and front room. I consider this Peak Oil prep since I don't want to be vacuuming carpet when there is no electricity ;). Also I think carpet traps allergens.
6. Fitness! Walk - every day if warm enough. Yoga - twice a week. Lifting weights - once a week.
7. Start Riot 4 Austerity in 1 or 2 categories - starting yesterday, January 1st! :) So far we have been tracking the receipts, and I need to add them all up to see how far we have to go. I am troubled that the kitchen and floor renovations might make any reductions hard to achieve, but I will just see what I can do anyway.
8. Continue preparing for Peak Oil.
- Install solar heating panels in windows.
- Buy or make (really this means "Ask my Dad to make") solar food dryer by June.
- Help start Transition Town or Resilient Communities initiative in Oklahoma City.
- Learn how to make food - bake bread, make cheese and yogurt. Hopefully, without electric gadgets.
- Investigate keeping bees and chickens.
Ahhhrgggh! After writing it down, that looks like a lot! I know from experience that once I break it down into sub-goals and weekly to-do lists it will become a lot more manageable. No doubt the "Help start a Transition Town initiative" will spawn thousands of sub-goals all by itself. After that, I have to just keep plugging away. For example, this weekend we will:
- Order seeds.
- Call Horn Seed to see if they have blackberries locally.
- Order blackberries and kiwis.
- Look at finances (assets and liabilities) to see where we are now.
- Break down yearly savings and mortgage goals into monthly goals.
- Add up receipts for gas and consumer goods for the Riot from November and December.
- Look for places to find used home renovation products.
It seems like everyone is making their goals and resolutions right now. Do you have any you care to share?