Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year's Resolutions 2011

Okay, so I have been thinking quite a bit about this. I have decided that I want to make some resolutions for this year. So here comes my list...

  • Lose weight. I want to lose about 60 pounds. I weighed myself just after Christmas 2010, and at this exact moment, I am already down 9 pounds. But this goal is from what I weigh right now. So, the 9 pounds I have already lost is not included in this amount. Darn! :) We also plan to either purchase a gym membership or a stationary bike to use at home for when the weather is non-compliant for outdoor exercise (and for me to be able to work out on my night's off as well).
  • Eat meals at home at least six nights a week. I will keep an updated list of what we have on hand and create a menu each week.
  • Start creating a savings pool. With income tax return next month, we will be all caught up on all of our bills. I actually have created a bit of a savings pool already. Two paychecks ago, I had $100 left when I got my next check. Now, I am coming up on my next check and I have my initial $100 left over plus an extra $100. If I could continue to put away $200 a month, that would equate to $2600 every year. And when you take into account interest paid on that as well, it's a nice sum, and a good place to start.
  • Organize the house. I want to have the house organized and decluttered to make it easier for Hubby to keep up with the housework. I have been the one home full-time and I know how hard it can be to maintain the house when it's so full of stuff. What I would like to do is spend time on each of my days off from work and get rid of excess clutter around the house.
  • I want to start attending church every week, or at a minimum, the weeks that I don't have to work on Saturday night. The kids have Wednesday night church group every week during the school year, so they also have that. Our biggest challenges to regular church attendance has been Boo's inability to stay engaged in the classroom. It's not so bad during church because there are two teachers available. But for me to be able to attend Sunday school, Natty has to stay in Boo's classroom with him. However, since Boo has started school, maybe Sunday school would be easier. We'll just have to try it out and see if it will work.
  • I also want to start up my knitting business again. More as a hobby-type business. I don't want to get it to the point where it stresses me out or to the point where I can't make things for my own kids because I am so busy making things for customers, but I'd like to have enough business to keep it interesting and to offset the cost of the yarn for my own personal projects.
  • I have a Tupperware business and I'd like to hold an open house or a party about once every other month. Once again, nothing to overwhelm me, but enough to have fun with it and generate some extra income.

I think that sounds like a good amount of resolutions. Wish me luck!

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