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Out With 2014 & In With 2015: My New Years Resolutions & Goals

As the saying goes, time sure does fly by when you’re having fun. Here’s a look back at my goals for the 2014 calendar year and the progress I made…
 
2014 New Years Resolutions & Goals
 
Personal/Health
  • Commit to a more healthy me in 2014 by taking Money Saving Mom’s 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge
  • Spend more time building up the relationships in my life with friends & family
  • Read at least 12 books (1 per month)
  • Eat less processed foods & replace them with fresh fruits and veggies
  • Remember to put myself first a little more often – I’m thinking long bubble baths & at home pedicures to get the ball rolling
Classroom
  • Try out one new educational technology each month of the school year
  • Use Remind101 to text students & parents about assignments and tasks
  • Start a ‘science buddies’ program with local elementary schools
  • Increase my use of lesson differentiation to reach all students at their own level
Financial
  • Continue with the Total Money Makeover Baby Step 2 – we’d like to pay off all debt except student loans & our house in 2014! All but $390 – definite progress.
  • Use Swagbucks to pay for 100% of Christmas 2014 (If you aren’t on Swagbucks, click the link & check it out!) I ended up only getting one Christmas present with my swagbucks – but it still helped save our family money
  • Use the cash envelope system & auto pay to take care of our household expenses each month
  • Increase our family’s bring home pay to gain more traction in our Debt Snowball
Blogging
  • Complete my first Guest Post
  • Continue to blog a minimum of 3 days per week
  • Offer a monthly giveaway/review on my blog
  • Reach 500 followers on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest (Check out our buttons in the side bar!)
  • Use Tomoson & BookSneeze to bring my readers fabulous reviews and giveaways
Household
  • Continue to seed our back yard to promote a more full, healthy lawn by the fall of 2014
  • Grow fresh produce in my new vegetable garden
  • Install an exterior door in our garage that enters into a small dog area outside
  • Continue painting and decorating our house – I’d like to complete our master suite this year We painted our master bedroom, but still haven’t picked colors for the bathroom.
  • Improve the organization of our basement & garage
  • Have a garage sale to declutter
  • Build a DIY computer desk for our office area (Here’s my inspiration)
  • Purchase paver stones for our walkout patio
  • Stain our deck



Overall, I think we did a great job in 2014. It makes me feel motivated for 2015! Here’s the list:

2015 New Years Resolutions & Goals
 
Personal/Health
  • Commit to a more healthy me in 2015
  • Spend more time building up the relationships in my life with friends & family
  • Read at least 12 books (1 per month)
  • Remember to put myself first a little more often
Classroom
  • Continue to work towards improving my classroom management
  • Attend at least one motivational professional development conference
  • Work to meet my PGP Goals
Financial
  • Continue with the Total Money Makeover Baby Step 2 – we only have $390 left to pay off before the only debt we have remaining is student loan debt
  • Use Swagbucks to earn money towards Christmas 2015
  • Increase our family’s bring home pay to gain more traction in our Debt Snowball
  • Attend Dave Ramsey’s FPU class again to increase traction & motivation
Blogging
  • Continue to blog a minimum of 2 days per week
  • Continue to write content meant to help working moms live a better life
  • Create a editorial calendar with a regular schedule of post types
  • Continue to offer reviews & giveaways of products on my blog for my readers
  • Reach 2,500 followers on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest (Check out our buttons in the side bar!)
  • Reach 500 YouTube subscribers on our new channel
  • Grow our email subscription list to 250 subscribers
Household
  • Continue to seed our back yard to promote a more full, healthy lawn by the fall of 2015
  • Grow fresh produce in our vegetable garden
  • Install a doggy door in our garage
  • Paint our master bathroom
  • Start planning the layout of our basement – we hope to start working towards finishing it over the next two years
  • Build a DIY computer desk for our office area (Here’s my inspiration)
  • Install remaining paver stones in our patio area
  • Insulate our garage
  • Install a storm door on our front door
  • Install a magnetic screen on our back door
  • Clean & restore my grandmother’s hope chest
  • Service our lawnmowers for spring/summer
  • Set up the pool table in our basement
  • Install a peep hole in our front door
There it is… our 2015. Whew – it’s a long list, but I think I’m up to the challenge. What is your list like this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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