Wednesday, January 2, 2008

13 Greats In 2008

I can't think of a better way to complete the first Thursday Thirteen of the year than with a list of things I want to accomplish in 2008. I'm thinking that by posting them maybe I could come back at the beginning of each month and update on how I'm doing on them to that point and that maybe, just maybe, that will help me actually accomplish them. I'm going to write them as if they have already happened. You know...that whole "visualize it as already done makes it more likely to happen" theory.

In 2008, I...

1. ...became adept at making and adhering to a monthly budget. Because of this, we have a small emergency fund started in a savings account and have paid off much of our credit card debt.

2. ...continued to play the Grocery Game, saving our family several thousand dollars this year in groceries, bath/beauty, and household items. I've saved extra by keeping on eye on the Grocery Game's message boards for good deals on other items we have needed/wanted and Christmas gifts purchased early.

3. ...lost not less than 25 pounds and as much as 55 pounds depending on when #4 happened, if it happened.

4. pregnant with our fourth child but not before July and not after November. (If we have another child, he/she cannot be born during the months of December, January, February, March, or September!!!)

5. ...found a homeschooling routine that works well for us. In fact, our routine was in place and worked so well, we were able to maintain it even though #4 happened.

6. the house picked up, got the clutter removed, and been able to maintain a cleaning routine that keeps the house looking decent. My routine was in full swing and working well before #4 happened because I tend to get very sick when pregnant.

7. ...created a menu plan that I enjoy cooking, enjoy eating, and assists in the weight loss goals. The menu plan worked so well that we've reduced the number of times we eat out significantly so that we now enjoy eating out as a special occasion rather than an ordinary thing.

8. ...studied the Bible daily (school days) with my kids as part of our homeschooling routine.

9. ...found time each month to work on organizing, printing, and arranging our photos into nice-looking scrapbooks.

10. ...found time each month to knit or crochet. Because of this, I've completed several of my unfinished projects.

11. ...spent 15 minutes each day, at least 5 days a week, practicing the piano.

12. ...begun taking taekwondo classes with my son. Because of this, I've improved my balance, strength, and confidence. My fears have decreased because I feel more able to defend myself and my children against strangers who may seek to harm us.

13. ...beaten my husband in a game of Madden 2008 on the Game Cube ; -P

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It's easy and fun!

1 comment:

Shadowfur said...

She amost DID beat Daddy.......once. ;-)