Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2015 Goals, Revisited

I wanted to take a few minutes to look back at my 2015 goals today and see, overall, how I did.  Before I even write this post, I can definitely pinpoint a few areas where I struggled and a few where I did well last year (can't we all?).  But, overall, I feel like this list and writing my posts every month kept me so much more focused and goal-oriented all year.  It's definitely something I want to try again!

I'm not necessarily setting out goals for 2016 just yet - y'all know that we have a busy few months coming up, and I don't want to set myself up to fail before I even start.  I'm hoping to revisit some of our goals and set a few after we get in a routine with all of the life changes that are about to happen.

So for now, here's a look back at 2015 and how I did!

1. Have a downpayment for our home ready for January 2016. B  I don't know that we necessarily have a downpayment set aside and ready to go, but we are definitely in better financial shape than we were this time last year.  Noah and I have worked really hard to eliminate a lot of useless expenses in our budget (finance charges and recurring bills for things we weren't using, to name a couple).  It's so exciting to look back on what we spent in 2015 and see, slowly, all of those unnecessary expenses disappear.  That's allowed us to pay down a good chunk of debt (which is just as important to the process of buying a home) and have a better big-picture idea of what we can afford.

I don't think it's going to be an issue at all to be ready to build/buy in the few months after Jackson is born...that's the current plan.  I'm really happy with the progress we made financially last year, whether we currently have the money set aside or not.

2. Be more intentional with supplies in our home. A This is one area where I'll give myself a big pat on the back.  I've completely changed my mindset on what I need vs. what I want in all areas in the last year...that includes home supplies.  I've started using items up before I replace, working with what I have (especially in the cooking department), and (usually) only buying if there's absolutely nothing I can currently use in our home in that item's place.  It really is a mindset change - you have to train yourself to know the difference in need vs. want.  But I've totally changed the way I look at purchases now, and I'm proud of that.

3. Cook with less processed foods. B- Still a work in progress on this one.  I'll definitely say we're using a lot more fresh ingredients around here.  I go out of my way to read ingredient labels and typically will choose recipes that involve more fresh foods now.  But I'm not going to lie - once or twice a week I still use easy, nothing, not-so-nutritious recipes that I should probably steer away from.  But they're just so darn good and I have a toddler to feed...you've got to do what you've got to do.  Still an area where I want to continue to improve.

4. Get in shape. B  Well, considering the circumstances, I did okay.  I did really well the first few months of the year - I was eating well, exercising, and generally taking better care of myself.  Then this pregnancy happened and all of the morning sickness/required rest that has gone with it.  There wasn't a whole lot I could do as far as nutrition for a few months there (when all you want to eat/can keep down is an Icee and Sour Patch Kids for 3 months, nutrition just has to take a backseat).  And exercise?  I don't remember the last time I exercised if I'm being honest.  After our first trimester scare and my "stay off your feet" orders of the past few weeks, there hasn't been a whole lot of time for it.  But, considering I'm only up 27-ish pounds after a pretty rocky pregnancy, I'll call that a win!

5. Declutter.  B+ Again, considering the circumstances, not too shabby.  I think not introducing too much new "stuff" (again, going back to needs vs. wants) has helped a lot in that process.  We've really tried to take each room of the house and minimize what has to be there.  After we minimized, we organized in a way that was functional for our family.  Now if you saw my house right now you might not believe me - the baby stuff came down from the attic this weekend, so it looks like a Babies R Us exploded in our living room.  But I know we'll get there with these items too - it just takes time to prioritize and organize everything.

Now, on to an eventful and productive 2016!