Last year, I took part in 17 for 2017, but I cannot thing of 18 goals for 2018. Instead, I’m making plans for different areas of my life. I’ve actually borrowed the term ‘guidelines’ from the Quietwatercraft blog, as I really liked her philosophy when it came to goals and the new year. Basically, there will be no beating myself up if I don’t achieve them, they are just things I would like to aim for!
Continue last year’s goals of sorting through cupboards etc. on a regular basis, and also try to keep organised with paperwork. I hate paperwork, and filing, I really have to be in the right mood to do it, although it feels good once it’s all done. (I would definitely be fired from an office job!) I need to get better at letting things go, such as the clothes my daughter has grown out of which are cute but will never fit her again!
Try to plan days out together-too often Mr C gets a day off and we spend half of the day planning where to go! I also need to help my daughter prepare for going to school, especially in the fine motor skills department (and listening to instructions!)
Continue to lose weight, and find ways to get more exercise into my routine. Pretty simple really, in theory! I’m not putting numbers on it this time, I just want to do my best.
Now that I have a permanent job, I’d like to start saving on a regular basis. I also want to keep working on being frugal when it is appropriate, for example meal planning and keeping an eye out for bargains on items we need (kids clothes and shoes I’m talking about you!)
I’d like to expand my business more this year. I only decided to start it up in September, and quickly got involved in a craft fair, so I haven’t done much in the way of advertising or working on sales. I’m considering opening up an Etsy shop, and also hoping to have a range of ‘ready made’ products for sale rather than just custom orders. I’ve already signed up for an Easter fair too. Currently, I don’t work (my day job!) on Fridays so I need to make good use of my time and plan ahead so that it becomes a full ‘business’ day.
Branch out a little more with crops, including growing sweetcorn and probably brussels sprouts, as well as all of the things we grew last year. We also need to tackle the weeds more strategically, including laying weedproof membrane around the raspberries. We think a decent quality battery strimmer might help, as there are places the mower really doesn’t cope well with. I’d also like to order some nematodes to deal with the slugs.
I have a new Silhouette Cameo 3 machine which I would like to learn to use to enhance my cardmaking. I think I’d also like to sign up to some kind of course. I do enjoy studying (always have) and it would be nice to do a course that was for me rather than for work. I am keeping an eye on Craftsy for potential options.
My blog is quite important to me, so I’d like to keep posting regularly. I’m not going to try and ‘force’ posts though, as I would rather try and write quality material as and when ideas hit me so that I keep enjoying it. I also plan to improve on my reading of other blogs as I miss a lot of posts. If you have any suggestions/systems that work for you for making sure you get around all of your followed blogs then let me know. I currently follow the best part of 500 blogs and that is a lot of reading to try and do!
I think that’s all for now (apart from winning the lottery), but I may well add to/change/get rid of some of these as the year progresses. We also need to either get a larger house, or extend ours, so we will see whether or not that is something we can do this year. I didn’t include that in my list as some things are just out of your control-such as whether or not the bank says yes or no to a mortgage, and whether or not planning permission gets granted!
What are your hopes and dreams for 2018? Feel free to leave a link, as I haven’t made it around all of the blogs I follow yet this year.