Here we are in the month of December! Where has the year gone? In the midst of getting ready for Christmas I’m spending time on what my goals will be for next year. I’ll tell you if you ever want to accomplish your goals write them down and look at them every week! It sure helps!Goal Setting

1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make it secure.  Done! This was the first goal accomplished this year and I am so happy to have a secure website.

2. Monetize my blog. This is an ongoing goal and will probably continue next year. I have set up two affiliate accounts. You may be noticing links to my favorite items on Amazon. I’ve also teamed up with an amazing heirloom seed company, Mary’s Heirloom Seeds. As we head into the New Year I plan to focus more on this goal. How nice it would be to cover the costs of having a blog!Last week I received my first check from Amazon, it may not cover my monthly expenses but it’s a start. Thank you my readers for helping support my little blog!

3. Create a cookbook. This is definitely getting put on hold. This is the goal I will put at the top of next years list.goal setting, recipe box, recipes, prudent living

4. Be diligent about getting 10K steps in 5 out of 7 days a week. I’ve decided to change this goal to 3 out of 7 days a week! When the sun shines we do our best to get outside and go for a walk. We’ve been having some pretty nice weather lately although a little chilly! We are not missing all the snow they’ve been having in Vermont lately!goal setting

5. As we continue to prepare for our house sale, continue to de-clutterDONE!!

6. Read 25 books this year! Done! I’m still reading and this week finished Craig Groeschel’s book Divine Direction. It’s all about the decisions we make that change your life. I enjoy Craig Groeschel’s book, he writes very clearly with a sense of humor. I would definitely recommend this book!

7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead. My meal focus for the weeks leading up to Christmas is to eat healthy! Not always easy this time of year but it’s my goal. On the menu this week: Sausage Lentil Soup, Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Salmon Cakes!Sausage Lentil soup
8. Finish 4 knitting projects. Completed! Having fun wrapping the two scarves I made earlier this year. Also looking ahead to what projects I plan to complete next year. Knitting or quilting or both?  Two of my favorite books are Quick and Easy Projects for the Weekend Quilter and One-Skein Wonders. I may just pick my projects from these books!goal setting

9. Clean out our freezer. Done! I miss having our larger freezers but I am not planning on stocking up while we live in this apartment. Shopping is done for the week ahead and that’s about it!

10. Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see as often once we move to the west coast. Done! Looking forward to visiting family on the west coast in 2019. I have a cousin in British Columbia, she and her husband own the first organic brewery in Canada, (Crannog Ales) not to mention an amazing farm. I can’t wait to plan a trip to visit!goal setting

“The trouble with not having a goal

is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Bill Copeland


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