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2018 Goals Update: February

Original Goals Post
January Goals Post

Horse Goals

1. Take 6 lessons through the year. – 1/6 done, check!
2. Ride 3 new-to-me horses. – no progress on this, definite plans for the summer
3. Research 3 different retirement situations. – I haven’t done anything more in detail, but I have been mulling over everyone’s responses to my post about what questions to ask of retirement situations
4. Write retirement budget for Tristan. – I looked at my rough draft a little bit more
5. Reach goals for horse-specific income stream. (Primarily through Etsy shop.) – added a bunch of new things this week, though I need to devote some quality time to thinking about wholesale
Stretch: 6. Read and review 12 books about riding on the blog. – 1/12 done with a three part review of Brain Training for Riders

Financial Goals

1. Fully fund Tristan’s savings account (to $1,500) – CHECK! Now, the trick will be to keep this steady, barring actual emergencies. I have some plans for that that I hope will start rolling at the end of the month.
2. 50% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $7,500) – up to $4,750 and should start making real progress on this at the end of the month.
3. Track every purchase made in 2018. – I fell off this wagon a bit and suffered for it, but have already sorted out the mess and noted my first few March purchases.
4. Create 30 day wait list for any purchase over $25 (excluding groceries & emergencies). –done! and made my first purchase off my 30 day list: a new laptop. considering my old desktop is still running Windows XP, this was a looooooong time coming.
5. Pay off 50% of energy improvement debt. – we’ve paid off 19% of the total
6. Stretch: 75% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $11,250)

House Goals

1. Finish dining room (finish wallpaper, skimcoat lower half, plaster upper half, paint).
2. Finish garage in basement (finish strapping, put up drywall, plaster drywall, paint floor, clean out).
3. Finish upstairs guest bedroom (strip wallpaper, plaster, deal with ceiling, repaint).
4. Develop plan & budget for preserving mud room mural.
5. Build second raised bed, start seedlings indoors, can/process results of garden.
6. Stretch: Finish breakfast nook room (strip wallpaper, plaster, figure out heating, repaint)

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January Goals Check In

How has a month gone by already?!

Original Goals Post

Horse Goals

1. Take 6 lessons through the year. – first lesson of 2018 is scheduled for this afternoon!
2. Ride 3 new-to-me horses. – not yet; waiting until summer, probably
3. Research 3 different retirement situations. – I’ve sent a bunch of inquiries, and have received one answer so far.
4. Write retirement budget for Tristan. – I have a rough draft of a budget that’s going to need a lot more work.
5. Reach goals for horse-specific income stream. (Primarily through Etsy shop.) – this is going slowly, but I’m chipping away.
Stretch: 6. Read and review 12 books about riding on the blog. – first review coming at the end of this week!

Financial Goals

1. Fully fund Tristan’s savings account (to $1,500) – sitting at $700/$1,500
2. 50% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $7,500) – started the year with a car accident that dipped into this, so sitting at $4,600
3. Track every purchase made in 2018. – check for January!
4. Create 30 day wait list for any purchase over $25 (excluding groceries & emergencies). – check!
5. Pay off 50% of energy improvement debt. – we’ve paid off 16% of the total
6. Stretch: 75% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $11,250)

House Goals

The only goal I’ve worked on has been #2, in that I’ve reached out to a contractor to help, because goddamn I am not finding the motivation to do it myself.

1. Finish dining room (finish wallpaper, skimcoat lower half, plaster upper half, paint).
2. Finish garage in basement (finish strapping, put up drywall, plaster drywall, paint floor, clean out).
3. Finish upstairs guest bedroom (strip wallpaper, plaster, deal with ceiling, repaint).
4. Develop plan & budget for preserving mud room mural.
5. Build second raised bed, start seedlings indoors, can/process results of garden.
6. Stretch: Finish breakfast nook room (strip wallpaper, plaster, figure out heating, repaint)

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2018 Goals Post

Previously, I explored a new framework for setting goals. I looked at what three areas of my life would be in five years if everything went well, and laid that out. Here, I’ll set the first signposts on that five year journey: measurable, time-specific goals for 2018.

Horse Goals

1. Take 6 lessons through the year.
2. Ride 3 new-to-me horses.
3. Research 3 different retirement situations.
4. Write retirement budget for Tristan.
5. Reach goals for horse-specific income stream. (Primarily through Etsy shop.)
Stretch: 6. Read and review 12 books about riding on the blog.

Financial Goals

1. Fully fund Tristan’s savings account (to $1,500)
2. 50% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $7,500)
3. Track every purchase made in 2018.
4. Create 30 day wait list for any purchase over $25 (excluding groceries & emergencies).
5. Pay off 50% of energy improvement debt.
6. Stretch: 75% fund my overall emergency fund savings account (to $11,250)

House Goals

1. Finish dining room (finish wallpaper, skimcoat lower half, plaster upper half, paint).
2. Finish garage in basement (finish strapping, put up drywall, plaster drywall, paint floor, clean out).
3. Finish upstairs guest bedroom (strip wallpaper, plaster, deal with ceiling, repaint).
4. Develop plan & budget for preserving mud room mural.
5. Build second raised bed, start seedlings indoors, can/process results of garden.
6. Stretch: Finish breakfast nook room (strip wallpaper, plaster, figure out heating, repaint)

I’ll do monthly update posts much as I did last year, and in 2018, I am going to go ahead with my Finance Fridays plan, of posting monthly about some kind of financial horse goal for people to share along in.

I would like very much for this year to go better than the last.