Here are the things that are STAYING on the list (I've put them in bold).
1. Finances: Save Save Save! Jarrod and I have always been pretty good with our money but there is always room for improvement. We want to save but also want to live simple. Last year I got rid of texting, (which I miss dearly) this year we got rid of satellite and it was invigorating. It was one thing I wasn't sure we were going to be able to do but Feb 10th was our last day of satellite and we haven't missed it for a second. Okay, maybe I miss the DVR that went with the package but I manage without it. We also want to get rid of our trash service. We've been recycling for a couple of years now and we've gotten pretty good at it. Therefore, we don't make a lot of trash. Our trash pick-up is every wednesday and we usually forget to take the bin to the curb. We went 6 weeks once and our trash wasn't even over-flowing. I think we need to stop paying 20 a month and just take the few bags we do have to my parents house (Thanks mom and dad). I know what you're thinking...you have a baby! That's gross keeping all those diapers! Ha. we use reusables. Look at us being so green. :) Another thing under finances is Mint. Mint.com is a site that keeps track of all your finances for you. Jarrod found out about it from Time Magazine and I heard about it on the Today show. However, we've been signed up for about a year now and this year I'm making it a goal to really work hard at it. You can break down each of your receipts and keep track of absolutely everything you buy. It also shows you your spending trends, gives you suggestions on where you can save and sends you emails or texts (if you get texts) when you are reaching your budgets in specific categories. I foresee this really helping us.
2. Make more things on my own...Laundry detergent, (once I use up all my tide detergent I bought with coupons last year) baby food, hair bows, spices and cards. There is something about making your own stuff that is so satisfying. I feel very accomplished and challenged when I make something useful. I get so inspired and motivated from people who make their own stuff on a site called Etsy. So, I'm going to try it out for myself.
3. Garden. We've had a garden for the past two years and it's been Jarrod who has taken care of it. I'll go out there some to pick a few things but Jarrod is the one who plants, waters and maintains it. This year I want to work hard in the garden. Since we'd like to save save save I need to make sure my garden is big and fruitful. This year we are adding herbs to the mix. My other friend Rachel helped me get six starters going...thyme, rosemary, dill, basil, cilantro, and oregano.
4. Figure out my career goals. (I'm not going into details on this one)
5. Read a book. I know what you're thinking...dream big right? Considering I haven't read a book since the Shack over a year ago, I don't see myself reading more than one book this year. I spend wayyyy too much time reading blogs. So at least I'm reading, right? I start my day reading at least 6 blogs and they all lead me to more and more blogs...ugh! I can't get enough.
Okay, well that wraps up all my goals for 2010. I was going to list the things that were nixed but this blog is long enough. Maybe next year I'll get to them. I'll keep you posted on my progress.