If I've learned anything from last year it is that you need to expect the unexpected! So many things happened that my head is just spinning. The other day I found this post with my 2013 goals and it just made me chuckle. Some stuff that was important back then seems just silly now - really, I cared about reading a certain amount of books in a year? Pinterest challenges? Haha... Our whole life was a challenge, and unfortunately, it had nothing to do with crafting or trying new recipes...
As we are about three weeks away from the beginning of the new year (now that's a scary thought), it was time for me - or my hubby and I - to think of some new goals. I have to be honest with you, I'm a little hesitant to create goals. Almost terrified even. There were just so many things we wanted to achieve that simply never happened for reasons that were beyond our control. I'm really not sure what the future holds...
But one thing I've learned even more this year is that it's important to be prepared. Yes, for both the expected and unexpected. We were talking about our financial goals mostly (even though there are many other ways how we need to be prepared). I really want to bif up our savings. My husband's new salary is a little higher than it used to be and we want to save most of the difference if not more. Actually we want to try and save $10000. It's a very optimistic goal (with an accent on VERY) and it's quite a bit more than that salary difference! But I think, with planning and a frugal lifestyle it can be done.
We don't want to save for anything specific. It might happen that a big chunk of it could go towards my Mom's treatment or my trip back home to be with her. If that's the case than we will be happy to have that money saved - so far she's been getting a lot of necessary drugs for free which is such a blessing. And we need to start thinking of a new car because Hubby's has 135000 miles on it and he uses it every day for work. But at the moment we just want to have enough savings for life's big and small happenings or to have a bit of piece of mind (and no, I don't rely on money in life but I believe that we need to do our part to help ourselves too and not just sit on the couch and expect blessings in life).
We still have smaller goals/desires/wants that we want to save for (like a new mattress or a small family vacation) but these are short-term plans and we will save as we go depending on where we are in life throughout the year. I would love to try to track our spending and savings even more than I do right now to keep us on track.
Did you start working on your goals for next year?