I'm sad to see 2012 go but I'm so excited for what 2013 has in store for us!
I've shared multiple times (here and here) about our financial goals. Sharing them has brought me accountability, new friends to talk finances with, and most importantly-- keeps me organized. Which I'm obsessed with. :)
This year, I thought it would help me become more accountable if I posted my goals for the "world" to see. Maybe someone out there is also trying to achieve the same goals. We'll see! So please, feel free to comment or email me if you want to tag along in making 2013 the best year yet-- stress free, cleaner, whatever your goal may be.
Last year I read 12 books (1/month). And while that's nothing compared to some bookworms I know, it was all I could dedicate myself to.
This year, I'm determined to do the same (one book a month) but my new requirement is this-- the books must be thought provoking. One month I read Fifty Shades of Grey and I hated it. Some of my favorites? The Kite Runner, Running with Scissors, and A Stolen Life were ones I would definitely recommend.
So far for 2013 I have: The Last Lecture, The Well-Lived Laugh, Sergeant Rex, Two Kisses for Maddy, & UnMarketing. As far as the rest of the year? I'm stumped! Please leave some comments with some suggestions.
My husband is not a reader by any means, but he has promised he would read 6 books with me in 2013. Trust me, if you knew him, this is huge. The only catch is that they have to be books on finance. He said I could squeeze one in on marriage so I might. Totally fine with me. Two we're looking at are Complete Financial Guide for Young Couples and Smart Couples Finish Rich.
My MIL and I are going to read through the Bible in a year. I'm so excited accomplish reading the whole Bible and accomplish it with such a wonderful woman! This isn't what we're doing but you can check out this plan.
Read my daily devotions. This was a no-brainer last year (I have used this book for the past 2 years and recommend it) so I don't think it will be tough. For Christmas I got a fancy schmancy new devotional (From my MIL, she's the bomb) and I will definitely report on how it's going!
You can read a more in depth post about our finance goals here and here, so I'll be brief.
:: Continue our frugal journey and always remember the difference between wants and needs. (Ahem. That's not to say we don't spend money, because we do. We need to realize we are blessed as it is).
:: In 2013 we definitely plan to be more aware of saving for retirement. Part of N's salary each month will go into an account + the amount that automatically deposits to his Roth IRA, so we should be better off. I would really like to find a good book on saving for retirement at a young age to read with him, any suggestions?
:: And of course we will continue to live 100% off my husband's salary while using mine just for the house fund.
:: Someone once told me I will look back and miss the day to day life of our early marriage. Everyone captures photos of holidays and big events, but how many photos do you have of regular life? In 2013 I plan to be better about taking photos. Granted, I've only had my camera since June, so I'm still a major beginner.
:: Another friend told me to journal while my husband was away (read more about him coming home here). She said I would want to remember every little thing I did to keep me busy, every thought, everything I did. Not only did it keep me busy (I wrote almost a page a day. Okay, I skipped some days), but my husband loved reading it when he got home. He thought it was hilarious. So in 2013 I plan to continue writing in my journal. It brings me so much joy to look back a few weeks and read what we were doing. (Maybe one day I'll post about it).
:: This might fall under "marriage goals" but we are going to try to unplug a bit more. We are constantly on our phones/computers/iPads 24/7. Some nights we will go to bed, not talk, and sit on our phones. That cannot be healthy. So we are promising each other to limit the electronics. I know I sound like an old lady here..judge me. I will definitely keep you posted on how this goal turns out!
:: Post five times a week. After reading my site's statistics, you guys like when I post often! (Five Question Friday and Wordless Wednesday are a huge hit). My family/friends love our "daily life" posts and picture update posts so I'd love to post more of those.
:: Tweet more-- I love Twitter. Be sure to follow me because I'm quite chatty! :-)
:: Give monthly (or any) updates on how we're doing with our goals. I'd love to start up the weekly goals again, but I don't want to set myself up for failure. We'll see, though.
Okay, that's it! Feel free to share your goals/comment/Tweet/whatever. We need all the encouragement we can get. ; )
Happy 2013! xO