Setting goals can help you to focus on improving your life. I like to set realistic and specific goals each year. By setting goals, I can work toward the improvement or achieving what I set out to accomplish. This year I’m focusing on 12 intentional goals.
Goal 1: Designate one day each month to make extra meals for the freezer.
In 2018 I changed employers and as a result, my commute doubled to an hour each way! Making meals ahead of time and freezing them is even more critical than it was before the job change. Freezing the meals will not only help provide nutritious lunches and dinners but will also free me up in the evenings to concentrate on other things like working out and stitching.
Goal 2: Create weekly meal plans that incorporate adequate amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium-rich foods.
I recently had a bit of a health scare that turned out to be more of a wake-up call then a problem with my health. A monitor that was not properly calibrated gave high readings for my heart rate and blood pressure when in reality my readings were normal. While I am grateful that my readings are normal, I realize that stepping up my meal plans to incorporate foods high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium (as recommended in the DASH Diet) will be beneficial to help maintain a healthy heart, blood pressure and cholesterol levels for both Dan and I. I’ll focus on creating meal plans that incorporate key foods rich in these micronutrients.
Goal 3: Eliminate store-bought bread, croutons, tortillas, and flours by learning to use our new grain mill and bread maker.
Dan and I decided to forego traditional Christmas gifts this year for each other. Instead we bought a grain mill and bread maker. Soon we will be able to make our own flours, bread, and other grain-based items at home. I’ve been reading about the benefits of grinding your own whole grains and can’t wait to start this journey!
Goal 4: Plant a garden.
In central Pennsylvania, we had our second wettest year on record in 2018. Sadly, my garden failed from all the rain and lack of time on sunny days. I’m looking forward to starting anew with seedlings in February.
Goal 5: Determine items and amounts to focus on preserving.
The busyness of life always catches up to me by late summer. I’ve been planning amounts of produce to preserve for years, but this year it will be essential to be intentional about what I’ll preserve and how much of it I will put up. My longer commute will likely allow very little time in the evenings to make a batch of sauce or jam.
Goal 6: Design and stitch 6 cross stitch patterns and 6 rug hooking patterns to sell on Etsy.
I learned to cross stitch when I was 10 years old. I still have my original pattern book! Over the years I designed and stitched patterns to give as gifts to others. After a decade or so break from stitching, last year I discovered how relaxing cross stitching and rug hooking can be to wind down in the evenings. I intentionally plan to make both cross stitching and rug hooking part of my everyday life in 2019. Hopefully, others will get to enjoy the efforts of my work as well.
Goal 7: Open a vintage resale shop for classic kitchenware and
I’ve always had an eye for finding little gems among other people’s forgotten stuff. Over the last decade or so, I discovered and bought many pieces of vintage enamelware in my travels around the country. Enamelware is one example among many vintage items that are part of my kitchen tools which I still use frequently.
Last year Dan wanted to start reselling some of the items we no longer use and thought that selling other pieces we find at auctions or antique shops might be fun. I agreed because I love to shop for antiques like old Pyrex and Fire King pieces, cast iron, and other old kitchenware. This should be a fun adventure!
Goal 8: Read or listen to 42 books.
Do you use the Goodreads app to track your books? If not, it is a great tool for keeping track of the books you own, what books you’ve read and which ones you want to read in the future. I’ve been using Goodreads since 2009 because it helps to keep my reading life organized. Last year I committed to reading forty-two books in the annual reading challenge, but I came up two books short. So in 2019, my goal is to read or listen to forty-two books.
Goal 9: Learn crewel embroidery and complete one project.
I recently visited a small exhibit at Winterthur Museum called “Embroidery The Thread Of History”. The work on display showed how women documented major life events with their needles. The more I learn about the history of needlework the more techniques I want to learn.
Goal 10: Make and finish homemade Christmas gifts for family and friends by Thanksgiving.
Ideally, I’ll plan what to make for everyone by July and finish all the gifts before Thanksgiving. This year I didn’t start any gifts until Thanksgiving and spent Christmas Eve finishing everyone’s gifts. I’d like to avoid a repeat in 2019.
Goal 11: Enjoy a monthly date with Dan.
Life gets so busy sometimes that we need to take the time to get back to the basics and enjoy just spending time together.
Goal 12: Be I
Slow down and be intentional with my time, my life, and my diet.
What are you 2019 goals or resolutions?