Friday, May 24, 2013

Goals

I know when I first started writing goals down, I didn't have a clue whether or not they were attainable or not. As my stepdad pointed out, most of my "goals" were dreams aka unattainable unless I won the lottery.

Here is what I put for my goals:





1 Year


Personal

Meal Plan/Grocery List/Freeze

Get Organized

Lose Weight

Finish Novel



Career

Photography Income

Cake Income



Volunteer

Daughter's School/PTA- Maybe


5 Years


Personal

Live in Sacramento area, CA; 5-10 acres

Small, green, sustainable house

Free Range Chickens

Look for camping trailer/5th Wheel

Flip a house by myself (MO or CA)

House Cleaner

Help kids achieve their goals/dreams

$10,000 for retirement saved (Ameriprise)

1 out-of-state vacation

2 Paid Off Vehicles

Cakes, Writing, and Photography hobbies

Career

Work from home

Travel might be required



Volunteer

Build gardens and/or greenhouses for low income communities, homeless shelters, food banks, etc.

Scouts

PTA/Improve schools




10 Years


Personal

1 Out-of-Country vacation

Help kids achieve their goals/dreams

$50,000 in retirement account

Large greenhouse

House 1/4 paid off

Pay for Camping trailer 100%

Save for Jeep or Truck



Career

Remodel/flip houses in California

Purchase future rental properties



Volunteer

Build gardens and/or greenhouses for low income communities, homeless shelters, food banks, etc.

Scouts

PTA/Improve schools

It's quite an extensive list, huh? But with Excel master (stepdad)'s help, I was able to begin focusing on what is really achievable and feasible. 

So the revised goal list?

Jenn's Goals  March 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014


15 months


Goal #1
Plan
Target
Save $3,000 for flipping house
Part 1
8/9/2013
  
Work for $2,000


Part 2


Save additional $1,000 via budget

Goal #2

5/31/2014
Get into better shape
Part 1


Lose weight


   Lose 1 pound per week


   Use a reward/consequence approach to keep on track
6/1/2013

Part 2


Eat healthier


   Doesn't mean organic


   Ensure appropriate levels vitamin and nutrients are taken daily


   Doesn't require tracking, just a conscious effort
6/1/2013




Part 3


Exercise
2/15/2013

   Running after kids is not exercise


   Every other day 45 minute walk, with or without kids



6/1/2013
Goal #3


Create 2nd income
Part 1


Set target for monthly income amount
2/15/2013

Determine if home based business is feasible
2/16/2013

Track net from cake and photography business for Feb/Mar/Apr
5/1/2013

Determine net from minimum wage job at 20 hrs/wk * 80% gross
2/15/2013

Be ready to continue home based or go to work 20 hrs
9/1/2013
 
Amazing, isn't it? The first step is to stop dreaming. I'm not saying you can't achieve your dreams, but make them attainable. Don't be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor and actually ask for help. I've been a stay at home mom for the past 5+ years and wanting to go back to work. I don't regret staying at home with the kids, but I'm ready for school to start and my family cannot afford for me to go back to work until the second child is in 1st grade. 

Sidenote: Kindergaten in California is optional. They must be 5 and it's only for 3 hours (part time). So those of us who are wanting to go back to work isn't an option. 1st grade will only be 6 hours, but then again, a part time job would be better than nothing.

What should you do? Figure out your goals. Start with one year goals. Plan ahead. Next step: your budget.

For those of you without that Master Excel Stepdad, don't worry-help is on the way!