2019 Goals

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A new year seems to always indicate changes.

DeAndrasCrafts.com 2019 Goals - Change is inevitable.  Embrace it or grow old knowing you never did anything worth noting.
Change is inevitable. Embrace it or grow old knowing you never did anything worth noting.

If you know me personally at all, you know that are family moved from California to Western Washington, where my husband and I have chosen to move our children to what we hope is a better life. I hope to go into that in future blog posts, as I’ve started writing again for the purpose of getting it out there for my children to follow my train of thought when they were too young to understand “why” something was happening to him or her.

That’s all my husband and I can plan for anyway. They are still little people, and we have the enormous responsibility to help them live and grow to be God-fearing, loving, kind and productive people.

I have written my goals down in the past, and as I have said before and will repeat here: Goals for me are a means of “getting there.” I believe that if one doesn’t make goals, one has nothing to shoot for and will hit that mark EVERY TIME.

My 2019 Goals:

Spiritual – Embrace and study the book of Esther. Start with reading the story and finding a study guide.
Family – (1) Read at least one (1) book with each child this year. (2) Plan one (1) family vacation with the children’s input. (3) Complete the Minecraft blanket that is sitting in the garage.
Physical – (1) Run at least one half-marathon in Washington. (2) Get up to and try my hardest to maintain a 2-minute plank. (3) Plan meals more often and with the family.
Intellectual – Read at least one (1) self-improvement or self-enrichment book and at least four (4) personal choice books.
Social – Make new friends by inviting people over or meeting them for coffee. I also want to have my children have safe “play dates.”
Career – Pass probation. I am also going to strive to finish the three projects I have been assigned to complete before the end of the year.
Financial – Get back to the budget and get on with paying off the house.

Welcome 2019. I embrace you with a zeal that only the Lord can give me.

I hope I can write more. I forgot how much I enjoy it!


Breaking Down My Goals – Financial

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D w-Total Money Makeover BookSimply put – saving money is hard for anyone.  Including us.

This is the last post on “Breaking Down My Goals” for the Twelve Goals of Twelve that I’ve set forth for the year.


In the financial area, and because I’m trying to be open and honest with my children (and anyone else who reads this blog,) we should be able to save $12,000 by the end of December.

We are intending for that amount to be earmarked for purchasing a new-to-us vehicle in the latter part of 2017.

I don’t intend on giving a month-to-month blog post devoted to this goal.  I’ll probably just let you all know if we complete it by the end of the year.

There’s no plan for this other than continuing on doing our budget every month per the Dave Ramsey plan guidance he sets forth in his book, The Total Money Makeover.

We’ve been following that financial peace plan for about six years now, and it has brought my husband and I peace of mind like no other.

Our story is like anyone else: Six years ago we were in debt up to our eyeballs, we had car and home loans to pay, and we couldn’t save two nickels together even if we wanted to.

It wasn’t until we learned through the Total Money Makeover book how to control our money so it wouldn’t control us that we learned what the definition of maturity is in the financial world – Children do what feels good.  Adults have a plan.

I highly recommend reading that book or attending a Financial Peace Course in your area.

I’m preparing two class sessions for church based off the book now and I hope to get my thoughts out on this blog too.

Have a great week and may your financial dreams of this year come true!

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