01 January 2017

The Rehomesteaders' 2017 Goals

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
While I know a lot of people grumble about New Year's resolutions, setting and reviewing goals is one of my favorite things to do on January 1st. For goals to be effective, there has to be a time frame, so why not the beginning of the year? Though I know my list is hefty (I've been told a time or two that I'm trying to do too much), I like to write things down to remind and inspire myself to work harder and am well aware that some things won't be done this year, and realistically, if ever. I still think it can't hurt to have goals. And, while it may look like a lot, many of the most important items (like spending time with family, being a better wife/mother/person, volunteering, flossing more often, etc) are kept personal for me to work on and evaluate. There's still a lot of down time and areas I know I could work harder and be more efficient and effective but life isn't all about checking things off a list. My hope is that this helps keep life interesting, more fulfilling and focused. So, what are some of the goals you have on your 2017 list?


We hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!


See goals from 2016, 201520142013 and 2012!


The Rehomesteaders' 2017 Goals

Personal (mostly just for fun!)
  • Correctly make croissants from scratch
  • Make pasta from scratch
  • Go on a cruise The first goal of the year! Boy, was that fun! Cruisin' 4 Feb 2017
  • Visit Yellowstone
  • Take a helicopter ride
  • Be a participant on The Amazing Race
  • Learn to paint with oils
  • Index 1,000 names
  • Make a custom bed frame
  • Visit a black sand beach
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Learn to water ski
  • Visit every continent
  • Make shoes
  • Attend a filming of a game show
  • Enter an art competition
  • See the redwoods
  • Donate hair
  • Become a better knitter
  • Get professional family portraits
  • Master watercolors
  • Enter a writing competition
  • Build a porch swing
  • Construct a bird bath
  • Build a teeter totter
  • Sell something on Etsy
  • Build food storage shelves
  • Go canoeing
  • Donate cord blood
  • Bank cord blood
  • Blow glass
  • Take the kids to Disney World
  • Downhill ski
  • Take a train ride
  • Learn to crochet
  • Take a family vacation to Table Rock Lake in the Ozarks
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Build a piece of furniture
  • Be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune
  • Take up photography
  • Go back to Montreal (and swing by NYC since we'd be close anyway!)
  • Enter something in a State Fair
  • Paint a portrait
  • Be an extra in a movie (preferably on horseback)
  • Attend a major music concert (other than MoTab)
  • Go to the Rolex Event...again!
  • Take up pottery
  • Take a tropical family vacation
  • Restore Jack's Mustang
  • Invent something functional and useful
  • Visit France (and I suppose the rest of Europe looks pretty fascinating too, haha!)
  • Rock a short hair cut
  • Sign the girls up for art camp
  • Take another self-defense class
  • Make or buy a dressform
  • Go on a family bike ride
  • Design and sew an outfit
  • Sew a quilt
  • Go to a theme park
  • Digitize mission and family photos
  • Make everyone a personalized stocking
  • Have a sugar free week
  • Have a year of food storage
  • Make the girls dresses
  • Visit an observatory
  • Start the girls on piano lessons
  • Make homemade yogurt
  • Make homemade cheese
  • Be able to do the splits....
  • Prepare at least a four generation family history chart
Home Improvements
  • Redo girls' room
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Replace Door
    • Etc
  • Redo our room
    • Carpet
    • Bedspread
    • Doors
    • Etc
  • Kitchen
    • Replace windows
    • Lights over kitchen table
  • Great room
  • Downstairs guest bath
    • Redo shower
    • Tile
    • Paint, etc
  • Storage Room
    • Repair shelves
    • Paint
  • Exterior
    • Side Back
    • Paint Back
    • Paint/repair sheds
    • New mailbox
    • Put in patio
    • Repair driveway
    • Replace gutters
    • Redo playground footing, add slides, etc
    • New garage doors
    • ETC
  • Nursery
    • New door, new door knobs
  • ETC, ETC, ETC
Farm Life and Animals
  • Gallop a horse on the beach
  • Register Dancer
  • Rim ride at the Grand Canyon
  • Trail ride in Yellowstone
  • Purchase a trailer
  • Get a tractor Yes! Hard work is going to be a lot easier! Bonafide 9 Mar 2017
  • Professional horse portraits
  • Take Stoney and Dancer on a trail ride
  • Dye, spin, and knit an item from homegrown wool
  • Build a bigger chicken coop
  • Enclose chicken run
  • Get a peacock and peahen
  • Install automatic waterers for the horses
  • Get some goats! Or maybe sheep...
  • Purchase a child's saddle
  • Get a harness and cart for the horses
  • Take the girls to a leadline class
  • Plant a garden
  • Construct a wood shed
  • Build a greenhouse
  • See wild horses
  • Plant a berry patch
  • Get another hive
  • Teach Stoney and Dancer to pull a cart or carriage
  • Get pigs
  • Breed Dancer
  • Cut cattle
  • Run barrels
  • Go on a cattle drive
  • Get a milking cow
  • Get a beef steer
  • Finish constructing the pasture
  • Build a barn
  • Ride/Work horses 52+ times in a year
  • Build a goat/pig, etc enclosure
  • Build a riding arena or round pen
  • Ride an elephant (for more than three minutes...)
  • Feed sharks
  • See the salmon run
  • Watch a cheetah chase down prey
  • Swim with dolphins...again!
  • Take a whale watching expedition
  • Be in a dog sled race
  • Ride an ostrich
  • Ride a camel

Health, Fitness, and Sports 

  • Lose baby weight
  • Run another 5k 
  • Run a family race
  • Run in a Fun Run, Color Run, etc
  • Run a 10k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a full marathon
  • Complete a triathlon
  • Take Dancer to a show
  • Compete in a dressage show
  • Compete in a jumping show (either show jumping or hunter classes)
  • Compete in a two-day horse trial
  • Compete in a three-day horse trial
  • Compete internationally (a girl can always dream...)
Financial

  • Pay off credit cards
  • Pay off Rachael's student loans
  • Pay off Jack's student loans
  • Build a $1000 emergency fund
  • Build a one-month emergency fund
  • Build a six-month emergency fund
  • Open a savings account for the new baby
  • Pay off mortgage

Reading and Writing

                                  What are your 2017 goals?

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