Despite the fact that I started thinking about 2021 goals at the beginning of November (#plannerproblems), it has taken me a long time to come up with my list.
However, as we hang out at home and wait for the New Year to arrive (and our quarantine to end . . . ) it seems like a great time to dedicate a series of posts to different goals areas.
So, here we go! Today will be FAMILY. No vacation plans will be on this list; I think it is safer to pandemic-proof my lists this year. If we end up being able to travel (2021 family ski trip would be a-mazing) then . . . added bonus!
If not, that is okay too.
2021 Family Goals
Josh and Me:
♥ Have a date night OR date weekend (the latter preferred!) each Quintile
♥ Try to have an uninterrupted conversation at least 2 evenings/week (this is . . . more challenging than one might expect!)
♥ Take Mommy Day with each kid. This will most likely happen during spring break. G&C are not off the same time as A anyway, so we won’t be doing anything as a family. But it will be a great opportunity for some individual time! G will get her first Mommy Day this year, too.
♥ Take walks with A whenever the opportunity arises + figure out something equivalent I can do for one on one time with C
♥ Potty train G. You guys, she is STUBBORN in this regard. Round #3 has not proven to be easy. She does fairly well at school but home is . . . not going well. One would think the quarantine would pose the perfect opportunity, but thus far no dice.
♥ Finish estate planning for the love of god. (We started in 2018. Oops.)
♥ Continue savings goals of at least 20% gross income. We achieved this in 2020 (and then some). I am not sure I want to increase, but I definitely want to stay at least at this level. Maybe we will increase our automatic 529 contributions a bit, too. College for A is a mere 10 years away (hold me!).
We will continue to use YNAB and update a spreadsheet quarterly showing progress with investments/net worth stuff.
♥ Experiment with some different dinner strategies, including the idea of seasonal meal planning (a la Lazy Genius – love the idea of choosing a few cookbooks to focus on for a season and a handful of go-to crowd favorite recipes to repeat) and also doing some intermittent meal kit services for a change of pace.
There you go! One facet of 2021 goals, here for easy reference. Merry Christmas Eve to those celebrating.