For the past few weeks I have been looking forward to the new year. As a mentioned awhile back I am a rough planner-a real seat of my pants person. I go with the flow ad there are few "musts" in my retirement life. I like to take life as it comes. Sill, a bit of planning is helpful. especially as I move forward in new surroundings. To that end, I've made a list of goals for the first third (to perhaps half) of the year. Everyone's categories or planning methods are different. My areas of accent, for lack of a better word are below. in some cases it's difficult to categorize-my sewing business is a passion but I put it under financial goals for example:
- Spiritual Goals:
- I NEED to find two times a day for prayer, meditation, and time simply to sit and listen. I do this once a day now, but I want to take this to two times a day.
- Also, in addition to church, I need to find a weekly bible study or book group.
- I want to continue to make Sunday a completely down day as much as possible-and technology free.
- Family/Home goals
- Get my son into his own place by September, even if this requires some financial help from me. Encourage him to be out of this house as much as possible. This is past the third year mark, but most of the work needs to be done in the near future.
- Schedule specific times to go visit family in Texas, especially my daughter and her partner and my husbands parents who are in their mid to late eighties.
- Encourage son to make a conscious effort to communicate regularly with grandparents from afar.
- Spend time working on this house. Yes, I moved because I was not a do it yourself type. But I can help with the planning of the landscaping and go back into traditional homemaker mode up to a point, with joy.
- Physical Goals:
- Eat three meals a day. Yes, I know, I know, but I tend to get distracted and then be starving an hour before dinner or eat whatever is lying around. Even if I am off on an adventure, I need to take food with me so I eat at regular intervals.
- Stretch every day and move at least five times a week. I'm not promising to sweat, or even raise my heart rate to acceptable levels daily. My goal is simply to walk (in the water or out) for about half an hour minimum daily, and consider inserting yoga into the mix.
- Do everything I need to do physical and appointment wise. This means the dreaded colonoscopy, an eye exam and new glasses...boring but necessary stuff.
- Treat my body the way it needs to be treated. Recognize when it is telling me to sit and put my knee up or slow down. If it says sleep until nine, so so.
- Financial (and Business Goals)-I see the two as interconnected
- Once my son is an instate student (after January), keep two hundred dollars completely not budgeted-this is after savings and all other expenses. Call it spontaneity money, if you will.
- Revamp the sewing business, so that I sell directly to shops and through fairs, not through online sources. Start teaching classes in sewing and knitting.
- Work in expanding the errand business and odd job business my son and I have started. Up to now it has been an afterthought and since he wants to expand it, now is the time to be intensive.
- Take that trip to the California coast by train, and get at least one good gulf coast visit in during my trips to Texas. Look at a beach location. Explore the local area from Jackson Hole onward.
- Try an Osher lifelong learning class. See if it can compare to the multi age regular college classes that I take (and cost more)
- Take a class in welding or a fiber arts class
- Tale a writing class
- Leave at least a quarter of every day unscheduled or planned in order to allow me to move as the spirit calls.
- At a minimum, plan for one "cultural" activity a month, be it a concert or something else, aside from the other things I do.
- Arrange my studio/workroom so that whether it's drawing, sewing or writing, all I have to do is sit down and get to it.
- Social/Community involvement
- Find an intensive volunteer commitment for at least half a day every single week that involves working directly WITH those in need, one to one if possible.
- Schedule a minimum of one social activity per week that is church or family related, be it a meet up or book or movie group
- Explore my new town and environs-libraries, rec centers, parks, town center and the like.
There you have it-my off the cuff lifestyle goals for the next four months of my rich retirement. I'm sure there are things I neglected to put down that will happen as part of my lifestyle (I don't need to list reading on my goals as I spend way to much time with books as it is), and things that I will still add.
As also mentioned awhile back, I have not done the budget to adjust for these goals. I work backwards in this area. I'll be working on the budget for my rich yet frugal retirement over the weekend, and hope to have as much of a final plan as this unorganized gal can manage next week.
Meanwhile, I plan to use a movie gift card I received to go see the Hobbit movie or American Hustle (I saw Gravity in 3D this past week-scary). I have to figure out how to use up leftover prime rib, pork shoulder roast and salmon and bring my fridge back to zero. I want to have the costs and rough schedule for my two trips sometime next week even though they will not take place until the spring. And while I have not done any post holiday shopping per se, next week I intend to spend some intensive time checking out sales and deals to to fulfill my cheapskate needs.
Happy weekend, one and all!