**Every season, I post a set of goals that I set out to accomplish. I track my progress here on my blog. I like the challenge of setting goals – it helps me to accomplish so much more. This post features my new Fall 13 Goals**
- Drink “slow” coffee on the weekends, and green tea on weekdays - I’ve discovered that I like the ritual of drinking coffee in the morning more than just getting the most efficient caffeine possible. So I want to develop more of a habit of taking time with my morning brew. I’ve been experimenting with French press, cold brew and Cuban espresso. I find that this is much more relaxing than just grabbing some quick coffee from my coffee maker, and it messes less with my digestion as well. I love drinking green tea when I work, and I’d like to work on developing less of a dependence on caffeine.
- Make 24 hour fermented yogurt - I’ve read that fermenting yogurt for 24 hours gets rid of most of the lactose and makes it okay for those who don’t do well with dairy. Since I still have my yogurt maker, I’m going to try making some strawberry grassfed milk yogurt and see if my digestion tolerates it.
- Add two new recipes to my regular repertoire - I have several recipes that are my favorites. I tend to make them over and over and over. And sometimes I get tired of taco salad/piccadillo/lamb keema/roast chicken/burgers/pork meatballs every other week. So I want to learn at least two new recipes that both my husband and I like to shake up meal times around here.
- Organize outdoor shed - Next organization project on my list. My outdoor shed houses my mower and yard tools. It also houses rotting plastic chairs, old expired paint, and a garden irrigation kit I’ve never used. I want to get serious about vegetable gardening next year, and having my shed organized will help immensely.
- Start composting for real – I used to compost religiously. Then my ceramic compost keeper broke. And my pitchfork was stolen. And I’ve never composted consistently since then. So my plan: buy this beautiful stainless steel compost keeper and also a dual tumbling composter. Then get back into this valuable, green habit, that will help out my veggie garden in the spring.
- Build a raised bed garden - I like the concept of raised bed gardens. And I have a bunch of bricks and such lying around. So it will be easy (and free!) for me to build a raised bed garden in my backyard. My plan is to plant tomatoes in it, since that’s one of the few vegetables I’ve had consistent success with in the past.
- Make vanilla extract for xmas gifts- An issue of BUST magazine had an article about making your own vanilla extract. Now that I’m Paleo, my gluten and sugar laden treats of the past are no longer really an option. So I’m looking for other DIY food gifts that everyone will like. And some amazing vanilla extract seems like a good one.
- Try a natural oral care routine - I oil cleanse my face. I’ve gone no ‘poo. I wear Crunchy Betty’s natural deodorant. I’ve switched to mineral powder makeup. And I still brush with regular, SLS filled toothpaste. I’ve read a lot about DIY toothpaste and other natural oral care methods. So this season, I’m taking the plunge and trying them out.
- Learn about retirement plans – My job offers lots of free financial advising. So I’m going to take advantage of that this year and learn all I can about what my retirement plan options are. It may seem early for me to be worrying about this (I’m not even 30 yet), but while you’re young is the best time to get your retirement in order.
- Finally sell all that stuff lying around on eBay - I have all sorts of stuff I’ve set aside to sell on eBay. I need to take the time to photograph, list and ship it. The extra money will help me with my next goal:
- Pay off my credit cards – This past summer: I bought an Apple TV. I got an iPad as a gift, then bought accessories for it. I had many CostCo trips funded by American Express. In other words, I leaned a little too heavily on my credit cards this summer. It’s not horrible, but I want to take control before it gets out of hand. It’s around $600 in credit card debt, and I want to get it all paid off by Christmas.
- Buy at least three new work wardrobe pieces – My work wardrobe is sad. I wear the same things over and over. A lot of my key pieces are starting to look worn down. So I want to buy at least three new work pieces this fall. Preferably tops, because I have hardly any. Looking professional helps me feel and act more professional. These need to be professional looking, not just some cute t-shirts that I can get away with at work.
- Read 10 YA books and one professional development book - I’m reading the YA books anyhow, and I want to finish at least one of the professional development books I started this summer.