Looking Back on 2017 and Looking Forward to 2018

Happy New Year!

Every year I do a goal/objective list for the up coming year. I also take a look at how the previous year went. You can take a look at the 2016/2017 post here. I prefer goals instead of resolutions as I feel like goals are not so hard set. Life changes and I adapt my plans as needed. With that being said lets see what happened in 2017 that was not on the list.

  • The biggest of course is Missy was welcomed to the world!
  • Bought a vehicle that can hold the dogs and Missy.

Honesty I just cannot think of what else happened in 2017. I would like to say being tired has fogged up my memory but I really do not think anything else happened. It was all just pretty standard. Now for what the goals of 2017 were and how they turned out.

  • I have to quit smoking again :(.

This has been off and on. I do think I am doing pretty well though!

  • Moving back to the small town.

This has been completed.

  • Than buying a place in said small town.

This has also been completed,

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

I would say that this has happened.

  • Making sure things stay caught up in the office. Keeping the new procedures in place.

I really have to stop adding this to the list. It is just so hard since life happens and we adjust our priorities through out the year.

  • Having my debt cut in 1/2 from what it was at the beginning of 2017.

So, as I had hoped I have paid off more than half. In fact I have paid off 60% of my debt. Now it would have been more but I had a couple bigger baby purchases. I did still have restraint though!

  • Staying on top of the blog.

Again, something I should quit adding to the list. One of these years I will meet this goal though.

  • Keeping my time and life organized.

I really do not feel like I have completed this one. I do feel like I am getting on the right track to even say I have made progress.

 

2017 was a good year for progress. I am hoping that 2018 will either stay on the same level or be even bigger. With that being said I want to take a look at the goals I have for the upcoming year.

  • First and foremost I want to get Missy into swimming lessons. I am not a strong swimmer and this is something she should know how to do. It is a safety thing.
  • I want to get our front and backyard all pretty and cleaned up.
  • Setting up the garden and green house.
  • Keeping Missy’s Christmas/Easter Cactus alive. It is her first plant and her Grandma bought it for her.
  • As always trying to keep up with the blog.
  • Have my debt paid off (even with taking mat leave I am sure I can do this).
  • Seriously getting my life organized. I mean it is now more important than ever to get things to become habit. And good habits that Missy can grow up seeing.
  • I want to get at least two rooms renovated. Probably the office and Missy’s room. There is nothing big that needs to be done. Pretty much just painting and adding working pieces to the rooms. I am only saying two since I want to focus on outside.
  • I also need to make sure I focus on me some this year too. My health really depends on this.

This list is longer than what I usually do and there would still be a few more things I would add. Somethings I have on my list every year. Plus, with Missy, that adds some extra items. I do not think the list is unattainable and most of these things would not hurt anything if they were not completed. What does your 2018 year look like?

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Goal Update – 3rd Quarter

The year is just about done and I really cannot believe it. I do not think I am quite prepared for the next year to come. Check out my last post though Goal Update – 2nd Quarter to see how things have gone in the last three months.

  • Quitting smoking (again).

Still not revealing why.

  • Buying and moving to the small town.

We bought a house at the end of July! Although we were not planning to till closer to the end of the year.

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

Still pretty much deal with clients on items that I have worked on. It does seem some clients are more comfortable asking me their question(s). I would say it is moving forward.

  • Making sure things stay caught up and the new procedures are followed in the office.

I am sure I had this as a goal last year and it will probably be my goal for next year. Still has not happened yet though.

  • Cutting my debt in 1/5 from the beginning of 2017.

I just about had half of my debt paid off. I had a couple small set backs. Right now it is very important to put money into our savings. So, I am still about half way paid off. I will take this as I do not owe more money since the last update.

  • Keep my time and life organized.

Time and life have gotten a way from me. I do have a bit of a time limit though to get things caught up though.

  • Staying on top of the blog.

I am just not going to bother touching this one again.

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We Bought a House!

While I would like to say this was a long process and give some insight in to the process when there hiccups. Those things really did not happen. I do not have a long interesting story to provide you with. Everything happened fairly quick and seemed to work out in our favour. There are somethings you can only find out after living in a place though. Lets start at the beginning though.

I went into the bank for a preapproval while Mister was on a quick trip to China to help out a friend with some business stuff. I had no problem getting it. Actually I was quite surprised with the results. Maybe I am wrong but I think that was the easiest part. I am not signing my life a way or committing to anything. Just simply looking for a yes or no. Normally everything and everyone says go to multiple banks or broker. A broker can view all offers and rather than you having to go to all the individual places. I absolutely did not make a rash decision. I am a first time home buyer in a market that is becoming more difficult to get a mortgage in and as well as pass the stress test(s). I stand by my decision.

When Mister got back in the country I decided to book an appointment with a relator I use to clean house for. Took my Mother out with me the first day to check out the listing I was provided with. There was one house I was particularly fond of just from the listing. It worked out that we seen the five other homes before this one. I was very much relieved that it was not the first or I would have way over thought it. Instantly I was able to picture it being a home for our family. Exactly what we could do and in my opinion it was move in ready for us besides a few small items. Two days later I took Mister out to see three of the listings. This way he could form his own opinion… I think he still just went with whatever I wanted but I made and honest effort.

The next evening I made the offer and the countering started. In less than two and half hours we made the commitment and it worked out better than I thought it was going to. Paid the deposit the next day and contacted the bank to inform them. The longest part was waiting to hear back from the bank. It took a week and a half, it came in and I could move on.

Next came the house inspection. It was a stellar review, really. Everything that I was told was just simply things to maintain and things in his opinion we should we should think about replacing in the next couple years. Nothing expensive and nothing that causes safety issues. Last but not least was the insurance. I was able to get a letter quickly. Have the file started that way I could just go in to finish up the final details after the fact.

Signed my commitment releasing the conditions I set forth. All I had do was make an appointment with the bank to get the mortgage sorted out. I was informed normally this is already done when this point is reached but I did some of information over the phone. Only information, nothing concrete.

I made and appointment with the bank ASAP to get the mortgage information signed and done with. Once I had that appointment booked it was like every one was on fire to get things done. I had to go insurance before the bank to purchase. The reason being is British Columbia is in a state of large forest fires and they need to know the asset is covered. That day there was a doctors appointment, insurance and then the bank.

The next day I had had my notaries appointment. Where I got to sign my life a way! I also had another doctors appointment that day. Everything was very straight forward. I felt confident in understanding everything was put in front of me. I also felt like it was explained to me thoroughly. I think the hardest part was handing over that bank draft and seeing all that money leave my hands.

Truly this was an amazing home buying experience. It was not with out it stresses but I think that was mostly on me and worrying things would not get done on time. They did and I am so excited about having our own place. I do not have to worry about someone else’s property and can do whatever we want. Not a decision I regret but lets check in on that in a few months.

Officially Home Owners!!!

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Goal Update – 2nd Quarter

First of all I would like to say Happy belated Canada Day and Happy early 4th of July!!

We really have flown through the first half of the year and to be honest; the second half will be no different. Of course check out my last post Goal Update – 1st Quarter to see how things have gone in the last three months. Other than that lets get right into where things are now.

  • Quitting smoking (again).

This has been done but I am still not revealing the reason why just yet.

  • Buying and moving to the small town.

This was originally two separate goals. This has not happened yet but we will see in the near future.

  • Dealing more with clients in the office.

Still pretty much deal with clients on items that I have worked on. It does seem some clients are more comfortable asking me their question(s). I would say it is moving forward.

  • Making sure things stay caught up and the new procedures are followed in the office.

This is just no ha-ha. It will get there but it still has not worked out in our favour. Yet.

  • Cutting my debt in 1/5 from the beginning of 2017.

I am just one month a way from having half paid off! Which is incredibly exciting in my opinion. When I set these goals, this one in particular, I wanted them to be achievable. It turns out I have underestimated myself a little bit but life has also worked out in my favour which does not always happen for everyone.

There are a lot of variables for the remaining of the year but I expect to 3/4 paid off at least. As long as I keep making an honest effort and I do not set myself back once the goal is complete. I will be satisfied.

  • Keep my time and life organized.

Still has not happened for me! Even if I had gotten somewhere with this it would be changing any ways. In the mean time I am trying to let go of possessions that do not have any place in my life. I think this help when I can get around to organizing life/house again.

  • Staying on top of the blog.

I am just not going to bother touching this one.

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Fallen Behind

Wow! I have really fallen behind with the blog. This of course was not intentional. I have had a lot going on in a very short period of time. I mean it is almost time for a the 2nd quarter goal updates. This year has been flying by.

As I mentioned I have quite a bit going on right now. While I am not going to indulge on what those things are at the moment. Do not want to jinx things before they are actually set in place. In the mean time though I am doing a declutter. Everything has kind of just been put in the rec. room in the basement. It is time those things are either put a way in storage or they need to be donated.

I will be figuring out what I would like to put up though. I have things planned but they are not till the end of July. However, there will be introduction post(s)? I have not quite yet decided what I am going to do as a series or just as life proceeds.

Speaking of series, I have not done a ‘Container Gardening’ series for this year. There are reasons for that and I will hopefully still get some plants but will not be growing them from seed. That will come back in 2018. If anyone was looking for that.

Ya, I will be posting regularly again. Something to look forward too!

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