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Every New Year, I like to set goals for the upcoming year and review how the past year went. 2020 wasn’t exactly conducive to keeping the goal I’d set since so many things were closed/derailed/canceled/etc (and we had a lot of unexpected surprises in our family, for better or worse), but you know what? That’s okay. I do not for one second think that NOT making goals is the answer–if I don’t write things down and make a plan to accomplish them, I’ll forget all about my ambitions. Goals keep me on track for what I’d like to do aside from unscheduled rest, relaxation, and fun with my family. I think the answer to a year that might not have been as successful in achieving goals is to be at peace with things not going as planned. Despite not finishing a lot of my goals, 2020 was still fulfilling, interesting, full of adventure, and stuffed with accomplishments. Plus, it makes me want to push myself to see what I can accomplish in 2021.  😉 I’d love to hear what some of your goals are in 2021!


The Rehomesteaders’ 2021 Goals


Personal (mostly just for fun!)

  • Print family motto
  • Sign older kids up for 4H
  • Attend a pow wow
  • Take a helicopter ride
  • Sign up kids for and complete a summer reading program
  • 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
  • Write a melodrama
  • Attend the filming of a game show
  • Enter an art competition
  • Learn to be on time 😁
  • Cook at least one new meal once a month
  • See the redwoods
  • Donate hair That was a trip! 13 Sept 2021 The Shaggy, Bang-Heavy Mini Mullet
  • Make ten different types of bread
  • Become a better knitter
  • Start the “We Love You” project
  • Get professional family portraits Yay!
  • Take a family backpacking trip
  • Master watercolors
  • Refinish the piano
  • Enter a writing competition
  • Build a porch swing
  • Construct a birdbath
  • Volunteer as a family
  • Donate breast milk
  • Build a teeter-totter
  • Take a family hike
  • Sell something on Etsy (or another similar online craft site)
  • Build or purchase food storage shelves
  • Go canoeing
  • Make a permanent Family Home Evening chart
  • Attend The Nutcracker
  • Donate Blood
  • Blow glass
  • 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
  • Set up a roadside stand with the kids
  • 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 Kentucky Event…again!
  • Take up pottery
  • Buy a boat
  • Buy a 4-wheeler/farm vehicle
  • 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 haircut It took a few tries, but I finally got it right. 13 Sept 2021 The Shaggy, Bang-Heavy Mini Mullet
  • Sign the girls up for art camp
  • Attend a theatrical performance
  • Attend a melodrama
  • Take another self-defense class with the kids
  • Make or buy a dressform
  • Go on a family bike ride
  • Ride on the Polar Express
  • 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
  • Participate in mule run
  • Have a year of food storage
  • Make the girls dresses
  • Visit an observatory
  • Start the girls on piano lessons
  • Make homemade cheese
  • Be able to do the splits….
  • Be able to do a bridge kick over
  • Prepare a six-generation family history chart

Home Improvements

  • Kids’ Rooms
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Paint
    • Replace doors
  • Our Room
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Paint
    • Replace doors
  • Kitchen
    • Paint
    • Build shelf for farm supplies
    • Build broom closet
    • Install new door handle
  • Family room
    • Paint
    • New blinds
  • Downstairs room
    • Paint
    • Tile
    • Carpet or flooring
    • Build toy shelves
    • Build coat/shoe rack
    • Build a closet
    • New exterior door
    • Hang a world map
    • Decorate “picture wall”
  • Storage room
    • Hang drywall
    • Paint
    • Flooring
    • Build food and storage shelves
  • Kids’ Bath
    • Install double vanity
    • Hang larger mirror
    • Install bathtub
  • Sitting Room
    • Refinish floor
    • Build half wall
    • New banister
    • New curtains and area rug
  • Exterior
    • Paint doors
    • New front door
    • New deck/patio in back
    • Backyard fence
    • Build a playground
    • Paint garage doors
    • Install gates and fencing at front of the property
    • Make a bigger beach for the pond
    • Cut down dead ash trees in the forest
    • Redo landscaping
    • Paver sidewalk out front
    • Install jacuzzi tub Free hot tub, anyone? Hot Tubbing 24 Jan 2021
    • Pour driveway loop
  • Master Bed and Bath
    • Build new garage
    • Build master bed
    • Build master bath
    • 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
    • Build a floating dock for the pond
    • Purchase a horse trailer
    • Purchase an auger
    • Purchase hay baling equipment
    • Professional horse portraits…again!
    • Take Stoney and Dancer on a trail ride
    • Dye, spin and knit an item from homegrown wool
    • Tin barn and other outbuildings
    • Build riding arena
    • Purchase skidloader
    • Enclose larger chicken run, install swings, dust bath
    • Get a peacock and peahen
    • Install automatic waterers for the cows
    • Fix paddock fencing
    • Fix back forest fencing
    • Build goat enclosure
    • Get some goats! Or maybe sheep…
    • Purchase a child’s saddle
    • Build a bench to overlook the pond
    • Get a harness and cart for the horses
    • Take the girls to a leadline class
    • Tap trees for maple syrup
    • Plant a garden 
    • Construct a woodshed
    • Build a greenhouse
    • See wild horses
    • Plant a berry patch
    • Get another hive
    • Purchase/cut hay for winter
    • Purchase a horse trailer
    • Teach Stoney and Dancer to pull a cart or carriage
    • Get pigs
    • Breed Dancer
    • Cut cattle on horseback
    • Run barrels
    • Go on a cattle drive
    • Buy a log splitter
    • Swim with a whale shark
    • Have yearly wood supply for fireplace
    • Breed Dolly and Daisy
    • Swim with whale shark
    • Ride/Work horses 52+ times in a year
    • Build a goat/pig, etc enclosure
    • Build a round pen
    • Ride an elephant (for more than three minutes…)
    • Feed sharks/dive cage with sharks
    • Go scuba diving
    • Hold a koala
    • Hold a sloth
    • See the salmon run
    • Watch a cheetah chase down prey
    • Do a polar bear expedition
    • 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 

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    • 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 competition (either showjumping 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 Rachael’s student loans
    • Pay off Jack’s student loans
    • Build a six-month emergency fund
    • Open a savings account for the kids
    • Buy new van (preferably with cash)
    • Buy a work truck for the farm
    • Pay off mortgage
    Reading and Writing
    • Read 25 books in a year
    • Read 12 chapter books with the kids
    • Reach 2 million page views
    • Reach 1000 FB likes
    • Reach 1500 FB likes
    • Reach 25,000+ page views in a month
    • Attend a book signing
    • Get blog professionally designed
    • Reread The Book of Mormon
    • Reread The Bible
    • Reread The Doctrine and Covenants
    • Reread The Pearl of Great Price
    • Run a Bookbub ad
    • Publish an article online or in a magazine
    • Write eight books in a year
    • Hit a bestseller list (USA Today, NYT, etc)
    • Become a hybrid author
    • Streamline newsletter (segment, tag, optimize, etc)
    • Keep Amazon rank above 50k
    • Hire a personal assistant
    • Have book turned into a movie
    • Update website
    • Release a wide series
    • Record all books for audiobooks
    • Redo YA horse and dystopian series
    • Do an author collaboration
    • Get books into a bookstore
    • Get books into a library
    • Write an average of 2k a day for the whole year
    • Write a book with the children
    • Write a book proposal for The Rehomesteaders Memoir
    • Publish The Rehomesteaders Memoir
    • Write a children’s picture book
    • Illustrate a children’s picture book
    • Publish a children’s picture book
    • Write a young reader chapter book
    • Publish a young reader chapter book
    • Write a middle-grade book
    • Publish a middle-grade book
    • Write a young adult novel
    • Publish a young adult novel
    • Write an adult fiction novel
    • Publish an adult fiction novel
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    What are your 2021 goals?

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