Sunday, January 9, 2011

January Goals

Hello again. I know I posted about goals just a few days ago, but I also wanted to take a few minutes and talk about my personal goals for this new month. I got the idea for monthly goals from Cate at her blog. Each month I hope to be able to link my monthly goals to a particular yearly goal. I hope you'll join me in my journey to improve myself and my life one baby step at a time.

For January my goals are...
Eating Better: Start brewing my own kombucha. All I need is a bottle of "starter" tea, a box of green tea, and a gallon glass jar.
Eating Better: Take cod liver oil daily I already have it. I just need to get husband interested in taking it every day.
License: Set a weekly driving lesson time for me. I have lofty ideas of having my license before summer--can it be done?
Finances: Review budget for this year with Husband. This won't be too bad. My biggest problem is I'm still spending too much on food.
Finances / Personal: Work on something crafty. I've already started this! But I have a long way to go to reach my secret goal on this one (hey, you never know when a crafty project will turn into a birthday / Christmas present later on).
House: Get a Realtor. Hopefully this won't be too hard to do.
Finances / Eating Better: Finalize plans for balcony garden / order necessary stuff. I'm mostly set on my garden. I need to find (free) dirt, and I need to order my seeds. My goal is to spend around $50 for all the seeds I need.
Personal: Sell / donate unused items. I have a collection of stuff I keep meaning to get rid of. Anything I haven't sold or donated by the end of the month is getting unceremoniously thrown in the dumpster. :)
Personal: Resume working a bit each day to improve my posture. I feel like this won't be too bad. I already started a little bit yesterday.

Ok, I know this sounds like a lot, but I really fell behind at the end of the year..(hmm, September? Is that really the "end" of the year? Well, you know what I mean).


  1. I'm so proud of you for wanting to start a balcony garden! What kind of sun do you have on your balcony? I'll give you some plant suggestions. I also sprout all winter long even though I have a garden because it only takes a few days to harvest and you don't need to go out in the cold! You could sprout tons of veg in your apartment! Thanks for finding my blog
    xo, Sustainable Eats

  2. I get pretty good sun in the summer. My balcony faces roughly East so I know it's not ideal. I am on the top floor so I get all the overhead sun as well.

    I'm hoping to do spinach and peas soonish and in OH we get pretty hot summers so I think I can swing tomatoes and peppers when it warms up a bit more. I'm not sure if they will succeed, but I also am going to start a few summer / winter squash plants. I'm betting the summer ones will be fine but I am dubious of the winter ones actually producing.

    This is really my first time gardening since I was a kid and I don't think watering a small garden on a farm counts as useful experience for gardening on a balcony in the city.

  3. Mary I would try small early cherry tomatoes if any. Since you don't get mid and afternoon sun you might be better of with lower light or early varieties. Peas should do great, leafy greens, carrots, scallions and herbs, spinach. If you look at squashes you should check out fedco for early varieties. I get quite a few things from and they have a lot of early varieties since we don't get that many sun hours in Seattle, even in the summer. Any of those things should do fine. Good luck! I never can grow anything in a pot since I forget to water them.

  4. One of the tomatoes I am trying are the mini yellow pear tomatoes so I'm thinking they will do fine. The other kind is a paste tomato, but not a large variety so I'm hoping it will also come through. No harm if it doesn't, though. I consider this an experiment more than anything right now.

    I have my herbs started indoors already and I am also planning on doing carrots. Well, the summer squash I'm doing are both 50-60 days so I know those will be fine. If the winter squash fail, meh, oh well. Like I said, this is an experiment.

    Thanks for the link.

    Hopefully by next summer we'll be in a house and I can have a real garden (hey, a girl can dream).