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Midlife Musings and Measurable Goals

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Debt Free Diaries
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Debt Free Diaries
I looked back at my MSE diary from 2016. I wanted a dog, a car and a trip to NY. I wanted to be DF and MF. Things change. I am DF and MF and I did get a car, although driving wasn’t all it was cracked up to be so I’m letting it go. I don’t much fancy New York anymore, I prefer rural Scotland. :)

I am embarking on creating the life I want to live. I have a tiny income, but I am free and that outweighs any money stresses I might experience. There are loads of things I want to achieve in 2020, all the normal stuff like holidays and creative activities and optimum health. I want to get organised and start a morning and evening routine. I want to get serious about work and serious about living my best possible life. Oh, and I still want a dog…

Here are my measurable goals :)

Tech
20 new tech steps mastered and implemented (1-2 a month)

MSE
20 premium bonds purchased (1-2 month) £500 at the end of the year
20 NSDs a month
20 new MSE actions that improve my financial situation (1-2 a month)

Work
20 applications to raise my creative profile (1-2 a month)
20 things applied for to support my creative process.
2020 pounds earned from my creative work in 2020
20 hours a week focused creative work

House
20 new home improvements (1-2 a month)
2020 is the year the house goes on the market
20 items out of the house every month

Health and fitness
20 miles a month walked or cycled (5 miles a week)
20 kilos lost in a year (This equates to a pound a week)
20 parks or open green spaces visited a year (1-2 a month)
20 AFDs a month

Some of these are big goals! Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’ll need it :)
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  • shabbychic12shabbychic12 Forumite
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    Found your thread and hv subscribed. I wish you well in your quest x
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    Happy new diary and good luck with your goals!
  • SSDD23SSDD23 Forumite
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    Always read through your old diary, I have made a resolution to be less of a lurker, so subscribed and best of luck :D x
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    Shiny new diary - posting to subscribe. I will post a link for you on your old diary
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  • in_need_of_directionin_need_of_direction Forumite
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    Love those goals, lots of food for thought for me. Deal with the dog one first, it’ll be the biggest life enhancer
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    Happy New Diary and Happy New Year :)
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  • I had a read of your old diary yesterday and wished you well in your brave quest to live "dangerously", authentically. Good to see you re-grouping and forging ahead into 2020. All your targets seem achievable. I think premium bonds are a good plan and you have inspired me to stick away £50.00 a month in them too, i'll wish for a big win for both of us!!
      
  • another_casualtyanother_casualty Forumite
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    Subscribed to your new diary DIA . So many achievable goals here .
    Look forward to the next stage of your journey :)
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    Happy shiny new diary.
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    Followed you over and subscribed to you new diary DIA.

    Goals sound fantastic :D, and I hope that 2020 brings everything you want. X
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