Goals for 2014

I’ve been thinking (and thinking) about my goals for 2014, but have finally decided on the following:


+ Reduce our mortgage balance by at least £15,500 (starting balance £73,500)
+ Make (or save from our budget) an extra £2,014 in 2014
+ Succeed in four ‘not buying it’ months


+ Visit at least five London museums
+ Go to New York
+ Go to Cascais, Portugal


+ Fix the box guttering leak
+ Hang a ‘draught stopping’ curtain to the front door
+ Move closer to zero waste (need to define this!)
+ List every item that comes into our home (linked to above)


+ Get a lot fitter (need to define this!)
+ Lose at least 30lbs (and keep it off!)
+ Buy a winter coat

Some of the goals are quite simple (buy a winter coat), but others, like making a list of every item that comes into our home,  may turn into a major project. We shall see!

Have you set goals for 2014 yet?


  1. says

    Those sound like good goals. I have only defined my savings goals for next year, but hope to have the rest defined shortly. Good luck in 2014! :)

  2. says

    Nice list! FOUR not buying months – whew! I think it’s a great idea to track what comes into the house. When I was shopping for the holidays I saw so many things I would have liked for myself but then I thought, “Do I really want to add a pair of fiddlehead earrings to my home inventory?” LOL! I look forward to your museum reports! I’ve seen the Tate Modern, Design Museum, Nat History and V & A.

    • says

      Hi Dar!
      I’m hoping I don’t regret setting that goal, but I feel like a little too much stuff has crept into our home this year. We shall see – it’s going to be a challenge, especially if I go to London a lot more! I’m hoping to hit up 5 free museums – no Design Museum :( – The V&A, Nat History and Tate are all on my list. Culture, not shopping. is my theme for 2014! :)

  3. says

    Such brief but clear goals – my draft 2014 goals post is lengthy! Then I add a summer bucket list!? Oh well… I’m tempted to think my goal for 2014 should be brevity, but maybe that’s setting my bar too high?

    I like to set $ goals, health goals, and then nicer ones like fun and social goals, and I really feel obliged to include the career goals, but they are the least interesting to me!

  4. says

    NYC and Cascais are gorgeous places to visit. Cascais is great in the summer especially. Really relaxing. New York is better in the early summer or late spring because if not, the heat is nasty.

  5. says

    I love how you divided your goals into different areas – I may copy you when I’m writing up mine! A no-spend month would probably be doable for me, but four?! That would be tough for me to manage. Do you already have the four months in mind?

    • says

      I’m thinking January will be one (to seize on the NY momentum!), but I haven’t decided on the others. I’m doing the challenge on personal item spending only – all budgeted costs aren’t affected. So I can buy train tickets, gifts etc, but not a new cushion for our house. Hope that makes sense :)

      I’m looking forward to reading your goals :)

  6. says

    Love your blog, I’ve been following you for a while. Listing every single item that comes into your home, wow, I would have never thought to do this. It would definitely make us look at what we are buying when we can’t resist those impulse buys. Not sure if I have the discipline to do it. :) I just listed my home goals for 2014 on my blog, trying to finish fixing up this new home I bought this year.

  7. says

    You know I love some goals! Wishing you the best of luck with them, although I know you don’t really need luck , you have hard work and will power on your side.

    • says

      Hi Rachel!
      We’re a long way from zero waste, but I would like to move a little closer in 2014. My first task is to reduce the amount of stuff entering our home and then go from there.