Mini challenges; big goals

I like setting myself mini-challenges. Some are just for fun; some are to see if I can do the particular challenge; some are part of the plan to achieve my big goals.

Last year I did 100 day alcohol free. (Not for me some wussy 30 day challenge!) It was easy and I actually went longer than the hundred days.

Then I challenged myself to go without cling wrap. Which means the whole house has to go cling wrap free. They’re not as enthusiastic as me about it. But tough.

As to BIG plans, I have a six step plan to retirement which may take 11 years:

  1. Travel to Germany in 2019
  2. Have a year off in 2021 and spend 3 months of that year in the UK
  3. Pay off my mortgage
  4. Do renos on the house – new kitchen, new bathroom, new back wall and verandah, paint the house inside and out
  5. Do up front and back yard
  6. Save $200,000 outside of super

Which leads me to 2019 mini-challenges!

Mini-challenge 1: In working toward the year off and having work done on the house, I want to empty and sort the garage. So over the next 18 months I will slowly be decluttering and organising in there.

Mini-challenge 2: this is apropos of nothing. Just a spur of the moment thing that seemed like fun. I am going to wear a different dress every day to work and document it here. (I won’t actually be wearing a different dress every day, as when I am working at other sites, I will wear some of my favourite dresses again that I have already worn. But when I’m at the main workplace, I’ll have a different dress until I run out.)

Mini-challenge 3: I am going to plant out the little garden in front of my front fence and tame the jungle around my pool.

Of course, I’m keeping myself busy with other things. I will do all the plans and bookings for Germany myself. That’ll keep me busy this year alone.

I’m also keeping up my French lessons. And, of course, I work full-time. (The dress mini-challenge gives a fun twist to the daily grind.)

Do you have any mini-challenges? Or a retirement plan?

17 thoughts on “Mini challenges; big goals

  1. Mini-challenges are the best! So good for well-being to have something to really look forward to outside work and other responsibilities.

    Germany planning sounds like it could be an area in its own right?

    Dress challenge sounds fun and I look forward to the photos (for a while, I was following some outfit posting blogs that I really liked!)

    You know what Konmari would say about the garage (I finally read the book this month.) She recommends doing it in on es hit, not piecemeal!

  2. I didn’t know you had such ambitious goals for your house, yard and savings! Last year I decided to wear a different pair of earrings every day until I had worn them all. I had enough to last me 6 months! But I didn’t post pix because who wants to look at ears? (Not me!) We have done without cling wrap or paper towels for ages now and rarely miss them. My current challenge is whenever I rinse something in the sink (which is often), I try to use cold water. For fruit and veg, dishes, etc. I hate it (the water is so intensely cold, it gives the feeling of hurting my hands, even though it’s harmless). So this effort is only going so-so.

  3. I admire that you can think of mini challenges. The garden pic looks good and I’ll look forward to the dress challenge (please consider incorporating a humorous slant or at least some dramatic poses my amusement).

  4. As my younger daughter would say…I like you CAN DO attitude! Wish I could also think of a ten year plan. I think my problem is that I just hate being constrained by anything.I think if I sat and planned out my life for the next ten years I would sort of feel like they were alreqdy over. I like your challenges though. Mix of big travel adventures anr small garden flower beds very nice. Good luck!

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