As 2018 is quickly coming to an end, is time for a list of the FAF family’s 2019 New Year resolutions.
You can read my review of our 2018 New Year resolutions here.
I wasn’t going to publish this post at all.
Up until last year (2017), I had never had any new year resolutions.
It was somewhat a foreign concept to me.
Also, I usually just plan out my goals in my head instead of writing them down somewhere.
Part of me was afraid that if I made my goals public, I wouldn’t be able to achieve them.
For 2019, I originally had no specific goals except for changing jobs and taking good care of my family.
However, when I published the review of my 2018 new year resolutions, a reader mentioned that she looked forward to reading about my 2019 plans.
I of course didn’t want to disappoint her and embarked on writing this post.
In the process, I asked Mr. FAF what our goals for 2019 are.
And this is the list he gave me.
1. Pay off all the debts
Mr. FAF and I finally paid off the mortgage to the bank at the end of November this year (woohoo!). However, we still owe Mr. FAF’s family $36,000.
They told us to keep the dollars since the Chinese currency is depreciating due to the US-China trade war. We will keep saving and set this money aside to pay them back in the future.
Other than that, we have no consumer debt or any kind of debt.
2. Home improvement
This is a big item on the list. Our house was built in the 1970s. Although the previous owner(s) renovated the house, there are a couple of things here and there that need to be upgraded.
We have hardwood flooring on the first floor and carpeting on the second floor. And both floors squeak like crazy when we walk on them.
I can hear people walking on the second floor when I’m downstairs. It’s pretty annoying when someone (i.e. our baby) tries to sleep, and the squeaky floor just keeps waking them.
Mr. FAF has tried to DYI-fix the problem without any success. He plans to redo the whole flooring in our house with hardwood. I highly doubt if he’ll be able to do it, but I’ll let him try.
After all, it took me years to finally convince him to try DYI projects around our house instead of calling up a technician every time something is not working.
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We currently use floor lamps and desk lamps in each room, but it’s not very bright. We would love to have overhead lighting at our house. But it’s a big project since it involves electric work.
I’m honestly fine with the way things are, but we’ll see if hiring an electrician might be a possibility that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
Mr. FAF wants to replace all the curtains in our house with blinds. I think it’s totally unnecessary and will cost us a lot. I got our window curtains on sale for $10 each at JC Penny’s (the original price was $100). But I will let it slide since it’s not worth arguing with him about it.
We have a finished basement, but the previous owner didn’t do a good job with it. We want to upgrade our basement. My neighbor said that she got a quote for $30,000 for her basement.
Hubby and I will need to save up quite a bit for this project since we want to pay cash for it.
4. A family trip
Mr. FAF wanted to go on a road trip to Miami during Christmas this year. At first, I was thrilled about the idea. But after thinking about all the logistics with a four-month-old, I suggested Mr. FAF go with his dad while I stay at home to take care of two kids.
He’s hesitant to do so since we want all of us to go together and have fun. Maybe we will wait until next summer when Baby F2 is almost one year old.
Mr. FAF also wants to take our family to Hawaii next year if at all possible. I know it sounds like Mr. FAF wants to do and plan all the traveling. I like traveling too, but with a newborn, I just want the routine and structure at home over a crying baby in the middle of the night in a hotel.
5. Mr. FAF’s promotion
After a team transfer and Amazon’s announcement of opening their HQ2 in Crystal City, VA, Mr. FAF is changing his mind about leaving Amazon. He likes his new team and his work much better than before.
He also sees the great career opportunity he might have once Amazon opens their HQ2 near our house. Software engineers get promoted at Amazon on average every two years. Mr. FAF’s 2nd work anniversary is in September 2019, so he hopes to get promoted around that time if not in early 2020.
6. Me to prepare for a new position
I like my job. But after staying with the same employer for three years, I want to explore new opportunity. I wasn’t able to do that in 2018, but I’m hopeful for 2019, especially with Amazon coming to DC next year.
7. Help our son learn new things
I want our 3.5 year-old son to start learning martial arts in the summer of 2019 after he turns 4 (the minimum age required for learners). It will cost us almost $1,800 a year, but that’s a price I’m happy to pay.
Our son will learn self-defense, team work, discipline, and confidence through martial arts. I hope he will be able to stick with it since I’m willing to pay for his martial arts classes until he’s 18.
Mr. FAF has been taking about taking our son to the zoo and free museums in DC. Our son is a bit too young to understand everything now, especially due to his speech delay. But we will try to do more fun and educational activities with him when it’s warmer outside next year.
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That wraps up our 2019 New Year resolutions.
At this point in my life, I am quite content with that we have. It doesn’t mean we’re complacent. We just want to enjoy the simplicity of our family life and work towards our goals steadily but surely.
We have no plan to become millionaires overnight. We just want to work hard, make good money, save lots of money, make good investments, and take good care of ourselves and our kids.
Let’s wait until December 2020 to see if I can check off most of the items on the list above. 😉