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08 January . 2020

Adulting Goals for 2020

Have you ever been in a situation and started looking around for the responsible adult in the room … and realized it was you? If you’re in need of a little extra motivation to get you into the adulting groove, check out our adulting goals for 2020.

Create a Financial Plan

January is the ideal time to take inventory of your finances and review your budget. Identify specific goals you want to achieve for the coming year, next five years, and long-term - such as buying a house, paying off student loans, or purchasing a new car and set yourself up for success. Make it a point to keep track of your spending and pinpoint the areas where you can cutback. Maybe bring your lunch to work a few days a week instead of eating out, or make coupon clipping your new hobby and save weekly on groceries – no shame, couponing is cool now!

Consider downloading money management apps such as Mint or PocketGuard to make the process easier and more convenient. Be sure to check your credit rating as well, consumers are guaranteed one free credit report per year.

Personal and Professional Development

Make 2020 the year to focus on your personal and professional development. Whether you’re looking to apply for your dream job, excel in your current position, or learn a new skill, the new year is the perfect time to reevaluate and set goals. Scheduling regular meetings with your boss, networking, attending workshops, reading a career-related book, or going back to school are all great steps to improving your career. If you’re looking to expand your learning outside of your professional development, consider reading more often, volunteering in your community, or taking a cooking, creative writing, or art class. Picking up a new skill such as learning an instrument, speaking a new language, expanding your photography skills, or joining one of Estrella’s many resident-organized clubs are all fun and worthwhile hobbies to enjoy in your free time.

Get Comfortable in the Kitchen

Bowl of spaghetti bolognaise close up shot.
Photo Credit: Recipetineats

Let’s face it, Kraft Mac n’ Cheese doesn’t exactly count as a homemade meal. This year, perhaps improve your cooking skills and take the time to master a few staple dishes. Chicken parmesan, one-pan steak fajitas, spaghetti Bolognese, shrimp fried rice, and sheet pan salmon are all delicious and easy-to-make recipes perfect for getting acquainted with your kitchen. Improving your culinary skills will also help you save money and eat healthier, making cooking the ultimate new year’s goal.

Consider investing in an Instant Pot to make cooking at home even easier and broaden your weeknight dinner routine. Instant Pot pot roast and potatoes, Instant Pot pork chops, and Instant Pot vegetable soup are all guaranteed to be a hit at the dinner table.

Purchase a New Home

You know you’re officially an adult when you become a homeowner. If you’re looking to purchase a home this year, it’s best to do the more “adult” thing and plan ahead. Be sure you are financially stable by checking your credit report, saving up for a down payment, and getting pre-approved for a mortgage. Once you know your budget, find a real estate agent and let the house hunting fun begin. Consider making a list of your must-have home features and ideal location to share with your real estate agent to prioritize what features are on the top of your list and ensure your new home fits your lifestyle.

If you’re looking for your dream location, consider the Estrella community. With an array of distinctive home designs, 72-acres of sparking lakes, 50-plus miles of walking, biking, and hiking trails, an award-winning golf course, and close proximity to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Estrella creates an unbeatable home atmosphere.