I’m not much of a resolution person and don’t really do “words” of the year. I chose a word last year because everyone was doing it – why not play along? My word for 2016 was “forward”, and, quite frankly, I went “backwards” in almost every aspect of my life. It was disheartening. You can start out with the best of intentions, but so much about life is out of our control. I spent most of 2016 feeling down and out. Stressed.
But. I’m ready to put it all behind me and have a wonderful year. I don’t want to pressure myself. I know there are lots of goals posts floating around, but I’m really doing this for me – writing it out keeps me on track. And, dammit, it’s good for the soul.
Cut down on social media time. I waste so much valuable time on social media and it’s sucking the motivation and joy out of me. I deleted Facebook off my phone for a few days following the election… but came crawling back. I need to cut ties with it forever (aside from my blog page, which I enjoy). And I want to clean out my “follow” lists. I’m tired of being sold to – it’s overwhelming and taking over the blog world. I saw this comment online a couple of weeks ago and it stuck with me: is blogging a pyramid scheme? I’m a supporter of hustle and I love to blog and connect. But I found that perspective interesting, particularly in its current state.
Spend less. Honestly, I spent a ridiculous amount of money in 2016. We did go on a few trips, I had some medical bills from my allergy issues, and we had some home/car debacles (that were well-documented) but it was more than that: it was makeup and shoes and jewelry and clothes. Most of it I do not regret. I finally purchased an “adult” wardrobe and found some amazing skincare products. But, a lot of my spending is stress-related. I had a shitty day at work and bought a bar cart and accessories. That’s not how to manage stress.
Healthy eating. I cook generally healthy meals but have a problem with snacking. And drinking beer. I did really well for awhile… and then I didn’t. And now my boobs are exploding out of my bras and my ass out of my pants. I’d also like to shake up my workouts. I’ve been doing ToneItUp every morning and walking two miles a day, but I need a bit more oomph.
Get my real estate license. J has built such a great team and I want to get on board. Plus I’d love to do something where I can have a more flexible schedule. I know so many people who work for themselves now. I get that it’s hard. Even harder than working for someone: I see it every day with J. I’ve always thought it wasn’t secure and I need security. That’s the control-freak in me. But the thing is – no job is secure. Mine certainly isn’t. I’m at the mercy of a budget and government and boss. Yes, I do get a paycheck on the 15th and 30th. I have insurance. But it can all be stripped away from me tomorrow. And being a creative-minded person in a business and technical world is often exhausting.
Start freelancing. This has been a goal for a long time and I keep putting it on the back burner. Between work and blogging and bad eyes, it’s been difficult to get this off the ground.
Pay off debt. This is obviously a long-term goal, but it starts now.
Organize the house. This has been an ongoing chore for us both but we can’t seem to get everything accomplished. I donated a bunch of clothes last week but need to go through my closet and dresser a few more times. I cleaned out a kitchen drawer Monday morning while I was cooking breakfast. And we got a large bookcase for Christmas so we don’t have books all over the house. We’ll slowly but surely get there.
Laugh. I let stress bog me down and forget to enjoy and laugh about life. I recently read that every night before bed, you should think about three things that made you laugh that day. Such a simple way to practice gratitude and happiness.
These seem cliche’, but, again, I wanted to put them out there. What are you goals this year? I’d love to know!