Oh hey, 2014, nice to see you.
I’ve never been big on new years’ resolutions, mostly because I’m horrible at following through with things (like writing on a blog, apparently) but I think the idea of having some general goals to work towards isn’t a bad idea. You get a 365 day fresh start! That’s pretty cool. This year I decided to break down my goals into four more general (read: vague) areas and then branch off some smaller more specific things in order to give some method to my madness. Here you go:
1. Spend money like a grown up
2013 was the year that I left my full-time job and stable income for the life of part-time work from home/full-time graduate student and occasional freelance writer. Brian has a nice salary, but we still took a pretty big pay cut in order to do this. I have to admit, the transition has not been easy and we’re still learning to make sacrifices, like cable television and designer toddler footwear (life is so hard, you guys). But there will have to be more sacrifices made soon. I recently put my name in for some more freelance work and I started couponing not too long ago. I, surprisingly, don’t suck at it. I also beefed up my feedly account with every personal finance and money-saving blog out there, so here’s to hoping that other people’s responsible habits will start to rub off on me. Specifically goal wise, we’re going to work towards rebuilding our savings, open up an IRA, try to increase the kids’ college accounts monthly deposits. Oh, and pay for the baby.
2. Get hot body
I’m due to drop about 25 pounds of baby and water weight at the end of February/beginning of March. I have really chilled on the exercising this pregnancy and I’m not proud of that. Last year marked me being at my lowest weight ever and it took a lot of work to get there. We gave up our gym membership when I left my job, so I’ll have to be even more creative in my exercise methods than before. I used to love running. I think I could learn to tolerate it again. I miss yoga and as strange as it sounds, I think I miss doing Insanity. (Don’t tell Sean T.)
3. Write More-ish
I’m not a great writer. I know that comes as a huge shock to you, but it’s the truth. I’m lazy. I get uninspired. I do really well at coming up with witty remarks only to fail at executing them into coherent paragraphs once I log into wordpress. I’m also really guarded and censor things I want to share out of fear and need for control. I have to get over that. Sometimes I really want this blog to become a thing, but the internet is scary and has a really dark underbelly if you aren’t careful. I’m not sure I’m ready to find what’s lurking out there. I have given it a lot of thought and I think I have a good idea of what I want this blog to be. I hope that at some point this year it’ll start to take shape. So, dear friend (or mom, I guess, since you’re probably the only one reading this) stick with me!
4. Put down the d*mn phone
You know that game where everyone is supposed to stack their cellphones at the dinner table and the first one to pick their’s up buys dinner? I’d be broke if I played that game every day. Part of the freedom of working remotely is that I can do it from anywhere, from my couch, sitting by the pool, and even laying in the bed. Which is also, conveniently, why it SUUUUCKS. I always feel the urgency to respond quickly to emails or texts from my clients. I know this is a control thing, as if I can somehow squash whatever fire has erupted if I type off a response in .5 seconds. I really need to learn that work can wait for me to put pants on in the morning before work begins, or that it’s okay to turn my phone off and play with my kids for a few hours, or that I can be more present for my family without refreshing gmail every single minute.
Full disclosure, I can do a better job at staying off my social media accounts as well. The witty comment about something funny can be enjoyed even without a few “likes” or retweets. Who knows, maybe I’d even make a real life friend in the flesh or two if I got my nose out of phone every once in a while.
Will I be successful? Who knows. I hope so. We’ll just have to see how 2014 shapes up!
Do you do the resolutions thing? What are yours?