Welcome to 2017 this year I hope to create new year goals that are realistic and will help improve the overall happiness in my life.
First off, Happy New Year! I am excited and nervous for a new year. Excited because 2016 was my least favorite year in recent memory but nervous because with a new president comes the uncertainty of where our country is headed. I’m not trying to be political, but it’s the truth. It will be an interesting year, to say the least.
This year I wanted to create a list of attainable goals for myself, something other than eat healthy, workout more, and save more money because that’s something I’m always working on.
I came up with my top 10 goals for the year and will probably kick myself if I don’t accomplish some of these.
1. Minimalize my life:
I know people like to declutter at the beginning of every year, but I’ve never made it a resolution. Lately, I feel like junk consumes me and it’s junk, all of it. On Pinterest, I found an article, 200 things to get rid of and while I don’t agree with everything on the list, it’s a good guide to help me get started. So far I’ve decluttered my daughter’s playroom, our kitchen, and half my room. Can’t wait to get rid of more stuff! I’m trying to maintain a new motto “Does this serve a purpose for me on a regular basis?” If the answer is no, then I want to get rid of it.
2. Be random:
I feel like I do the same stuff all the time and want to branch out and try new things, but I want it to be random. I want to tell someone my weekend and have them be like “why?” or “that’s random.” I want my life to be full of random memories, and this is the year I start being more random.
3. Eat at home for all meals for one month:
We waste a lot of money eating out, and I’m curious to see how much money we can save by eating at home. This will take a lot of meal prepping on my part, but if, we can eat at home, it will be healthier and help us save money to travel to new destinations.
4. Be Successful enough to quit my day job:
Part of the reason I’ve been M.I.A. from blogging is that I started my own business on Amazon which has consumed a lot of my time searching for products. I’d love to make enough money from my business to stop my day job by the time my daughter is out of school for the Summer. Realistically, I’m not sure if this is possible, but I’m going to work hard to make it happen.
5. Visit a new state:
In October our family received devastating news when we learned my father-in-law had passed away unexpectedly. One thing he always talked about was the things he wanted to do, and he never had a chance to do them. Since his passing, it’s been important to do things in life we want to do as a family. Life is short, and I want to visit new destinations. Ultimately, I’d love to travel outside the country, but that would require saving a lot of money which I’m open to doing, but I’d be cool with visiting a new state to start with.
6. Read four days a week for at least 20 minutes:
If you are an avid reader then I realize this is a lame goal but as someone who doesn’t make the time I want to read more so this is a realistic goal for myself.
7. Read all the books on my nightstand by June 1st or get rid of them:
I have about 12 books I own that I’ve yet to read. My goal is to read them all by June 1st and if I haven’t then I get rid of them. It’s part of decluttering my life and not keeping things that don’t serve a purpose to me. However, I bought these books for a reason, so I want to attempt to read them.
8. Blogging at least three days a week:
Now that my business is smooth sailing a little better I’d like to get back to blogging because I miss it. I enjoy sharing my life and what I’m doing with others. Before I focused on posting every day; now I’m aiming for three days a week which I think is more realistic.
9. Finish all the projects I’ve started by June 1st or trash them:
I have at least five projects I’ve started and am halfway through. The goal is to finish them by June 1st or trash them. Along the same lines, if I start a project I need to finish it.
10. Meet new friends with common interests:
I’m thankful for the friends I have but as I evaluate what’s important to my life I realize none of my friends share my common interests. I love the people in my life, but I’d like to meet individuals who are into my core interests which are living a more sustainable life, gardening, hiking, recycling, watching soccer, and traveling. I refer to myself as a partial hippie, and I doubt any of my friends would make that connection because we don’t talk about solar energy, the depleting ozone layer, the importance of recycling, and how small changes can positively impact our world.
Also, soccer is a huge part of my life, my husband and I are addicts to MLS soccer, and I’d love to make a friend who loves the sport as much as we do.
So there you have it, my goals! I saw this, and I’d also like to attempt some of the stuff on the list, but it’s not an official list for me.
I saw this, and I’d also like to attempt some of the stuff on the list if I have time.
I’m excited to kick off a New Year and hope for love, health, happiness, laughter, and personal growth for everyone. I’d love to know what your goals are for the year, please comment below.