I was debating on whether or not to write a post on the topic of new year’s resolutions. To be honest I myself get tired of reading the same resolutions this time of year. Not to be super negative but I think people think about accomplishing way too much only to let things slide a few weeks in. I think we all need to focus on the one or two big goals we really want to do this year. That said, this year I’m not making a long laundry list of resolutions but to take better actions on 3 key areas that I find to be very important this year and every year as we take on a new year.
Relationships – If I learned one thing from last year it’s how important relationships are. Since picking up Sadie from our breeder last year she totally changed my mindset on what matters in my day to day. It’s funny how a dog can do that but she forced us to slow down and focus on life as a family of 3. It really makes me want to continue to set aside even more time this year to nurture my relationships with family and friends because that is the true root of all happiness and decisions.
Health – The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. I think we all have this thought after a month of indulging all the holiday treats and cocktails. I let my health slide since last summer when we got Sadie. I let my busy schedule and my tiredness serve as a constant excuse to not workout as much as I did before. I plan to do cardio on the weekends and strength training at home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Plus just choose healthier meals 3 times a day while lessening the amount of sugar and snacks I consume. So basically just having a healthier and more well balanced approach to dieting and working out. Going to extremes never work and you end up letting things slip. Throw out all of the bad foods in your house and plan healthy meals that you actually enjoy. Sign up for classes or set up an area where you can workout at home to hold yourself accountable.
Money – Where are you at with your finances? Are you spending too much in some areas that aren’t necessary? I for one am focusing heavily on this area in 2019 after a year of spending more than I typically do. This was mostly due to all the puppy expenses and new rent expenses I wasn’t as prepared for. I still spent too much money on things that don’t matter like clothes and shoes. Gosh it’s hard to admit a bad habit but shopping is my addiction but I know I need to get way better control of it in order to save more. I did start this blog to document my favorite clothing trends and outfits but expect to see a little less of that a little more on what matters. If it helps I document my expenses in a spreadsheet to look at how much I’m spending by category like: clothes/shoes/beauty, weekly lunches, gas/groceries, rent, car bills, cell phone bills, dog bills, weekend activities, vacation, and other. It’s easy to really see what you can do to save more in certain areas.
Of course there are a few other things in my mind that I want to do this year but I’ll share them as they come to fruition. It feels more necessary to focus on the areas that will set you up for true success for this year and years to come.