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2018: Goals & Game Plans

Raise your hand if you have no idea where this year went. Between a new time zone and unlimited warm weather, my internal schedule is off. However, I do have a fresh new planner that starts on Monday, so it’s time to set some goals for 2018.

As I mentioned in the past, I’m not a big fan of resolutions. I do, however, have a few things I need to accomplish in the upcoming year.

Simplify

This was on my list for last year, and I do believe I have started to simplify my life a bit, but there is more work to do. Between decluttering, finishing unpacking and getting ahold on what’s important, this will be a priority starting on January 1.

How? For once, I have a clear cut action plan thanks to Emily Ley’s “A Simplified Life.” Starting on Monday, I’ll work through my pantry (which aligns with another goal for the year), followed by my under-stairs storage and closet.

Focus on a Healthy Lifestyle

I hit a breaking point in early November. I was diagnosed with PCOS, bringing to light what I already knew – I have to take care of myself better.

How? Starting January 2, I’m going to begin Whole30. I did a quick Whole13 in November, but it quickly derailed with visitors and holidays approaching. I got a good sense of the program, though, and will be partnering with neighbors and coworkers to get ideas and support. I also downloaded the Couch to 5K app again. I haven’t signed up for an event, but I need a way to enjoy this beautiful weather while my friends and family suffer through snow and ice.

Invest in my Business

Do I have a business? Maybe. I have a blog. I have a portfolio. I have a business page on Facebook. Most importantly, I have a defined skill set that can benefit others.

How? I set a goal for myself to write 15 blog posts in 2018, in addition to signing 4 new clients. It’s a lofty goal, but a little hustle will go a long way. Plus, I already have 10 topic ideas in a note for myself on my iPhone.

Financial Freedom

Fun fact: moving cross-country isn’t cheap. I have my fair share of credit card debt, but I’m committed to clearing it out this year.

How? To start, I signed up with Trim, a bot that negotiates your bills for you. They saved me $360 over the year in a matter of hours! I am also working a second job, where all income is going directly to my bills. From a savings perspective, I’m obsessed with Digit. The app connects directly to my bank account and pulls out small amounts each day for a separate savings account. You can set goals (such as Christmas gifts or your best friends wedding), which makes it SO easy to prepare for the inevitable.

Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see these goals in progress, and share your goals for 2018 in the comments below!

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2016 Bucket List

‘Tis the season for resolutions, but our only resolution here at the Parks house is to check off our bucket lists! I was inspired by my dear friend Jessica over at Created Space Studios, who just knocked her 2015 bucket list out of the park, making me realize how little I accomplished in 2015. Luckily, a new dawn is rising, and I’m more determined then ever to get out of my comfort zone.

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Top 5: New Year’s Resolutions 2013

As we quickly approach 2013 (anyone else questioning where 2012 went?!), it’s time to reflect on (missed) resolutions in 2012, and new resolutions to look forward to.

1. Break up with Texting: I can’t be the only one. Especially with iPhone to iPhone, you have no character limit, and I have been known to write a novel or two (I also stick to full grammar, aside from the occasional “LOL.” Never could support “r u thr?”)  But that’s no way to communicate with someone. I could never fully resent texting – it’s great for those quick, “what are you doing,” “leaving now,” “good to see you!” conversations, but I’m going to leave the catching up and soul searching for the most unused part of my cellular device – the phone itself.

2. Leave the Discover at home: This is kind of a two-parter, because I want to buy my first condo/townhome/house in 2013, so I need good credit and a stupid large down payment, so I am going to try and work with a cash budget. I’ve got my credit cards paid off (!), and I’d like to keep it that way.

3. Stop keeping things to myself: I’m totally that person that lets things build up until smoke comes out of my ears, and it doesn’t benefit anyone. I don’t want to become a negative Nancy, but if something bothers me, I need to bring it up with that person instead of playing out a billion scenarios in my head.

4. Quit following NHL Lockout negotiations. Plain and simple. They just make me sad, and no one wants to be sad.

5. Visit the new Fantasyland at Disney, Marry David Freese and/or Win the Lottery. A girl can dream, right?

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New Years Resolutions

I’ve never been good with these things, however I figure if it’s published into the world wide web (does anyone EVER call it that?), I’ll have to stick with it.

  1. Never again will I dye my own hair. Learned that lesson all too well. The extra money is COMPLETELY worth it. (Thanks Illusions for fixing my mess!)
  2. No more nail biting. OK – I’m kind of cheating. I stopped biting my nails this fall. But I want to continue keeping them nice, because I just feel better with pretty painted nails.
  3. Cook at least 3 nights a week. Even if that means frozen pizza, (which it shouldn’t, since I just got a crock pot) I need to use the food I’ve bought, as well as enjoy the calories I’ll save by skipping the drive thru.
  4. Stick to a cleaning schedule. This whole Sunday cleaning day is a pain. I figure I’ll do floors one night, laundry two (we wear a lot of clothes!), bathroom one and kitchen one. Shouldn’t be terrible, right?
  5. Walk Yadi weekly. I’ve got to stop being lazy! That little ball of fur is FULL of energy. He deserves to get outside whenever we can! Weather permitting, of course.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Whatever they may be, I wish you the best 2012 can possibly bring!