Where has the time gone? I can’t believe how long it has been since I last blogged… I also can’t believe that my baby girl is 2 months old already! Time is just going too fast! I have been working on how I want to do goals/resolutions this year. I tend to stick with them for about a month and then they die a sad, slow death. I think that this year I will focus on living my life based on two words: simplicity and immediacy (I explain this a little later in the post). I also think that each month I will take on a challenge from other bloggers or will create one myself. Finally, I will challenge myself to complete a couple of goals for the year.
Two Little Words
First, I will start trying to live my life simplistically. This includes decluttering my life and trying to avoid taking on too many projects at one time. I feel like my world is being overtaken by stuff, and I can’t handle it anymore. I also feel that in this world of social media and constantly being in touch with so many people, there is a huge pressure on people (especially women, and moms more specifically) to accomplish so many things and have a picture-perfect life. I have tried to do this, and to state it simply: it doesn’t work.
Second, I will try to be more immediate with my life. This is mainly to combat my procrastinating tendencies. I have problems with small things such as putting away clothes or dishes. I need to just get it done immediately instead of letting it go. I also have lists of things I want to get done, and instead of just starting on it immediately, I put it off and then get frustrated when it doesn’t ever get finished.
Carla is hosting a January decluttering/financial challenge. This is perfect for me! My goals are going to be relatively small and hopefully I will be able to complete them instead of looking back at January on February 1st and realizing that I did nothing.
For the decluttering part of this challenge, I plan on going through Miss C’s closet and sorting through everything. Even though she is just 2 months old, she has a closet full of toys already. 99% of them have been passed down from friends and family. I have decided that each Christmas we are going to do a one gift in-one gift out rule. I will go through all of the gifts she received this year and will get rid of something similar that she already has. For example, if she got a rattle for Christmas, we will get rid of a rattle that she already has. Same with stuffed animals and other items.
There are a few exceptions to this though: I will not get rid of clothes on a one-in, one-out basis. Most of the clothes she received are for her to wear later. She doesn’t have a ton of clothes right now, so I am not willing to get rid of any yet. Also, this does not apply to books. I love books and want Miss C to love books, so we will not get rid of any that she already has. Finally, this does not apply to consumables. Those get thrown out as needed. (We got a big box of diapers and wipes, so we will not be getting rid of any diapers and wipes until they have been used.)
Part of me hopes that I will be able to get rid of even more than what we received. We don’t need a lot and the less we have, the cleaner things seem to appear.
For the financial part of this challenge, I am going to try and put $750 into my maternity leave savings account and $400 into our regular savings account. I also want to challenge myself to actually stick to my budget and not go over. Hubs is back to a regular-hour schedule and will be home for dinners now. This makes the temptation of eating out a little bit easier to ignore.
*I will create a page on the blog to help you keep up with my challenges and progress*
*Open Miss C’s 529 college savings plan
*Save $3,000 by July 1st for maternity leave
*Make $2,500 from my photography business
*Save $3,000 from July 1st to the end of the year for a car down payment
*Get weight down to 110 lbs
*Run 100 miles total
*Walk 100 miles total (This will probably come before the running)
*Date night at least once a month
That is all I can think of right now. I am sure there will be more goals each month or even each week, but these are the main ones. How are your resolutions looking for next year?