New Year’s Resolutions 2014!

New Year's Resolutions

 

 

I love the new year.  Every year it’s a chance to sit down, assess my progress in all areas of life and to set goals for the next year.  This year, I happened to kick off 2014 by getting married (on January 4th), which creates a whole new area of life that will need to be maintained along with all of the others.  I’ve decided to break my resolutions down into categories to make it easier for myself to follow.

 

Family

  • I’ll start with the obvious one.  I’m a married woman now, which means Erik is my most important family member.  Starting off a marriage among the stress that he and I are constantly under will be nothing short of an outstanding challenge, but one we’re both obviously very excited to take on.  My resolution is to make the first year of marriage the best it can be. Putting Erik first, putting us first, practicing patience and forgiveness that will be necessary in creating a loving and strong marriage.  I’m not entirely sure exactly how to put “Make first year of marriage awesome” into a set of resolutions because I don’t know what it will take, but you guys will for sure be along for the journey.
  • I want to put forth a conscious effort to stay in contact with family members, especially since I’ve moved away, and now that I’m married it’s super official that I’m starting a new life away from home.  Marriage also means I have two families to manage, and since I’m quite close to my in-laws (I’m very lucky.  I adore them!) I want to make sure that I just keep in contact, whether it be dropping a few texts to my sisters, emailing grandparents or sitting down and Skyping with my mom.  Life is short, and I don’t want to regret leaving my family to be with Erik.

Physical

  • Get back on track.  The holiday season (with Christmas, travel, and getting married) was a joyous mess of parties and celebrating and FOOD!  I got knocked so far off track the scale is not amused (but hey, I still fit into my tight wedding dress 🙂 ).  So resolution #1: start tracking again and paying attention to what I eat.
  • Find the passion that I had for working out and eating well that I had while I was losing weight.  I miss that fire, and I need it back.
  • Tone up!  I’m generally pleased with where my body is save my holiday gain, but without Planet Fitness around I can tell I’ve lost some strength and tone.  Having Muscular Dystrophy, it’s important that I keep myself as strong as I can, so I need to focus less on losing and more on toning to gain my strength back.
  • Flexibility.  Muscle tightness has been making me very uncomfortable, so starting a regimented flexibility plan will be in my goals as well.  Life is better when you can actually move!
  • Find a gym or a class to.  I might fork out the $100 to try a month of Pure Barre classes (I’m DYING to!) or find a way to join UNC’s gym now that I’m married to a student.  I know there are also great online options like Daily Burn to help me take classes right at home.

Spiritual

  • Do a daily devotional.
  • Spend more time with God.
  • Remember to relax in His peace.

Financial

  • Try out a cash envelope type system for groceries (and maybe more.  We’re going to start small)
  • Kick my spending habit.  I LOVE to shop, and at this point it just isn’t necessary.  Focus on buying only what is needed and saving up for (and delaying gratification) the bigger items.
  • Complete a “Project 50 Pan.” (more on that later)
  • Pay off at least one of my school loans

Career

  • Create and stick to a blog and YouTube posting schedule
  • Post at least 3 times each week
  • Put at least 2 hours a week into Weight Watchers outside of  my meetings.
  • Create a successful curriculum for the music school’s audition related summer camp.

Home

  • Create and stick to a cleaning schedule
  • Have an efficient shopping system involving use of coupons and paying closer attention to sale papers.  It doubles the amount of time grocery shopping takes, but it saves a lot more money.
  • Start to create a home organization system that is both efficient and easy to use.
  • Find a balance between being a working woman, blogger, and housewife.
  • Use my Erin Condren Life Planner to its amazing full potential.  I will not stop using it 3 months into the year (which is typical of me).  Erin Condren products are very motivating.  Check her out here.

Education

  • Keep the brain sharp by spending time doing puzzles (sudoku, word search, Lumosity.com, etc) daily, even if it’s only 5 minutes.
  • Complete my new music theory workbooks
  • Read at least one of my Music Theater text books from college.

Social

  • Spend time with a friend or do something social at least 3 times a month (it might seem like a small number, but with a schedule like mine, that will be an accomplishment)
  • Send out birthday cards, Christmas cards and general greetings to my friends and family.
  • Befriend a few fellow bloggers to create a community for work and socialization.

Artistic

  • Find time to sing and play piano outside of giving someone a voice lesson.
  • Rekindle my passion for music.  It’s been “work” for so long that it’s getting difficult for me to find the joy it brought me in high school and college.  I want that back.

Pleasure

  • Read at least 12 books for pleasure
  • Remember that completing a to-do list is not as important as preventing a breakdown due to stressing myself out.
  • Take at least an hour a week to schedule in “me time”
  • Cook/bake at least one recipe from every cookbook in my apartment
  • Take a cooking class

Well, there you have it.  I’m sure I ave some more little things in there, but that is the general idea of how I want to focus my year on bettering myself.

Now, I want to make my 2014 resolutions into a bit of a mini series, so throughout the month of January I will write about some of the materials I have purchased to help me achieve my goals this year and some plans of attack to set myself up for success.  Feel free to tell me about your 2014 resolutions as well as what you’re going to use to help yourself reach them.  The new year is a time to dream big, make plans and turn those dreams into a reality.

Let’s make this year the best one yet!