We’re fast approaching the end of 2016 (phew!), and now is the time that many of us are making resolutions for next year. Somehow it seems more important and serious this time around, as if suddenly a switch has been flipped inside of me, and I now understand the consequences of inaction.
Most of my goals for next year focus on financial stability and growth. I want to pay off my credit cards, and make room to start saving towards our goal of buying a home. Of course, I want to make sure I’m working enough to afford to do all of that. If possible, I would love it if the work was rewarding and fun, but I won’t get ahead of myself here…
Aside from that I’m trying to prioritize my efforts so that they fit into the following three categories. I’m going for improvement, not perfection, with happiness as the main goal.
Skills! I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m good at a bunch of things, but not really great at anything. I already have a base level skill set in several areas, and now is the time to push beyond the basic. That means taking a harder level work out class, or brushing up on my 3D modeling design software or trying new recipes instead of relying on my standards. With food specifically, I’d like to become more comfortable with the variety of produce available. It will be cheaper and better for the environment if I can shop from all of the available seasonal options, not just the ones I know how to use. If anyone has good recipe suggestions using unusual produce, send them my way!
As part of my focus on saving money, I want to scale back my consumption to only what is essential. I have a habit of fixating on things that I believe I *need*, only to get that thing and forget all about it not too long after. I can’t be the only one with a stash of half-empty planners and date books, right? I’m inspired by Anna of Made Right (Here), and her year-long shopping challenge in which she only allowed herself one new thing a month. The fact that she was able to tally up every single item she bought for herself all year and know the exact cost of her expenditure put me to shame. Also, her list of ways to go green in 2017 is spot on and a great starting point. So this coming year, I’m going to try to focus only on the essentials when it comes to personal spending and do my best to do without. Things I do buy will be consciously purchased, and *hopefully* not stress induced retail therapy.
No to negativity. No to peer pressure. No to self doubt and constant questioning, and pointless worrying and anxiety and stress about what other people might think of me. No to too much time on the internet. No to standing by silent and doing nothing while secretly obsessing (whoops). No, those Instagram people aren’t real. No, everyone is NOT laughing at me behind my back – they’re not even thinking about me.
On the other hand, that becomes YES to healthy balance, and YES to quality time vs quantity, and YES to opportunities to nurture my important relationships in a meaningful and healthy way.
So there you have it! Maybe these aren’t the most specific task oriented goals, but rather guidelines to help me make decisions. Goals like “work out 5 days a week, and don’t eat any sugar” are just bound to be tossed out the window at some point, so I’m trying to be a bit more realistic.
What do you think? I’d love to hear what others are planning for in 2017, and how you think you’ll get there!