Happy New Year!!!!
I hope that everyone had an awesome holiday season and has jumped into the new year and decade with positive thoughts and healthy intentions. The end of last year was a very busy and transitional time for me. There was a position change with my job, I finally got below 200lbs in my weight loss journey and I finally paid off a major medical bill that I had been paying for a few years. Woohoo!!! This post is getting out a WHOLE LOT later than I wanted, but I’ve been laid up dealing with a Baker’s Cyst that mostly has me sitting somewhere with my leg propped up as much as possible. Since I normally work in my office/craft room for writing; editing and posting has been a little further down on my to do list. But I digress. Please enjoy, and know that tomorrow I start physical therapy and I hope to be back in the writing chair soon.
For the first time, I decided to set and write down goals for the year AND get an Accountability Buddy to help me make a math or pathway on how to achieve the goals as well as to ensure that I am working towards the goals that I make.
I asked my oldest brother to be my accountability buddy and he agreed. My oldest brother and I are pretty close and there are things that I share with him that I feel more comfortable sharing then what I would even share with my best girlfriends, so to me he was the perfect person to share my goals with and someone who will definitely hold me accountable. We have verbally discussed my goal, but have not yet set down to look at the goals and how I’m going to achieve them. Some would think this is NOT good; we’re a month into the new year, and it seems as if I’m already slipping. To this I say, “don’t count me out, I’m working on my goals or at least thinking of them daily”.
Today, I’m going to share some of my goals.
1) In my weight loss journey, I have always had a goal to get down to 185lbs. I’m 5’10.5” tall and I am for the most part happy with my body shape. I have hips and backside that I love, but they are not too much. It works for my height. What I don’t like is the pooch that I carry in the front of me. A lot of it was due to some health issues that I have had taken care of several years ago; but I needed to work on flattening it out. I also wanted to tighten some up and slim down. I have been on WW for almost two years and my weight loss was slow. I don’t feel bad or discouraged by the slow progression, I feel that this weight loss journey was the best way for me to lose weight and keep it off. For me I have changed my way of eating, not just dieting. I’m about 10-15 lbs from reaching my goal weight. To many this seems like a quick goal that I can accomplish, but remember, my weight loss has been slow. Therefore, these last few pounds can take some time. I promise to let you guys know how things are going.
2) In my blogging journey, I want to be better about posting. I know, I know…I say that every year and last year I think I did tons better. This year, my goal is to post at least bi-monthly. I feel the best way to do this is to write down ideas of what to post and write whenever I have the time. It would be awesome if I could find a dictation program to speak to that can type it out for me. Needless to say, I will make the effort.
3) In my financial journey, I want to get to the point where I can spend a check and save a check. With my position change, I have gone from getting paid every week to getting paid bi-monthly. Not every other week, but the 15th and the 31st. It has been an adjustment and something that I will post about sometime in the near future; but I also have gotten a nice salary increase. With my goal to get debt paid down/off; I don’t see why it’s impossible to get to a point where I “spend a check and save a check”. I’m going to be honest, this goal is one that I most likely will not accomplish this year. I think it may be more like “spend a check and save ½ of a check”.
4) Something new for me will be creating and selling planner inserts. What do I mean by this? I have been an avid planner for most of my adult life. I started out with a journal style planner in school (I guess it would be similar to a bullet journal before bullet journals were a thing), then graduated to Franklin Planners until about 3 years ago when Franklin Covey stopped making the huge variety of planner styles (this is because of the popularity of electronic planning). I finally found the disc-bound planner systems. I spent a lot of time and money designing my own pages because I was used to planning a certain way; but finally decided to stick with pages that were already out there. I start decorating with stickers and washi tape, but still needed to keep enough space to actually use the planner for actually…….planning. I also fell in love with “frankenplanning”. This is dividing my planner into different planner type categories and having all my planning needs in one large planner. I have my calendar planner, budget planner, health planner, work planner (a section of my planner dedicated entirely one of my job responsibilities that I need to keep track of), notes, and something new meal planning and grocery planner. I had to create new pages to make some of my sections work better for me. While I was creating these pages, I thought maybe someone else could benefit from these pages. So……I’m going to share. I need to figure out how to do this from my blog page and will spend some time researching how best to go about it. Stay tuned guys, I will share the process and pages soon.
So, that’s the majority of my goals for this year. Tell me what you think? Do you have goals? Do you have an accountability buddy? Comment below and let me know. Also, I would love ideas for post you would like to see. What things/post are you most interested in?
Until next time,