I don’t like New Years resolutions, because they’re old news by March. People go all in for a little while and then throw them by the wayside when they get bored. And to be honest, so do I. I prefer setting goals each year, and then mapping out a way to accomplish them in quarterly increments. That way, when everyone else is setting aside their resolutions I’m moving onto stage two of my plan.
One major goal that my husband and I have set is to get out from consumer debt. No more credit cards and no more only paying the minimum on our vehicle loan. Provided Liam does not have a decrease in his income this goal should be a moderate stretch. In order to accomplish this I have two sub-goals to help free up our disposable income.
I’m going to go on a non-essentials shopping ban for the first four months of 2015. No clothing, accessories, makeup, coffee, etc. Honestly, Christmas is a fairly materialistic event in my family and my birthday happens too so this is really the easiest time of year to make a no-shopping pledge.
The second thing I am planning to do is continue with capsule dressing for another full year. I had initially thought that I would take on this experiment for a single year and would go back to “normal” dressing in the spring of 2015. My initial thought was to go the year without purchasing any clothing but I prefer the idea of continuing with the capsule instead.
Liam and I are roadtrippers. We love being in the car together, stopping in small towns and seeing parts of the country that you miss when you choose to fly. We have two trips in mind: Louisiana/Alabama/Mississippi and a jaunt through the southeastern states (North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia/Tennessee). Given the heat of summer in these places I think we’re going to aim for making the trip relatively early in the year.
There is also a very vague plan in the works for me to go to Oregon with some of my college girlfriends. I think that there are two of us who are solidly committed to going and probably will, regardless of what the rest of the group decides.
I’m declaring 2015 my year of running. I know I’m about five years late to the party on this one but I need/want an activity with the flexibility that running provides: it can be done anywhere and needs little equipment. I got very very bored with my fitness routine in 2014 and pretty much abandoned working out by the end of this year. As a bit of background, I pushed myself really, really hard as an athlete while I was growing up. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of stress. After college I decided that I just wanted to work out for fun, and not keep track of progress and numbers but now I think I need specific goals. So, I’d like to do the whole gamut of this running game: 5k, 10k, half marathon. Okay – a marathon would probably complete this but I don’t know I would have the time to commit to that training. And let me just throw this out there: the idea of a Tough Mudder repulses me. I just can’t get over the idea that the course is just swimming with germs.
I am very much enjoying writing on and maintaining this little blog. I have a small group of consistent readers (hi! thank you!!) and very much appreciate each of you. Though I would still write on here even if I didn’t have a single reader I hope to grow this space over the next year. I’m still working on how to achieve this goal, but one specific item on my list is to improve the look and feel of the site. I’ll probably play around with it over Christmas.
And there you have it. I will probably check in on these goals from time to time over the next year so this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing of them. Oh, and one last thing. If you’re thinking something important is missing in this list you’re correct. Two big parts of my life didn’t get included: my marriage and my faith. As for faith, that’s a very private part of my life. I do sometimes reference it on here but for the most part I don’t blog about it. And, as for my marriage I don’t set goals. Goals, to me, have an end and can be measured objectively. I don’t see marriage the same way. Just because I don’t set goals doesn’t mean that there aren’t things I hope to improve; it’s just that relationships don’t fit in to my very black-and-white approach to goals.
If you have any goals of your own that you want to share, I’d love to hear them! Anyone want to be my running buddy? 🙂