I don't really like New Year Resolutions. To me, they conjure up images of empty promises and failure. I'm not sure why I feel that way, I've sensed it since I was a child. Therefore, I never really make resolutions as I don't want to set myself up for failure.
I believe I need to remedy this ideology. Setting goals and ways of attaining them is part of my identity. I love to make lists and check off tasks. I enjoy the sense of accomplishment. It only makes sense that I should identify specific goals (nothing lofty) with a plan in place to achieve them. Writing them down is my first step, along with publishing them. Even if no one reads this, there is that possibility, and thus the motivation factor of someone else knowing besides me. Does that sound like I'm trying to blackmail myself? Anyway...onto the meat.
Financial: Pay off the credit card. Ok, so this is a goal revisited. We have been working on paying off the debt for a few years now. We've come a long way, but the last few months we've been carrying a credit card balance again. I'd like to have this done in 6 months. We will focus on our cash budget system again ( it really helps! especially with saving!) Once the credit card is done, we will focus on the car payment. Then only two more hefty student loans. I feel that we will never have my student loans done!
Blogging: I aim to blog twice per month. Instead of online shopping maybe I can write a few posts. The more often I write, the more the words seem to flow. The more time between posts and my daily life seems insignificant, destroying my desire to write.
Personal: Take more pictures, and not just on my iPhone. We have a nice camera, however, it rarely got used last year. Since we always had our iPhones, we rarely found the time to dig out the bulky camera. However, when it came time to make our yearbook, I didn't have enough high quality pictures. I'd also like to learn more about the settings on our camera, so I'm more confident in my ability. Plus, it would be nice to have well-lit, in-focus images the majority of the time.
Personal: Increase my physical activity. Do something outside three times per week. Ideally, I'd like to get the kids involved, but I think I will start with myself first. We have a dog that is always up for a walk, I can ride my bike, or I can escape to walk alone.
House: Paint the entryway. Hire someone to paint the high stuff. Participate in the Cure at Apartment Therapy and set more goals for the house based on that experience.
Work: I'm not sure about this one. Either I need another job, or I need to come to terms with the one I have. I had a trial period of working less hours last fall and that will become permanent at the end of January. I've always wanted to work less and I'm fortunate to have this opportunity. I really hope it brightens my outlook for my current situation. However, I am really unhappy with my job and there aren't really any better prospects close by. Moving would be a drastic option and a hard sell to my family. This is an area I need to intensely pray about.
Spiritual: Find a church home for the family. Seriously.
Hmmm, I suppose that's a good start? Perhaps I should set a reminder on my calendar to check in on these in a month or so and see how its going? I feel I run the risk of forgetting once I hit post...