Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy (Belated) New Year

Early Saturday morning . . . don't want to be up, but no choice.  I'm happy that 2013 has arrived and so far, I'm doing what I need to do.  One of my biggest things is to get out of my own head and just go out and take life by the horns and enjoy it.  We always say, "Life is short, make the most of it. Or, you only live once."  But really, how many of us actually do that?  I've said it over and over again, until I'm blue in the face, but I still do nothing, sit at home, watching tv, reading, drinking . . . alone.  Well, no more.  I still do those things (because I enjoy them), but I'm adding to the list . . . I made a list of goals and I'm sticking to them.  Granted--it's only January 12th, but I'm doing it, dammit.

So, here are my goals and wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2013!

13 Goals for 2013

1.       Spending

a.       Create a realistic budget

b.      Spend only what is on budget

c.       Save—even if it’s only $5 a pay check

d.      Create an envelope system to save/spend on wish list items

e.      Buy groceries—limit eating out to 2x per month

f.        Try a “cash only” approach

g.       Always use lists and prioritize

2.       Eating

a.       Buy food and groceries—cook instead of fast food

b.      Pack lunch with food I’ll actually eat (plan!)

c.       Keep logging in food journal

d.      Substitute fruit and veggies for snacks

3.       Exercise

a.       Be realistic

b.      Walking is key—try for every day, even if it is only 10-15 minutes

c.       Calendar exercise programs and keep the appointment—try for every day, even if it is only 10-15 minutes

d.      Stretch, stretch, stretch, stretch . . . did I mention stretch?

e.      Keep logging in exercise journal

f.        Keep a positive attitude

4.       Hair and nail care—you’re a professional, look like one

a.       Regular mani/pedi—at least once a month, shoot for twice a month

b.      Regular color and cut—every 6-8 weeks

c.       Put these in the budget!

5.       Journaling—every day, even if only a sentence or two

6.       Blogging—2-3x/week on personal and joint blogs

7.        Daily review of blogs I follow

8.       Kindle books—read 3x per week, at least

9.       Read one new “real” book each month, e.g., actual book, not digital media

10.   At least once a month, spend actual time out with friends (budget!)

11.   At least once a week, talk to one or two friends on the phone—not text or Facebook

12.   Be more spontaneous, BUT stay in the budget

13.   Number one priority—more quality time with the Boy