Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already another closed chapter in our lives. Where does the time go?!? I swear when we were younger it seemed as if time just stood still. Now it seems that there aren’t enough moments in each day.
2015 was a great year for me. I kept up with the blog, almost tripled my views (thanks to all of you!!) and professionally, I just felt like I have started to go in the right direction that is making me happy with the work I’m producing. Personally, 2015 was stressful and hard. I took a moment to just kind of step back and take a look at what it was that was making me feel this way and to make a long story short, I just need to make 2016 the year of change. Changes to better myself. I don’t typically love resolutions. I feel like they sometimes set us up for failure and disappointment, however, this year I’d like to work towards bettering my life and there are areas that I want to improve.
It’s not that I don’t get enough sleep (sometimes I don’t) BUT I have a very bad habit of being a night owl and it’s not working for me. I’ve always been much more creative and able to produce better work at night, but the problem is that I stay up until like 2 or 3 in the morning and I need to get up early to get other things done around the house,etc. So I find myself sleeping in and then my day just seems so rushed.
Also, I’m trying to break the habit of being on my phone or watching tv while in bed. There will always be days that a good old fashioned Netflix binge is bound happen, BUT I’d like to make my bedroom a place for just resting. Not where I’m working or on my phone constantly.
I’d like to end my days by 11:00 at the latest and get up by 7:00. I’m going to try at least!
Learn the power of saying NO!
Being a people pleaser sucks! I’ve wrote about it before and I’m still talking about it. I think that being this way is just a part of who I am, but as I’m getting older (and wiser) I think that I’m learning the power of saying no and how important it is. I’ve realized that no one else seems to have a problem saying no, so why should I? NO! NO! NO! (I just needed to practice saying no, ha!)
Get back to eating healthy
I did a pretty good job of this in 2015, but I can always improve and do better. I was doing so good for the longest time and then the Holiday’s happened. However, I’m back to healthy grocery shopping and making sure I’m pre-planning my meals and snacks. I’ve been reading a new book called The Wild Diet and so far it’s really good and very easy to understand. It seems very much like a Paleo diet, which I have tried to incorporate a lot into my life. I never want to feel like I’m on a diet or restricting myself, but I want to eat healthier and feel better about the types of food that are going into my body. Also, goodbye Diet Coke. I love you, but you have to go!
Read 25 Books
25 books doesn’t seem like a lot, but lately, I’m lucky to finish any book at all. I love reading and I have gotten so bad about not taking the time to sit down and read. So I decided to give myself a goal of reading at least 25 books. So far, I’m already almost done with one! I always love a good book recommendation, so feel free to suggest away! I’m on Goodreads and if you’d like to follow me, here’s my profile!
My husband would be so proud if he read that I included a paragraph about budgeting in my post. I’d like to get back to a place where I felt like we are saving more and spending less. I’m going to make it a goal of mine to think before I purchase something. Do I really need it? Do I already have something like this already ( MAKEUP, I’m looking at you!!) Overall, I just want to become more aware of where our money is going to. I think it’s always great to have an emergency fund and I’d like to make sure that we are living a debt-free life and saving as much as possible.
New Blogging Schedule
I’ve learned that I can’t make myself blog every single day. It’s completely exhausting. So I think I’m going to stick to a schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. One post a week will be a review and the other two days will be a mixture of topics. I plan to get real with my youtube channel this year. I so struggle with this, but I’m going to give it one more shot and see how I feel about it. Also coming to the blog? The addition of a podcast! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’ll have more information about that soon!! Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below about topics that you’d like for me to cover!!
Personal time is necessary!
2016 is going to be the year that I finally realize that I can’t go 24/7 all of the time. I need more me time and I need down time to be more specific. I can’t allow myself to run around like a crazy woman any more and I don’t want to. I want to be able to have lazy moments in my life and not feel like I’ve got twenty or thirty more errands to finish before I can finally sit down. My life has had a lot of those moments and I just can’t do it anymore. So I’m saying my biggest goal for 2016 is to just allow myself to realize I can’t get everything done all of the time. It’s ok to want time for myself and to not be a slave to a crazy schedule! Anyone else with me???
My friend Vivienne sent me a horoscope for 2016 (she’s also a Sagittarius, woo-hoo!) and it seriously seemed like 2016 was going to the be the year of not giving a F$@& and I sure hope she’s right! Happy New Year!!! 2016 is going to be a great year!