Hey friends! I know I have been MIA lately. Life has been very hectic, and I am disappointed in myself for not posting more the past few weeks. I had so many ideas for things to share for the holidays. But, I still have the list nearby and I will make sure to share them later on or in the next holiday season. Our Christmas and New Year were good. There is a lot of change happening in 2020 and the whole family is excited. I also a created resolution list to work on this year. Hopefully 2020 will be the best year yet!
Catch Up Time
Since Thanksgiving, my mom and I have been running all around town looking at homes on the market as well as new home builders. We have even found a real estate agent to help us through the process. The lease to our rental expires in August and it is not looking like our landlord is going to let us do a month to month or several month extension, so we are in a bit of a time crunch to find our forever home.
During the holidays, we baked up a storm and gifted baked goods to all of our friends and others in the community to show our appreciation of them (e.g. hairstylist, the vet, doctors, etc.). I had a lot of plans for holiday events, but we were so busy looking for homes that we weren’t able to do anything I had planned. We did get to go to SeaWorld for an evening during the Christmas celebration, but that was it.
So, Christmas was quiet for us. But, it was nice. New Year’s was quiet as well. Hubby and I stayed up until Midnight watching Witcher and promptly went to bed after.
My New Year’s Resolution List
With the new year, we usually create some goals to make for the coming year. This year is no different and I have quite a few for 2020. You will notice that my goals/resolutions are more broad. I do not want to resolve to lose a certain amount of weight because I feel like it will cause me too much stress if I am not meeting the goal that I set for myself.
Hubby and I want to start our family. We have been trying for 10 months now and we still aren’t lucky yet. But, we are still trying. We know that eating better and moving more will not only help us have a baby, it will help us with our overall health.
So, my goal is to workout again and become more aware of what I put in my body. Because I have not worked out in a while, I will probably only workout two times a week in the beginning, so I do not overdue it. After a while, I may be able to workout 5 days a week.
For my diet, the resolution is to eat better overall. I do not want to restrict my foods. But, I do want to eat better. I want to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. This will be easy and hard at the same time. I love healthy foods, I have just been so busy that I just grab something real quick that will let me keep going throughout the day. That takes me to my next resolution.
Manage Time Better
I gave myself the resolution of managing my time better. I seem to always be complaining about not having time to do certain things. I always look at other people and do not understand how they are able to do as much as they do in a day. Towards the end of the year, I was paying attention to choices I was making throughout the day and saw how I was wasting a lot of time.
My phone sucks me in a lot during the day. I am always checking social media or reading articles about current events. Then, I just get stuck looking at things that aren’t important for me during the day.
I also have not been sleeping well and I try to catch up on sleep in the mornings after my hubby goes to work. But, I move too slowly in the mornings a lot of the time. I get very little done in the morning and then I am figuring out how to stuff a day’s worth of chores or other things to do in about four hours before the hubby gets home and I have to start dinner.
I’m hoping that with my resolution to get healthier, I will be able to get some energy back and that will allow me to get moving earlier in the day. That alone will help me get more done during the day.
Manage Money Better
The resolution to manage money better will be very beneficial for my hubby and I this year and in the years to come. The first six years of our marriage were really tough. We were both in school and we dealt with a long stretch of unemployment for both of us. So, our budget was very tight. We had no money to spend or use to pay bills, let alone setting aside for savings.
When hubby started the job he is in now, we were able to start saving money, but we were also catching up on our debt. We were also having to spend money on things we had needed for several years as well as prep hubby’s closet for work and all kinds of other things.
So, for 2020 we are going to work hard in saving our money as well as research ways for us to grow our wealth for our retirement. I have Dave Ramsey’s book and I hope to learn a lot in how we can set a solid budget to save money, pay off debt, save for retirement, and still be able to live an exciting life with travel, hobbies, and other experiences.
I have a history of getting taken advantage of by people. Another resolution for myself this year is to protect myself from being taken advantage of by other people.
I will also have to learn how to put my priorities over others as well. I feel like one of my biggest time sucks is the fact that I work so hard to do what everyone else wants/ needs before I get started on objectives I have set for myself. Since we are living in a multi-gen house (read more about that here) and I work from home, my family members sometimes forget that I have things to accomplish.
So, in 2020, I will have to create a rough schedule for myself and give to my family so that they understand that I may not always be available for them to help them with their needs. I can reschedule some things since my schedule is more flexible compared to others, but I cannot constantly change things. I have done that in the past and that is how I get behind in so many things (as well as one of the reasons I haven’t posted in so long).
I used to read a lot when I was younger. I would be able to read an entire book in a day when I was a child (yes, chapter books). I read a lot of literature throughout high school and college as a part of my curriculum and read several books for fun when time allowed. Once out of college, I started to read less. I always seem to be on my phone or on my computer reading blog posts and articles about current events, but I have not been sitting down and reading a good book in quite some time.
Most of the books I have been reading have been self-help books and while they are enjoyable and I have learned a lot, they are not as interesting or fun to read as the stacks of novels I have waiting. My hubby and I go to Barnes and Noble periodically and I always seem to walk out with a new book, but I haven’t actually sat down to read any of them. I have about 15 books that I want/need to read. Most of them are Cecelia Ahern novels. She is one of my favorite authors. Check out some of her novels here.
So, for 2020 I have a resolution to read more than I have in the past few years.
Study the Bible More
I have also fallen short when it comes to my Bible study. When I was in school, I was studying the Bible quite a bit because it was part of the curriculum in all of my classes. But, since graduating, I have not taken the time to get to know the Bible more.
Honestly, I do not know where to start either and that is probably why I have not done a lot with Bible study. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them in the comments below.
So, another resolution is to learn more about the Bible.
Creating Good Habits
My resolutions this year seem to all have a similar goal. That goal is to create a new set of good habits. If I am successful, these habits will make me healthier, happier, richer (in multiple ways) and overall have a more balanced life. It will take a lot of time and work, but I think all of these resolutions are possible to keep this year. If I am successful, then I will be able to build on them for many years to come.
The year 2020 is going to be a hectic year for us. But I think that it is going to be a great year. I have all kinds of things lined up to share with you all and cannot wait to get kick this year off with a bang! We might already be in the second week of the year, but it is still so early, and we can all put our minds to making a positive change in this year.
Question of the Week
What are your resolutions for 2020?