Goals, resolutions, words of the year – they have all been flying at me like mini torpedos through my phone screen. Lest not we forget the anti-resolutionists that quietly ask you – why now? Why is January all of a sudden the time to change? And then you have they critics and pessimists that remind you of last January. Oh, last January. Last year was going to be MY YEAR. Wasn’t it? Was it? In some ways yes. In most ways? Nope.
I did some major goal setting back in November. I mostly (I did my best!) gave up social media for the past two months. Dove deep into some reworking of the web design for the blog (have you noticed the new facelift?), warily reached out to others to collaborate for posts and planned. Oh did I plan.
Now the time is here – or well it was here. January 1 was supposed to be the big show! The big blog launch and it slipped right through my fingers. And guess what? That is A OK with me. I extended my holiday relaxation through last week and spent a chilly New Year’s week in the sandy 55 degree tundra of Fort Myers, Florida with my husband and family. But now I’m back and ready to rock and roll, I think.
On our way to the airport to head back to good ol’ KC – JR and I talked about our goals for the year and where we are at in our lives. I had already decided to really focus on fitness and nutrition this year – real groundbreaking stuff. I had thought about using the word “HEALTH” as my word of the year. I don’t necessarily want to just go to the gym more but really incorporate some healthy habits and rhythms into my life. I want to stretch my muscles, sweat everyday, nourish my body, and care for my skin.
I’ve decided to make three health based goals for each month and focus on nailing down those before moving onto something new. For January I am going to try the ever so trendy LEKfit workouts from home Monday-Friday, start everyday with something green (great ideas in this cookbook!), and take off my makeup and wash my face every single night. (Yep, super guilty of not being a face washer. Here is the link to my cleanser.)
So instead of taking on a giant year of yes like some (thank Shonda Rhimes for the inspo!) this starts my year of NOPE. NOPE to the excuses of not working out. NOPE to caving to cravings and eating junk. NOPE to going to bed with mascara on! And a big giant YES to nourishing and caring for my body.
While I was thinking of the word HEALTH and an old Alpha Omicron Pi song “The Loving Cup” came to mind. After a quick call to my bestie Julia she reminded me of the lyrics – “We pass the loving cup around, Won’t pass a sister by, We all drink from the same old cup, In Alpha Omicron Pi, For the love of the cup will never grow old, As long as the cup is nigh, Here’s to HEALTH, to WEALTH, to life, to loooooooove, In Alpha Omicron Pi.” Thus bringing about my second word for the year – WEALTH.
JR was 100% on board for the second word. Last spring we decided to quit wading into the debt free pool and took all our savings minus $1000 and cannon-balled into the Dave Ramsey deep end. After buckling down we hit a few road blocks and took the last few months to renovate our kitchen.We are close to finishing up the kitchen and decided this past weekend that this is going to be the year of rice and beans. The year of sacrifice. The year of saying NOPE. We agreed on going on one trip. ONE. Slowing down on the home projects, taking on some extra side hustles and budgeting, budgeting, budgeting.
As of today we have paid off a total of $58,626.59 since July of 2016. We still have around $76k left in student loans and our car loan and our goal is to have it paid off within the next 2 years. We have decided to give you all the tools to help you wade and/or dive your way out of debt. I am working on some great financial posts on how we manage our money, the relationship hurdles and discussions (and fights!) that come with it, as well as some tools to help you get started. Be sure to sign up with your email below so you don’t miss a post!
HEALTH & WEALTH
We need to still sit down and really document our goals and project some quarterly and six month goals for the rest of the year. I am ever so jealous of people who like to journal or even have pretty good handwriting. I think we are going to work month by month in order to tackle the balance of lofty goals and actual execution. If anyone has any tips on goal setting and execution SEND. THEM. MY. WAY. Do you have any lofty goals for the year? Are you taking on a year of YES?
Cheers to the new year friends! To HEALTH & WEALTH!