I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. They only stick around for a few weeks and they never become habits. Instead, I like to set new goals at the beginning of the year. Goals are more permanent and have a sense of accomplishment tied to them. They also tend to be more meaningful – vowing to create a healthier lifestyle is more powerful than wanting to just lose weight. So what do I want to accomplish this next year?
Be More Thoughtful about Spending Money
In the past, I’ve been unsuccessful with setting a specific savings goal. A major reason for this is that my life has been in transition. First, I graduated from college and got my first real job. Then I decided I need to save for a house. Then I bought said house and moved out on my own. It can be really challenging to save a specific amount of money when you are still learning what your expenses are like. This year, my fiance will be moving in with me and my financial situation will change again as a result.
Instead of setting a specific money goal, I want to reframe the way I think about spending money. Is the item I’m about to buy necessary ? Does it fit in my budget? Will it bring me joy? Is there space for it in my home? Thinking about these things will prevent me from buying things I don’t need and that I haven’t budgeting for.
Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Stress really got to me this last year. I need to do better. One way I can is by taking better care of myself. I don’t want to commit to losing a certain amount of weight or sticking to a very specific diet. Instead, I want to make small lifestyle changes over time that I know will stick.
I know I need to eat better. I was recently diagnosed with IBS (more on that in a future post). Many foods are possible triggers for my symptoms, and I need to be more thoughtful about what I am putting into my body. I recently purchased The Gut Healthy Cookbook (I found mine at Costco but you can find it on Amazon) which outlines key trigger foods for people with IBS and other digestive-related issues.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about food – one of my goals is to get more regular exercise. I have always convinced myself that I don’t have the time, but it becomes harder to maintain a stable weight as I get older. I need to make it a priority to get up and move around each day. One of my good friends recently got her Zumba instructor certification, and I have attended her class. It’s a start. I need to find more creative ways to fit in exercise.
Find Ways to Simplify Life
Time is money, and in a way money is time. My life has become very time-limited. I work full-time and I am pursuing my Master’s part-time. I have already felt the effects of not scheduling enough downtime in my life. Therefore, it’s critical I find ways to reduce time spent on chores and other boring activities by simplifying my life.
To simplify cleaning, I’ve started massively decluttering my home. I’ve donated or thrown away anything that doesn’t give me joy and that I don’t use regularly. Decluttering will reduce the amount of visual mess and make it easier to keep things clean. One of my other least favorite chores is grocery shopping. I recently discovered Instacart, a grocery delivery service that lets you shop your favorite stores online. This service has changed my life – I’ll talk more about it in a future post. I’m sure I will find more ways to simplify as I begin to analyze my routines and consider what is most important to me.
I would love to achieve more in 2019, but I have intentionally kept my list of goals short. These are what are most meaningful to me. Many of my longer term goals will become more achievable if I can accomplish these.
What are your goals for 2019? Do you participate in New Years resolutions? What are you most excited about for this next year? Let me know in the comments!