I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I always love when people ask me a few hours before midnight and I stare blankly. “Ummm. Lose weight?”
I do however, LOVE the idea of a clean slate. A fresh start. I love the idea of evaluating the previous year, looking at what has worked for our family, what definitely didn’t work, what we’d like to try, how we’d like to spread our wings. It feels like some great cosmic being has given me the opportunity to make some changes. While December feels like a time to languish and enjoy things the way they are, January feels like a time to jump-start our lives.
Over the past few weeks, I have been jotting down ideas for the new year. Not just for my personal life, but for the blog as well. I have a list of approximately 72,342 things I’d like to change, try, do, restart, renew, keep doing.
One thing I don’t want to do is attempt to cram it all into the month of January, for my personal goals or for the blog. That would cause some serious burn-out and most likely make me want to crawl into a hole and never come out. I’ve decided to work on a series of posts over the course of the next few months. I really want to spend some good quality time and hash out these goals for myself and for you.
What do I have in mind for the next few months?
- Relaunching my “Waging War on Clutter” series, going room by room following along with my amazing Totally Together planner
- Revisiting our yearly/monthly budget, including a step-by-step breakdown for you
- “Reasonable Resolutions” series
- Continuing updates of my fitness goals
- Freezer/pantry inventory and management
I’d also like to launch a monthly book review. Reading is one of my true passions and I just don’t make nearly enough time for it. There are several books that are on my list (I actually have a board on Pinterest) and I’d love to be able to share them with you. I’d also love recommendations!
As I mentioned, I’m not going to be launching these all at once. I’d like to roll them out slowly and really pay some attention to each one. I’m sure most of you have ideas in mind for yourself for the New Year, so I wanted to leave you with a few of my favorites “resolution-type” products:
- Kick start your financial goals – Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover
- Kick start your fitness goals – Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred
- Kick start and track your monthly grocery budget – The Coupon Project’s 2012 Savings Tracker
I’m really excited for the coming year. I’m a ruthless note-taker and idea-gatherer, so this is the perfect time of year for me. A time of renewal, growth and new ideas.
I’d love to hear your feedback. What are you looking forward to in the New Year? What worked well for you last year, what would you like to change?