This Beautiful Frugal Life in 2012

by Melody on December 30, 2011

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?

  • “Reasonable Resolutions” series
  • 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:

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?

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lynn December 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Melody, you really inspire me!! I am going to read Dave Ramseys book and take the cellophane off my P.I.N.K. DVD workout video as a start to my New Year!! Love ya, Mom

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Rachel S December 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm

seriously love you and your blog. you are so real.

thank you. looking forward to 2012 along with you.

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Maegen January 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

I just ordered that DVD.

I feel like such a cliche-a cliche who needs to lose a good 15 pounds…..I’ll let you know how it goes!

Oh, and for anyone hesitating, Dave Ramsey really is the best. I don’t consider myself a self-help person, but I really didn’t, “Get,” money until I embraced his philosophy (although I don’t follow 100% of his advice).

Happy New Year to you and yours, Melody!

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Melody January 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I don’t think it’s a cliche at all, it’s just one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves so everyone focuses on it. On the other hand, it’s also one of the hardest things to do for ourselves. It took me a good solid six months to make it part of my routine. I honestly found that doing it everyday was better for me than 2-3 times per week. When I didn’t do it everyday, I found it so much easier to talk myself out of it and harder to get back into if I slipped out of the routine.

Good luck to you, can’t wait to hear how it goes!

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