“A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year’s_resolution
I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I try every year to keep my resolutions but somehow never seem to keep them all. This past year I didn’t make any, but I want to try to make a few going forward to I can continue to try to better myself.
So here are my resolutions for 2014:
1. LOSE WEIGHT. I know…how many times in the past four+ years have I said I was going to do this? Well…I’m writing it down. Again. I mean, I just HAVE to do it this time. I started my diet on January 1st…and I plan on doing my best to track my calorie intake (using www.caloriecount.com) and eat healthier, along with doing some DDP Yoga (yawp!!). I’m committed to not just lose weight but to change my eating habits on a permanent basis. I’m determined to be 200lbs by the end of 2014. It’s not just all about me anymore. I’ve got a family now…they depend on me. I need to ensure that I’m there for them long-term. I can’t just do NOTHING all the time, right?
2. BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS BEFORE DECEMBER. Gosh how I’d love to do this. Man…it’s just so bloody depressing to always have to scramble at Christmas to find money to buy gifts when I really should be buying in the months leading up to Christmas. Because of my one-month unemployment situation, we didn’t buy any gifts for the kids until the WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS due to concerns about the basics like rent and food on the table. It’s now gotten to the point that Sunshine and I are going to have our own holiday AFTER the holidays are over in late January, where we end up buying gifts for each other. But in order for that to happen, I need to make sure my children are taken care of in the weeks before December…not the week before Christmas.
3. TAKE A FAMILY VACATION. One of the biggest benefits with my new job is the increase in pay. Because of this, there is now realistic talk of taking the whole fam damily to Disney World in 2014. It’s a crazy thought…with at least five of us (but hopefully six or even seven!!), it’ll be about a $10,000 investment. But Sunshine and I really want to do this and we think that this might actually be the year to try making it a reality.
4. BECOME DEBT FREE. With the exception of my car, I’ve got relatively little debt. If I can pay off my creditors (it’s been a tough couple of years), then I can start rebuilding my credit. The long-term goal is to buy a home with Sunshine…an actual house and not an apartment. In order to do that, I need to take care of my financial responsibilities ASAP. With this new job of mine, this is now a quicker reality.
5. HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2014. At the expense of sounding too corny, I just want to be the best “me” that I can this year. I want to enjoy life and appreciate all the good things that come my way. I don’t want to take anything for granted, because I’m living the life I’ve always wanted to live and it’s only going to get better from day to day.
What about you? Do you have any resolutions?