1. Lose Weight. Ugh. If you’re a long-time reader of this blog then you know about the continuing battle I’ve had with weight. At one point in 2014, I was down to 221lbs. That, my friends, is the lowest I’ve been in years. I was running multiple times per week and feeling great about myself. Obviously, that didn’t last and I end 2014 at 237lbs…ten of which I’ve gained the past two weeks due to my medication change. Because I now realize just how badly my depression has been affecting my body, I’m not beating myself up too much about it. It was an up-and-down year in terms of my weight, so I can say this resolution failed.
2. Buy Christmas Gifts BEFORE December. This one didn’t happen, but the pre-Christmas financial planning certainly did. We actually didn’t even start buying gifts until December 12-13. You would think this was a time to panic. Fortunately for Sunshine and I, though, we had already begun working on our budget. This meant that we had money to spend on gifts. ACTUAL MONEY. And out of the three primary areas in the HRM (Halifax, Bedford, and Dartmouth), we did the majority of our shopping in the smallest: Bedford. This meant that we could still go to Walmart, Target, and the other major retailers but the line-ups and crowds weren’t nearly as bad. So while we didn’t get gifts purchased before December, there was considerably less running around. The resolution failed, but we ended up winning.
3. Take a family vacation. UGH. I don’t even want to talk about this one. Needless to say, this one was a giant fail.
4. Become debt free. It’s hard to believe, but this one is almost accomplished. We combined our finances in late October and started our budget in November. As of the end of December, we’re actually doing really good. I’ve got a very small balance on my credit card and once that’s paid off, we can tackle Sunshine’s two cards and start rebuilding towards a financially sound future. I’ll say this resolution was accomplished.
5. Have a happy, healthy 2014. Well…things didn’t quite end in 2014 the way I hoped that they would. Obviously, the last month has been tough on me and my family. Depression is not easy to deal with but I’m doing the best I can to become the person I want to become. The next couple of months will be vitally important to both me and my wife. I need to become the guy that I used to be. While this resolution failed in 2014, I think it was a massive step forward to having a fantastic 2015.
6. Go on a “Date Night” at least once a month. Even with a budget containing “Date Night” money set aside for us, we didn’t accomplish this task in 2014. While some dates were had, we didn’t do it on a regular basis. This is definitely something we have to accomplish in 2015. Our marriage needs that “us time”, and we just don’t seem to get enough of it.
7. Go on a road trip somewhere. Believe me…we NEED a road trip. We need to get out of the city together and get away from it all. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen in 2014. Bah.
8. Attend at least one concert together. This, actually, was easily accomplished. We ended up having the “Year of Musical Sunshine” because we went to three concerts of Sunshine’s favourite artists: Platinum Blonde, Jann Arden, and Richard Marx. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any of my favourites, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for 2015.
9. Combine finances. Thankfully, this actually took place and we’ve been sharing money successfully for a couple of months now. It’s crazy to believe that I’m doing this, because I’ve had trust issues my entire life. I’ve also had terrible spending habits, so blending our income and handling expenses jointly has done wonders for me and for us.
So at year end, only three of my 2014 resolutions were accomplished. I need to do better in 2015. MUCH better.
What about you? How did YOU do for resolutions this year?