The new year always brings to mind resolutions. Starting fresh. A sense of gazelle intensity to accomplish new goals that have been on your mind of a little while. The standard ‘lose weight’, ‘save money’, ‘pay off credit cards’ are all great but if we set them every year and don’t achieve them should we still set them as a goal?
Of course! Always striving to move forward is what keeps us motivated. So yes, this year I want to lose weight, save money and pay off credit cards. I’m going to dust off the treadmill and “put the cookie down!” as my mother says. I will give a nod to Dave Ramsey for my savings and pay off goals. I started his baby steps back in November and I’m thrilled with the results so far. I’ve paid off 4 credit cards that I’ve been chasing for years. I set up an emergency fund that I actually had to use recently for unexpected injury coverage for my fur baby. In the past I would have been reaching for my credit cardS to spread the cost over as many as I could because they were all almost all maxed out. It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to write a check to cover the bill. I never would have been able to do that without the teachings of Dave. I encourage you, if one of your goals this year is to be more financially healthy, then check out Dave Ramsey. I listen to his podcasts almost every day, I use his FREE app EveryDollar every day and I got his book “Total Money Makeover” for Christmas that I’m in the middle of reading. You’ve got nothing to lose, check him out!
Ok, enough about money and losing weight. What else do I want to do for a personal achievement this year. I was thinking about it yesterday while I was mindlessly folding laundry. You know, you get that blank stare and let your mind wander to that imagination that used to flow so freely when you were a child. I then realized that Journey 2 Mystery Island was playing on TV in the background. A movie based on a Jules Verne novel. That’s when I decided that I wanted to ready classic literature in 2017. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the Work in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mystery Island, Treasure Island, The Canterbury Tales, The Divine Comedy, Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Iliad, The Odyssey (again), The Picture of Dorian Gray… I could go on and on with books that have popped into my mind that I want to ready, but maybe I’ll keep my 2017 list to 6 novels… to start. And in keeping with my Dave Ramsey plan, I think I’m going to get a library card and check them out, where in the past I would have purchased them. This makes more sense for one of my other goals too. I want to purge my house of junk and if I purchased these books, I’d read them, then they’d sit on a shelf and collect dust. This way, I can read them then return them to the library for someone else to enjoy!
Another thing that I want to and need to work on this year is moving out of my comfort zone. I was given a book a while back to read that I never got to finish, “Fierce Conversations”. I need to work on saying the things out loud that make me uncomfortable. I know that they make me uncomfortable because I’m afraid of hurting the other person’s feelings or I’m afraid of what the reaction will be. IT’s not helping me in my personal or professional life. Of the list of books I want to read, I think I need to start with that one.
The last thing on my resolution list this year is photography. I want to buy a nice camera that I’ve talked about in my previous post. I want to do a little research on photography. Scenery, life events, food, and people. Those are my targets. I don’t know if I want to go as far as to say I want to take a class on photography, but I’m not counting it out either.
And though it won’t happen in 2017, my resolution of paying off debt and becoming debt free through Dave Ramsey is going to move me towards another resolution; my bucket list. I keep a little list of my goals on my phone. I’ve noticed that most of my bucket list is destinations to travel too. I’m hoping that within the next 2 years my husband and I can be completely debt free (except for our mortgage) and then we can start traveling. So maybe my 2017 resolution list needs to include getting a passport for me and hubby, what’d ya think……….
What are some of your resolutions?