Happy New Year!


Happy 2014!  It’s that time of year where you have to get used to writing 2014 on everything you date!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I came up with these resolutions.  I feel like it was just a few months ago. No excuses for the lack of crossing off more items!  Here’s how I did with my goals for 2013.

Improving time management.  While I still procrastinate a bit, being busy with work and volunteering has helped me be more productive.  I have somewhat of a morning routine to clean instead of hopping on the computer right away, which helps set the pace for the day.  I’m not exercising daily but there have been some improvements and attempts.  Sleeping schedule with a bed time routine is a joke and I need to fix this, badly!  I’ve attempted meal planning and cooking more but I really need to stick with it every week.

Finding passion in art.  I’ve successfully been able to separate the anxiety I once felt when creating art. I’m still not creating art every day, but I’m working on it.

Some other things I want to do in 2013:

  • Go to the shooting range with husband – Won’t happen in 2013 but it’s on my list of things to do with the hubby while he’s on leave.
  • Visit my family
  • Pay off credit card debtI paid off one card, still have one to go!
  • Run a mile easily – Hahaha.  Yeah.No.
  • Use my Waterpik habitually – Didn’t even try.  Finally cleaned off my bathroom counter, took it out of the box and WILL start using it!
  • Develop a skin care regimen – Didn’t try this either.  Now that everything is organized, I just need to make this a daily habit/routine.
  • Read more – I read a couple books but slowed down the past few months.  Recently joined a book club so hopefully that will help with the more aspect.
  • Update portfolio/demo reel and design new website – Nope.
  • Kip training (click the link to see what a kip is) – Not at all.
  • Sit up straight, improve posture – Not really.
  • Meet people/make friends and do fun things!  Have met a few new people and hope to meet more in 2014 to do fun things with!
  • Spend less time on the computer!  Work and volunteering has kept me away, but I want to spend less time on Facebook, specifically.
  • Improve time management – develop daily routines (exercise, cleaning, working/side hustling, bedtime routine)  Getting better!

Some of these things overlap my goals for the year.  Sadly, I have failed at most of these things.  Playing brain games and laughing have been successes and a few others are getting a lot better but still not daily.  I need to print/write out this list and post it around the apartment so I can see it every day and truly work harder at doing these all.

  1. Brush cats, this will help keep cat hair at bay.
  2. Play with all the cats, encourages them to get into trouble less.
  3. Scoop all litter boxes.
  4. Vacuum at least one room.
  5. Dust/wipe down counters and surfaces.
  6. Dishes, either wash them by hand or put dirty ones in the dishwasher before bed.
  7. Use my Waterpik.
  8. Go for a walk.
  9. Eat fruit!
  10. Read.
  11. Play brain games (sudoku, word search, etc).
  12. Laugh.
  13. Take ALL medication, including vitamins/supplements.
  14. Stretch and do balance exercises.
  15. Wear sunblock.

Some goals I have for getting debt free ASAP:

These are goals I made a year ago and after reexamining them, I don’t think they’re very realistic as I’m months behind.

  • Within 2 months:  Brainstorm/begin new and creative ways to make extra money. – Did that, just took a while to actually make extra money and it’s still not a significant amount.
  • Within 3 months:  Have a job, even if it’s part-time minimum wage. – Took 10 months.
  • Within 4-6 months:  Learn to love to create art again.  Update my portfolio.  Build a website and start freelancing! – Still no love but I’ve cleared the anxiety.  No real progress on portfolio/freelancing.
  • 6 months to a year:  Credit cards paid off! – Just one down, one to go (two if you include my husband’s new credit card).
  • 1 year:  Smallest private loan with co-signer paid off!  Not.Even.Close.  I’ve gotten this loan just below my original principal balance.
  • 3-5 years:  Have all private loans paid off!  With interest, this probably isn’t reasonable but I’m not nixing it yet, especially now that I have a job (or two).
  • 10-15 years:  Federal loans paid off.  Unlikely, but still hopeful.

I’m getting pretty detailed about my steps towards achieving goals for 2014 and since this post is already pretty long, that’ll be for another day!

Happy New Year, readers!  How did you do with your goals for 2013?  What new ones do you have for 2014?


2 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

    • Thanks for commenting Steven! Your comments ended up in my spam folder, sorry for the delay in approval. This stuff is hard to stay with, it involves making lifestyle choices and it’s so easy to fall back to what you’re used to doing. Hope the new year is treating you well!

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