John and I are big goal-setters. We set goals all throughout the year, but still love the idea of a fresh start on New Year’s Day.
This year, we have a few individual goals and some that we’re working on together. Since it’s still technically the holiday’s and I’m finishing up my new book, let’s dive straight in.
2016 New Year’s Resolutions
Ok, this is probably everyone’s resolution. I know, I know. But John and I have actually already started with this goal! We are doing a modified Whole30 healthy eating program and we started on Sunday. It’s “modified” because we are allowing cream or milk in our coffee (dairy is a no-no on this plan) and diet coke every once in a while (also a no-no). We also aren’t doing it for a full 30 days. Instead, we will eat according to this plan until we’re at our goal weights. For me, I’d like to lose about 8 lbs. John would like to lose about 20. Once we’re both at our goals, we’ll continue to eat healthy but we’ll incorporate carbs and sugars slowly back into our diets on a limited basis (because, let’s be real, there is no way I could live without sugar. Life is too short!!).
Purchase a rental property
(!!!!) This is the goal I am most excited about! However, we’re really going to have to push in order to make this goal happen. To buy a rental property, most lenders require a down payment of 20 percent. Since we just bought our own home a few months ago, our savings accounts are not as padded as we would like. If we buckle down, though, I really think we can do this.
I know this isn’t specific, but our income varies (sometimes drastically) from month to month. I’m not going to set a specific goal because I still want to enjoy life, and for me, that involves spending money every now and then! We can definitely cut back on spending, though. With moving, purchasing furniture, and the holidays, we haven’t been saving as much as we could be. I’m sure many of you are in this same boat – so let’s all try to spend a little less this year and save a little more, while still having fun!
You guys, I will be the first to admit that I have been so busy these last few months. Between working full-time, freelancing and blogging, not to mention my goal to make $10K by October 2016, I’ve really been pushing myself. So, this New Year, I am making some changes. Don’t worry, I’m not backing out of my $10K goal, but I do need to be more strategic. So far, I’ve quit two lower-paying freelance jobs. From here on out, I’m only taking on work that is truly worth my time. I work full-time, so while extra money is always nice, we don’t “need” it. I also really plan on ramping up my blog. Better content, longer posts, prettier images, and more. I am even starting a new blog, but shhh. It’s a secret! More on that to come…
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John and I have found our “happy place” here in Charlotte, NC. And while it’s amazing and has so much to offer, we want to see more. There are so many small mountain towns in the area, not to mention breathtaking beaches just three hours away. Our girls are finally at the point where they can more easily stay in hotel rooms and be out and about without naps, and I want to take advantage of this. John booked me a trip to a mountain town this Christmas, and I’m so excited to go! Our loose goal is to plan one adventure every six weeks. It doesn’t even necessarily have to be an overnight adventure – but will sometimes be a “get in the car and go!” adventure!
And that, my friends, wraps up my goals. They are all small and doable, and I am honestly so excited for what this year will bring! We’ve had some wild and crazy years, and I’m looking forward to a year of rest!
What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?!