I’m a little late with this as we’re already nearly two weeks into 2018! It feels good to have 2017 in the rearview and this brand new horizon to look forward to. With a new year comes new hopes and dreams and this year Hayden and I decided to set intentions rather than resolutions to help us realize those hopes and dreams. It is my intention to cultivate creativity, happiness and peace in 2018 and here’s how:
1. Read 12 books. It took me a long time after my daughter was born to find the time to start reading again. I don’t have the leisure to lay around and read all day like I used to (if I wanted to) so I’m going to be realistic and not try to read three books a month! One new book each month will make me very happy; it will most likely be a mix of fantasy novels, personal finance and buddhist studies.
Intention 1b is to read Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover thanks to the Instagram #debtfreecommunity and I’m happy to say I’m halfway through it as we speak!
2. Floss every day. This is a very simple intention on purpose. A year or two back I read a blog post from someone who had set this resolution for themselves and she said that because it was something so small it was easily achievable. She was setting herself up for success. That’s what I think these intentions should be all about so I’m going to give myself an easy win this year (and give my teeth some love). PS if anyone knows the author of the blog post I’m talking about please email me or put it in the comments below; I’d love to give her credit.
3. Minimalize. I know that’s not a word but bear with me. As part of our overall goal to be debt free (and later financially free) as well as simplify our lives and leave a lighter footprint I’m setting a personal intention this year to donate or sell three items each month. Things do not bring happiness – instead they create clutter which just leads to chaos and stress.
4. Quality time. Since the birth of my daughter it has become very important to me to stop being so wrapped up in distractions (ie television, social media, my phone, etc.). My family deserves my full and undivided attention, not a distracted, half-present wife and mommy. For me this primarily means no phone at meal times and finding activities during the day that don’t involve sitting in front of the TV.
5. Run a 5k. When Hayden and I were living in Los Angeles we got into running. It was always an adventure to hit the streets, take a new route and stretch our legs. We did the couch to 5k program and I truly hated running – until suddenly I didn’t! Suddenly I could run for 30 minutes straight without losing my breath or wanting to keel over. We participated in a night-time, glow in the dark, rave-style 5k (which we both completed in under 30 minutes) and it was exhilarating! I’m still incredibly stiff and out of shape after being pregnant and I know it will feel great to shake my muscles loose again.
6. Blog goals. I have literally wanted to start a blog for years so I’m proud of how far I’ve come since I secured my domain in October! My intention for this first year of my blog’s life is to create meaningful content, network and collaborate with other bloggers in the community and learn everything I can about running a successful blog.
7. Get outside (at least) once a week as a family. This one is all about quality time – more sunshine, less screen time!
8. Get our affairs in order. The urgency of this item has become very clear to us now that we have Aurelia. We will rest easier knowing she will be taken care of if anything happens to us so this year we will be setting up our wills, life insurance, and anything else pertinent.
9. Plan a trip to Alaska. It will be two years in May since I’ve gone home and I really miss it. We would love to go this year but if that’s not possible I will settle for planning a trip for next year.
10. Pay off all credit cards. We are well on our way to achieving this intention, with a current pay off date of November. It will be amazing to be done with consumer debt once and for all!
11. Cash flow Christmas. We have declared 2017 as the last year we go into debt for Christmas. That’s just not what we want the holiday to be about! We’ll be using a sinking fund to set aside money each month and come November we’ll have all the cash we need for our Christmas shopping.