Welcome to 2012! The start of the year feels fresh and exciting.
This is set to be a very busy year for us, with lots of travel on the horizon. In February Stevie will be doing Ragnar with French Toast Mafia and the girls and I will meet him in Tempe for a weekend getaway. March will find us back in the Phoenix area for a friend’s wedding and then Stevie’s annual trip to Vegas for March Madness. Another friend’s wedding will take us back to the Phoenix area in April then Stevie to Chicago for another friend’s wedding in May! I will be gone for a few days in May also for the annual CIMI trip. Another wedding in July will bring us to Michigan (and the girls’ first plane ride). In October when Stevie and I both turn 30 and celebrate our 5 year anniversary we are taking a cruise and I think my family is planning on Coronado Island again in November. Crazy! It is exhausting just thinking about it!
A couple things that I am resolving to do in 2012:
1) CREATE AND STICK TO A BUDGET
We have been really fortunate and never had to stick to a budget. For this year, though, I really want to see if we can set one and stick to it. This means we are cutting back on everything except what I call “my memories” (my pictures, scrapbooks, blog-books, etc). We will be spending less on gifts, less on groceries and will be eating out less frequently.
2) WORKOUT TO FEEL GOOD
Of course I am sticking with Weight Watchers and I would love to be lifetime sometime in 2012, but I also need to remember that exercise is good for the mind too. I recently saw some girls wearing shirts that read, “running in cheaper than therapy.” It is true and I want to focus on exercising for mental clarity, in addition to just earning activity points.
3) 2012 WILL BE THE YEAR OF LESS
I look around my house and all I see is stuff. Clutter. Items that we spent money on. Items that we don’t need. I have an overwhelming urge to purge! I want to clean out closets and clear off countertops. I want less. Fewer toys. Fewer books (gasp!). Less paper. Fewer clothes. Fewer bags. This will tie in nicely to resolution #1. I believe that having less stuff will result in an increase in the two things that I actually want more of: money and time with my family.
4) GET AT LEAST 8 SOLID HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT
Ha! Ha! I really crack myself up sometimes.
Happy New Year to you and your family! I just know that 2012 will be awesome!