We are more than halfway through 2013 and I haven’t been as gung-ho about my resolutions I set at the beginning of 2013 as I usually am. I know there’s a lot of negativity setting long-term yearly resolutions since we change so much throughout the year. What we think we want in January can be vastly different come July.
Looking over the goals I set, I’m not happy with them. Some of them make me feel really bad about myself (ahem, losing 50 lbs) and some of them I just don’t care for anymore (ahem, sending snail mail). So it’s time for a change. I believe goals should motivate us, excite us, challenge us. They shouldn’t make us feel terrible about ourselves or stress us out. We have enough stressors in life and goal-setting shouldn’t be one of them.
With that in mind, I am setting new goals to take me through the rest of the year. I really want to focus on goals that are important to me, that feel achievable, and most importantly: ones I will find fun to complete. Below lists the ten goals I’ve set to focus on for the rest of this year:
I want to establish daily quiet time and journaling. I know how much I need my quiet time to do my devotionals, read my Bible, pray, and journal my thoughts. I’m using 750words.com for my journaling, which I like because I just can’t get myself into a groove of journaling by hand and it gives me a cool infographic about how I was feeling based on what I wrote when I finish. As for Bible reading, I’m currently using She Reads Truth for guided devotions and then reading 3 chapters a day in Genesis. I’ve never actually read the Bible in whole, which is something I’m striving to do.
I want to pay off my credit cards. At the beginning of the year, I was out of credit card debt but thanks to my cruise and then my travels to Orlando, I’m back into debt and I really need to focus myself to dig myself back out of it.
I want to go brunette. For those who don’t know, nope, I am not naturally blonde. Way back in 2010, I went from being a long-haired brunette to a short-haired blonde and it was one of the most fun transformations of my life. But it’s gotten to be too much to keep up with and I am currently in the process of growing out the blonde and will soon (very soon!) be a brunette again. Stay tuned!
I want to have $250 saved in my savings account. This equals to $15 a paycheck. I currently have $45 in my savings account and I’d like to be able to have $250 saved. My ultimate goal is $5,000 in my savings account so I have a ways to go… but this is a start.
I want to get a tattoo. I know exactly where and what, and it’s something that’s been on my mind for over a year now. I just have to do it!
I want to write and edit a novel, including winning NaNoWriMo 2013. Every time I sit down to write fiction, I realize that this is what I’m meant to be doing.
I want to read 100 books. I just finished book #52! Well on my way for this goal and it’s one of my resolutions I wanted to keep.
I want to write 50 guest posts, and make at least $100 from freelancing. I’ve written 27 posts so far! And I’m getting more aggressive with searching for freelancing gigs, so I’m crossing my fingers I can make this happen. (And I’m looking for more blogs to guest post on? Fill out my form, pretty please?)
I want to eat out no more than 3 times a week, and snack better. I love eating out but I also really love saving money so I need to cut down on how often I eat out to do so. And snacking better? Less sugary snacks, more wholesome and filling foods.
I want to spend more weekends outside. Trips to the beach, trips to the pool, trips to different dog parks with Dutch, trips to the farmer’s market, trips downtown… I just want to be outside more! I live in such a beautiful place and I want to take advantage of it.
It blows my mind that we’re in the last half of this year. The first half had it’s good moments and it’s bad moments. I’m hoping the good outweighs the bad over the next 6 months. I’m ready to kick things into high gear and be able to easily cross off the majority of these goals!