New Year's Resolutions: The List

This year has been a long time coming. I don't think I've ever been so excited for a new year, for a new beginning.

I'm one of those ambitious list makers when it comes to New Year's Resolutions. Like last year when I decided I was going to embark on my own version of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and have 5 resolutions each month that would compound upon one another until I was a brand spanking new person by the end of the year.

I made it to February, sort of.

But even thinking about that project makes me want to dust it off and try again because I can so totally master it this time, right? The fact that I will soon be so pregnant that standing is a Herculean feat and the subsequent newborn that will follow close behind will have no impact whatsoever on my resolution ambitions. Right?

I need a reality check. And some slack.

So this year I'm taking it easy on the resolutions, with five big ticket items for the year.

  1. Keep A Writing Schedule: Right now I'm starting off easy, with a weekly word count goal and notes on what I would like to accomplish weekly. I'll make a note in my planner on a chapter I want finished by the week's end, or a short story I'd like to progress to a key scene. I aim for fiction first and fill in the rest of the word count with blog posts if I need to. It's all about making daily writing a habit that I can't live without.
  2. Make The Move To Cash: Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time knows I am all about Dave Ramsey. I read The Total Money Makeover shortly after Lucas was born and it changed our lives forever. But up until this point there is one major no-no that I have clung to, which is our lone American Express credit card. This year I'm banning the credit card (even if we do pay it off monthly) and we're going to try out the envelope system for the first time. I'm hoping it will help us pocket some extra cash to pay off our home mortgage early.
  3. Set An Alarm: Every single year I have routine resolutions which fall through. I want to be one of those people who gets enough sleep yet still wakes up before the sun and drinks lemon water every morning and has a set workout schedule and eats a lot of kale. I'm not that person. I binge watch The Biggest Loser at all hours of the night while eating cheese pizza. So this year instead of all the failed resolutions, I'm just committing to setting a morning alarm for myself. Basically my goal is just to wake up before the kids. Maybe have a cup of tea while staring blankly out the window in a sleepy stupor. And sadly, this is probably going to be the most ambitious resolution for me.
  4. Meal Plan Like A Boss: Every year I get better and better at meal planning. This year I want to take it to a whole new level. Which is to say, I want to have our breakfasts planned out and make overnight cinnamon rolls every now and again because they are delicious. And to stay on top of my weekly meal plans and grocery lists so I'm not making any extra little trips to the store and spending way more grocery money than I should. And damn it, I want to stock that freezer like a boss before this baby comes. Chicken enchiladas and lasagna for life.
  5. Live Intentionally: This is the most important, and perhaps the hardest to measure. It could mean a lot of different things. It does mean a lot of different things. For me, it's about being present. It's about moving towards a minimalist lifestyle. It's about cultivating a spirit of gratitude and actively loving all the wonderful people life has placed in my path. It's about not wasting my time on practices and people who drain me. It's about seeking out the things that make me happy.  I hope to keep this constant, underlying focus to live intentionally for the rest of my life.


I'd love to hear your New Year's Resolutions. Are you keeping it simple or are you a super list maker? Are you all about health goals or career motivated or family focused?