New Year New Me

It was brought  to my attention around my birthday this past November that I have lost my way, and become a shell of the person that I once was. I made some goals for the upcoming year, and wrote a post regarding those goals. The first week or two following that post I did nothing to really jump start myself the way I should have. In the weeks leading up to this new year however, I have been working to improve myself, but it has been slow going. This New Year’s however, I am determined to re-inspire my passion for life. The last few years have been very hard, and last year I realized that all of the goals I had been aiming for since my junior year in High School were not really the goals that I wanted for myself, but rather band-aids to cover up my true dream.

I discovered last year that my dream of becoming a writer was in fact a real possibility. I have since gone on to make an average of $100-$300 a month just by writing. Unfortunately, despite discovering that I indeed could make money from writing the numbers were not quiet as promising as I had hoped, the steps were not written as nicely as the goals I had made prior to making the decision to follow my true dream. I felt as though I had lost part of who I was, because everything was upside down. I am now choosing to jump start myself and take a new outlook on life. This year I am going to make a goal for every month of the year. Goals which will ultimately build upon themselves to allow me to grow into the passionate life loving person I once was.

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January:

Health:

I am going to begin and maintain a work out routine. I will meal plan and start eating healthier and more often. Since giving birth to my son, I have lost a lot of muscle mass do to bad eating habits and low activity. I plan to put myself on a path towards good health beginning this month.

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February:

Health:

Maintain my work out plan yoga once a week, 2 days at the gym, 3 days walking with the baby in our new stroller. Keep planning meals.

Business:

Create a schedule for my blog I have been ignoring certain areas, such as the career and college sections. I plan to change that by creating a detailed schedule this month. In addition, to my blog  I will also work on gaining new writing clients. I have at least one potential massage therapy client that I have worked with in the past. I also have connections in the real estate business, who might be interested in a writer for their blog.

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March:

Health:

Start dancing again.

Business:

Write two short stories to send off to competitions.

Financial:

It’s time to budget, you may be wondering why this isn’t January’s main goal. We would like to take care of few debts before really getting into the nitty gritty of our financial problems, and our tax refund is really going to help cut down on a lot of those issues. So come March when we have managed to get a lot of the debt paid off we will sit down and create a true budget for ourselves to begin paying off the rest.

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April:

Health:

Buy a pair of running shoes and a new water bottle, as  a reward for my hard work.

Business:

Write up three articles to sell/utilize as means of selling my writing skills to potential clients.

Financial:

Begin couponing regularly to help keep us in budget.

Social:

I’m going to focus on building friendships this month both current friendships and new ones. It’s time I started attending some mom and baby events with my son Wesley.

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May:

Health:

Start including baby in meal planning.

Business:

Write my e-book.

Financial:

Have at least half of the credit card bill paid off. $1400 (hopefully if our tax return is as good as we think it will be this year we can pay off 2/3rds).

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Social:

Throw a Birthday party for my husband at Brew Day. His father has a brew day once a month and Daniel is determined after his mothers death to visit once a month for brew day. He has never had a surprise party before and I intend to throw him one.

June:

Health:

Go out dancing with my husband, and begin running as apart of my regular workout.

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Business:

Edit e-book.

Financial:

Begin looking for a new apartment or house to rent.

Social:

Visit sister and her new baby. That’s right my little sister is going to be a mom.

July:

Health:

Begin weaning the baby and pumping regularly so that he has breast milk in loo of regular milk for his cereal. My goal is to breastfeed for a year and pump for the second year, as the World Health Organization recommends 2 years for breastfeeding. The U.S pediatric society recommends one year.

Business:

Publish e-book.

Financial:

Pay off the last of the credit card bill.

Social:

Throw the baby his first birthday party.

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August:

Health:

Get a hair cut and update wardrobe.

Business:

Market e-book.

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Financial:

Begin looking for a new work from home job/ full time job.

Social:

Locate a babysitter for Wesley. It’s time Daniel and I start having a regular date night.

September:

Health:

Get a massage and adjustment from chiropractor.

Business:

Write 3 articles to utilize for gaining new clients.

Financial:

Begin preparing to move.

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Social:

Take the baby to familiar places so moving doesn’t upset him with all the big changes.

October:

Health:

Get a pedicure after that hard move. Scout out the new workout location and begin second week after move in.

Business:

My goal is to make at least $1,000 a month just with writing by this month. As this year comes to a close the math tells me I averaged $200 per month this year.

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Financial:

Re-examine the budget with the new bills at the new place.

Social:

Have a house warming party by inviting mommy friends over for a Halloween themed playdate.

November:

Health:

Re-examine work out goals. Am I aiming to build muscle, increase endurance, tone, or something else?

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Business:

Begin preparing for tax season, how much do I need to report, what should I expect to pay? Also renew health insurance for January.

Financial:

Create a Christmas budget, how much are we spending on our son, each other, and others.

Social:

Take Wesley to meet Santa, attend Christmas related activities with other children and moms.

December:

Health:

Continue workouts, but feel free to enjoy the yummy food of the season.

Business:

Begin creating a plan for 2017. It’s time to start bringing in the big bucks.

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Financial:

Create a budget for 2017, start planning for Daniel and I to have a real wedding ceremony with a white dress, roasted pig, and bomb fire. We are going to throw a renaissance theme wedding in order to celebrate our love with our closest friends there to witness. My husband and I are kind of dorky in that we love to get dressed up in costume, and party like it’s the 1500s.

Social:

Have a holiday pot luck with my mommy friends and do a white elephant gift exchange.

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