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31 for 31

In July, I turned the big 3-1. Not a significant birthday. But I wanted to make some new goals and aspirations for me, myself, and I, and what better time than the start of my own personal new year? And if you put them in writing (or in the notes section of your iPhone), then you’ve gotta stick to them, right?

Alas, I bring you my already in progress 31-for-31.

1. Eat my fruits and veggies! I wish I could live on cupcakes, cookies, bacon, and soda, but I can’t.

2. Get outside every day. Fresh air works wonders. Who cares if it’s hot or cold? I’m not going to melt, and I’m not going to freeze.

3. Floss daily. I do it sometimes, but not every day. Come on. You don’t either.

4. Exercise. The standard that must be included in any resolution list. But I have been! I’m even running a 5K in a few weeks!

5. Don’t quit my job!  So, working from home and taking care of kids is far more challenging than I would have ever expected. Six months in and I’m still trying to get into a good swing. I have some days of heavy frustration where I’m sure I can’t do this not one more minute. But I do, and I will continue, and it will get better.

6. Take a stab at writing a murder mystery. Pun totally intended.

7. The Empty Sink rule. You will never see a dish in my mother-in-law’s sink. It’s quite remarkable. If something is dirty, it gets put in the dishwasher or washed right away. It’s her peeve, but I think it’s an awesome way to stay on top of a pesky chore, and I want to do it too!

8. Read to my kids more. Sure, we do bedtime stories. But why not wake up stories? Or after lunch stories?

9. 31 pounds. That’s how much I want to lose during my 31st year. In 2 months, I’ve lost 6 pounds. Not a huge number, but I’m going for the marathon, not the sprint, and that has me right on track.

10. Try Zumba! This one I’m happy to say I’ve successfully done! What a great, fun workout!

11. See friends. With us all being parents and working, it’s not as easy as we wish it was. But I hope my friends know their importance in my life, and how I wish we could see each other more!

12. Call family. In the world of text and email, hearing someone you love’s voice can be such a pleasure.

13. Become more financially healthy. Stick to our budget. Think before we buy. Keep heading towards a debt free life!

14. Stop biting my nails. I’m about to put hot sauce on my own fingers.

15. Happy Birthdays. Wish them to anyone and everyone. Each new year is a blessing!

16. Donate. Whether it be time, material items, or money. Giving back is one of the most gratifying feelings.

17. Have an adult beverage, or two. I bartend twice a week, but rarely ever enjoy a drink myself. I have to remind myself that it’s okay to have a glass of wine on the couch after a long day!

18. Drink more water. Before I was pregnant with Blake and during my pregnancy, I drank about a gallon a day. Now I’m drinking a lot less water and a lot more crap. Time to go back to water.

19. Cook. I’m never going to be a gourmet chef, but I do enjoy trying new recipes and preparing meals for my family. I just don’t do it very often. But I should!

20. Say hello to the neighbors. Another success! In the past 2 months, I’ve met neighbors who just moved in, and neighbors we’ve lived across the street from for 6 and a half years (who we had never actually met prior).

21. Start composting. What do I know about composting? Nothing. But I do know that I like my planet, and I want to do my part.

22. Take more pictures. I take a lot with my phone, but really should break out the camera more for some good quailty memories.

23. Organize the photos I take. I’ve always been terrible with this. I have plans to make family yearbooks dating back to our first year of marriage, as well as yearly kid books.

24. Read a book. Finding time to read isn’t easy, but I really should put the Candy Crush down and read a little more often.

25. Have a yard sale. We’ve been saying every single year that we need to have a yard sale. It’s going to happen.

26. More date nights. Don and I need a little more “us” time that doesn’t involve talking about work or falling asleep on the couch while watching sports.

27. Join Instagram. Did it. I like seeing pictures, but the amount of hashtags some people use is a bit much for my liking. #guiltyascharged

28. Do yardwork. I find yardwork to be incredibly calming. I’d like to work on some landscaping, or mow the lawn now and then to give Don a break.

29. Reuseable grocery bags. I have them. I just need to remember to bring them.

30. Make time for me. Maybe it means doing a Pinterest project. Maybe it means taking a nap.

31. Blog. And here I am 🙂

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My New Year’s Resolution: Baby Steps!

New Year’s resolutions. Why do I make these again? So that in a month, I can feel like I failed for yet another year? Every year I say, oooh no, this year it’s the real deal, I mean business. Well, maybe if I write them for the world to see, I’ll HAVE to stick with them. At least that’s what I’m telling myself!

But this year, I’m just taking baby steps. Small things to hopefully help make the big picture a little brighter.

Baby Step #1: The Dollar Bill Savings Plan

From now on, I will not purchase anything with dollar bills. Instead, I will save each and every one I get. This isn’t a new concept, you’ve probably heard it discussed before. But what better way to save a little more and rethink your spending! This article says it best: If you are buying a coffee, pay for it with a $5, and put away the dollar bills you get back in change. If you cannot afford to pay for your coffee with a $5, then don’t buy it! Now THAT is a changed way of thinking for me!

There is also a variant of this with $5 bills… once I master the baby step of $1 bills, I’m going to try to include both $1s and $5s. Cha ching!

Baby Step #2: Soup for Lunch

This one is exactly what the title says. I will eat soup for lunch every work day. My husband started this a year or so ago. A client he was doing work for told him that she and her husband did this and were able to lose a few pounds with no other life changes. Now, if you saw my husband, you’d know he hasn’t any weight to lose (must be nice!), but he saw it as an opportunity to eat a little lighter. So I’m joining him!

This is going to help me take a baby step towards a couple things: Hopefully I can lose a few pounds, and hopefully this will keep me from spending far too much money on lunch. If anything, I won’t have an excuse to not pack a lunch, because I can keep extra cans and a microwave-safe bowl at the office.

To start, I’m not going to put any rules around types of soup, and yes, I’m buying cans. The next step? Making my own soups!

Baby Step #3: Dwell on the Good

I came across this idea on good old Pinterest. Each time something good happens for us, write it down on paper, and put it in a jar. Then on New Year’s Eve, open the jar, and read all the wonderful things that have happened for you all year.

But my plan is a little different. Yes, we will write down all our positivity. But why only open it at the end of the year? I’m going to take an extra photo album and stick our written notes in the photo slots. And whenever we need a pick-me-up, reading this will be our inspiration to smile. No more dwelling on the negative!

So, what are you doing for a better 2013?