Thursday, January 2, 2014

The New Year, Poop, and Better-ness

Happy New Year everyone! So far 2014 has started off with a bang, but not the good kind. We've all been sick since Christmas and it looks like Liam (most likely) came down with norovirus on New Year's Eve (instead of confetti everywhere we were dealing with poop). Our first purchases of the new year included diapers, Children's PeptoBismol, and Pedialyte. Hurrah.
This is generally the time of year when new resolutions are made, goals are set, and gym memberships are purchased. I usually make a specific resolution, and it generally regards my weight or physical appearance. This year before I made a resolution I took stock of my life. My family and I are generally healthy (well, except for the recent tummy troubles), we have a roof over our heads, no one is hungry, no one is scared, and no one is hurt. We don't have a lot of money, but we always pay our bills on time and have enough left over for little luxuries like HBO and yearly vacations. I am truly grateful for what I have in life, and who I have to share it with.
That being said, there is always room for improvement. My husband and I are not the kind of people who can say "this is as good as it's going to get, so why try for better?". My new year resolution includes a subset of 8 goals for this year. My resolution is simply to do better and be better. Be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. I want to manage our money better, and our time too. Just over-all general better-ness. The goals that I mentioned earlier are as follows:

  • read 20 books *I re-read books I love often, but only new books will count toward my goal*
  • lose 15 lbs. after the birth of my second son
  • be accepted to a Grad school
  • find at least 2 new ways to save money *not including cloth diapering and couponing* 
  • pay off 1 credit card and keep it at a 0 balance all year *by far the hardest goal*
  • make more things from scratch and cut down even more than I already have on processed foods
  • get Liam into a play group, and take him to the library at least once a week
  • finish playing Lego Harry Potter years 5-7
The last goal may seem really silly, but it's more about taking "me time" than anything else. I used to love to play console and PC games, and I hardly ever do so any more. I want to take a little time for myself to relax and play a game, and this form of "me time" is cheaper than going to a spa or getting a pedicure. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to do those things too. However, they seem a lot less likely to happen and cost money, which I'm trying to save.
I wish everyone out there who decides to make a resolution for 2014 good luck, and I'll keep you updated on how I'm doing on mine.