Happy New Year!
2014 was not the best year for our family, though not the worst. I would say it was rather stagnant, unproductive, and fraught with stress. That is why Hubs and I have decided to actively seek a better life for ourselves and our kids.
We have resolved to make serious changes to our financial situation. While it won’t be fun, we are prepared to give up all the frills and cut back on as much as we can get away with to apply large chuncks to our debts and to re-build the kids’ college fund. That means paying off two vehical loans, reducing student loans by almost a third, and settinng aside $500 for college. It will be tough, but with planning and drive we can do it.
We have also resolved to clean up our mess! We have a lot of stuff, a lot of clutter, and yet we seem to always be wanting. Wanting more space, wanting more furniture, wanting more storage, wanting more time. Hubs spent a lot of the holiday break by cleaning, sorting, and arranging the basement and today we went through the living/play room. A bookshelf was repaired (instead of replaced), storage bins were put together to contain board books and puzzels, and broken toys were discarded. We plan to go through one room a week to honestly review each and every item we own. Our goal is to reduce our stuff by about half. It might not really be attainable, however, I think that giving ourselves a whole year to do it will give us the time to make decisions and to truly evaluate what we really need and want in life. We are also adopting an item-in-item-out policy, especially with the toys and clothes.
I personally am resolving to let go of some of my stress, bitterness, nervousness, and general angst. My resolution is to embrace the happy and productive person inside me. One of the tools I’ll be using is a gift from my brother. I was given a copy of Wreck This Journal. I think this will help me let out tension, creativity, and redefine some rules I’ve set for myself that aren’t necessarily the healthiest. I’ve also taken up keeping a daily diary once again which helps to keep me organized and grounded (bills, chores, appointments, etc), and allows me to reflect on the ordinary and mundane things in life. The last two weeks alone of writing have given me a renewed sense of purpose and worth, so it is certainly something I will continue.
Other things I’d like to get out of 2015:
Read more classic literature (at least one a month)
Run a few more road races
Maintain a garden
Paint the bedrooms
Here’s to a healthy, prosperous, and relaxing new year!