2017: resolve to rest

2017 is my year of rest, and I am so excited about this! I mentioned here that I have actually already been resting for the past few months, so this is just a continuation of that mindset. I did still set some goals and resolutions, because I am just a goals oriented person. I love the challenge of a good goal. Here is my list:

1. Be on time- early even. I am so tired of being late and rushing around and just feeling stressed about getting places on time. I am a procrastinator by nature so this is just something that I struggle with. I am trying to build in margin to my deadlines and days. Instead of finishing Etsy orders the day they are suppose to ship, I am aiming to finish early. Instead of rolling into the parking lot barely on time, I want to be 5 minutes early. Many times this is dependent on my children so building that margin into my mornings is critical.

2. Read two books a month. I challenged myself with one a month last year and I destroyed that goal. So I am upping the ante this year. Click here to see this year's reading list.

3. Self-care- again. This is so so important. I am going to continue my laser treatments (obviously-- it's mostly paid for). Also more baths, skin care (yay Younique products!), and mani/pedis. I'd LOVE to stop biting my nails, but that's a stretch.

4. Debt paid! I shared here that from April 2016-Feb 2017 we will have paid off nearly $10k in debt (my van included). We hope to have another $4k paid by June. This is a big deal since we live nearly on one income and currently own 2 houses and have 2 car payments. We like setting big goals. We also want to start saving for a cruise-- which if we're being honest is my incentive ;)

5. I'd like to make double machine payments on my embroidery machine 6 times this year. That will shorten the length of my loan by half a year. It's 0% interest, so not 100% necessary, but would make me feel fantastic!

There you have it! I like sticking to a short list of more manageable goals. And I proved to myself last year that even short lists don't all get accomplished (and THAT'S OK!).

2016 Goals

how'd they go?

Here is the short list of what I wanted to do:

1. Lose weight
2. Self-care
3. Simplify
4. Read 12 books
5. Be Brave

1. I have struggled so terribly with the numbers on the scale. But I am doing nothing about it exercise wise. I am giving myself the benefit of the doubt that 2016 was filled with stress and while I feel a healthy as I've ever felt on the inside (and I am sleeping better than I've slept in YEARS), the scale hasn't budged. And I'm ok with that. Ideally I would love to lose 10lbs.

2. Self-care. I didn't get as many pedicures as I would have liked- and I didn't take near enough baths as I should have, BUT I have put myself first many many times! I have consciously made appointments NOT on my off days- because I crave that off time so bad. I started Laser Hair Removal and I am excited about completing 6 rounds in 2017 (1 down, 5 to go). Let me tell you it is NOT easy to go and tell/show a complete stranger the thing you are most self conscious about, but it was SO ABSOLUTELY redeeming to do this and I feel like I conquered this fear.

3. Simplify. I definitely could have done more. I did great for the first half of the year (eBay, Facebook, etc.) and really slacked when things got stressful. I have a few painting projects I need to complete and a whole bin of things to sell on eBay still.

4. Read 12 books. You can see my completed list HERE. While I didn't actually read a book every month, I DID infact read over 12 books this year-- seventeen to be exact! That's pretty great for me!

5. Be Brave. I wrote a REALLY long post HERE about this one. What's hilarious is I said in my original post that this goal wasn't measurable but it ended up being the one that I connected to most. Amazing how that happens!