Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolutions for 2013.

Well, it's that time of year again where we start reflecting on the last year of our lives and vow to continue doing what has made us happy and to change what has made us unhappy.  This year I am really excited about my resolutions for 2013.  I had so many great things happen this year and I cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for me! My resolutions are mostly focused on how I can continue my happiness and those couple of areas that I need to tweak to find my true happiness. So, without further adieu, here are my 2013 resolutions:

1. Get healthy - eat better, exercise, and stop drinking soda! I am going to give it my all for a solid 3 months and I know I will feel better physically and mentally. This isn't the proverbial "I'm going to lose weight" resolution, those types of resolutions don't work the best for me. Rather, this year, I will take small steps to lose weight and get healthy.  I've made myself a work out plan using my treadmill and weights that I have at home - and I will utilize a reward system.  I found the reward system on Pinterest, you basically pay yourself a certain amount for every work-out and pound lost and then after you reach your goal, or some other predetermined date, you use the money to buy something you want.  At first I felt stupid rewarding myself for something that I should be doing as a matter of course, but, I want to make eating right and working out a habit and I think this will be just the motivation I need to do so.
2. Get organized - at home and at the office.  At home, I am slowly cleaning out rooms and getting rid of things that I don't need.  I plan on having a big garage sale soon! At the office, I cleaned up my desk and I am going to get to work earlier to get myself ready for the day.  I bought this adorable planner from May Designs for 2013:


and, also, plan on utilizing basic organization tools (dry erase boards, filing, paper sorters, etc.) to develop a system that works for me and helps me be better organized.
3. Continue to work on relationships - this past year, I learned a lot about myself as a friend, a daughter, and a wife.  I learned that I am stronger than I think I am and that I am no longer going to put up with pointless drama or unrewarding relationships.  I have worked really hard on limiting those relationships that are draining on me or that bring too much unwanted drama in my life.  This year I plan on focusing on being a wife and my relationship with my husband. Also, I want on building my own relationship with God on my own terms.  I bought this daily devotions book and I am really excited to start each morning off with this book:

4. Get financially fit - I want to be more financially smart, period.  I have some debt that I want to pay off and my goal is to come up with a plan, execute it, and become debt free! Also, I have started getting short term disability in place and a hospital plan to prepare for Baby Powers (not that there is anything to report on that end...but it's always good to plan).  I bought the Dave Ramsey book and plan on incorporating some of his ideas into the Powers household as well.
5. Be thankful - finally, I want to focus on being thankful for all that I have.  Sometimes I get so caught up in all that's nothing happening in my life that I forget to focus on all that is happening.  So, this year I resolve to focus on the positive and not the negative! I saw this great idea on Facebook that I want to incorporate into Justin's and I's life - you write down happy moments, successful moments, joyous occasions, etc. on a piece of paper and put them into a jar and then on New Years Eve you read all the pieces of paper and reminisce about all the good things that happened that year.  Love this!

So there you have it, my resolutions for 2013. I hope you have a Safe and Happy New Years!


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