New Year, New Commitments

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I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Never have and probably never will. My thoughts are, you should strive to be better each day, not just the first few months of the new year. Whether that be our attitude, working out, financially, whatever, just do a little better.

While I don’t create resolutions, I do create goals. I thought since today (July 25th) marks exactly one month until I celebrate my 31st birthday, it’s time for me to make some new goals/commitments for myself. See, I think that if you do believe in resolutions, why not do them on your birthday? After all, it IS a new year for you. So here are five of my new year, new commitment goals:

1. Get back on my exercise regimen and stick to it. I know, I know. I’ve fallen off before, but hey, I’m only human. Things are looking better for me in areas of my life- which I shall explain in another post- so I think I’ll be able to stay committed. I love riding my bike and walking/jogging. I can’t wait to get back to it. I also can’t wait to get back to actually cooking and meal planning. I love to cook!

2. Get out of debt. I like to shop, which is no secret to those who know me, but I’m ready to get out of credit card debt. I’m so thankful that I did not fall into the credit card trap in college. I didn’t get a credit card until I was grown and living on my own, but those things are the devil! I’m sick and tired of working just to pay someone else. Can I get an Amen?

3. Become active in my community and organizations. I LOVE volunteering my time and/or talents. I’m a bit of a social butterfly so volunteering and meeting new people is always a win-win for me. I also belong(ed) to a few organizations that I am eager to get back active with. Because of finances and my schedule, I haven’t been able to be as active as I’ve wanted to be, but I’m committed to make that change.

4. Save, save, save. This kind of goes along with getting out of debt. One day, I would like to have a family and I really want to make sure my future child(ren) have a little something for the future. Also, I want to be able to save to do the things I want to do and not what I have to do. I would love to travel more and have the ability to give to charitable organizations.

5. Invest in experiences rather than material things. I’m starting to learn that there is more to life than just looking nice. I meant that’s cool and all, but fashion fades. I love to travel and try new things and would rather save my money for that. I really would like to take a trip to the Bahamas next year, but my ultimate goal is to go on an African safari. It will be hard not to indulge like I want, but I think I’ll let the call of the wild motivate me. LOL.

Do you set annual goals? If so, when?


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