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My Goals for January 2020

Did you read my earlier post on the major L I took setting big goals before my fortieth birthday? I set a LOT of goals and probably only accomplished 25% of them. So if it’s one thing I’ve learned when it comes to goals, it’s keeping it simple and keeping it realistic.  I am really trying to take on the whole “new year, new me” attitude in various avenues of my life. Finish My Vision Board I attended a vision board party right after the new year but did not get a chance to complete the board. Never did I think it would be so hard to complete the board. I don’t subscribe to any magazines. My roommate throws all of hers away. My co-workers didn’t have any. This past weekend, I figured I would just run to the bookstore, grab a couple of magazines and work on my…

I Failed in a Big Way and I’m Okay with It

So a little over two years ago I made this list called, “My Not So 101 in 1001 Days”. It was a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish before my fortieth birthday. Well, my 40th is just a week or so away now and I wanted to review what I have accomplished and what I haven’t accomplished in the last year. When I first reviewed this list a couple of months ago, I laughed reading all the big dreams and goals I had set. And since I hadn’t looked at the list in over a year, I knew I had failed in a major way. Without having printed this list and displayed somewhere I would see constantly, I completely forgot about all the plans I had made. It was “out of sight, out of mind”. So yes, I failed in a MAJOR way and you’ll see…

I Want It, I Got It – Setting Financial Goals

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I love S.M.A.R.T. goals. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals help you create goals that are realistic and actually attainable.  This year is a big year for me because I’m turning 40, so I feel like I should become a little more responsible in my “old” age. I struggled financially for so many years after my time of unemployment and FINALLY, I’m in a great place career-wise. Now is the time for me to get my finances in order. I started doing that late last year by making some S.M.A.R.T. financial goals about my money. I have three financial goals this year: 1. Pay off my credit card by August. Theoretically, this goal should be the easiest to achieve because my credit card balance is only $1,200. Compared to the majority of people my age, the average amount of credit…

Countdown to 40 – My Not So 101 in 1001 Days List

This post was originally posted in 2015 on my old blog and I wanted to repost it here, so I can do a recap very soon. Have you heard of the Day Zero Project? Day Zero started out with this challenge of doing 101 things in 1001 days. The originators figured that rather than starting a New Year’s Resolution or a Bucket List and not sticking to it, 1001 days is a better timeframe to actually accomplish goals without too much procrastination setting in. I LOVE the idea, but let’s be real 1001 days amounts to 2.75 years. 2.75 Really? Can’t we just round up?  So I did. But not to 3 years. When this post was originally written, I was 35 and a little more than 4 years away from 40. That meant I had 1,614 days or 230 weeks and 4 days until my 40th birthday. Instead of…

My Personal Theme for 2019

MEvery year I like to pick a word that will resonate with me and will stand as a theme throughout the year. Last year it was hard for me to choose and I didn’t pick my word for the year, which was FEAR until we were two months into the new year. But 2019 was different; I actually had my word picked out in early November. My Word for 2019 The mindset has become very important to me. I’ve always known that your thoughts affect your actions, but that fact really started to stand out as the year progressed. I started to notice that what I fed into my mind and what beliefs I started to hold true, really affected my actions. When I started to alter my perspective and the way I handled situations, the results started to change as well. So my word for 2019 is: MINDSET. …