In a blink of an eye, this year is gone. It went by pretty fast considering how slow it initially felt at the beginning of the year lol. I had a lot of ups and downs, but I managed to survive them all.
I can’t say that 2017 was my best year yet, but I can say that with a new motivation I can make the new year even better than the last.
Let’s take a look back and see what I can do to make my new year my best year yet.
- I turned 30 in March which helped me reflect back on how I was managing my money. It helped me change my mindset on how I should be spending and saving. I now budget for everything and I save what I have first instead of saving anything I had left over. Because of this switch, I was able to build my savings.
- I started a blog in April. I wanted to hold myself financially accountable and I see a blog from that source. It’s always a great excuse for me to meet a lot of different people who are also doing the same things. There was a lot of learning involved especially with building my traffic. I’m hoping in 2018, I’ll see better traffic results.
- My son started preschool in November. My sister is expecting baby #2 which makes me a happy aunty! This also changed our situation with finding care for my son. My sister helped me out a lot when it came to child care and because she wanted to help, I am forever grateful to her (and her boyfriend for helping). This is why I tend to spoil my nephew as much as I can lol. Also, it’s a good thing I was able to build my savings. It helped cover some expenses with tuition.
- My Christmas list was not what I was expecting this year. It started off small with all the regular kids and adults I shop for every year but for some reason, this year, my list really blew up. I thought I had planned well but apparently not well enough. It caused me to go way over budget where I had to dip into my savings. Even though I had to dip into my savings, I have to give myself pat myself on the back because I was still able to keep my credit card balance at zero. Yep, I paid everything off! Now it’s just a matter of rebuilding my savings and plan better for next Christmas. Sometimes, it’s not fair when you have one kid and the other person has 3 kids you have to shop for.
So, how will you make you the new year your best year yet?
Below are some awesome ideas for you to get started. These ideas will be a part of my resolutions and I hope that it can also help you make your new year your best year yet!
Play more – Everything has become so routine now, sometimes it can be boring. It’s nice to break the routine a few times per month to go out and play more. This could be activities done with the kids or with other adults. Maybe I’ll try go-kart racing or take my son to the trampoline center.
Eat healthier – Okay, I have to admit that this is nothing new. But I do have to eat healthier. I hate how I feel when I’m constantly tired and gross and I know the culprit is junk food. Heck, my own kid eats healthier than I do lol. He has his daily vitamins and he eats fruits every day. I’m going to slowly start off with swapping a junk food with a healthier dish each week. There’s no way I would jump right in, I won’t last. I want to be happy with what I’m eating even if that means having a cheat day once a week.
Start a legit business – Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been looking for other ideas where a business can actually be built. This could help with making some money on the side and it could be a fun side hustle. It all starts with planning though. Take a piece of paper and jot down ideas of what you would want to do. You’ll be much more motivated to turn those ideas into reality.
Stand up and move more – Seriously, move more. I have a desk job and I can find myself sitting down for more than 3 hours straight. By the time, I stand up to stretch my body feels tight and sore. Definitely not good for your body. I’m setting a timer to get up every hour and walk around the office. It’s an excuse to give my eyes, wrists, and back a break.
Read more books – I was such a bookworm in high school and college, what the heck happened? Adult life happened lol. I always tell myself that I will read but I never do. I’m going to make time to read to improve my mindset and knowledge. I’m going to refer back to a blog post I wrote about a list of books on personal finance. There were a few on that list that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.
Set an hour a day to do what you want – We are all forever chasing time and it’s a race that we may never win. Want to start a business? Carve out an hour every day to plan for it. Want to start working out? Have your spouse watch the kids for an hour so you can hit the gym. Whatever it is you want to do, an hour a day will you achieve anything. I’m doing this to work on my blog, read, and business planning. Of course, now it’s just a matter of planning my days.
Meal planning – Like I mentioned above, we are all forever chasing time. I’ve tried meal planning here and there it really helps. Sticking with it is something that I need to work on. To help me with meal planning I stick with $5 Meal Plan and Yummly. $5 Meal Plan is a service that sends you weekly recipes to make along with a grocery shopping list. Super helpful to have when I don’t have the time to find quick and simple recipes to make for dinner. Another site that I like to use is called Yummly.com that shares a variety of recipes that are really easy to make.
Enjoy nature more – I live in Hawaii, how hard it is not to enjoy nature? I want to visit the nature center’s more with my son and hopefully if possible, go on more hikes. I always enjoyed hiking but the last time I went hiking I was six months pregnant. I’m way overdue for a hike but it’s a lot harder to plan for when we have a young son.
Last but not least…
Start a blog – Try something creatively different for the new year. Be creative with your domain name and use it for several things like creating a portfolio for prospective employers and clients; use it to share your hobby (traveling, personal finance or fashion); document a journey that you’re doing in the new year like your debt free journey or a weight loss journey. Having a blog can also help create additional sources of income with the potential for new and exciting opportunities.
The conclusion to making the new year your best year yet?
A new year means that you can start over. You learn from your mistakes and plan better to make the new year your best year yet. Use the ideas above and be successful!
Helpful Resources that I’d Like to Share:
Below you’ll find my top resources for blogging, saving money & more!
Blog Resources: Here is a list of tools that I personally use for my own blog. See all the courses I took to improve how I blog and the list of plugins that help keep my blog running smoothly.
Save Money on Groceries: This has been such a struggle for me since day 1 and I always go over budget with grocery shopping on certain weeks. But as long as I stick with my plan, I have my shopping list, and I leave the boyfriend home then I’ll be fine.
$5 Meal Plan: This has been such a time saver for me! This relates to my resource above on grocery shopping. I struggled with meal prepping because I just don’t have the time to spend looking for recipes. I decided to try this out because I have seen popular bloggers mention it and curiosity got the best of me. The system sends me recipes and a shopping list weekly. The recipes are so easy to cook and it helps me save time.
Personal Capital: Do you know what your net worth is currently? Instead of logging into many accounts to track my net worth, I rely on one service. Personal Capital tracks your investments, expenses, and savings. The best thing about this? It’s free!
Free Printables: I went a bit crazy and created a bunch of my own printables that I use for myself to help keep me organized. I also find some amazing printables online that I’d like to share with you. You access everything if you sign up below. I’ll send you the password and the library is yours to enjoy!
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