Monday, January 6, 2014

New Year, New Me

I am so happy it's a new year - I mean last year was pretty awesome and I have so many great memories, but now my school year is almost halfway over and I am excited for new job opportunities to begin opening up!   I also have some goals (I don't use the word resolution) for the new year.

1. Keep a regular workout schedule:  We just installed a barre/workout area in our basement (I won an gift card from a blog I follow).  We have the workout floor, mirrors and barre up and ready for workouts.  We also moved all of the workout equipment we acquired over the years: hand weights, resistance bands, medicine ball, stability balls, Bosu ball, foam roller, hula hoops, etc.  I am so excited about our new workout area and I even found the "dance music" TV station to keep us motivated!

Oh yea, we have an ab lounger for some reason ;)

2.  Make healthy choices:  I need to stay more disciplined when I go out to eat.  I love food and eating local, but I still need to mainly order salads and free-range meats.  I am beginning the Daniel Fast with my sister and our church next week to kick off the New Year.  We were suppose to begin today, but we didn't have much notice to go grocery shopping to make sure we have enough items to keep us satisfied - no meats, sugars, processed foods, milk, etc.  We need a lot of veggies, fruits, whole wheat, tofu, and nuts/seeds.  Anyway, it's a 21-day fast for the spirit, soul and body and there is a specific item to pray for each day (on top of what you normally pray for).  Which brings me to my next goal:

3.  Get closer to God:  I am looking to develop a closer relationship with God this year.   I am going to start devotions each day and be sure to pray daily - I can always make time for it.  I am also going to regularly attend a CORE group at my church for 20-30 somethings.  I am excited to grow in my faith with a group of like-minded people my age.

4.  Figure out my career:  I am not very happy with my career path.  I strongly dislike my job and it is beginning to effect me personally and emotionally.  A lot of the time I cant even enjoy my weekends because I am already dreading the school week ahead.  I try to stay positive and live for the moment, but my job is just so negative and not for me - it's really hard to ignore it (you can imagine I have enjoyed my Christmas break and these two snow days soooo much!)  So, there are a few avenues I would like to explore - personal trainer, fitness class instructor, sub (pick my days), baker, city ambassador, or something at the art museum or a library.  Hopefully, I figure out what I want to do soon because I cannot deal with what I am dealing with much longer.

5.  To have as much fun as I can - I have an amazing vacation for my birthday booked and I am so excited!  I get to leave this amazing winter weather for a cruise to the Bahamas - a week of sun and beach!  I have a total of 15-17 days either off of school or with no kids and about 95 days left of teaching.  I have a whole summer off (which is definitely needed to recuperate)!  I am also looking to get to Disney, Vegas, or Montreal this year.  I have plans to attend many Pirates games and to spend a week with my Aunt exploring Pittsburgh.  There are so many awesome things to look forward to in Cleveland this year.

Where I will be in two months!  I can feel the sun now :)

6.   Make better financial decisions:  I finished the Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and I learned a lot.  I am looking forward to getting my student loans paid down, my car almost paid off, and to start saving for the future.  I am looking forward to making a budget and sticking with it!

Those are my goals for the year!  They are all easily attainable and sharing them with you will help me remain accountable.  I cannot wait to look back in a month, six months, and even one year from now and see where I am with each of my goals!  How exciting to think I have a whole new year to look forward to and do what makes me happy!  I hope everyone had a great New Years and whether you have goals or not are excited for the year ahead!

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