I spent the evening watching a movie and went to bed at 11 (which is actually late for me). Try not to be jealous!
I’m sitting here drinking a pressed juice for a one-day cleanse. I just wanted to give myself a healthy reboot to the new year. The last time I tried to do a one-day cleanse, I started it around 7am and ended it around 11am. Not so much from a hunger standpoint, but one particular juice tasted so awful I just couldn’t…
I’m happy to report that I’ve made it to 4pm so far and the juices are better with the particular company I chose. It also helps that I recently prepped for a colonoscopy, so just about ANYTHING tastes better than that horrible crap they make you drink, so this is easy-peasy in comparison!
I’m also so happy that yesterday I got new vinyl floors put in. I debated this for a long time, since I obviously do not own my place and the only person who I thought would benefit would be my landlord. But my cat was spraying so much that the smell was AWFUL, and my frustration and confusion as to why he was doing that sent my stress levels through the roof.
I absolutely love my new floors and do not regret it for one second. My total cost was $650 (my landlord did pay for some). Of course this only solved half the problem, so I made some litter box changes, and I also started him on cat Prozac. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I’ll give the experiment a month before I make the next call on what to do.
Let’s get on with plans for the new year….
This year’s theme: Explore!
It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted this year’s theme to be, as well it should since you have to live with it for a whole year. Last year was a rebuilding year, mainly in terms of my finances, and I’m happy to say I did that (listen to our last episode of 2016 Martinis and Your Money Happy Hour for more on that).
I thought about a couple words, including discipline, focus, play, as well as a few others, but none seemed to represent the year as a whole. So I chose explore, because I feel like I’m moving into a new chapter in my life where I’m wanting to play around with many different ideas, some of which include the aforementioned words. So now I get to encompass all of those things, broken down throughout the year.
While I don’t tend to make new year’s resolutions (except to not get a parking ticket in LA–harder than it sounds), I do try to create goals around my 5 core values: Authenticity, Balance, Creativity, Health, Connectedness. So here are some things I want to work on surrounding those core values.
Always my number one priority. Period. You guys should know how strongly I feel about that. Not too much will change as far as diet and exercise (although I do need discipline to be better about not eating work snacks), what I do want to add more of is stress reduction, meditation, and flexibility training.
I also want to get better at cooking, so somewhere down the line I might take a couple healthy cooking classes.
I feel I do pretty well with this one overall since I’m definitely not one of those workaholic types, but I do think I’m going to work on cutting out more social media from my life. If anything this probably affects my health more than anything, but I’ll throw it into this category.
As I mentioned in my year in review post, my time with Budget and the Beach will soon be coming to an end. It’s just time for me to let it go. But I do have another website in the works and should be debuting that shortly, although privately, so if you want to keep following me, send me an email or PM me and I’ll give you the details.
I think this new website is more along the lines of where I want to go with my life. As Wayne Gretzky once said, “I skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been.”
Addendum: I think I’ll be sticking around here for awhile!
Because I will be anonymous with the new blog, I feel I can really let my true voice shine through. Not that I haven’t done that with this site, but there are things I sometimes hold back on, or topics that I want to talk about that don’t make as much sense on this blog.
I also want to work on being OK in my own skin. And being OK with who I am.
It might seem strange that I mentioned less social media in the new year when it comes to being connected, but I think we all know on some level that kind of stuff is so surface-level. It counts, but may not be as deep.
I want to be more present for people in my life, and be more open to meeting new people and experiencing some new opportunities or hobbies in the new year, so that will require me to “get out there more.”
Obviously there are other things I want to accomplish for the new year, like being able to increase my net worth the same, if not more than I did last year. I just signed up for Frugalwoods frugal month challenge, so that’s a good way to kick things off.
I also will travel, but I haven’t settled on where or when yet, although I still plan on visiting the Frugalwoods in Vermont sometime in the fall.
This month’s theme is Routine.
I’m trying to add some new daily habits, like morning sun salutations to the mix, and trying to follow a meal plan for the week. Also having a weekly scheduled financial plan meeting with myself, instead of just doing it, “whenever” or a little bit here, a little bit there, etc.
That’s about it from me. I hope you all have a safe, happy, successful, awesome new year!
What are some of your goals for 2017? Do you have a theme for your year?