Welcome to a brand spanking new year! Whoop! Whoop!
Every year I come up with a word or phrase that encompasses what I want to embrace or focus on. Two years ago it was A Rebuilding Year since I just got a new full-time job and needed to rebuild my finances after 7 years as a struggling freelancer.
Last year it was an Exploring Year since I wanted to see a little more of the world and try some new things.
This year I’m branching off that a bit because I still want to explore, but I want to do some things that are outside of my comfort zone and take a few more risks, hence, this year will be a year of:
I thought long and hard about it all of December. At first it was going to be a year of Bravery, but that felt too victim-y, like life was happening to me and I was just reacting to it, albeit in a brave way. Nope, scrap that.
Then it was going to be No Fear, but I really don’t believe that you can just be fearless all the time. If you are, the things you are doing are not that scary. Life is not about the absence of fear, but about embracing and conquering it.
So that’s how I decided on Taking Chances. I want to do things that scare me. I want to do things in spite of their obstacles or chance of failure.
How I Picked the Theme
I think it all started when, a month or so ago, I was at a local Choose FI meetup at a brewery, and I ended up having a nice conversation with this guy who had just moved to LA. We had a lot in common and had a nice vibe going on. He ended up talking to some other people and I was ready to leave. The usual me would have just left and thought, “well, he didn’t ask me out or make any kind of move so so be it. Bummer.” But instead, I tore off a piece of the menu and wrote down my number and handed it to him as I left, saying if he ever wanted to do something to call me.
Now, this story does not end with some kind of happily ever after. He started telling me in that moment that he was going to be busy in December and yada yada, and hasn’t called, but the point is I said, “f*ck it” to the butterflies and got past feeling awkward and embarrassed and did it anyway!
As that as my major umbrella, here are some things I would like to accomplish, or plans I have for the new year:
As always this is my MAIN priority and top-level value. Everything else falls in line behind this.
My specific goal is to lose five pounds (and maintain that) and decrease my body fat 2% by March 1st (and beyond). Totally doable with discipline and focus. Literally the ONLY thing I would really have to do differently is NOT eat work snacks. Easier said than done!
I will probably do more fitness challenges, but this is all I have scheduled so far.
I’d like to have (at the very least) one post a week here on BATB, but put a little more into that one post in the way of quality and usefulness. I’m getting a new MAC in January (and using a credit card sign-up bonus to pay for it for travel points), so FINALLY I will have a faster computer at home, so I want to make one video a month (please subscribe to my YT channel!).
Any more of blogging and video will get in the way of my health and fitness goals, which involve NOT sitting on my ass for long periods of time on the weekend.
The only solid travel plans I have this year so far is to go home to visit family in Michigan, probably in early summer so I can finally get back to Cedar Point. I loooove big scary roller coasters!
I have a very vague and rough plan to do a longer road trip at some point to visit some places that could be a potential future home (so far on the list: Ashland and Bend, OR, Boise, and Colorado). And by vague I mean vague. Anyone up for a road trip involving camping/Airbnb’ing and hiking? Anyone have a tent I can borrow? lol
Ah yes, the biggie (considering this is still a (mostly) financial blog and all)! I would like to save (at least) 50% of my income this year, and have my net worth increase by 80k. The latter being a stretch goal, but I did manage 65k this year.
To do this I need to be more diligent about tracking expenses and, hello, sticking to my budget!
I’m considering upping my side hustling this year, but for me it would have to be a “hell yes!” endeavor, mainly because I’m very protective of my time, which I consider to be as valuable an asset as money.
So, that’s it! Pretty straightforward, doable, and simple. No need to overcomplicate my life with 1,000 different goals and plans, right?
The “taking chances” falls within those buckets, for instance going on a long hike by myself instead of having to rely on getting people to go with me. Camping and road-tripping alone if I have to. Saying “no” to events if I feel the pressure from friends or peers, hanging out with new people, and climbing that scary ladder in the last part of the Half Dome hike. You get the idea. 🙂
What do you have planned for the new year? Do you pick a word or theme for the year?