One of my favorite blogs to follow is My Camo Kids. It is written by a Mom, Lora, and is an account of her family's journey through military life, international adoption, and everything else under the sun. She recently wrote a post titled "My Not New Years Resolutions" and inspired me to come up with some not-new-years resolutions of my own! I have had these thoughts floating around for a while now, so it'll be nice to finally write them down. Maybe this will actually motivate me to stick to them!
Resolution 1: Plan meals. One area that I've been struggling in lately is to pre-plan my meals. Since I live about an hour away from my office, I cannot go home for lunch. Since eating out every day is cost-prohibitive, I pack my lunch every day. Unfortunately, if I forget to get lunch food at the grocery store, I'm left to eat super random lunches or forced to buy something in the city. I've been trying to go to the store before the week begins and get all the food I will need for the week, but sometimes I don't get around to it. I am going to try and make a more concerted effort to do this. I also want to package my snacks in individual baggies so when I go to pack my lunch in the morning, it isn't as time consuming. For example, I recently bought carrots and humus but I haven't been able to eat any of it because I keep forgetting to peel and chop the carrots, and I don't have time for this in the morning.
I also need to work on actually eating dinner. I am currently taking classes on a part-time basis to get my Masters in Education. This means I might not get home from work until 7:30 or 8 at night. I frequently finding myself eating ice cream for dinner because I am too lazy to make something. I would like to either plan small dinners for those nights, or eat giant lunches late in the day.
Resolution 2: Manage time more effectively.Since I am taking classes at night and still working full time, I don't have time to do homework or relax after work. Or sleep for that matter. I have been trying to stick to a set bedtime because if I don't get enough sleep, I am a bear in the mornings. But this is so hard! I really need to discipline myself to do my homework on the weekends so during the week it isn't hanging over my head.
Resolution 3: Wrangle in my spending. Having plastic makes spending SO easy. No cash? No problem and I have been finding myself all too willing to charge something lately. So I decided to take a break from my credit cards. I am going to be implementing Dave Ramsey's "envelope method." I am going to budget out money for gas, food, and other things for the month. As Dave Ramsey says, "when the envelope is empty, that's it." I'm hoping to do this for the next few months to break my bad habit of credit card spending. I'm also deleting all my saved credit cards on my favorite online shops, like Amazon, J. Crew, Old Navy, etc. To completely prevent my "relapsing" I've given all of my credit cards to my mom so I won't be tempted. An "all-cash" Christmas will be rather interesting..
Resolution 4: Walk more. My dog, Will, is one lucky pup. He gets to hang out with my Mom and others all day during the week, and on weekends gets long walks and trips to the beach. I would like to walk him more during the week when I get home from work/class. If I'm able to manage my time more effectively I'll be able to take him on longer walks during the week. Being outside is great for all involved and is a nice break from sitting in the office all day.
So there are some of my not-new-years resolutions! I'll try to keep you all updated on any progress. Do you have any resolutions of your own? Share them on My Camo Kids!