Planning My Year

At the end of 2017 I wrote out my 2018 personal goals. These were the top 10 things I wanted to achieve this year. I created the list because as I reflected on 2017, I realized I spent the year stressed out, exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed. Thinking ahead, I knew I wanted a better year and I had to start brainstorming what I was going to do in order to achieve it.

One of the 10 items on my list was to read a new book every quarter. That may not seem impressive to some, but I really enjoy reading and since getting married and having kids, some of my past time favorites have been put on the back burner in favor of wife and mom duties. I had to change that! I thought about various things I wanted to read about and went online to my local library and narrowed my selection down to a book on finances. It’s been a great read so far! Because I’m interested in growing my blog, I’ve been doing a lot of research on blogging as well. I said all that to say, READ! I tell my kids about reading all the time, but I wasn’t doing it. Not only do I have a physical book, but I also checked out an audio book from the library. I’m well on my way to accomplishing my reading goal!

With writing out my goals, I didn’t want to write down too many or list things I didn’t feel I could realistically accomplish. At the same time I wanted to allow flexibility to add or remove items as I deemed necessary.

Planning covers a wide variety of things. One of the important things I wanted to improve upon as it relates to planning is my finances. In order to accomplish this goal, I began working on a budget. My husband and I have worked on a budget many times, but we never seem to go the long haul. Well, I’m going to work on that this year. So you’ll see additional posts relevant to all types of planning. There are a lot of resources to draw information from, so I’ll also be including links to other blogs. Planning can be seen as having to spend a lot of time getting your ducks in a row, but I think at the end of this journey, it’ll be well worth it, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and physically. It’s about putting in work on the front end to reap the rewards on the back end. Just remember that planning is not about worrying about tomorrow, because it is not promised, but rather creating a game plan on what you’d like to achieve if given the opportunity!

I welcome any feedback on what you may be planning for this year.

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