My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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Last year, I had high goals for myself. There were so many things I wanted to do – so many things I wanted to accomplish. I failed at many of them, but many of the goals and plans for my life changed over the course of the year. I learned to be flexible with myself and this blog. We must be gentle with ourselves, and remind ourselves how blessed we are.

I am blessed, and though much of what happened last year left me irritable, there were so many blessings. I am grateful for all opportunities, and I refuse to let them pass by.

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am pursuing the Nurse’s Enlisted Commissioning Program. This has affected a huge part of my life, and I’ve had to change to accommodate this goal. Along with that, Mike and I will be purchasing a home in the next month. We have to be out of the apartment by March 11, so we are on a time crunch. With a new home, there will be much work to do, such as unpacking, painting, arranging, etc. This could take months since I’ll be juggling work, school, and my relationships.

It will be a year of learning balance. I spent most of 2016 in a haze of busyness. I can’t do that again. My relationships suffered because of it. We’ll continue to put extra money towards our debt, but I’m not going to stress as much about it as I did last year. Many of my friends and family have reminded me how lucky we are – that we can pay our bills and have a nice place to live. Mike and I both have good jobs, and in time, we will kill the debt.

Even though I’m striving to relax and stress less, I still have big goals. I plan to do quarterly check-ins to keep myself accountable. It is my hope that 2017 will be one of the best years yet.

1. Pay off the cars.

Last year, I wanted us to pay off 5 different debts. We succeeded halfway. This year, our main financial goal is to pay off the two car loans. Our Mint account likes to remind us that we are underwater on both vehicles (the problem with buying a vehicle with financing and no down payment) and we have higher interest rates than necessary.

Based on past issues we’ve encountered (car crashes, bad drivers, and high insurance premiums), we both decided that paying the cars off would make us feel better. If we can’t pay them off, we can at least pay them down where we owe less than what they are valued at. We need this bit of relief in our lives because…. Resolution #2.

2. Buy a house.

This is not as much a financial goal as it is a necessity to continue living comfortably. Mike and I have weighed the pros and cons. We understand the responsibilities and obligations. We know the water heater or furnace could die at anytime. We get it. However, in Colorado… at this time, it is cheaper to buy than to rent. In late December, management let us know that our apartment rent would be increasing more than $100/month. That was enough for us – a turning point in choosing to stay or go.

3. Finish my CCAF.

I am so close to this it hurts. If I CLEP 2 management courses, then I’ll be done.. I’ll have to work in studying for these between my nursing pre-reqs, but I think I can finish this up before the end of the year.

4. Earn A’s in my nursing pre-reqs.

This year, I will be taking Intro to Stats, Anatomy/Physiology II, Microbiology, and Human Growth & Development. I am most worried about Statistics. Math is not my forte. I struggle with numbers. Overall though, I think I can do this.

5. Complete my 2017 reading list.

I’m trying to read more and become well-read. I failed at finishing all the books on my 2016 list, so I’ve added them to the new one. Needless to say, I have a lot of reading to do, in addition to my courses.

6. Be smarter with my time.

I spent a lot of 2016 sleeping. It may sound funny, but it cut into a lot of my personal time. It has to do with my lack of work-life balance. I work a lot of more hours than I used to, resulting in extreme exhaustion. I haven’t figured out how to manage it all yet. I guess I want to be more present in all I’m doing and to need less sleep.

7. Take one big vacation with Mike.

Last year, Mike and I went to the Great Sand Dunes. It was wonderful, but it wasn’t very far away. This year, we want to go somewhere a bit farther. We are planning a huge two-week road trip where we hit up several national parks. We want to make this happen so badly, but much of it will depend on Mike’s work schedule and if he enlists in the Air Force.

8. Purge more junk.

Moving means purging. The two terms belong together. I will be purging a lot of stuff in the next month to make way for our next big move. Less stuff = more life.

9. Get a 90 on my PT test.

In October, I will take my third PT test since entering the Air Force. I have yet to score under a 90, and I expect this year to be no different. Still, as of now, I am out-of-shape. The next 10 months are dedicated to getting fit for that test.

10. Spend more time outdoors.

This resolution will be easy once we buy our home. Last year, there were {literally} hundreds of days I wanted to be outside, but not away from my home. It simply wasn’t feasible. I want a private space where I can meditate, garden, exercise, read, play with Motley, and relax. Every home we’ve looked at thus far has had a lovely backyard. It has played a key part in saying NO to townhomes. We must have a home with a backyard. And I WILL spend every beautiful morning, afternoon, and evening outside.

So, what do you think? Are they doable? I think so. I’ve got to learn to manage my time though. GOT TO. What are your goals/resolutions for the year?

2 thoughts on “My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

    1. Congrats on the new part-time job! I know you’re going to love being back at work again. I know that balancing things will be easier after we get a house and things aren’t so hectic.

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