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Why You Shouldn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Year after year, we find ourselves persuaded into making New Year’s Resolutions. That January 1st means a clean slate; new year, new you. Year after year, we forget about them by the end of January, if not sooner.

We’ve been doing it wrong! In my opinion, resolutions are too general, and not easily measurable.

In 2019, I am making GOALS! Smart goals are well thought out, easily measurable, and have a specific end result. By making goals instead of resolutions, you’ll be able to set a clear path to success, and be able to track your progress throughout the year.

I’d now like to share a few of my goals for 2019 where it pertains to this space – Beauty. Babies. Books. I will be doing dedicated videos on my beauty and book goals for 2019, on their respective YouTube channels, so I won’t elaborate on those here.

1. Transition to cruelty free
2. 19 pans in 2019
3. Spending < Empties
4. Project panning

1. Baby #3? I have a lot of conflicting emotions about this “goal”, which I may do a full blog post on once I can gather all of my thoughts in an organized manner. In our “ideal” family planning scenario, conceiving in the next few months gives us the “perfect” age gap between them and Wyatt, who will be 2 in May. However, I have been battling with a lot (see next goal), and we feel strongly about not having another large age gap between our kiddos (Max and Wyatt are 6 years apart). I do not feel as though our family is complete yet, so this is obviously something we need to think more about.

2. Get control of my anxiety. The last few months have been really hard for me in ways I’m not going into today. For me to have a happy and healthy 2019, I need to take the reins back from my anxiety, which I’ve been allowing to make many of my decisions for me. To accomplish this goal, I will be doing more self care, talking more openly with loved ones, and being honest with myself about my capabilities in the present time.

3. Reduce debt. I have yet to fully analyze our debt situation (hello finance degree), but I do know we obviously want to see it decrease, not increase in 2019. We are not drowning in debt, which I am always grateful for, but someday in the future I would like us to have very minimal debt. For now, this goal does not have any data backing it up, but it will. Side note: I’ve been considering doing more money focused posts, as I do have a finance degree, and find personal finance very interesting. Let me know what you think about that.

4. Workout more..duh! How can these be new year’s goals and not include a workout goal? My goal is to work out Monday- Friday. I have a workout buddy, which has been working great so far! She really holds me accountable. We’re both stay at home moms, and when the babies are napping, we roll out our mats and encourage each other through text. We’ve been following the same workouts so we are starting and finishing at the same time, and are sore together.

1. Read 54 books
2. Roulette TBR on my owned books
3. Read the books that have been on my Goodreads TBR the longest
4. Finish series
5. Kick ass at Magical Readathons

I’d love to hear more about your 2019 goals!

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