2024 Resolutions/Intentions

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New Year's resolutions

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2024 is almost here. You know what that means! Time to plot out the new year and what better way to do that then setting my resolutions (or intentions or goals for those of you that don’t like the word resolutions) for the year. I told Michael I was struggling with my list this year and he suggested I go resolution-free for 2024. I told him that thought literally made me anxious! 

Being intentional about what you want to achieve for the year is so important to me. My resolutions the last few years have been fairly similar. I think that means I’ve settled into my life priorities.

Not sure there’s been a year yet that I’ve achieved every resolution/goal but that’s okay. I think progress should be the bigger goal versus perfection. Priorities sometimes shift during the year and that’s okay as well.

Making it to the gym only twice a week versus the goal of 3 times a week is technically a fail but is it really? It’s still better than not going to the gym at all. Decreasing my debt by 5% rather than 20% is still decreasing my debt…

2024 Resolutions

Healthy Living

  • More water and less diet coke-I did really well with this for several months in 2023 while I was doing my 75 day challenge. Still drinking way less diet coke than I used to but it’s still a struggle getting enough water in daily. I’m going to aim for 96 ozs a day, sounds weirdly specific but that’s 3 of my water bottles so that should be easy to track
  • More sleep-the goal is to be in bed by 11pm on weeknights. Doesn’t seem like it would be that hard but it is for this night owl.
  • Exercise 3 X weekly for at least 30 minutes.

Financial

  • Pay off debt-This is an on-going challenge. I do have a specific percentage of my debt that I would like to knock out this year. That’s a personal item so I won’t list the specifics but hopefully this year won’t have any major expenditures to sideline me like 2023 did (new car and new AC/furnace).

Writing

  • 36 blog posts
  • 3 submissions to hopefully get some writing published
  • Write 5 days a week for a minimum of an hour
  • Complete NANOWRIMO (even if it’s not in November)

Personal

  • One new recipe a month
  • 48 books (at least 10 non-fiction)
  • Take at least 2 mini-vacations (besides my January cruise)
  • Working just my scheduled hours at work by April
  • At least get quotes on some home improvements for my condo. I’d really, really like to buy a newer, slightly larger place but I just don’t think it’s going to be a good financial move for me right now.  Working on some upgrades to my current place will hopefully make it better for me now and if it works out I can get a different place sooner rather than later then it will help with my selling price. 
  • Creating less cluttered spaces in my life. Such a challenge for me, as I talked about in my last post. I truly hope though if I can create more space/organization in my personal and work spaces then it will create room for new opportunities to flow into my life. Might seem a little new-age or out there but I’m going with it…lol.

I think this should keep me fairly busy for 2024. Debt reduction is definitely my big one this year. Reducing debt will help me in the long run with many of my other plans, including more travel and buying a newer home. 

I also plan on setting a monthly intention this year. I’ve found that I work better with goals that are broken down into smaller chunks. Each month’s intention will hopefully coincide with one of my resolutions though.

What resolutions are you setting for the new year? And if you don’t set resolutions, tell me why you don’t.

 

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