Well another year has bitten the dust. My family was pretty busy in 2013 and that’s nothing new. We continued settling into our new home (while I got used to a much longer commute) and everyone is adjusting well. We’ve made some really great friends and the kids love their new school. The girls are playing soccer (I’m assistant coach) and doing girl scouts and a host of other activities, and my son started preschool…which he loves!
One particularly bright spot from last year was our first family trip to Disney World! It was our best vacation ever and I can’t wait to go back again. We spent a lot on that vacation but the next time we go we’ll look to save some money by staying off-site and not splurging on things and justifying it by saying “It’s our first time here!”
Looking ahead to 2014, I have a number of goals that I’d like to accomplish so I’m listing them here as a way to hold myself accountable. Almost everyone makes New Years Resolutions of one sort or another but most people give up on them before Valentine’s Day. I don’t plan on letting that happen to me.
There are two reasons why most people fail to live up to their resolutions. For starters, they bite off more than they can chew by setting too many goals for themselves. If you make twenty different resolutions you’re setting yourself up to fail because most people can only make a few small changes at a time. I’m only making a few resolutions this year so I can stay razor-focused on achieving each and every one of them.
Second, people tend to make resolutions that are too vague. I’m much more likely to stick with something if I can actually track my progress toward a very specific goal. For example, “losing weight” is a nice resolution but it’s far too general to really be helpful. “I want to lose 10 pounds by July 4th” is much better!
My Resolutions for 2014
Lose 20 Pounds. I clocked in this morning at 198 pounds which is the heaviest I’ve ever been. At 5′ 10″, I could clearly stand to lose a few pounds, and the overindulgence of the holiday season hasn’t helped. It’s time to get back on track and start making some healthier choices. That means exercising more, eating better, and kicking my soda habit. I love Coca-Cola (especially when you add a little Captain Morgan!) but it’s just empty calories and I need to make it an occasional treat instead of a regular part of my diet.
Double my Online Income. I don’t want to go into detail or talk about exact dollar amounts, but I know how much I made in 2013 and I want to double that amount in 2014. I plan to do that by increasing the number of posts on this blog (therefore increasing the traffic potential), building up a second site I own to start earning more, and offering freelance writing services. I just started staff writing for two other blogs and I’m on the lookout for more opportunities for revenue and exposure.
Be a Better Husband/Dad. This one is a bit tougher to quantify but it’s still a goal worth striving for. The good news is that I’m already a great dad and husband and you can ask my family that if you don’t believe me! But there is always room for improvement and my goal is to dedicate some time every single day to family time. That time can be spent many different ways…watching a family movie together, reading a story, playing board games, date night with my wife, or just talking about our days and really focusing on one another.
Have you made any New Year Resolutions? What kind of goals did you set for yourself?