29 December 2010

New Years Resolutions

Wow, has it ever been a busy holiday season!  Without my calendar in front of me to confirm, I would still guess that I averaged an event per day.  Fortunately, I managed to do well enough on my homework to make an A in my latest class.  Yay!

Since then I've caught up on some reading and articles.  Of all those I read, the one I want to point out is this one: Women and Money.  The first financial book I read was Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach, which I feel is better than most books on female finances, but could certainly be improved with the information that the article's author suggests.

On the topic of scheduling, this is the point where I need to admit that I did too much in the last six weeks.  I'm working on that with my New Year's resolutions.  It's a mistake to make too many, though; I read a great article today about ways to help you keep your resolutions.  So here are my goals for 2011:
  • Financial Improvement: paying down debt, increasing income, reducing expenses.  My husband and I are doing our annual financial update next month, so I'm likely to blog about this a lot in the near future. I also intend to write a post soon about our financial journey.
  • Physical Improvement: I lost 16 pounds last year, but have gained back around 6.  Planning to drop that 6 again and then finish with the last 7 I was originally planning to be rid of.
  • Personal Improvement: Less agreeing/volunteering to do things, more reading, sewing, cross-stitching, and personal time, and no guilt about it.  Also, more having friends over and less going out (conveniently helping with the financial goals).
Is there something you're working on in the new year?  Do we have complementary goals or are you working on something uniquely yours?


  1. I am especially proud of that last one...less agreeing for you and more time on YOU things! Go for it!

    I agree with your goals, I too want to exercise more (weight loss), work on our finances and paint more (personal for me). I am still working on my 100 things to do this year list! Hmm I should take a look at that list!

  2. Yeah, I'd say those are about the same three areas I'm working on. I'm going to try to do Couch to 5K in 2011.

  3. Sara, you should put your 100 things list on your blog! Good for you for being so proactive. :-)

    Jennifer, maybe we can keep up with one another on our goals this year! I like that Couch to 5K idea, but I'm not a huge fan of running. I think I'm going back to Zumba class for at first and we'll see from there.