A New Beginning

2017 was most definitely a year of change, filled with ups and downs and lots of reflection on my life, as indicated in yesterday’s post.  But today marks a new beginning, a brand new year — and I’m determined to make it a great one!

As in previous years, I am making a series of goals rather than resolutions — items I hope to accomplish this year. I have high hopes for this year, and my goals are certainly in line with that. I’m going to push myself, as I’ve been pushing myself the last couple of months, to get my life where I want it to be — or at least as close as possible.

Goals for 2018

  • Get my entire house clean and organized
    By this I mean get it to a place where I’m not stepping over things or pushing aside clutter just to free up a space to work. I don’t expect the house to be neat as a pin and dust free — I do have kids, after all, and limited time once I take everything else into consideration. But I need to clear all the clutter, organize what we use in a way that works for our daily life, and find homes for all the stuff we want to keep. I feel I’m in a vicious cycle of cleaning, piling, and figuring things out. It’s time for it to stop. I know how I want things, and it’s time for me to get them there. I’ve already started this massive undertaking, and I’m hoping it will be complete by the end of the year.
  • Make enough money on an ongoing basis to keep my house and comfortably pay all incoming expenses
    This one will definitely be a challenge, especially with the high debt I have to consider. Fortunately our personal loan will be paid off this month, which helps. But I still have other debt to pay off, plus the regular monthly expenses. The uncertain financial future with regards to Kevin doesn’t help. I’m not sure how things are going to pan out. So that means I have to intentionally overshoot where I expect to be. And that means a perhaps unrealistic expectation of what I am able to bring in. But if I can start bringing in money with the Usborne school and library program, and maybe start doing something with my writing again, perhaps I will get the push I need to get where I need to be. I also have other “pokers in the fire” if you will, but I don’t know if they’ll pan out, so I suppose only time will tell.
  • Establish a position as an Educational Services Representative
    This serves a double purpose: hopefully it will provide income as I sell books to schools and libraries, but I’m thinking it will also help me build relationships and rapport with said schools and libraries, so that once I have my Masters degree I will be in a good position to look for jobs. Not only will I have experience working with schools and libraries, but perhaps I will also have early knowledge of any job openings that come up.
  • Create daily and weekly routines that maximize my time
    OK, this sounds rather vague, but I promise it’s not. While I’ve made progress in planning out my days to fit in many of the things I have to do, I know I could do better. The part that I know has been slipping in particular, especially the last couple of months, is time to devote to the kids. While all their needs are being taken care of, and I have still tried to fit in family fun days, I know on a daily basis I could do better in terms of quality time with them. So I need to find ways to set aside one-on-one (or one-on-two) time with them while still finding time to clean, organize, and progress in my personal and professional goals. I’ve been playing with some routines and planning but still need to work out details and tweak it all a bit.

I know I could make goals for losing weight and exercising more, for eating healthier, and other “typical” new year’s resolutions. But to be honest, while I will certainly try to work on these moving forward, they are just not top priority for me right now. I’m reasonably healthy and don’t do anything that will put that in jeopardy right now, so I’m choosing to focus most of my energy on the items above. It would also be nice to start schooling for my Masters this year, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford it, so I’m choosing to hold off. If I’m in a position to start, great! But I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment, either, especially when I know how difficult my financial goals already are.

I honestly don’t know how this year is going to go. There is a lot up in the air right now. But I’m hoping by the end of this year I will overall be in a more stable, comfortable position, ready to grow and learn and excel — and able to help my kids do the same. I know this year is filled with potential, and I’m ready to grab it! Here’s to the best year yet!

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