Happy New Year!
I think that every year has it’s ups and downs, and instead of reviewing each one from 2017, I’d rather think ahead and what I’m hoping to see happen, improve on, learn, etc in 2018. I don’t think having resolutions are a bad idea, and even though it’s cliched to blog this kind of post now, I find it helpful. We all need a time in our life to sit down and reflect on ourselves and lives, so why not the very beginning of a new year?
In 2018 I want to….
Work on my self-love
This one is a big one for me. After my second child in 2017, my self esteem really hit a low point. I could easily hold on to excuses as to why things are the way they are, but I know that doesn’t do any good – having excuses. I know that if I want to make a change, whether that be in my eating habits or physical activity, I know that it’s up to me to have the right self-discipline and even though my head is swirling with the idea that I don’t even have enough time as it is without adding in moment to get to the gym, I know that it’s possible. So as hard as it is, going forward, I’m looking to make steps to eating better and being more active. Baby steps! I have a couple ideas, but won’t share them right now until they are fully executed and I have been more educated on them.
I’ve always been a book worm, since the days of my mom dropping me off at the library for hours when I was a kid, to spending allowance money on new books from the local book store! I have a huge pile of books I want to read – including The Chalk Man, The Sinner, and a couple of other gems that I have found worthy enough to buy from the Dollar Tree. The reason reading has taken a back seat these past couple of years is because I feel like I have no time, but if you want something done, you make time, no matter what, so even if it takes me twice as long to finish a book, I will make it a point to read this year!
Make wiser money decisions
I may have touched briefly upon the fact that there has been less beauty/makeup focused posts here on the blog somewhere, but to repeat, reviewing makeup (that’s not sent through PR) is incredibly costly. My financials just can’t support my addiction of makeup, and so in 2017 I really came to realize that I have way too much makeup around, and need to make sure that what I’m purchasing is being justified with good reasons. Of course there will be times when I’m overcome with the reckless desire to purchase my 20th eye shadow palette, but I’m really consciously making efforts to ask myself do I really need this? before swiping my card or hitting the Place Order Now button. I even struggle with clearance, sales, and one dollar items, and want to make sure that even though “it’s a really good deal” that I can use this or even have room for this, because in my 950 square foot apartment, space is running out…I will happily except press samples though as this is an awesome way for me to include what I love while not costing me anything!
Hide my phone
I’m 100% guilty of being slightly reliant on my smart phone. I’m not someone who can just hide her phone for a couple hours and be in the now, and I hate it. I want to work on this and devote my full attention to my family. I’m often pulled away with the sound of an email coming in or a text message from family, but it’s always met with complete guilt. Consciously, I’ve been trying to save phone and computer work until they are in bed.
Get back in the couponing game & increase bargain hunting
I did a couple of coupon adventures this year, but every time I purchase something full price, I know that I probably could have gotten it for cheaper. I always try to never pay full price, but often this idea of couponing goes out the window for convenience and time factors. It can be time consuming, but there are many resources (Youtuber, Instagrammers) who provide break downs and easy ways to get the best deals. There should be little reasons for paying full price for anything, and so I want to continue 2018 with that mentality of always wanting to get the best deal and even going the extra step to do so!
I feel that with my stress levels being so high lately, I’m constantly yelling – at myself, at my boyfriend, and my children. I’m sick of yelling. I want to learn how to handle situations differently! I know that if you spin the wording of things, it can come off better in certain situations. I need to remind myself that my kids are just kids, sometimes they do not know better. In general, dealing with stress in different ways could also be another goal of mine.
I have already started decluttering makeup and things around the house the second half of last year. I donate a large majority of my stuff to Goodwill or local thrift stores, but I’m also selling some stuff on the Mercari App. This has been an excellent resource for me – not only have I made extra money, but have gotten rid of items! Sometimes when I think about donating certain items, the money saver in me cringes at how much I give away free. It’s nice to know there is an option for getting some of what you paid for an item! Side note: if you want to start selling some of your stuff on Mercari, use my code below and get $10 off your first purchase! I’ve had great experiences all around and highly recommend this app!
I’m sure I could go on and on with things I want to change and work on this year, but I think this is a good start. What about you? Share something you are working on in 2018 or if you have an entire blog post dedicated to it, share that too! I love to hear how honest we can be with ourselves! Change is good! 🙂