Monday, January 2, 2017

{Goals, Goals, Goals}

I wasn't going to do this, but I feel like it's necessary. I've touched base here and there on how hard I've been working to dig myself out of what feels like a financial sinkhole. My only regret is not starting sooner. Because who wouldn't want to have financial freedom sooner rather than later, and because I feel like I'm starting to run out of time. I've been trying so hard to get the majority of things paid off before Luce arrives. JUST INCASE. Just incase there are any issues/complications. And for the fact that no matter what decision I decide to make, I for sure won't have an income for 6 weeks. I say what decision I have to make, because at this point I will breakeven with daycare costs, which just seems silly. Why am I going to pay someone to watch my children, while I work an inconsistent schedule and have zero money to spare? So I wanted to make as much progress as possible before baby arrives. So far I've paid off one student loan and two credit cards. All of which were on the smaller end, but PROGRESS. I have three more things that I'd like to handle before her arrival so that starts goal #1 for the year...

  • Save for a house.
  • BUDGET and stick to it.
  • Walk away from the little things. (i.e. Target goodies and eating out)
  • Focus on being a proactive and present mother. Two babies to love on and give my undivided attention to. 
  • Eat. At. Home.
  • Dive *right* into taking care of my health after Luce's arrival. For myself and for her since I'll be breastfeeding. I want to get back into home workouts and eating ezekiel bread, egg whites and my Advocare goodies. I will give myself some grace, but I don't want to waste too much time, and eating healthy never has a time limit.
  • Focus on my relationship. I'm a mom. I love my babies hard, and I should (& will), but I want to love my spouse more. If that makes sense without making it seem like my children fall second in any way. I just want to make genuine attempts to nurture our relationship. Kids can be hard on relationships and I don't ever want him to forget why he loves me or why he decided to have a child with me and vice versa. 
  • Take care of myself. My health, my appearance, my mind and my body. I want to love myself and make proactive decisions daily. I want to do things that improve my wellbeing and my families. I don't want to just go through the motions everyday. 
  • I want to live with purpose.
So those will be my main goals for 2017. 2016 was H-A-R-D and one of the main reasons why I didn't do an "at a glance" post this year. I really don't want to look back. I want to look forward and focus on what's in front of me. 

And just some random photos because these are the reasons for my motivation. <3
Melissa Loren

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