As we start a new year, I needed to take time to reflect on the last year, as well as set goals for 2019. I decided not to focus on resolutions but focus on overall goals and themes for the year.

My themes for this year are: Health, Family, Finances & Happiness.

My Goals:

  • Health: Last year, I made a resolution to eat better and workout. And although, I did well for most of the year, I took a major setback/detour in the last couple of months. This year, I will focus on consistency and making health and wellness a part of who I am. I will ensure I fit fitness and nutrition into my daily routine, not because I have to but because I enjoy the overall benefits of a healthy me.
  • Family: Set weekly family days to just spend uninterrupted time with the family, including Friday movie nights and eating dinner as a family daily.
  • Finances: Focus on growing savings and becoming 100% debt-free by 2020.
  • Self-Care: 1 self care day a month where I do absolutely nothing or whatever my heart desires. Learn to say no and not take on more than I can handle. Also, more hair appointments, lunches alone, massages, quiet reading time, etc.

With goals, themes, and resolutions, there needs to be some sense of accountability. Every year, we make promises to ourselves and by March, we have fallen off track. I have come up with 5 different ways to hold yourself accountable to becoming a better you.

  1. Track Your Stats! Utilize trackers to hold you accountable to your goals. If you plan to be more fit, a fitness tracker is great for monitoring steps, heart rate, and minutes of exercise. This will help you determine if you need to be working harder to hit your goals. Apps like Mint are great at helping you monitor and track finances such as savings, debt repayment, etc.
  2. Celebrate All Small Achievements! If you plan to workout 5 days a week and bring a healthy lunch to work everyday, and you achieve that goal; you should celebrate in order to keep the momentum going. Celebrations should be something that makes you happy but doesn’t derail progress. For example, if you hit a health goal, don’t celebrate with cake. Or if you hit a no-spending goal, don’t celebrate with a new expensive dress. Instead celebrate with something rewarding such as new workout sneakers, a mani/pedi, or a glass of wine.
  3. Prepare Another Option! Sometimes things don’t go as planned. You planned a morning run but its pouring raining outside or you planned a no-spend day but you forgot your lunch at home. Things happen. That’s why it’s important to plan for set-backs. So what you can’t do a morning run? Do a home workout that you saw on IG. Or if you have to spend on a no-spend day, use money from your emergency fund so you don’t feel like you’re sabotaging your goal.
  4. Create Habits That Support Goals! Focus on small habits instead of large goals that will contribute to your bigger plan. An example could be eating a healthy breakfast everyday. That is much more achievable than focusing on eating healthy everyday. Once you make the small goal a focus for a length of time, it will become a habit that will contribute to overall success.
  5. Focus on Once Small Daily Success! Every night, write down one victory or success of the day. Did you make it to the gym even though you were tired, did you lose an extra pound, did you hit your savings goal? Whatever it may be, celebrate it and write it down. This will keep you excited and energized about your overall goal.

I am looking forward to an amazing year full of love, happiness, and great possibilities. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!!!