I don’t usually give much thought to New Year’s resolutions, but it seems like every year, losing weight is the first thing on my mental list and I often have some other vague ideas about what I’d like to accomplish. This year, I decided to get super clear on what I want to achieve and put it in writing so I can come back to it and check on my progress throughout the year. I quit drinking alcohol in 2020, which was a huge accomplishment in and of itself, and I will definitely be continuing in my alcohol-free lifestyle. I’ve gotten a lot more organized and focused over the past 6 months since I quit drinking. I’ve developed a great morning routine, and enhanced my spiritual life through reading, journaling, prayer, and meditation. I’m hoping that the good habits I established in 2020 will help me to achieve even more in 2021. I have some big goals, but I think they’re still pretty realistic and totally achievable. Here’s my list:
- Create a budget to save more money. My husband and I generally live pretty frugally, but I’ve never really kept track of how much we spend. I just try to save money where I can and we don’t buy a lot of unnecessary things. However, I’d like to create a budget that will allow us to save some more money. I might try using one of the apps I’ve read about, like Mint or YNAB, or maybe just use an old fashioned spreadsheet. I’m not sure yet. But this is a big item on my list!
- Stick to a cleaning schedule. I am terrible at keeping up with certain household tasks, such as laundry and vacuuming. I’d really like to develop a way to organize my cleaning habits. I think that making a checklist and sticking it to the fridge may help. That way, I will have a visual reminder of what I need to do each day, week, month, etc.
- Write 100 new blog posts by the end of the year. I have enjoyed writing in this blog so much over the past month and I definitely want to keep going with it. I have a ton of ideas for new blog posts in 2021 and I have been adding to it each time I write. Since I will be resuming school full-time in a few weeks and working full time this summer, I may not be able to post as much as I did last month, but I’m hoping I can write at least 2 new posts per week during 2021.
- Write and publish one of my book ideas by the end of the year. I have a few books in the works that I’d like to work on and complete this year. One is a non-fiction idea the other two are fiction. I’m not sure which one I want to prioritize yet, but I will narrow it down and decide soon. I’ll have to work out a writing schedule to help keep me organized and set some short-term goals to work towards as well.
- Fill at least 4 boxes with items we no longer need and donate them. I’ll probably tackle this goal in the spring. We have an excess of certain items—like dvds, video games, clothes, knick-knacks, etc.—and I think weeding out would make a big difference in the clutter and help me to stay organized.
- Organize our disorganized closets. We have 2 hallway closets upstairs that I’d like to work on, a catch-all closet in the office, and my clothes closet. They’re all pretty disorganized. I’d like to tackle one every few months this year. My closet and the linen closet in the hall will probably be the easiest to get organized. The other hall closet and the office closet are going to be a little more challenging.
- Lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. I gained some weight in 2020. I think lots of people have due to stress and staying home more. I also lost my exercise routine due to all the gyms closing. I lost about 15 pounds initially when I quit drinking, but I gained it back over the holidays. I’d like to get back to my ideal body weight again by the end of the year. Although I am doing a jumpstart diet (South Beach Phase 1) with my parents for the first 2 weeks of this month, I’d like to lose at a rate of 1 lb per week thereafter. I’ll aim to keep my calories below 1,700 per day and cut back on carbohydrates to less than 30% of my daily macro percentage as that seems to help me lose weight. For exercise, I’ll also walk and cycle at least 3 times per week for 30 minutes per session.
- Develop a strength-training routine that I can stick with. This has been something I have wanted to do for so long! I am just…bad at it, I guess. But I want to find a way to work strength-training into my weekly exercise routine because I know it has numerous benefits and would probably help me to reach and maintain my weight loss goal faster.
- Cook my grandmother’s recipes that I haven’t tried yet. My grandmother on my dad’s side was from Germany. She passed away when I was 15, but I was very close to her. She lived with us and I used to go into her room and talk with her every day after school. She was an incredibly kind, caring, and positive presence in my life. My dad—very wisely—had her cook while he wrote down the instructions for all of her recipes before she died. He then typed them all up and my mother gave them to my sisters and I as a Christmas gift about 10 years ago. It was such a lovely gift! I have made most of the recipes at least once. There are a few I still haven’t tried, though, so I’d like to do that this year.
- Organize the laundry room. The laundry room is the first place I see when I walk into our house and it is so disorganized! There’s stuff going on in there I don’t even understand. For example, I have a trash bag full of pillows and 4 empty laundry hampers under the folding table, and there’s a case of diet soda and a stack of baskets on the rack where I keep the detergent. I don’t know how these things ended up in there, but it’s a mess! I need to weed out the stuff that’s cluttering it up and better organize the items I want to keep in there. This is something I want to work on soon since it bugs me so much. I’d like to develop a better system for keeping the laundry flowing, too.
- Go on more dates with my husband. I am guessing we averaged one date per month this year, which is not awful, but not great. I’d really like to have a little more quality time with him this year. Our go-to date night used to be hitting up our favorite bar, but since we quit drinking, we’ve had to be a little more creative. Coffee dates and meals out are always nice, and if the movie theaters ever open again we can definitely do that! We also haven’t had a night away together in probably close to 4 years, so I think our anniversary would be a great time to do something like that. Maybe we could take a short trip together and ask my parents to watch our son for a night. I have gotten closer than ever with my husband in the past few months since he joined me in an alcohol-free lifestyle, and I hope our relationship will keep getting better in 2021.
- Take a family vacation this summer. This might only be a short, local road trip with everything going on this year and our current budget, but I’d love to go out of town for a night or two with my husband and son. We like to visit museums, botanical gardens, and zoos in our area, so perhaps we could go to a city we haven’t visited before and do some of those things for a relatively budget-friendly trip.
So that’s it! My resolutions for 2021! If I can accomplish all of these things this year, I will be a happy lady!
Thanks for reading! I wish you a happy, healthy 2021! 🙂