2016 Goals

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I've never been good a setting New Year's Resolutions but I figured since I have a few things I'm trying to work towards in the upcoming year I might as well write them down.

1. Set up and keep a monthly budget.  I've been tracking my debt payoff for almost two years now, but I want to get more into tracking my spending over all.  I've already set up my budgets in Mint.com and even though we're only a few days into January, it has already turned into a bit of a game for me, seeing how long I can go without filling that little budget bar with color.

2. Complete the final edits of my script and submit it (somewhere).  I "finished" my script in December, but it is far from being complete.  I'm hoping in the next month or two I can get some people to read through it and then do some serious edits.  I'd like to say before May I will try to actually send it out to a few places.

3. Start my research for my book.  I'm not sure if I've written about it here, but my Grandmother lived a fascinating and sometimes tragic life (she grew up in Germany during WWII).  She passed away in 2013, but it scares me to think that her story may someday be forgotten.  There are so many details that have already been lost and I don't want time to eat away at more.  This is going to require a lot of German translations and conversing with her old friends, but I'm excited for this undertaking, as daunting as it feels right now.

4. Continue to simplify my life.  At the end of last year I did a great job of simplifying my digital life (social media, emails, etc.), but I want to really comb through all of my "stuff" and get rid of as much as possible.  I've started this a little, but the majority will be done when I move.

Which brings me to...

5. Move out of my parents basement!  We're really ready to go at any moment once Josh's gets a job, so hopefully this will be happening sooner rather than later... we will see!

Hopefully 2016 will be less of a fail than our attempt to make a "2016"

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