2014 Resolutions: An Exercise in Restraint
Now that I've gotten my minor meltdown out of the way it's time for resolutions. I thought long and hard about what to resolve for this year. While doing so, I looked up the formal definition(s) of "resolve" and these were my favorite:
- Verb: settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter)
- Verb pertaining to Medicine: cause (a symptom or condition) to disperse, subside, or heal
- Verb pertaining to Emma: decide firmly on a course of action
Now what course of action should I decide firmly on? Obviously, I mean to devote quality time to this blog and to my readers; however, that was a course decided on and committed to long before the new year. There is always the battle to be "healthier", but I believe I finally won the what used to seem like a constant battle with my negative body image this past year as well.
I finally settled on the ever-thrilling resolution of budgeting better. This new year brings a bevy of life changes including a new, challenging position at work and a sudden, if slightly foreseen, move to a new house that I will be undertaking here in the next few weeks. I have never been too careless or frivolous with money, but I could certainly stand to be more organized and thoughtful. This will definitely be a challenge for me, the girl who finds it a bit too easy to spend that extra $30/week on unnecessary "stuff". Hence, firmly deciding on a course of action. Behold:
2014: An Exercise in Restraint.
I will keep you updated on how the house hunting goes and share other money-saving tips and tricks I pick up throughout the year. However, I will start by sharing my first step which I have to credit to Pinterest and my friend, Landi. She and I have committed to complete the popular "52 Week Money Saving Challenge".
I find it best to commit to these types of challenges (whether they're finance, health, or work related) with a friend so you have someone to keep you accountable. I've already hung up my chart on my bedroom door so I see if every day before I leave for work, and I've turned on of my super cute May Design notebooks that I received for Christmas into my budget journal.