Workin’ It Wednesdays – New Year’s Goals

Workin' it Wednesdays Link Up!

I’m linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Shay Shull aka Mix and Match Mama, for Workin’ It Wednesdays!

Today’s post is going to be a little bit different. Shifting gears a little bit – I like to keep you on your toes! A bunch of us fun bloggers will share a Workin’ It Wednesday topic each month to toot our own horns a bit and celebrate how hard we’re all working to keep our stuff together!

This month’s topic is New Year’s goals. Now, if you’ve signed up for the Living Simply Normal newsletter (which you should definitely, definitely do…stick your email in the purple bar at the top of the page to join), you know that I’ve set up some goals for this month and also this year.

My January goal is a spending freeze.

One of my other favorite bloggers – The Busy Budgeter – recommends doing a spending freeze to jump start a savings account (see post on 7 Steps to a Vacation Savings Plan) or to start a budget reboot. Well, after the holidays we could definitely use a family budget reboot. So we’ve decided to only spend money on groceries and bills this month. Only the necessities, nothing extra. No coffee stops, no movie trips or Target splurging.

How’s it going so far? Pretty well, actually! We’ve had some snow here this month which has kept us holed up at home. That’s been key – not even having the option to go out and spend! We plan on putting the extra money we are saving toward some trips we are taking soon. Having a goal for our savings is helping us stay on track. It’s like a light at the end of the tunnel!

My blogging goal is to do a monthly feature called Friday Fails.

This one is still in the works so stay tuned for a post at the end of the month. But think of it as a way for you to share something new you tried this month – either a recipe, a workout routine, or something silly like a new outfit – that was a total fail.

I’ll be the first to admit I have totally botched my fair share of recipes. In fact, last week, I severely undercooked a package of crescent rolls but didn’t realize it until we bit into the first roll already sitting at the dinner table. Did I put them back in the oven? Nope, I didn’t. We just nibbled at the ends of the rolls and tossed the rest. It was a simple thing that I make all the time. But for some reason, it was a total fail that day.

I want others to share their “fails” each month within a circle of encouragement and know that we are NOT alone! Everyone takes a face plant every once in a while when they try something new (or in my case, something you do regularly). I’m excited to see what kind of funny stories you guys share, and to also see the encouragement everyone receives to keep on trying!

A goal I have, personally, for 2017 is to read 2 books a month.

I have an addiction to TV. While I’m not quite at the point of giving it up completely, I’ve decided 2017 is the time to set some limits.

I’m hoping to read two books a month. And I plan to accomplish that by shutting off the TV after 9pm and reading for an hour before bed. I’d also like to make time to read in the morning on the weekends.

If you want to read along with me, this month I’m reading, “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” by Amy Schumer and “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” by Susannah Cahalan. I’m a little more than half way through Amy Schumer’s book and I can’t put it down. I love getting to learn about her life, how she got to where she is, and a few quirky things we have in common. She does tell some pretty graphic stories so if you’ve never listened to her before, just be prepared.

How am I Workin’ It?

With the help and support of my sweet husband, that’s how. The spending freeze is obviously a decision we made together and we’ve done a great job keeping each other on track. We’ve spent a lot more time at home so far this month. But we’ve also had fun finding new TV shows to watch together (kind of detracting from the book reading goal…maybe need to make some adjustments), cooking together, and also reading together.

My husband is so supportive of my blog, I’m so grateful for all of his encouragement. He gives me extra time each day and on the weekend to get things done on the computer which is so helpful. I’m so grateful for his support, I really couldn’t do it without him.

It has really taken a lot of effort to put that hour in at the end of the day to read, but man am I trying! Sometimes I’m just so tired at the end of the day that an hour turns into just a few minutes before my eyes get heavy. But, I’m sticking to it and I know it will be worth it. If I miss a few hours during the week I try to make up for it on the weekend.

How are you workin’ it at sticking to your New Year’s goals?


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