I don't know about you but every year, I have hope that this will be my year and my life will change dramatically. Well, no dramatic change has happened but slowly with hard work, I have made my life better. I am out of debt, I have stuck to a healthy weight, I have a successful online business, I have a cause I am passionate about (animal rescue), I have emotionally healthy friendships, I have a fabulous online support system (thank you for all your feedback), and I have a great relationship with my family. Despite all that I still don't "have it all." Most of you out there do. You have someone to share your life with. Someone to go on vacation with, go to the movies with, attend family functions, take out the trash, go car shopping, go to the hardware store (I am not a fan), enjoy victories, give you support, and well the list goes on and on. Every year, I wish to meet the ONE and get married and live a socially conventional life. I know marriage isn't easy, but I do hope that those of you who have the ONE in your life are grateful. I have tried the online dating thing and being set up. I am not a fan. The online dating just makes me feel bad about myself. Just because I am 36 and single does not mean that my only requirement is for the other person to have a pulse. There has to be some connection. Someone twice my age, someone who writes their profile like they are writing a text message to a 14 year old girl, or has a face tattoo, is not my particular cup of tea! I want meeting someone to happen the organic way. Who knows...they say everything happens for a reason.
My friend, Alisha, AKA The Bubbly Blonde shared this with me:
Let's hope so!
Here are some goals I have for myself!
My financial goal this year is to spend less money. I have always had the philosophy to just make more money than I spend. Not really financially sound!
This year my goal is to cut back on all those things I am paying for that I don't need to be. I have a cable box I never use and a gym membership I am too lazy to write the certified letter for to cancel (I technically can go to 3 gyms, so yes I need to cancel this one).
I also tend to buy something just because it is on sale. I am going to start asking myself if I really need it! Love it or leave it.
My car lease is up in August. I do love my BMW X3 and it was the first luxury item I ever purchased with my TpT earnings. But I got ripped off on the lease and I pay for environmental and tire protection. I was just so worn out by how long it was taking, that I was ready to sign whatever to get out of there. I now understand why people give false confessions. So this August, I am going to do my research, not use the same dealership, and say NO when they try to get me to sign up for stuff I don't need. I may even try for the 3 series or 4 series car, if it is cheaper than what I have now. Or some other car brand altogether. I really just fill up the trunk with junk.
I want to save money so that I can buy a house with a garage in a safer neighborhood. Right now I look kinda like a drug dealer with an itty bitty house and a BMW in the driveway. My property is 20 by 100! You can barely park another car in front of my house. Houses are really expensive on Long Island.
I would love to get myself back up there on the TpT all time list. I used to be number 10! It is really hard to keep up with all the competition out there. I am not going to stress myself out over it, I am going to just work hard and hope more success comes. It is seriously hard to teach full time, try and have a life, and be super successful at TpT. If you take a look at the top sellers, they work their bottoms off! They deserve their success. I am just hoping to find some balance and still have success.
In 2014 I presented for SDE and TpT in Vegas and I designed a classroom for Carson Dellosa. I don't think I will be presenting in Vegas again this summer, but I will be presenting for SDE at other locations. At first I was upset, then I remembered how stressful the end of the school year was for me having to get all my presentations ready. This year I can relax, well after I get my presentations done for this year. I am also excited to work with Carson Dellosa again!
If you want to get started on TpT check out this thorough post I wrote last year:
If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I am starting The Whole 30 today. Many of us are! Search the hashtag #teachersofwhole30 to connect and join us on our journey. I really only want to loose five to ten pounds. My main goal for doing The Whole 30 is to get healthier. I am always so tired. I think this will really help. If you are interested, check out the book: It Starts with Food.
for 30 days!
As far as personal goals go, I hope to be more organized at home, I hope to enjoy life more, travel, and I want to start a personal blog. Any idea for names? Everyday Erica and Everything Erica are already taken.
Do you have goals? I am sure I am not the only blogger out there with a post of New Year's goals. If you want to link up, my only rule is that you link back somewhere in your post to me. Feel free to right click and save the goal tabs. I made them using The 3am Teacher's gorgeous new papers.
I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!