365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
59. In the next year I plan to…..
Oh my goodness…. I have some pretty ambitious plans for 2019. I guess this probably happens to a lot of people. The desire to make life changes often happen in January. That fresh start of the New Year can make us want to reevaluate a variety of different aspects of our lives. I’ve never really been much into New Years Resolutions. I cannot recall every saying “My New Years Resolution is…..”. The areas in which I have made my 2019 plans are pretty much just carry over of changes I started in 2018. I have just got more specific with what I want and how I want to accomplish things.
Plan #1: Work on Simplifying life (non-extreme minimalism)
This plan is already in full swing. I have become disillusioned with “things”. Those feelings of desire to buy more and more things and have drawers full of makeup and closest smashed so full of clothing that you barely can even tell what you have are becoming a thing of the past for me. I wish I could say I made a magical transformation overnight and that I never want to buy anything ever again, but of course, that would be a lie. What I am trying to do is be more conscious of the things I have and not impulse buy so much. At the end of 2019, I don’t want to end up with shelves full of unused hobby supplies or random gadgets that I’ve never touched. So this sort of accomplishes two of my 2019 plans. This will help eliminate clutter and help me life a simpler life, but will also keep my wasteful spending under control so that I can focus on paying off debt.
As I mentioned, this plan is already underway. 24 days ago I started a 30 day minimalist challenge. I started day 1 back in December by de-cluttering 1 item. Day 2, I de-cluttered 2 items, and so on. Today is day 24 and I still EASILY found 24 items to discard. The goal is to go to day 30 and at the end de-clutter 30 items from your surroundings. This will be a total of over 400 items gone from your space. The plan is to do this challenge several more times, focusing on specific areas of the home. This first challenge was focused on our spare (junk) room. The 2nd challenge will focus on the bedroom, bathroom and hallway closet. Challenge 3 will be spent de-cluttering the kitchen for 30 days. Challenge 4 will be our garage (which is just a holding space for anything that does not fit in the house). By the end of the year, the plan is to have completed this challenge at least 4 times, which will have eliminated about 1800 items. These items will either be donated, giving to others we know will use them or if they are garbage, thrown away.
I have other blogs that specifically focus on trying to live more minimal and also show photos and progress of the things I am getting rid of.
Plan #2: Work on getting out of debt
How beautiful would it be to live debt-free? I cannot really answer that (maybe some of you can let me know in the comments how wonderful it is and give me encouragement). I’ve never in my adult life or even my teenage life been debt free. I got my first credit card when I was 15 and have been in debt ever since. There has not been one time in my life since I was a child that I have not had numerous credit cards and fairly large balances on each.
I have set into motion this year an actual debt payoff budget plan. I’ve been watching tons of YouTube videos on others that have paid off debt and have gotten some pretty great tips and tricks on living a more frugal life so that I have extra money to put on my debt-snowball. I’ve just started this a few months ago, so I am still trying to figure out all of the specifics. I’ve never been one to limit myself on buying things I want. Even if I had no money (which, lets face it, with all my debt, I rarely have any extra money to buy much of anything), so I would just charge it. I’ve never put myself on a budget. As simple as it may sound for most, this is actually a little frightening to me. I don’t want to restric us from living life and having fun. In contradiction to this debt payoff plan, I am also a firm believer on “tomorrow is never a guarantee”. So what I need to do is find that fine line where I can be happy and comfortable with both aspects of living. I need to try and not go extreme in either direction.
Plan #3: Spend more time on things I enjoy
Which is what brings me here to this blog. I enjoy writing. I like to document my story of life. The problem is life it self tends to get in the way of doing those things we really enjoy. We focus so much on doing what “needs” to be done that we don’t do a lot of what we “want” to get done. Which is what brought me to the 365 day blogging challenge. If I challenge myself to something, I feel more accountable and am more likely to stick to it. So far so good, as I’m on day 12 and still really enjoying this!
Plan #4: Project Life/Ali Edwards scrapbook
I have always loved to scrapbook. Part of that stems from my love of taking pictures. I’m that person that every knows as the “picture taker”. I take pictures of everything and at all events. To me, pictures are memories. One day I want to look back and be able to look through pictures of all of our adventures and remember fondly the joy they brought to our lives. My plan for this year is to get back into scrapbooking, but with a different approach. This “project life” scrapbooking idea attracted my attention when it talked about a more simplified scrapbook process. I’ve purchased all of the supplies, now it’s just seeing if I can stick to my plan of actually creating these albums this year. I often get overwhelmed with pictures and get to a point where I don’t know were to start, so I simply don’t start at all. I am hoping that does not happen again this year.
Plan #5: Travel/Adventures
Due to my wanting to focus on paying off debt this year, I don’t imagine we will go on any extravagant trips this year. I am hoping however to have some fun weekend getaways or even day trips. We have our week long trip to Vegas later in the year but have nothing else really planned out yet. We have not been camping in a while, so I would be happy planning a camping trip for this summer.
So I guess that’s about it for my 2019 plans. Maybe a little over ambitious to hope that I will have time to complete all of my forecasted plans. But that’s okay. I will just have to do my best!