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1/1/15

Welcome In The New Year 2015!

1/01/2015

Happy New Year to you. It's been a while since I wrote regularly, but guess what. My new year resolution is to actively blog again. Maybe even make it an income producing blog so I could quit my boring state job. Anyway, it starts today with the first day of the new year.

Here are some of my goals for this year:

1-Write in the blog daily. That's not likely but every day is a new day to try to reach that goal. On the days I really feel like expressing myself, I can schedule the post for another day. Whatever it turns out to be, it will be more than this past year.

2-Save more money than I make. We have a plan to make this happen, but it will require maintaining our frugal lifestyle and making some tough spending decisions.

3-Lose weight. I weigh the same as I did when I lived in Minnesota and ran a marathon 25 years ago, but I thought I was fat then too. I want to lose at least 10 lbs, if not 15 lbs and maintain that. I'll use the MyFitnessPal app on my phone to track weight and food intake, and I use cardio trainer app to measure distance for walks and biking.

4-Talk to strangers - I know this sounds weird and people teach their kids growing up to not talk to strangers, but actually its kind of interesting. The situations I mean to talk to strangers occur all the time - standing in line at the grocery store, waiting for doors or gates to open for an event, at a concert or festival where people are all around, or even when you ask people to take a picture of you somewhere in public. Most of these conversations are superficial and fleeting, but when both parties are feeling better about themselves after this random conversation with a stranger, it is invigorating. Try it.

5-Get a new roof on the house - This on one of the three goals we have to accomplish before we retire due to the expense. Our roof was installed when we bought the house 20 years ago and it is worn. No leaks or anything, but I'd rather fix it before it needs it. We have the money saved and ready to spend, its just a matter of picking the time of year, getting quotes, planning the day, permits, hiring contractors and watching it happen. We are not going to save any money on this job by doing part of it ourselves, not happening here. You'll have the pleasure of reading about the progress of this project right here on the blog.

I guess five goals is enough, 4 are certainly measurable and we can check our progress throughout the year. Who knows maybe in addition to the quarterly mileage report, I'll post a quarterly New Years Resolution status report. Sounds like a good idea.

What are your goals? Surely you have at least one. Just do it.
 
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