Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rest of the Year Goals

Stephanie inspired me with her Not-A-New-Year Resolutions, and I wanted to make some of my own because I am a fellow list loving, goal making, planning planner who loves lists, goals and planning.

See, I am the kinda gal that makes new years resolutions every year. I pretty much break them every year as well, but I just can't stop making them. I know they are silly, I know you should work on goals all the time, not just one day a year - much like you should show love to your lover on other days besides Valentines Day, but hey who gives, right. I love New Years Resolutions.

Problem is, I make such lofty goals and I never meet them because I ask too much of myself. So this year, I am going to make some goals for November & December in preparation for the BIG goals I have planned for 2015 (yeah I already have my goals planned, what of it?).


1. Lose weight / work on my fitness.

I am so sick of this being on my list of goals, but as long as the lazy keeps hanging with the pigging out, this goal stays put. I don't even want to lose weight that much, I just want to stop fighting with my jeans and get back into my normal pants - I'm currently in my 'fat' pants, my 'skinny' pants are a distant memory. Health and fitness are more important to me than losing weight, so I don't care if the scale moves as long as my clothes start fitting better.

2. No more gluten.

I am allergic to this shit. And I keep eating it. It makes me sick, it makes me break out and it is going to give me bowel cancer if I keep going. STOP IT KRISTEN. It's especially hard to stay away from gluten when I travel, so I am hoping to actually obey my body and eat zero gluten so I can eat all the gluten in NYC. Priorities, folks.

3. Pay off 1 credit card.

4. Buy all my Christmas presents by the end of November.

I have my list, I'm checking it twice. I'm using swagbucks as much as I can, but I don't have enough bucks to cover Christmas completely, as I only really started using it recently. I have enough for a good sized chunk though. The reason I want to get all of my shopping done in November is because a) Black Friday sales b) I have to send presents overseas and I can't use Prime for that c) Christmas shopping stresses me out and makes me buy things for myself, and the closer it gets to Christmas the more stressed out I get. Finish shopping early = less stress = less personal shopping.

5. Limit the shopping for myself.

I didn't buy any clothes or anything in September, I did okay in October but in November and December I want to make sure I am only buying things I will wear a lot, only good additions to my wardrobe. No more wanting things just because they look cute on pinterest or someone else. I need to make smarter decisions and this will help prepare me for the massive shopping challenge I have planned for myself in 2015.

6. Purge & Sell, Purge & Sell.

After the mini shopping ban I went through, I started thinking way more about my clothes and wardrobe and what I want them to be. I have so many items I never wear, so many things that don't fit and so many things that just aren't me. I have started listing them on eBay but I want to get rid of it all by the end of the year. If I don't sell, it goes to Goodwill.

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I have other little goals as well, like keep going with the no soda, and meet my goal of 100 books this year, but these 6 are the big ones that I need to do to give myself the butt kicking I need to make 2015 even better than 2014.

Do you make New Years Resolutions, or are you a set a goal whenever I feel like it kinda gal?
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53 comments:

  1. I tend to set goals throughout the year. A few are lofty and may not happen but it gets me moving in the right direction. I think you can totally do it. The shopping for yourself when Christmas shopping is a hard one for me too.

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  2. Purge and Sell I'm right there with you girl! I'm going to try to do a no spend November with Shelby it's going to be a toughie but I agree it really makes you reevaluate what you actually have and work with it! There are so many great gluten free options out there but traveling is definitely hard with that!

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  3. I should do this. But I don't because I never follow it. I suck. HA!

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  4. Totally with you on limiting the spending, especially since we're entering gift giving season. I still haven't achieved my "one no-spend week every month" resolution, but hopefully I can make November and December successful!

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  5. i'm not much of a goal setter but i have been the past few months. nothing huge but attainable ones.

    if you want to trim down and make your pants fit - lifting. for real; putting on lean muscle mass will burn extra calories along with clean eating.

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  6. I need to join you on the purge and sell thing! My closet is overflowing with stuff I never wear. And I definitely need to continue to work on my fitness more! I've been slacking.

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  7. There is no shame in owning up to your CC - at least you know it's there! Some people just pretend and let things pile up!! I'm with you on the sell and purge - I've done that a few times this year and it's the best!!

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  8. i need to find a system that works-- i am always behind on emails! i am not spending in nov unless it's with a gift card!

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  9. I am one of those annoying people that usually have my Christmas shopping done by October (this year it was September). But in my defense, I buy Christmas presents year round. Anytime I see a good deal on something I know will be a great present I buy it. That way I do not have to spend a big chunk of money at the end of the year on gifts.

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  10. This list is awesome and so motivating! I did a round of ebay-ing in September and my goal was to do it about once a month to sort of keep on top of it and eventually get my closet cleaned out by the end of the year. So I need to hurry up and do something by tomorrow (OMG...November starts on Saturday!!) if I'm going to hit my once a month mark!

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  11. This is a great goal list! I need to set the one about Christmas shopping done in November for myself. So I can actually enjoy the holidays!

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  12. "Health and fitness is more important to me than losing weight, so I don't care if the scale moves as long as my clothes start fitting better."

    Yes to this! I couldn't agree more! You can do it!

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  13. These are great goals! I'm with you on getting in shape, paying off some debt, and watching the spending!

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  14. Do you have a Plato's Closet near you or a similar consigment store that will give you money for your clothes? I always bring mine there and it's great to walk out with cash... much easier than selling stuff on e-bay! And YES to Christmas shopping. I always say I'm going to do it early and then I'm that person still shopping on Christmas Eve.. oops.

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  15. You've got this lady! I didn't know you were gluten intolerant, :(! Glad there are more options out there for you now. And great approach on your health outlook, feeling good is the most important part.

    Okay, tell me about swagbucks.

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  16. Great ideas!!!! I need to get better about selling my good clothes - I am the worst and never make appointments at consignment shops.... so when I go in there without an appt, I end up getting mad b/c they cannot help me and then just go drop everything off at the Jr Leage donation site....fail!

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  17. I'm a set goals as I need them kind of gal but I try to stick with a word theme of the year when I'm setting my goals, like commitment or health or something.

    I love your goals and they are totally doable over the next two months.

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  18. these sound like great goals! good luck with the GF goal -- that sounds tricky but it's good youre making it a priority for your health. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  19. I have some similar goals for the end of the year as well. I bombed on my Wardrobe Challenge for October about 4 days in so I'm going to really buckle down for November & December as best I can. I always do a lot of personal shopping during the holidays because the deals are soo good! Definitely going to be a challenge!

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  20. Haha, it's funny because I'm also a lover of lists, planning, and goal making, but for some reason I don't like doing that for the new year. I don't know why, I just find it too forced... but I love the idea of doing a "Non-New Years Resolution" :) Paying off debt and making a proper budget is definitely one of my big goals. I don't have a credit card but I still have a student loan :( Your goals are great! I really need to get back into my healthier habits!!

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  21. I love this idea! I need to get with it as well. Especially sticking with no soda! I just love the bubbles in my mouth. Shopping is a problem too. I am trying to hold out on buying a new coat. Maybe someone will get me one for Christmas. Last winter was so cold hear that my usual coast just felt like a jacket. Now I need a parka!

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  22. haha! My skinny jeans are distant memory too. So I'm also working on this (in the healthiest of ways). Don't be embarrassed about the credit card thing. It's sort of normal in our culture, and I'm guilty of it as well.

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  23. Great goals! I'm not a NY resolution person, I try taking it month by month because there's no way I would follow through for a whole year.

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  24. I am on the purge and sell bandwagon too, I am just so scared of Craig's List weirdos killing me. Cause that would totally happen to me.

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  25. very great goal list. i am working on my 1 and only credit card and hope to pay it off by Dec. Limit my shopping and also work on my health and fitness too. in preparation for this, i made my own homemade avocado hummus and got carrots and thats my lunch today! i allllsooo downloaded SO MANY SONGS (well, added to my spotify) from HS that reminds me of my cross country running days. i hope this helps me!

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  26. ohhh great list! random thought but cutting back on spending might help you pay off that cc too ;)

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  27. You get rid of those credit cards, girl! If you ever need advice on setting up a pay-off plan or making an amortization schedule, I'm your girl :) I have templates like you would not even believe.

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  28. I love goal setting lists :) Naturally. I'm confident you can do everything on here! I'll help keep you accountable and tweet you encouragement, since we overlap on some goals!
    Girl, stop that with the gluten! I know it tastes good but don't make yourself long term sick, that's no good. You can do this.

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  29. I absolutely won't meet a goal if I make it as a New Year's Resolution. My mind automatically goes into lazy mode if it's a NYR. I just stick to making goals at any time b/c then I feel less stressed about meeting them within the year. I'm proud of you for listing these goals in a public space! I'm sure you'll achieve them :)
    ~Gianni~

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  30. These resolutions are perfect! I need the work on my fitness and stop spending so much money on myself one!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  31. I have had credit card debt at various times due to life circumstances - putting myself through college, starting MFD's business, etc. Shit happens and sometimes our safety net is not big enough. Sometimes we overspend. Pay if off and keep your head up. Don't be ashamed because you have debt. You're not alone, it's just not something most people talk about. It's nice to know you have it if you need it, but damn it feels good to get rid of it. You got this!

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  32. I love the purge and sell idea - I should do that since my closets are over full these days.

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  33. I love the purge and sell idea and i can confirm there is no better feeling than paying off your credit card! I need to sort my shopping problem out, I don't need anymore clothes!

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  34. You go! So smart getting setting yourself up for success early so that you can tackle the big goals. Which I'm really curious about btw ;) I always love a good purge and sell, like seriously people will take my shit off my hands AND give me money for it? Yes please.

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  35. go you! there are some goals on here that i could definitely appropriate for myself, especially the fitness. i am in the same pants-situation as you and its just flat out uncomfortable! good luck meeting your goals!

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  36. I need to do the same! Oddly enough, I am starting my purge with the kitchen. I am tired of all the clutter. I really want to pay off debt too and am working so hard on it too!

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  37. 100 books in a year?? How's that one going? I'm curious!

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  38. Solid list of goals! The shopping one is always hard as well as eating. I can't imagine having to monitor a food allergy b/c I[m lazy and like all the food!! Good luck!

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  40. Love this and your goals. Motivates me to so the same thing.

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  41. These are all great goals! I don't think you need to loose any weight, but I get that we're all our own worst critics... I think you look lovely! And I'm way with you on #4. I'm usually at the store wrapping things up on Dec. 24, and I want to be prepared this year!

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  42. 3 & 4 for the win girl- I am with you 100%!! - Hope you have a fabulous weekend and happy Halloween!!! xoxo

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  43. Great goals!! Off to make a goals list for November! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  44. Great goals! Pretty much all of which I need to do as well. I should get started on a list asap :-)

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  45. Girl, I hear you on being tired of health and fitness being on the list! I am trying really really hard but it still isn't enough. ugh! And I hear you about the clothes, I have the same problem with having stuff I dont wear or wont ever fit in to or arent me. I really want a wardrobe over haul. I am trying to keep more classic, timeless pieces that fit very well and can be used in many ways.

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  46. Theses are all great goals. Very realistic and I'm sure many of us can relate to them! I couldn't imagine having to eat gluten free. That is tough! But for your heatlh, it will be worth it girl! You can do it! I've been doing the whole purge and sell thing too. With the baby coming, we just don't have room for all our shit! I like the idea of Christmas gifts being purchased before December. I think I might steal that idea :)

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  47. Girl, puh-LEAZE... don't be embarrassed to admit you want to pay off a credit card - be PROUD of that shit! A lot of people are in the same boat (myself included) but not everyone is making the effort to get out of it and you ARE! :)

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  48. Yup, great goals. Although I'm shocked to hear you say that you think you need to lose weight. I think you look amazing. Nothing wrong with wanting to be more fit though. That's definitely on my list!

    V
    Life+1

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  49. I just listed something on Ebay tonight. I am really tempted to go through our house and just start listing things. My husband may not notice till bits start disappearing... My goals would be to pay off my student loan. It is not that big, but I would love to get it out of the way. + Car payment, but that's a little further away x).

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  50. I think goals are really helpful! This is great and they are really good goals. You shouldn't be embarrassed about the credit card thing, and you are working on it! Though I completely understand the embarrassed thing. I felt the same way when I had mine. You should apply the money you get from selling stuff to your credit card, that way it is like a two-in-one. Best of luck and looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for you :)

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  51. I want to work on the purge and sell too! I am such a huge goal setter.. I have a whole tab on my blog about it for goodness sakes... I have been using evernote to keep all the lists so I can access them quickly on my phone/computer/ipad/work computer etc to keep them in mind. I think I am doing pretty well this year though, I keep setting seasonal and long term goals in addition to yearly ones, and even when I don't complete some I feel like I achieve more in general (and get to experience more things!) when I set so many goals. Good luck with these. Thanks for following along on my blog, I am really enjoying reading yours! yay for new blog friends! (who like Austen & cats.... !) -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  52. This is such a good idea! I do the same thing and tend to be a little over zealous with my goals at the beginning of the year. The past few months I've got rid of probably 60% of my closet-- most of it was really old or really cheap and just stuff I really didn't need to be hanging on to anymore, but it made me feel so much better- and I feel a lot better about getting new things & am also trying to focus on getting more "core" pieces or stuff that will last. The online sales always get me-- and when you get so many offers in your inbox constantly I'm always worried I'm going to miss out on the best deal! I need to start using my swag bucks account again! I always cash out as soon as I can get $10 on amazon, haha.

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