Not Alone Series: Plans for 2015


How are we going to make 2015 different than last year? What goals are you planning/making to be more YOU this year? These goals can be personal growth, spiritual life, physical/health, or even your love life! Maybe you don’t have concrete ones yet, but it helps to talk them out and get motivated!

I posted about resolutions yesterday, including a recap of my philosophy about making New Year’s resolutions. (I wrote about resolutions last year, too. I’m still going on both of those.) In a nutshell, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I make resolutions when I think they need to be made, and they usually stick.

My best resolutions of the recent past have been flossing, setting a bedtime, drinking more water, budgeting, and using GTD and Wunderlist. For the near future, I am working on setting a bedtime and something secret.

Past Resolutions I’m Going to Continue

I started flossing daily in December. I am embarrassed to admit that it took this long to develop the habit, but I’m in for the long haul now.

I did National Blog Posting Month in November, and it was great for my writing fluency, my traffic, and my confidence.

On October 14, I drew a line in the sand and gave myself a bedtime. Going to bed earlier than I would like forces me to be more efficient with my time. I set an alarm on my Google Calendar, which is synced with my phone. (That is how I know the exact date I started.) GCal is always open in my browser, so the pop-up interrupts what I’m doing and forces me to at least acknowledge that I ought to go to bed. It literally says, “Go to bed.” My phone chimes to alert me if I’m away from my computer (although it is rare that I’m not at my computer at that time of day). Most nights, I push through to wrap up “just one more thing,” but I know that it is bedtime. Knowledge is power.

I adopted GTD and Wunderlist in September. I needed a better to-do list. I think I’ve found it. My use of both tools grows and changes over time—and that’s exactly what I needed. I started to describe my implementation for this post, but it turned into enough for a separate post! Basically, I use the Wunderlist browser and mobile apps to write down everything I need to do. I cross tasks off the list during the day and review my progress daily and weekly. It’s been fantastic. More to come.

Last summer, I realized that I needed to drink more water. My office has a water cooler. I left my beloved FOCUS Nalgene bottle on the plane when we landed in Nicaragua in 2012, and I hadn’t replaced it since then. A cute striped bottle caught my eye at Target, beginning a new love affair. I used the stripes to measure how much I drank, and I slowly started increasing each fill-up. At home, I just refilled my water glass; I use one glass per day. I don’t always stay hydrated all day every day, especially on weekends, but I love the way I feel when I do.

I found YNAB (You Need a Budget) (referral link) in May. It changed my life permanently. I effectively fell in love with YNAB. Read my story, and you’ll understand.

New Resolutions

NaBloPoMo is biggest in November, but BlogHer actually hosts it every month. I signed up for January. I haven’t decided whether to keep going through February.

I feel good about my spiritual life these days. Lectoring is my favorite ministry, so it brings me peace to belong to a parish and lector on a schedule. I’ll keep going to Spirit & Truth every week unless I don’t live in Austin anymore or have a child I can’t bring with me. Resuming my individual weekly holy hour is on my Someday/Maybe list for now. Not only do I make resolutions whenever I need them, I make them only when I need them.

As for love life resolutions, I have one, but I’m not sharing. I love expressing myself here, but until/unless I’m ready to let the whole world know, I can’t blog about it. Trust me when I say that it is SMART and will hopefully be fruitful.

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I can’t wait to read about your budgeting… it’s something that I need to work on!

And a bedtime! Ugh… yes. I should probably do that, too. Buuuuuuut… probably not. At least not at this moment!

    I am still in disbelief at how much my financial life has changed just because I started budgeting. It’s the zero-balance budget that finally won me over. Most other budgeting plans are about trying to predict the future, failing to turn your prediction into reality, and being upset about your inability to predict said future. That’s not a productive cycle.

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