Saturday, January 16, 2016


I love starting a new year. A clean slate. A fresh start. A time to think about setting goals. It's just what I love to do.  Similar to list making, there is something about written goal setting that I find very helpful.

For each month in 2016 I've set a goal in an area of self improvement. My hope is that after 30 days of focus I'll have some carryover into the next month.   For January I've decided to limit my buying to only essentials such as groceries, gas, etc. No spontaneous Amazon purchases. No "extra 25% off the sale price at Anthropologie."

Half way through the month and my "no buy except for the essentials" is going well. It helped to set up a Pinterest board that I named "Not today, I'm just looking." It's kind of like putting things in the shopping cart and walking around the store for a while. I'll admit that it helped coming off of December which was a big retail month. However, it's also a little more difficult having been in that buy buy mentality.

Future goals include reducing alcohol consumption (very specific); increasing creativity with gift-giving in mind; and daily meditation.

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