resolving | If I had to truly stick to just one goal in 2020, this year my husband and I are committing ourselves to a complete budget overhaul. Although we’ve always done well financially, we knew we incurred some debt this last year from traveling and just plain over-spending (#notsorry). After some reflection and getting serious, we sat down and discussed how we’re going to attack the debt we have.
Some helpful resources have been:
- Dave Ramsay’s book The Complete Money Makeover that was gifted to us by my husband’s dad. He swears by Dave Ramsay’s methods and the book has been an encouraging read.
- This post by The Minimalists (i.e. Joshua & Ryan- see below) that hits the nail on the head about our impulse problem and how our society perpetuates this cycle of debt.
reading | I began reading The Goldfinch last year and was so enamored with it I could hardly put it down…then I did. And like most books, I never find the time (or make the time) to read it again. However, I can’t wait to simplify my calendar in 2020 and make the simple things (like reading a good book) a priority of my time.
Have you read The Goldfinch? Seen the movie? What are your thoughts?
cleaning | Like clockwork, right after Christmas and before New Years I begin my Christmas cleanup. This includes taking down the decorations, the tree, and the ornaments, which get tucked away in storage until next year. It’s kind of a sad day when it happens, but it always feels like it’s the right time. I love spending New Years Day feeling fresh and ready to take on the year…or at the very least, the first of January.
One cleaning tradition I keep to every January is playing The Minimalist Game. First, if you haven’t seen the Minimalism documentary you need to pause what you’re doing and stream it ASAP. It was such a game changer for the both of us and have since found ourselves living more minimally and loving the after effect of not being so tied up with things.
Second, the Minimalist Game is played throughout each month beginning on the first of the month. Each day you seek to find items in your home that can be purged either by selling it, donating it, or trashing it. On day 1 you only let go of one thing, day 2 it’s two things, and so on. It starts of easy, but continues to grow in difficulty as the month moves along – I mean, by day 10 and on you’re really having to commit yourself!
At the end of the month I’ve found myself letting go of things I’d been holding onto for ages whether it be clothes I’d hope I’d fit into again or the hundreds of coffee mugs (#teacherlife) we’ve acquired over the years. I mean, really, who needs more than two coffee mugs?! It also forced me to ask myself some pretty deep questions like: why are you keeping it? Does it bring you joy? Does it serve a purpose? Those questions allow me to dig deep and find the root of why I was holding onto material things.
creating | Beginning today, I’m creating a detox meal plan from the holidays. Every year I enjoy heading to Texas to spend Christmas with my husband’s family, but it also means a lot of wine, my mother-in-laws addicting dip (involving mayo, cream cheese, and dried beef….), Whataburger and Bill Millers on the regular. And that’s not to say that a ton of Mexican food is being had in the meantime…and don’t get me started on the cookies and chocolate.
Needless to say, it’s time to make up for all of that indulgence.
I’m sticking to a plan that involves a superfood shake in the mornings, light snacking throughout the day, and sticking to vegan or keto meals for dinner. Plus the water, can’t forget the water.
planning | Since moving to our new apartment back in September, I am always planning new ideas for our home. This time, I’m focusing on Greyson’s bedroom and seeing where we can update it now that he’s our little man (where did my baaaaaby go??) and utilize the space a little better.
Here are a few ideas that will get me started…
Toddler Bedroom Inspirations:
A bunk bed with stairs | The big piece of new furniture that I want to add to Greyson’s room that’ll free up some floor space is the use of a bunk bed. Having stairs, instead of a ladder, is important for us at this stage and I love the use of underneath to have our full size mattress- that way we don’t have to get rid of it. Plus, it’ll free up a bed for anytime we should have visitors.
I personally loved having a bunk bed growing up – my mom fashioned curtains for me and it made it feel like a fort or somewhere I could hide out. I hope Grey enjoys it as much as the little kid in me does with the thought of it.
Happy 2020 to you all and I’m wishing all of my friends, family, and readers a prosperous and rejuvenating new year! Here’s to starting the year off with optimism and excitement over the goals we all plan to attack this year!
Linking up with Anne for her Currently series.