If you have always had a hard time keeping your new year resolutions, you should check out that idea over at The Money Principle: define two words for the new year. That’s it, just two. It is a general theme that should help you remember what the whole thing is about, and you can include several sub-goals within them. For 2014, my two words are Me, and the World.
I tend to be pretty hard on myself, and for as much as I have made progress over the past few years, there is still some room for improvement. The “ME” part of 2014 will include being nicer to myself, improving as a person, eating well, etc. I included the following goals:
Take care of myself: Eat well, run three times a week, swim (almost) every day in the lake, sleep at 9pm most nights to wake up at 6pm for a run (yes, I need 8-9 hours sleep), apply face cream and floss before bed, get haircuts and grooming more often, shop for new clothes….
Be nice to myself: Find positive things to tell myself, something I did well, some situation I handled well, and stop seeing the negative so much. Treat myself more often.
Improve myself: Read more books and not just blogs, get my little guest house off the ground, learn more about DIY, the chicken coop, and blogging.
Put myself first: Learn to say no when I don’t want to help, do favors, see you, eat pie… and stop feeling guilty about it. Like the title of this post, this is me first, then the world.
Since I moved to Guatemala, I have been on the defensive a lot. I LOVE this country, is it breathtakingly beautiful, people are nice and welcoming, but a few events (like getting mugged a couple of years ago, the corruption in my village or the macho culture) have gotten to my nerves. So 2014 is the time to shift focus back to the world. Goals include:
Be nicer to people: I am tough on myself and tough on people. Compassion is not my strong suit. If I try hard to do most things myself, why should I do them for people? Because that is what human relationships are about, being kind to each other. Includes writing/communicating more with friends and family and helping them in any way I can.
Open up more: With the guest house, living in a new village, etc. that’s the perfect way to meet new people and opening up to the world. I have been shutting down lately and that is not good.
Keep giving 10% of my blogging income to education projects: So far, I have pledged $15,000 over the next three years and I want to do more for my village’s students. I am thinking computer literacy classes once I get back from Miami.
Share my projects with the world: That includes my land development project, my guest house in Guatemala, those blogs… to grow each project and make it better than last year.
Go to FinCon14? Ever since New Orleans was announced I’ve been looking at flights and part of me would love to go, although the other part does not do well with big groups and would rather stay home.
There you have it, the big picture for 2014. Can you describe your goals for the new year in just two words?
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