My Goals for 2017

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Last year (or maybe it was earlier this year), I published a post called “Happy New Year: My Goals for 2016.” Well, 2016 has come and gone, and I’m sad to say that I did not accomplish most of them. As a refresher, here’s what I had set out to do:

  • Blog consistently
  • Learn affiliate marketing
  • Write an e-book
  • Spend more time with family
  • Create passive income of $50K by the end of the year

I have blogged more consistently but not as often as I had hoped to. And as far as affiliate marketing goes, though I did start learning how to do it, I quickly learned that it is likely not as profitable of an industry as I had originally hoped, so I’m still in search for other sources of passive income. I’m sure that clues you in on goal #5 and where I am with that … again, not accomplished as I had hoped. I have started an ebook, but it is not finished.

All in all, I’d say the only goal I’ve accomplished out of the above is spending more time with my family, which I’m pretty happy about. At the same time, if I had actually accomplished the other four goals, that goal would probably not have become a reality.

2017 is right around the corner, and I’ve got some new goals that I’m aiming to accomplish. Here we go…

#1. Get fit. Okay so this is probably everyone’s number one goal, but I have begun my quest to eat healthier so physical fitness should naturally follow. I’ve already lost 30 pounds by cutting down on carbs significantly in the last few months. Starting January 1, I’m going to exercise every day for 12 minutes each day, doing high-intensity interval training to burn fat and build lean muscle. Who doesn’t have 12 minutes a day?

#2. Travel more. I’d like to take at least 2 trips a year to exotic locations. As someone who tends to stay comfortable in her hometown, traveling will force me out of my comfort zone and give me a chance to see the world. Plus, I believe this to be a very realistic goal and one that I can easily accomplish. It just requires a little money saving and planning ahead.

#3. Minimize my lifestyle. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles online about living a minimal lifestyle and what a stress reducer it can be to purge your home of unnecessary belongings. This is one of my major goals for the year. I want to get rid of everything I don’t need, pay off my debts, and use whatever profits I make on my business to reinvest and travel the world.

#4. Learn one new skill. This could be anything really. Perhaps I’ll take piano lessons. Or maybe I’ll go to photography school or graphic design school. Haven’t decided yet. All I know is I want to learn how to do something new that I’ll enjoy doing for many years to come.

Comparing last year’s goals to this year’s list, I’m noticing a big difference. I feel like my 2017 goals are much more realistic in terms of their achievability, and I look forward to updating you on my progress moving forward. Til’ then … have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Speaking of Bed Bugs…

As much as I hate cliches, I have to say it…

When it rains, it pours

Recently, I wrote a blog about how we were considering homeschooling after my daughter came home from school with a black eye.

Well just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I let my daughters go to a friend’s house for a sleepover last weekend, and they came home with bed bugs!

We didn’t realize it until a few days afterwards when our entire house had been infested with the darn things. Ugh. What makes it even worse is that very few pest control companies in the area will take care of bed bugs. They all hate doing it because it’s such a pain. (And terribly expensive.) A friend of mine on Facebook referred me to a local company, so I called them, and they were willing to do it. The price was pretty steep, but that would have been the case with any company I called.

Bed bugs are the worst type of pest to infest your house, because they’re so hard to get rid of. And most pest control companies will want you to take some preliminary measures before they even come out to treat. If you have a really bad infestation, you may even have to replace your mattress and box spring.

Not to mention, the horrible rash they cause. My legs have been itching so bad for the last week that I’ve had trouble focusing on work and getting anything done. But I said I was committed to posting more, so here I am… telling you all about my bed bug problem.

Ya’ll please pray for us. Bad things typically come in threes and I’m pretty nervous to see what will happen next…

Oh, and happy cinco de mayo!