New Year’s Cleaning Project

The last couple years I haven’t been super keen on the whole “New Year, New Me” thing but this year I’m really feeling it.

I have an intense desire to clean and purge my life.  I’m in the mood to throw things away, donate things I don’t use, buy plastic totes and put labels on them, put everything into neat little boxes with more labels…I want to rearrange everything in my apartment.  I want to dust and scrub.

I can’t believe I’m thinking about staying in for New Years to clean and organize.  That I’m thinking about spending money on storage totes rather than drinks….getting old is weird.

Part of me thinks going out would be fun but I’m thinking more low key, having a few drinks, and hanging out rather than booty shaking at the club.  toooldforthisshitThis is how I feel when I go out to the clubs.

We’ll see what happens, maybe I’ll get an offer I can’t refuse 😉

In the meantime though my plans are a trip to Target for some storage containers, and tackling cleaning projects that will eat up my 3 day weekend but hopefully leave me with a sense of accomplishment.

I’ve been complaining about this year, and I know I’m not alone.  People seem to agree that 2016 has been the worst but when I make myself sit to think about it I have to admit it’s really only the last few months that have been bad.  Cleaning up any negativity in my space will help.

Reasons why I need to purge and clean my apartment:

  1. Everything surrounding the election turned the world into a very ugly place.  It was, and still is challenging to not become overwhelmed by how hateful people can be to each other.  This is why I’m stepping away from social media a little bit.  I recognize how easy it is for me to be dragged into the darkness and sink into depression, so I seek out positivity and organization 🙂
  2. James the cat passing away broke my heart.  I realized today I can talk to someone about it for about 2 minutes before I burst into tears so I still avoid talking about him too much.  I need to pass on some of the items, especially the food before it goes bad.  I know a shelter or another person with a cat can use it.
  3. My job can be stressful but I still love it;however, I also still struggle with knowing exactly where I want to go with my career.  I’m hoping this year to continue to make strides in finding my path.
  4. I’m doing the healthy eating, healthy living thing so I think my space needs to reflect it.
  5. Having a clean space is good for my mental health and reduces stress.  I do not thrive in clutter.  I thrive in organizing clutter.  My zen place is clean.
  6. I’m hoping to move in the summer.  I would like to be responsible and attempt to get rid of stuff prior to moving rather than moving with a bunch of junk.  Also, a clean apartment is easier to pack and move.

I tend to verge on the edge of being a hoarder so when I feel like purging I have to act on that urge because it doesn’t happen often.

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s!!  What are some of your plans?  Any big resolutions?

201412_1031_beaeb_smIf I don’t get too overwhelmed with projects I’ll post some pictures of my progress over the weekend.

The Resolutions

It’s easy to be lazy.

It’s easy to kick back on the couch, drink coffee, and watch Netflix all morning.

It’s easy to pretend like you’re doing everything you can to meet your goals when in reality you’re doing the bare minimum.

Last year I decided not to make any resolutions because I was already in the process of making serious changes in my life.  I shared what I wrote in a journal the year before so this year I will share a link to last year’s post, Resolutions.

This year I’m excited to celebrate the big changes in my life, new job, new city, new friends, new mindset but with all the celebration I recently realized I quit setting goals.  I didn’t stop thinking about things I wanted to do but I haven’t written anything down or taken any steps to actually accomplish the goals.

I was inspired by lists from a couple of different bloggers, 30 things when I’m 30 (prt 6) from Clean Cheater and  What are your dreams? from Juni Desireé.  Reading through their posts made me realize I didn’t have anything I was working toward, nothing tangible I wanted to accomplish, no dream I wanted to fulfill, so I realized that needs to change.

  1.  Continue to work on my health
    1. Work out at least 3 times a week
    2. Go for a hike or a walk that’s more than 2 miles at least one weekend a month
    3. Keep track of my eating for one month.  I hate tracking my food but I have an app and I think it will help me as I continue to refocus on what I’m eating.  I know it was a great kick start for me last time so I’m going to use it again starting tomorrow.
  2. Continue to promote my photography
    1. Set up a shop on Etsy or maybe Razzle to sell my photo cards and maybe some prints
    2. Post on my Facebook photography page at least once a week
    3. Post on my photo blog at least once a month
    4. Do at least 2 photo shoots each month
  3. Save money
    1. Revert back to the Plan.  The Plan was something my mom and I made up when I was having money problems in the past.  I’ll probably do a post on it but share some of the highlights as part of my goals.
    2. Work on paying off all credit cards.
    3. Create a budget, plan for all expenses.  I’ve lived here long enough to understand how much I’m spending on everything as well as a good idea of where I’m overspending so it’s time to get serious.
    4. Use more cash, less card.  Easier to overspend with a card.
  4. Continue to map my career path
    1. Learn everything possible in my current job
    2. Explore what opportunities are available
  5. Quit being a hermit
    1. Say yes more often.
    2. Don’t be afraid of new people or new experiences.

My goal setting just happens to coincide with the new year, although I’m planning to kick things off a little early by starting tomorrow.  I think if you’re inspired and motivated, why wait?  It doesn’t have to be a Monday or a new year or a new month.  It can be the middle of March on a Tuesday if that’s when you feel inspired to start making changes.

Technically I am starting today with number 5.  I’m supposed to go watch the football game with my cousins but I’m not really feeling like going out.  I don’t want to say I’m forcing myself but I told myself I needed to go for at least an hour to visit then I really want to I can leave.  It’s the getting out of the house thing that’s most challenging for me but I’m going to do it and it’ll probably be fun.

These are the big goals I want to focus on as we get ready to start a new year.  Nothing overly complicated just five goals with a few steps to help me reach each one.  I’ll be writing out a list with more specific details for my own personal use but this list is the foundation.

Feel free to share your goals or tips for staying on track and accomplishing goals.


Going through the archives for my blogiversary post reminded me of some of my goals.  It reminded me of what I’ve already achieved and what I want to continue achieving.

I have the job.  I’m learning the job.  I’m moved into a new place.  I’m learning the city.  Now, as I’ve been saying for the past few months, I really need to refocus my energies on my health.  I need to not just write about it but actually do it.

Tonight I’m doing strength training and floor work at home but tomorrow I’m going to the fitness center.  I’m committing myself to at least 3 days a week in there, plus workouts at home and working on getting in more steps during the day.  There’s a bathroom by the fitness center so I’m going to bring work out clothes and change there because unfortunately once I get into my apartment it’s so much easier to talk myself out of leaving again.

My eating hasn’t been terrible but could use a bit of fine tuning.  I’ve been eating fruits and veggies for snacks so I just need to keep that up plus eat less cookies and candy for snacks.  Biggest thing is resisting all the temptations at work but I think that’ll be easier since I’m not in the office as often.  I’ll be on my own more so that will help me resist the peer pressure of going out to eat.

I’ll have a meal plan up tonight but wanted to write a quick post.  I woke up this morning after only 3 days of not writing and realized I really missed my blog 😀  Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful!  I’ll have more about that later as well, hope everyone else had an excellent weekend!

Happy Monday!