So, it’s the start of a new year! Thank goodness, right?

SO typically, this is the time of year people start making resolutions, wanting to change some aspect of their life, whether it be a health change or career change or finally finding love, New Years seems to be the time to make those goals.

I guess I am an odd woman out here, I loathe New Years celebrations and the tradition of making grand resolutions. I think it comes from me not wanting to say goodbye, and realizing just because the clocks strikes midnight on Dec. 31st it doesn’t mean everything will magically change. I mean hello America is still knee deep in an absolute mess. Pandemic is still going strong, politics are a mess, and etc… No, I look at it as it is just another day.

HOWEVER! I am a HUGE fan of making goals. So, if January 1st is your day to make goals, then I highly encourage it! I feel like though Charlie and I start out New Year’s Resolution way back in October. On that awful day that has since turned into a GREAT day! Charlie was let go suddenly without cause or reason from his job on October 1st. That single event made something snap inside of Charlie, he became laser focused on finding a way to making something for ourselves. He didn’t want to be in that situation again. If he were to lose his job again, he was going to make darn sure that we had some form of income that could carry us through without worrying about unemployment or draining our savings. Now granted so far, our journey hasn’t made us any money, but that’s ok “because everything starts out small, there is no A to Z, because you have to go A to B….” -Steve Aoki

Also did you know every day is the beginning of another round of 365?? That means ANY DAY is a good day to make a goal, or to change up your resolution. You know it is 100% OK to reassess your New Years resolutions. If they aren’t working for you, then dig deep, see why and what you can do to make it work. Or maybe you simply no longer desire to achieve a resolution you set. That is OK too! My goodness Charlie and I change ours all the time. One of my favorite sayings is “love is like a fart, if you have to force it, it’s probably shit.”, I think this applies to so much in life. Like art… if you have to force it, it’s probably not going to turn out to be your best work?? Me with blogging… yes believe me if this were forced it would be worse. LOL People change, so of course goals and dreams change too. That is just nature, you are not a failure, you are HUMAN! Don’t be discouraged if you don’t achieve a huge goal by next year, just keep going. There is no rule that says you have to do XYZ by Dec. 31st at 11pm. The thing about goals, are they are a tool to help us be our best selves. They aren’t a tool to stress us out, or discourage us.

May I offer some advice, if you set a BIG resolution/goal… Make mini goals to help achieve that big goal. Also grab yourself a journal, or notebook, or whatever works for you. Write the main goal in bold letters, then write how you plan to achieve it. Mark out a path, break it down, so anyone could see exactly how you plan to get there. Like you want to lose weight, first how much? What is the first step to achieve weight lose? Giving up soda? Giving up grains? Whatever it is put those mini details down and cross those off as you achieve them. I don’t know about you, but there is something so satisfying about crossing things off a list! This will help keep you encouraged and focused. I am such a list and goal dork, I have a goal to refinish my hardwood floors myself. So, I have a list of the tools I need and their price to rent from Home Depot, I have the steps written out. Seriously I have “hang plastic sheets up in all doorways to block dust” as my first item! I even have “call Opa for advice” on there because he has refinished hardwood floors once or twice in his lifetime. It may seem pointless to some aka Charlie LOL but it is all about what works for you and your brain!

So go forth and make those resolutions/goals, stayed encouraged and focused. You can achieve anything you set your mind too. Your Yeti is out there just waiting for you to find him, so what are you waiting for???