Happy New Year!

Hey, Ya’ll! I can’t believe it’s already 2019! This is the time of year many people make resolutions. I don’t. I have in the past and they rarely work out. Not to mention, resolutions are more often than not either vows to quit something or blanket vows to accomplish something without any idea of HOW. However, I do make goals. Now, I’m not saying I’ve accomplished every goal. But goals can be set for any time frame works for you and I’ve found that I been more successful.

This year, I’m also trying something new. I just read an article that really resonated with me.

Here’s the link for the article: https://www.girlboss.com/money/budget-new-years-resolution.

Though it was about budget goals, which is something I need to focus on as well, the part about truly actionable action plans. Sure, we all say, yeah, we can do that by doing this. But sometimes the this is so large, we’re immediately lost and unsure of what we’re doing. In the end, the that doesn’t get done because we got lost and confused by the blanket this. Even if we make an action plans, sometimes that’s even more confusing.

Actionable Action Plans are where you break that big goal down into smaller goals to achieve that goal, and then break each smaller goal down even further into steps to help you actually make it to the finish line.

This year, not only am I making actionable action plans but I’m using this blog, and all of you if you’re willing, as my accountability partners. At least once a month, I’ll be giving an update on each goal as I’m working on them and will hold myself to that. As such, I’m going to want to make progress towards at least one of my goals before the deadline the following month. Please hold me to this and if ya’ll want, comment below-with a way for me to contact you if you like- something you need an accountability partner for. I’m always willing to help out a friend.

Now, of course, you can’t know if I’ve made progress if I don’t let ya’ll know my goals are.

Goals:

  1. Learn a new language
  2. Learn a new skill
  3. Edit one of my novels for the final time
  4. Get said novel published
  5. Lose 100 lbs.
  6. Cut down debt
  7. Expand Paula’s Pet Paradise and Imaginative Handicrafts
  8. Finish saving up for the Nintendo Switch I’m saving for and start saving up for whatever I choose next
  9. Do a 30 day challenge each month
  10. Go Natural/Greener
  11. Continue my baking education for future Shoppe
  12. Continue my personal education on various interests

So essentially, I’ve added a goal for each month though it certainly isn’t going to split up like that.

My new language is going to be French. I’m not entirely sure yet what the best way is to go about that yet as I’m poor and can’t afford the best method-Rosetta Stone. I’m considering Babbel but it costs as well so haven’t decided.

I haven’t decided what hte new skill will be yet. But I don’t have to have everything decided January 1st and things will ebb and flow as the year continues. Change is a part of life; as much as many of us hate it.

I have several novels in various draft stages but haven’t yet taken the final step to get it published. I’m going the official publishers route first. But I do have information from a friend that has self-published if needed.

Like many of we Americans, I have significant debt. I have auto payment, student loans as well as credit card debt. My car pays off in March-Whoo!- so I’m planning to do the snowball plan. I’ll be taking his car payment and splitting it between savings and my smallest payment and so on. (Yes, my car is a him. I’m one of the large percentage-42-50% in various polls- that name my car. He’s actually named after a character in one of my novels. He is the lifeline of my business so he’s my buddy, Dakota.)

Paula’s Pet Paradise is doing very well so I’m hoping to expand it some. We’ll see how that goes as the year flows. You’ll see more about it as I’m planning to add a page to Paula’s Eclectic Paradise for Paula’s Pet Paradise and Imaginative HandiCrafts. Imaginative HandiCrafts is not doing as well but I’m planning to sign up for some craft shows. The one I’m hoping for is coming up soon and it’ll be my first so wish me luck.

I enjoy challenging myself so I’ll be doing a 30 day challenge each month as well as studying various things that interest me. I’ll let ya’ll know how each challenge goes each month and if I find something that’s really interesting, I’ll write about it here to tell ya’ll about it.

I’m planning a Shoppe in the future that will be a sanctuary and feature my baking, a top passion of mine close behind writing and animals. To do so, I’ll need to expand my knowledge. I just got two new books for Christmas, including a really cool one by the Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman as well as a new wicked mixer. The one I’ve been using is a really good one and I’ll likely continue to use it to but it is over 30 years old and doesn’t have all of hte upgrades you can get in them now. My new one has the usual mixer attachment but also dough hook, paddle attachment, multiple speeds, and availability for attachments to add later on.

Natural/Greener means living a greener life, recycling, cutting out preservatives, living healthier. No, I’m not going vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or any of that nonsense. If that’s how you roll, great. But it’s not for me. I’m an omnivore, that means I eat vegetables and meat, and I don’t have any health issues, knock on wood, that require special diets.

Speaking of health and special diets. I have been working on losing weight for many years since I did temporarily have health issues. I lose some weight, then it comes back. I’ve tried Weight-Watchers, Nutrisystem, counting calories, all of that. This year, I’m adding to my exercise regimen, watching my portions, and perhaps watching the amount of junk food. But I’m not cutting out my favorite foods completely and I’m not restricting my diet. If I crave something, fine, I’m going to eat it. But I’m not going to eat if I’m not hungry and will watch portions-stop eating when my brain/stomach say I’m full. I’ve always been overweight some but I’ve had enough. I lost some weight this last year but it’s threatening to come back permanently. I don’t think so. I fully intend to lose 100 pounds by January 1, 2020. That’s 8 pounds a month, 2 pounds a week. That’s not always going to happen exactly like that but it is certainly achievable.

So, those are my goals for 2019. I’m counting on ya’ll to be my accountability partners and I’m more than happy to be your accountability partner.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Ya’ll!!

Till Wednesday! Au Revoir!

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