Today is the first day of the new year, and I can’t believe it’s already 2019. When I finished college, 2019 seemed like a zillion years into the future, and I couldn’t even fathom what my life would look like by this time. It’s funny how the reverse isn’t true as well. I don’t feel like college was a zillion years in the past–it feels like it was just a year or two ago.
I’ve been laying low at home today, but not to recuperate from a wild New Year’s Eve bash or anything. I’ve had a recurring sinus issue for a couple of months and I just feel like I need to rest and help my body get rid of this thing for good. I have trouble slowing down sometimes–I push myself to go-go-go and do even more, even when my body is telling me to slow down and take it easy.
While I could make new year’s resolutions or choose a theme word for the year, I’ve decided instead to set some meaningful goals for myself and my family.
To begin with, I’m going to focus more on my own health this year, and do so from a body-mind-spirit perspective. I truly believe holistic wellness is important, and I neglected myself in 2018. 2019 will be the year when I pull myself back into focus and prioritize my overall wellbeing.
Next, I’ve decided to prioritize family experiences and spending time with loved ones in meaningful ways. I lost a couple of important family members in the last two years, and others are in poor health. Seeing my family size dwindle is a reminder that we don’t get a lot of time to connect with people we care about, and putting it off could mean that last hug or joke never happens. I’d love to travel up to Michigan and the Northeast for us to see family on some road trips this year, if we can make it happen.
Finally, my husband and I want to focus on long-term financial planning, and now is the time to prioritize debt repayments (think student and auto loans and mortgage), saving money in our daughter’s college fund and prioritizing investments that will pay off in future years. We aren’t experts with money, so we’ll be doing a lot of reading, studying and asking questions of those around us this year who seem to have plans in place.
Do you have any big plans for 2019? I’d love to hear what they are!
Cheers to a fabulous 2019!