Life is very busy, but I want to give you a New Year Resolutions update and talk about my biggest win! How I saved U$700 this month.
How am I doing with my New Year Resolutions for 2019?
In a nutshell – great! I am still motivated to get them done and learning how to make it work for me and my lifestyle.
Initially I thought I would make these updates monthly, but I think quarterly updates may make more sense, unless I have big wins that I just can’t wait to share with you!
Here are my goals for 2019 and a summary of my progress.
This is probably the area where I accomplished the most in January. For 3 weeks I followed the Miracle Morning routine which effectively gave me 7 hrs a week of alone time. I didn’t even think this was possible. I was aiming for an hour or two a week- not 7! But I am so glad I started the year focusing on this resolution, because it allowed me to see what is possible.
I am not doing the Miracle Morning routine every morning anymore, but at least a couple days a week I wake up earlier than my son to get work things done.
With so much me time, I didn’t feel the need to book a massage to relax, but I feel like March may be the perfect time to pamper myself and take my self-care up a notch.
Loose 20 lbs!
I lost 2.5 lbs during the Miracle Morning challenge, which was a bonus of this process. Not quite sure if it was the fact I was working out every morning, drinking more water or being less stressed. Maybe a combination of all 3.
I haven’t put a lot of effort into eating healthier or lower carb yet, because I knew we were going to be going to Las Vegas for a long weekend and that Valentine’s Day was coming up, so I didn’t want to start a diet that I would break anyway.
By going to Las Vegas and indulging in delicious food, however, I gained most of the weight I lost back. Story of my life!
However, during this past week, I started cutting down carbs and so far I’ve stayed under 30 grams of net carbs a day. If everything goes well, I plan on doing a 30 day Keto Challenge in the month of March with a few other ladies and post it on my YouTube channel. Subscribe and follow me on Instagram if that is something you are interested in joining.
Eat Out Less
I am very proud of the fact that we were able to save almost U$700 by eating out less in January!
I mean holy cow!! I thought we would save a few dollars here and there, but I was flabbergasted when I saw the final numbers.
We are on track to save some money in February as well, but not as much (around U$200) since we went on two very expensive dinner dates for Valentine’s Day and ate out more in general.
However, we still saved on food and I am counting that as a win too!
Here is what contributed to staying under budget:
- In the beginning of the month, I organized a monthly menu, shopped for and prepared all of our freezer meals for the month. Every week and a half, I would go to the grocery store to buy only the basic fresh produce- like fruits and vegetables.
- I asked my husband to put a freezer meal in the slow cooker every morning before he left to work. That made a huge difference! I didn’t have to worry about dinner and since the food was already out and cooking, it made no sense for us to go out.
- I made a conscious effort to not stop at a fast food joint on my way home from a kid playdate or shopping trip.
- I avoided going out around meal times to avoid the temptation of stopping somewhere for a quick meal.
A few other observations:
- We still ate out several times a month, but not nearly as much as we used to do.
- Besides the financial savings, I think eating more at home gave me more control of what I am eating, preparing me for the next month’s journey into Keto.
- Even though we were able to use some of the freezer meals I made in January this month as well, saving us some money, our grocery bill didn’t go down. This is because we purchased several cleaning and self-care items that needed restocking.
Declutter and Organize
Decluttering is a process and not a project.Unknown
In January, I decluttered, organized and cleaned our basement to make an official playroom for our son and posted a video of it on YouTube.
This week, I cleaned and decluttered my master bathroom. I published the cleaning video yesterday and will publish the decluttering video next Saturday.
And if you like these type of videos, you can watch my closet decluttering video that I shot last year.
I realized that a full house declutter is a major undertaking that looks doable on TV, but in real life is just not feasible. And instead of putting pressure on myself to do it all at once, I decided that if I declutter one room a month, by the end of the year, I will have accomplished my goal of decluttering my whole house.
There were more wins on the decluttering front.
- As a family, we made progress in maintaining our main living areas clean and organized by working as a team (my husband and I) and picking up the toys every night and unloading and loading the dishwasher every day and sometimes twice a day.
- We even made progress in teaching our son how to put his toys away. WIN!
- Paper is such a problem for us. Even though we have switched to online delivery for most things, there are still way too much junk that gets delivered to our mailbox and needs to be sorted through. We have started tackling the mail as it comes in and that has reduced the pile up. We still need a better system to get rid of paper, but I am working on a solution.
- Another thing I also need to figure out is how to declutter items that can be sold. Donating and throwing away things are fine, but where do you put the stuff you actually think you can sell? Leave your tips in the comments below.
I made good progress in this area these last couple months.
I attended a Valentine’s Day event for my local mom’s group and two events at my local bloggers club! It felt amazing to get out and socialize, specially with people who have similar goals.
I had forgotten how much I feed on that energy for motivation. I highly recommend that you connect with other people in person if you are trying to grow a blog or business. I’ve learned so much in these past two months from fellow bloggers I met in these two events.
Bonus: Grow my Business
This is a goal I set for myself privately, but I may as well make it public and share with you my progress.
In 2017, I got my toes wet in making the blog a business and collaborate with a few brands for products and money.
In 2018, I took on more paid work and doubled my income.
This year, my goal was to double my income again and I may have to set a new goal, because as of today, I’ve surpassed my 2018 income.
It’s nothing to live on, but I am super grateful that I am able to make some money doing something I love and in my own terms.
The earnings are going towards the cost of equipment and services to run this blog. It may be cheap to start a blog, but it’s definitely not cheap to grow one. It seems like every week, someone tells me about a plugin or service I need to purchase to do things better or more efficiently.
I am also thinking about investing in education – it makes sense to learn from someone who has done it to accelerate my growth.
The issue is there are just too many people in the blogosphere these days selling courses. For the past two months, I’ve been narrowing down what I need to focus on and researching the best courses for these things.
I may start sharing my journey into monetizing and growing the blog so that others starting out can benefit from what I am learning as well. Let me know in the comments if that is something you would like to see here.
This is it for my New Year Resolutions Update for 2019, overall, it’s not a bad start to 2019!