New Year and Resolutions
“Resolutions.” Why in the world did you put that in quotes, Meghan? I’ll tell you why. Because I’m lazy and those resolutions will likely not last more than a week! I know I am not alone in my resolution laziness, but I make them all the same.
This past year brought about so many changes and milestones, that it will be hard to beat, but we are going to try. Among those changes was Travis leaving his full-time job and us starting Winey Parent. While it is scary to lose that second income, really, it has been the BEST thing ever! Travis actually gets to see our kids and be a part of their lives. He is happier, which means we are all happier. The only real downside has been buckling down on our finances, but is that really a downside? I’ve learned a lot. I have a lot to learn still, so let’s get to those “resolutions.”
5 Goals for the New Year
- Spend more time with my kids. And not just time, but quality time. I seem to be losing my patience a lot lately and I have become a grumpy mom. I don’t like that about myself, so I am going to focus on some strategies to help me lose it less. Now, I promise, they won’t all include wine or vodka (but, let’s be honest, sometimes that helps!).
- Become a budget guru! We are already meal planning and cutting costs on our grocery bill, but I know I can do better. I have some plans in the works that I can’t wait to share with you all to make meal planning easier. Stay tuned for that little DIY project.
- Increase savings. While we are hopeful that Winey Parent will eventually become a profitable business, for now we are focusing on growing the business and cutting costs to make it possible for Travis to work from home. But just because we have less money coming in doesn’t mean that we can’t still focus on saving money.
- Make more memories. One goal I would like to explore this year is finding free and cheap ways to still have fun and make memories with our kids. Another bonus to Travis working from home is that he is HOME! He can be flexible in his work schedule so that we can do things together as a family. This will also help with #1 and saving my sanity! When we can tag-team parent, everyone wins!
- Actually stick to my resolutions this year! I’m going to need a lot of help with this one. Hold me accountable. Ask me for updates or ideas I have tried out to increase my patience, save money by budgeting, increase our savings on less income, or making memories for free or cheap!
Share Your Resolutions
The intention of Winey Parent is to share this parenting journey WITH you. So, if I can stick to these resolutions, I fully intend on sharing what I learn with you, our loyal readers. Stay tuned, follow along, and share our site with others that are on this journey with us. We need your help!
I challenge you, our Winey Parent readers: What is your resolution for 2019? Inspire me to stick to the resolutions and expand on my goals for 2019 by sharing your resolutions in the comments below!