New Years Resolutions

I was never a New Year resolutions person. However, over the years I have come to realize that resolutions aren’t necessarily about a concrete promise or number (“I’m going to lose 10 pounds by summer” or “I’m going to read three books each month”). Don’t get me wrong – if that’s your resolution, great! However, resolutions can be very different or on a more general, larger scale.

Here are my resolutions for this year:

1)    Focus more on creating memories, not the details of the events/memories. The rest will fall into place.
This past year I also focused more on this and it’s turned out fantastic. We took a few small mini-vacations, and one large vacation. The large vacation we took was to Florida. It was the first time my boys had flown in an airplane. The trip itself was at a beach my husband and I had never been to, booked through a Groupon deal, and we knew absolutely nothing about the area (other than what I read online). I could have stressed about planning every activity, including the airplane ride – but I didn’t. I just made sure to take lots of photos while we were there. We asked around for tips on where to eat (the taxi cab drivers were awesome), and if we saw something that looked cool, we popped in to check it out. It was by far the best trip we have ever taken. With very little planning involved other than coordinating flights, hotel and transportation to and from.

2)      Save more money.

I know a lot of people say this. But this year I’m trying something new. I received a few helpful tips from people:
1) In order to save for the new baby we are expecting, we got advice to purchase $10 or $20 gift cards every now and then when we grocery shop, then save for when the baby is here and we need: diapers, extra food, clothes, etc.
2) We want to take our kids to Disney for the first time in a year. So, this year I’m going to try the Disney jar – an idea I got on (what else?) Pinterest. Each week you put the dollar amount in the jar that corresponds w/ the week. So, week 1 = $1, week 2 = $2, etc. Actually, you could use the idea above to save as well. I plan to do both.

3)      Try new things.

This year we took our kids to a random farm house in Kentucky (FYI – it’s called The Farm, LLC and it’s an awesome vacation w/ the kids if you want to check it out!). It was an impulse Groupon purchase (I find the best deals on there!) to do something fun for fall break, and we had a BLAST! My kids loved milking goats, feeding the farm animals, and cruising around the downtown area we were in to find more fun things to do. My husband and I loved the bed and breakfast type feel, the amazing, free, farm-fresh breakfasts, and the peaceful surroundings. We had no idea how this place was, but we went for it with a positive attitude and had a wonderful time. We will definitely be back!

My point is, you don’t have to be a “resolutions” person to make New Year’s resolutions. What are yours?

Wishing everyone a Happy 2014!!

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