The New Year is a time to reflect and for new beginnings. This is when many of us create new goals and have New Years Resolutions.
I am no different. Each year, I resolve to lose weight, to save more, to have more quality time, etc. However, my main goal is to live a simpler and happier life. What does that mean to me? It means more time, less worries and feeling less confined. It means not living by the clock or following a tight schedule. It means enjoying myself more and living in the moment.
Here’s where I’m at in achieving my goal:
Writing and Websites:
A year ago in Jan 2013, I watched a show on TV about making money online. This show introduced me to affiliate marketing, writing online articles and creating my own niche websites. Ever since that day, all of my spare time has been devoted to that. So far, I started 4 websites and wrote over 100 posts/articles.
This year’s plan is to improve my writing and to concentrate on my websites. I signed up for an online niche website class and I’m going to apply what I learn to my existing websites rather than on starting a new one. All of my websites have topics that I’m interested in, already have a few pages of content and have some traffic going to it. However, all of my websites are still “small” enough that I can change them around and they all need improvements. I feel that this is better than starting a new website from scratch.
How does this fit into having a simpler and happier life? Earning extra money will give me more dollars to save for retirement and possibly allow me to work less hours. That would make me happy!
OK, I hate to admit it, but my weight clutters my mind as I’m always aware of it. Every morning I weigh myself and have to resist the urge to weigh myself again in the evening. I try so hard to lose/maintain weight – I exercise regularly, eat mostly good foods but I can’t drop the pounds.
This year’s plan is to lose six pounds, stay healthy and quit thinking about my weight!
How does this fit into having a simpler and happier life? Obviously staying healthy will save me money in health care costs. Plus, when I’m older, I want to be active and be able to travel. Thinking about my weight all the time isn’t good and keeps me from focusing on happier thoughts.
I’ve been working on decluttering the house for two months now. I’ve cleaned up my desk, cleaned some closets and donated a bunch of clothes. It’s very hard getting rid of stuff though. Seems like I have reasons for keeping everything – it was given to me, still is in good condition, I may need to use it in the future, etc. Actually, I hate to say it, but I haven’t been decluttering lately because then I will have to actually get rid of stuff.
How does this fit into having a simpler and happier life? As I mentioned in my About Page, the clutter annoys me, distracts me and wastes my time. I believe in the long run, I’ll reduce a lot of mental clutter if I remove the physical clutter.
I’m pretty good at saving money and not spending, but I need to kick it up a notch. I need to save a lot more for retirement as I’m behind on where I should be at my age. I have a retirement account that I ignore. One of my goals last year was to educate myself on how to better invest my retirement savings, but I never even started that goal.
How does this fit into having a simpler and happier life? Being smart about my finances now will give me a better retirement later. My only current debt is my house as I have all credit cards and vehicles paid off. In the past, I had a tough spot where I stressed about paying the bills and I never want to experience that again.
I wish each of you a Happy New Year and Gook Luck on reaching your goals.
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