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2016 New Year’s Resolutions – Juicy 1 Month Update!

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Wow, already 1/12th of 2016 has zoomed by!  I figured I should check in on my New Year’s resolutions just to see if I need to concentrate on any specifically…and it’s been a hell of a month!

1. See my parents and my grandparents at least once a month.

My grandparents are doing okay, but they do remind me to pay attention to my body now since it becomes a pain in the ass later. They are in their mid-80’s and my grandma’s legs are kicking her butt. She’s a strong woman but she makes it damn clear that growing old sucks and is just barely better than the alternative…still better though. I’m sort of glad that stubbornness seems to be an inherited trait.

My parents are doing fine.  My in-laws are also doing well. Seem to be tackling retirement with gusto as well. Seeing all of our parents having the time to pursue what they enjoy really does push me to save now. They all remind me to live now too though.

2. Regular friend time.

January was filled with friend time too. Dee, Mandy, and I are continuing the weekly Girls’ nights and they’ve been filled with good food, Costco trips, and movie nights at my place. I bought the 20th anniversary edition of Dirty Dancing for us to watch last week. I still love that movie.

Hillary, Gary, hubby, and I are still meeting nearly every week for dinner too. I’m digging it. It’s nice just to have another couple. It’s slightly different conversations than friend-with-friend but is still personal time with connections. It’s fun.

We also hosted two potlucks in January – our monthly one and a birthday one for our friend, H. I was able to make it to another Saturday potluck at our other friend’s place too. Seeing friends in larger groups is fun for an extrovert like me and gives us enough people for party games too.

On top of the scheduled weekly get togethers, I was able to hang out with several existing friends one-on-one throughout the month too. And I met and had lunch with a new neighbor friend and hope we hang out again too!

3. Max out both Roth IRA’s for 2016. That’s $11,000 overall.

DONE!  The stock market crashes cried out to me…instead of “sell, sell, sell”, I heard “sale, sale, sale”!  It’s nice to have this checked off already even if our investment fund wasn’t really expecting to take the $11,000 hit this early.  We may have to pay ourselves back a little over the year to pad for future investments.

4. Maintain our $15,000 emergency fund.

This year will hopefully have baby-making involved and we’d like to keep our emergency fund at $15,000.  So far, so good.

5. Maintain our $20,000 self-employment fund.

Yep, on top of the investment fund and emergency fund, we also have a $20,000+ account that we use to pay ourselves each month for our online business. It fluctuates as we bring in more or less. But overall, I like to keep it at $20,000 or more because I am scared shitless of having no backup if our business ever crashes. So far, so good.

6. HEALTH. I will weigh 150 pounds or less by July 2016 AND won’t go over 150 again in 2016. PERIOD. I was between 160-165 on January 1, 2016.

I want to lose weight and keep it off mainly for my back and joints. As of January 31, 2016, I was at 159.6. I’ll take it!

I’m doing push-ups, sit-ups, and more walking as my main forms of exercise right now. I’m attempting to add in yoga.

For the food side, I’m just eating smaller portions overall for now. And I try to select healthier snacks than usual like eating an orange instead of chocolate or 2-3 Lindor’s truffles in a day instead of the whole bag. For my main meals, it’s just about eating less than usual. It’s becoming easier.

My hope with doing smaller changes regularly instead of just all out dieting and exercising like I’ve done before is that these changes will stick for the long term as new lifestyle habits. That is the goal at least.

How are you doing in 2016 so far?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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6 thoughts on “2016 New Year’s Resolutions – Juicy 1 Month Update!

  1. Some really great (free!… or paid depending on your preference) yoga videos that range from just 10 minutes to 30+ minutes can be found at I LOVE them and the instructors do a great job of telling you what you should be doing so that you don’t feel like you are constantly trying to look at your computer screen and see if you are posing correctly. Great stuff for beginner yogis or even intermediate yogis like myself!! Good luck!

  2. A great place to check out (free!… or paid depending on your preference) yoga videos is at They range anywhere from 10-30+ minutes and are awesome for beginner or even intermediate yogis! I LOVE them and the instructors do a great job of talking you through everything and telling you what you should be doing so that you don’t have to constantly be checking your computer screen to make sure you are posing correctly. They are really awesome and I hope you enjoy them! Good luck with your yoga work and congrats on accomplishing a lot of your 2016 goals already!

  3. I did not set any goals this year. We will see if it works out. So far I have troubleshooted 2 programs, got them working. Trying to get office in order. Finishing up last year pryojects, one at a time. Kept up with pets so far and organized kitchen some. All works are progressing, yet have taken time to go to beach, walk mile a day, and suffer through first cold of the year. So far so good.

  4. Yes! Congrats on reaching those goals. I made a list of seven things that I will receive this year. I guess you could call them goals. I passed the Project Management Professional exam in January, which I still can’t get over; was accepted to present a paper at a conference and I’m working on some new strategies to grow my online business. So good so far. 🙂

  5. Crystal, Have you considered the paleo diet? I’ve had great success with it by cutting our the grains, sugar and lentils/beans and adding good fat, meat and tons of veggies. I also eat root vegetables.

    It’s not a low carb diet, but basically a no grain / sugar/ lentils=beans diet that is heavy on veggies, meat/poultry, and good fats like coconut oil, avocado, coconut milk, olive oil, etc. Look it up. It also helps great with infertility issues (Most of the hormone issues are due to sugar and grains)

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