Hells bells…half of 2017 is already gone! I’ve kept y’all a bit updated on my two miscarriages and random life stuff, but let’s get this blogger show on the road and see how I’m doing on those New Year’s Resolutions:
2017 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Be a Healthy Baby Incubator.
Well, I was very healthy while I was pregnant…both times. Then there was some significant give-no-shits time, but I’ve bounced back. I’m currently tracking what I eat and am attempting to get my weight down to 155 pounds by the end of the year. I still am not drinking much, am taking my nightly prenatal vitamin, and will be following my new doctor’s orders on baby making the next time we try.
2. Visit with My Parents and My In-Laws at Least Once a Month.
I don’t think I’ve done this, but maybe? I am consciously making the effort to stay in touch with both sides of our family this year. Last year proved that I can’t afford to take anyone for granted.
3. Regular Friend Time!
Yep, since Dee was pregnant and now has had her baby, we’ve been keeping in close touch as support both ways. I’m also trying to keep the connections going with all of our other friends, even during my low times. Dee and I took a pre-baby mini-vacation in April and just binge watched Playing House, Season 3. I’ve started a Doctor Who Marathon with my friend, William, and we finished the new season of Orange is the New Black in a couple of days.
4. Max Out Our Roth IRA’s
Yep, we contributed $11,000 total into our two Roth IRA’s in May.
5. Max Out Our 2016 SEP IRA and Plan for 2017
Yep, we finished off maxing our SEP IRA for 2016 in April 2017. We’ve also started saving for this year’s contribution.
6. Maintain our $20,000 Emergency Fund
Yep, at $20,111 right now.
7. Maintain our $20,000 Self-Employment Padding
Yep, we have about $24,000 currently between our two self-employment accounts.
8. Hire Two New Pet Sitters
We are now an official entity, and I want to expand Crystal’s Cozy Care Pet Sitting. Our first amazing sitter of the year was Tiana, who is kicking butt and taking names. She’s fantastic. I’m going to start the hunt for another great pet sitter next month since we only need a weekend/holiday backup kind of person at this point since Tiana happily takes on the work of two part-time employees without breaking a sweat.
9. DON’T GO CRAZY ON THE BABY STUFF
Well, monetarily, I’ve done really well. But thanks to free clothes donated by two awesome Nextdoor.com neighbors to Dee, and Dee’s baby being 11 pounds and not able to fit in the smaller stuff, I have a guest bedroom closet of boy baby clothes that range from Newborn to 12 months. And there is a small bag of girl clothes from Newborn to 24 months. Either I’ll get pregnant and it’ll stay around, or I’ll find all the clothes new homes with other people who need some outfits. 🙂
10. Consciously Be More Positive
So…working on that big time right now. The miscarriages brought out my inner cynic again and I haven’t been amazingly pleasant. Tomorrow’s a new day and I’ll continue to try to avoid being unnecessarily negative.
How are you doing on your resolutions thus far? Can I help in some way?
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!