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Mid-Year Update on My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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.


Well, monetarily, I’ve done really well.  But thanks to free clothes donated by two awesome 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!
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7 thoughts on “Mid-Year Update on My 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Wonderful post and glad to see you’re making so much progress! I really like – ” Consciously Be More Positive.” That’s a difficult thing to achieve. Sometimes life and all it’s complications has a way of getting you down, but not letting it is important!

  2. Trying. I did consolidate accounts mostly, 1 left to go. I stalled on weight loss, need another vacation I guess, that is what kick started last spurt of weight loss. I have made no progress towards a couple of things. Maybe I will award myself a vacation if I make headway. Glad to hear you are recovering. Keeping positive is a hard one. Almost as hard as “do not dwell”. I need to keep working on both.

  3. I try to avoid new year’s resolutions. It seems most never take them seriously.

    1) I’m so sorry this has been such a rough road for you. Pretty sure this is going to happen for you- in its own time. Don’t lose hope unless you’re 80 or get your baby making bits removed.

    2) I fully agree with this. My parents are aging. I still have two grandparents alive that I don’t see enough. Sometimes I feel terrible for not being able to visit them.

    3) That’s an awesome way to get and stay out of a downtime or funk. Hope you stay one of my besties for life! 🙂

    4) I think you meant an ! not a . You should be that happy and proud of that one!

    5) Really? Wow. As if #4 wasn’t enough.

    6) Wow! Savings is a great goal. Accomplishing that goal in style I see! We’re slowly building ours.

    7) This whole article is shocking! That sounds ideal too. Also, another great goal for me, thanks!

    8) I’m so glad that’s working out so well for you. I see you as a CEO of a mega chain later. hahaha I’m serious though.

    9) Awww. Well, it never hurts to stockpile non-perishable items. They can always be donated later if not needed. For example, a ton of diapers and wipes. Plenty of people could use them if you don’t end up needing them.

    10) That’s a great goal. Mindset and being positive are insanely important. However, they are rarely discussed openly. Thanks for being open about it. Everyone has ups and downs. It’s so important to stay positive and focus on that.

    My goals for this year were to wrap up a ton of unfinished projects. So I finished many so far. I lost count at around 40. Finished planning and assembling a large log bench. Fixed our AC. Fixed our fridge. Started prepping large retaining wall. Created a smaller retaining wall on the side yard.

    I’ve noticed rapidly rising food costs. So to counter that I set a goal to make our yard feed us. So I wanted to plant trees and a garden. Now we have 7 trees, 5 of them fruit in our front yard.

    Our front side yard has tomatoes, asparagus, and peppers as a start to our garden. In the back yard I finished our chicken run and coop. Soon we’ll have fresh eggs there. Hungry? Walk out to the front yard. Grab an apple, a pear, a peach.

    Not only that, but most all of the items I’ve purchased have been deeply discounted. 4 and 6 packs of tomatoes and peppers for only $0.50 each. I did overpay on a couple large tomato bushes. But it was convenient to plant into an immediate harvest with a couple large bushes.

    I’ve got a ton more side projects I’m wrapping up. Each one feels great. Another thing off my mental plate.

    I also made another goal to take better care of myself and my health. So I’ve been getting lots of dental work recently. 2 wisdom teeth and a bad molar all pulled.

    Deep cleaning soon. Fill a couple minor cavities. Finally, hopefully, fill and not root canal another. After all that I am going to ask about sealing. So happy I found a great dentist. I’m going to make and attend doctor appointments soon too.

    I set too many goals for only setting them once a year. When I set them years before they were either too distant or too easy and accomplished too fast. You’re smashing through lots of high goals like a mack truck through a bug! Keep kicking butt!

  4. @Lance, well…I did have that whole wanna-punch-everyone-in-the-face time, but yes, overall, I’m aiming to be more positive.

    @Maria, *KICK* and good luck! See you this October!!! 😉

    @me, I’m trying to move on from dwelling too.

    @Josh, wowza on the repairs and to-do-list stuff you’re kicking ass on!!! Way to go!!! And double way to go on the garden plans!!! My mom did this and their yard makes all sorts of delicious stuff now. And good thinking on taking care of some of the dental stuff. We ended up putting more than $17,000 into my hubby’s teeth because of the amount of work needed (and an anesthesiologist) after avoiding dentists his whole life. Take care of those teeth or they will chomp your financial ass!!! Keep kicking butt too!!!

  5. I’m also working on some resolutions. One is to read books on a regular basis. Nailed it! ;o) Another is to communicate with friends regularly. Now that I’m done with school, this should be a lot easier that it actually is. Life has this way of derailing plans, ya know?
    I crossed this resolution off my list back in February – visit Dad. Even though the visit had some drawbacks, it was so nice to be able to have one-on-one conversations with him. We watched the Oscars together – something I don’t think he’s ever done before! ;o)

  6. Good work. My goal was to lose some weight and avoid snacking at work. So far so good on both accounts. I still have a couple of pounds to go and this is the time of year when I generally go the wrong direction, so I’m hoping to avoid that.

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