A New Year with New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? I’ve never been one to make them but this year I thought I’d make a few… yup, three.

Funny enough, they all start with the letter B. HA HA HA… that rhymed.
Anyways… onto my Resolutions.

1. Budget
2. Blog
3. Business

First up- Budget.

We’ve all seen how down-right-awful our economy is and, sadly, I don’t think it’s going to get any better anytime soon. Matt and I haven’t been one to pinch pennies, but it’s starting to get scary so I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look at our finances real hard and start saving more and spending less.

Several things have helped out before I started to make a “budget”. One of our Jeeps is paid off. Having one car payment is nice. I started meal planning a month at a time, which is a great time and money saver. Not to mention whenever Matt asks, “Whats for dinner?” I know I can tell him and not have to think, “Oh no, I have no clue.”

Recently I sat down with my trusty month menu board and put together 5 separate lists on my grocery list app. Labeled Week 1, Week 2, and so on, I know exactly what I need to get at the commissary for that weeks meals. Of course some things are a weekly add-on (milk, bread, eggs, lunch meat, etc.).

I came across a pin on Pinterest about budgeting and having seven (yup, 7) bank accounts to keep track and stay on budget. (Check it out here) Jordan’s blog is packed with amazing info. Since reading her post, I opened a few more accounts and got down to business with my new budget. I’m starting off slow but as time goes on I’ll be able to become a bit more strict. Matt thought I was a little nuts, I think, but he gets it. I now have a set amount for my weekly trips to the commissary, his golfing, gas for both Jeeps, haircuts, the whole bit. It’s all mapped out nice and neat.

It felt nice when I was done putting pen to paper. I felt like I had some form of control of something in our crazy world.

Do you have a set budget for your family?

Onto number 2.

Blog.

Well I haven’t done much of it. Which is sad. I love to write and I’ve had so little time to do it. So I’ve told myself, “Self!!! You enjoy writing. After putting little man down at night, or while he is napping, DO IT!!! Those chores can wait. Write!” So I’m going to. Damn it!!! I’m going to write!!

I’ve been redesigning a new blog over at WordPress for a little while and once all the kinks are out, I’ll make the transition over there. I really like Blogger… but it’s time for a change. With so many restrictions and various scares with privacy in today’s world, I would much rather have complete control over all of my content which I just can’t do on Blogger and I can on WordPress. Since I own my own domain and hosting, it’s all up to me.

The new design is completely done by me, which I also love. It’s become my new project and one day, job. It’s so much fun. I’ve already got a few designs for some friends done. I’m just waiting to install them.

Do you blog?

And the last B… Business.

This one is kind of connected to the last in that I’m getting into designing websites and blogs. As I mentioned, I’ve already designed a few blogs for some friends, I’m also working on one for a gal in New York with a cookie shop. I was listening to Tom Sullivan’s radio show a couple months ago and she called about how having a specific political sign in her shop’s window had affected her business. Tom asked her how people could order cookies and she told him via phone. Well he put her phone number on the air and wouldn’t you know her phone was busy for hours. I tried and tried to call to order some cookies. By the time I could call it was after 8 PM her time (only 2 PM here in HI) and she was still taking orders.

We talked for a short while about being small business owners and she had mentioned on Tom’s show that she didn’t have a website. Well that had to be remedied. I told her I’d love to design her site and at no cost to her. She was delighted and insisted I take some cookies as a thank you. Who was I to deny cookies?

Since we spoke, we’ve emailed a few times, the election has come and gone, and I’ve got a bunch of ideas for her site. Can’t wait to share it with the world and all the cookie lovers out there.

So that’s it for my resolutions… Do you have a New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year!!!

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