8 Happy New Year! and 500th Post!

Happy New Year Friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. This is my official 500th post...I am super excited. I started this blog on a whim, but I am so thankful I did. It has really been a source of joy and inspiration for me, and I hope for you too. I am so thankful for all of the friends I have made through it, and I hope to further explore and expand this year!

Now, on to my New Year's Resolutions:
{I feel like I have to post them here so I will be accountable for them.}

This is going to be a big year for me.
1. I will finish taking the ARE exams and get licenced. Due to being super busy at work and well sometimes lazy I have only taken {and passed!} one exam so far. But this year, it is top priority and I am getting it done!
2. I will continue my upward path at work. {I've been doing quite well lately!}
3. I will get my finances in order. Not that they are awful, I just need to payoff some credit cards. So by the end of the year I will be debt free! {well, except for my big student loan- that one is never going away}
4. In order to do this, I will create {almost done} and follow a budget.
5. As indicated in the fabulous graphic above: I have everything I need. So I am giving myself a challenge. NO shopping until May. None. We will see how this goes, but I am kind of excited about it. I definitely spend money as a means of therapy, and I need to break that habit.
6. In May, when I get my yearly bonus, I will buy us a new sofa and coffee table as my reward for hard work.
7. Despite all the hard work I will be doing, I will take time to work on my personal fitness. Santa brought me a Wii and Fit Board, so hopefully this will help.
8. I will continue to grow the blog...I think it is time for some ad space! Any advice on this??

Photo via Glassford Hill Girl


oh, hello friend. said...

happy 2009 friend!
congrats on the 500th post too! <3

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

I don't have any advice for growing your blog, but I'm so jealous of your Wii Fit! One day I, too, will have one!

Anonymous said...

I'm just going to repeat like the first poster wrote: Happy 2009! & Congrats on your 500th post!
Soo glad you're going to grow this blog! Love your blog which I thank you very much for! OOooh please do tell in your blog about your Wii Fit! I want one for my Birthday present!
-jenel in AZ

evencleveland said...

Happy 2009!

Yay, 500 posts!

A new couch and table sounds like a good thing to hold out for - I can't wait to see which one you choose.

simply seleta said...

Love your challenge. Hmmm, I should try this out. But would need a support group and sponsor. Ha!

Can't wait to see your new sofa.

Anonymous said...

Wow, no shopping till May! You are a far stronger woman than I, my friend. I'm inspired though, my fiance and I are going to try no shopping for 30 days. (Sound easy, but we're die hard consumers. This is the methadone version of retail detox!)

Brit said...

Jess ... no shopping! We will just go nuts in LA/SF!! I completely understand the therapy part though ... I do that myself. But you are going to feel so amazing being debt free and getting a new couch/coffee table ... you've been wanting them for awhile and you know you really deserve it. You have worked so hard in 2008. I only hope that 2009 will bring you even more success and happiness!!

Jessica said...

Thanks everyone!

I know this won't be easy, and I may have to bend the rules to reward myself for following the plan a few times along the way. But, I'm actually really excited about it! I know if I do this now, once I pay off my credit cards and get some savings put away, I will have the money to buy whatever I really want.

One week down...and so far so good.


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