goals for a new year

It's time again for my yearly "goals" post! To recap, here is my list for 2016...

* Read 20 books
* Walk 2,016 miles
Seriously get better sleep
* Date night, date night, DATE NIGHT!!
* Try new recipes
* Move every day
* Be smarter with my money
* Keep purging and simplifying our home
* Send more birthday cards!

So, 20 books read? Check! I actually ended up reading 48 books! Woo hoo! 

Walk 2,016 miles? Well, not quite. My FitBit decided to stop working a while back and I only logged 1,300.13 miles before it stopped working. This year I'll definitely do more than that. I think a 2,017 mile goal is doable. 

Better sleep you ask?? Why, yes! I did it! I made going to bed earlier a priority [like when Scarlett goes to sleep at 8pm, I'm usually in bed, too.] And I used chewable melatonin from Trader Joe's when I had a tough time turning my mind off at the end of the day. No shame - just an awesome night's sleep. 

Oh, date nights. We didn't get as many as we wanted this year, but it's something we're working on. Hopefully more will be on the horizon! 

Trying new recipes. so, I pretty much botched that one. Nick's work schedule has been all over the place this past year so family dinners were a sacrifice. We relied a lot on easy, quick dinners that could be reheated as needed. Plus, I'm not the biggest fan of my kitchen in the apartment so making meals isn't the funnest part of my day by far. I'll work on it for 2017 but I honestly don't see a big change on the horizon. 

I sure moved everyday, though! With Scarlett starting school last year, I made it a point to park at least a quarter mile from the school so I got around a mile of walking done every day just taking her to and picking her up from school. For 2017, I'm hoping to spend more mornings walking to school instead of driving. 

Money, money, money. One of the reasons 2016 seemed to suck so much. There always seems to be more month than money, right? But not in 2017. This new year is going to be a prosperous one! Nick's career is going to skyrocket and with it, a better lifestyle. I'm looking forward to saving up for a while and hopefully buying a forever home soon. I need a place to call my own and a little garden to grow. 

We purged and purged this year. We got rid of so many things and somehow, we're still drowning in possessions. Honestly, Scarlett's room is the WORST. So many little toys and things and she's on a serious paper kick right now. There are papers EVERYWHERE! That's going to be the challenge for next year - purge the papers and keep Scarlett's room clean regularly. 

Birthday cards! So, having a Happy Mail subscription made it really easy to always have a birthday card on hand so that was awesome, but I was pretty bad at actually sending out cards for people's birthdays. I'm going to try harder this year. 

Goals for 2017! Here we go! 

For 2017, I'm keeping it pretty simple. Spend more time on myself, reading, walking, riding. I want to be more organized and simplified and I'd love the be able to start up our savings again. 

2017 is going to be the best year yet. I know it! 

love & cupcakes, 

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