New Year’s Resolutions

I have always been keen on New Year’s Resolutions. I believe it’s a great opportunity to look at our lives thus far and decide to make changes to improve it.

I feel like I’m entering a completely new phase in my life.  As an Olympic athlete I’ve always known my yearly plan, had a very distinct goal, and knew the path to get there. Now I’m creating new goals! Ultimately it’s about the journey to finding out what makes me healthiest, happiest, and how I see myself living for the rest of my life. No pressure right?

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From my earlier blogs you’ve heard about my new healthy approach to life, but like any other human being, I have to deal with bills, savings, investments, cleaning, cooking, and so on! This year my New Year’s Resolutions have a focus in this department!

One of my resolutions was to understand my finances and be better organized. Most people who know me know that I’m an organization fanatic; no denying it, it’s true! So this year I’ve created a Household Binder… thank you Pinterest for all the fabulous ideas! Mine currently has 5 different tabs: Goals, Budget, Meal Planning, Cleaning, and Calendars!

 

Basically all my New Year’s Resolutions get wrapped up into these 5 categories!

  1. Set new goals for the year – including training, school, trips with my hubby, etc…
  2. Stick to a budget and understand where we spend money and how we can save more
  3. Plan out our weekly meals – to eat healthy, eat out less, and organize grocery shopping. Plus I have decided to take processed sugars out of my diet!!
  4. Have a cleaning schedule so my husband helps me out around the house and to feel less overwhelmed by how much there is to do! i.e. laundry, loading & unloading dishwasher, dusting, vacuuming, all that fun stuff 🙂 I made a list of chores for daily, weekly, biweekly, and monthly!

Part of creating a healthy lifestyle involves reducing stress, and an unorganized, messy home seriously increases mine! This Household Binder is a way for me to organize all that other stuff in my life that I know effects my swimming somehow. It’s so nice to come home from a workout to a clean house and know exactly what to prepare for a meal!

Seems pretty normal right? It is going well so far! I must say my house has never been cleaner, my husband knows how he can help me, and I have created a budget that we are both monitoring and sticking with! I’ve also made some fantastic meals and created new recipes that I hope to post soon!

I hope you create fun and challenging New Year’s Resolutions for yourself! I would love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading!
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