Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012... Here we come!

It's going to Epic!
Last week we worked out our resolutions. I teased you with them in my Christmas Blog, but wanted to go into a little more depth.

Be healthy and more "Green".
Part One.. Healthy
I don't want to put a number on my health goal this year. I was EXTREMELY bitter about last year, where my husband and I did the SAME workouts, and he lost 36lbs and I lost 6! We figured it out that it was because he had muscle when we started, and I did not.. so I was gaining muscle (which weighs more than fat) while losing the fat, which is FINE. I definitely SAW changes, but the numbers were screwing with my head... so THIS YEAR I am just goaling myself to Be Healthy and leave the numbers at the wayside. This was a concept that Dovey had trouble grasping. He asked me HOW MUCH do you want to lose, moments after I said that I didn't care about the numbers. LOL.
Anyhow, this goal is in effect. I wanted to be accountable by documenting my results, and decided to give WW online a try. My boss at the day job has been doing this since my wedding with great results. I like that it doesnt limit you from splurging here and again, but being responsible about it.. and that fruits and veggies are FREE! No meetings, Im too self motivated, and get psyched out by others successes and failures, so I knew (from past experience) that meetings wouldn't work for me. I have downloaded the mobile app on my phone (which I love) because it allows me to look it up as I go, and started following some "Skinny" blogs that have delicious looking recipes. :) I plan to blog my favorites as I try them, too. So, be ready! I've also DUSTED OFF the elliptical and have organized my schedule so that I will be using it several times a week ;)
Part two of this goal was Becoming Greener. 
As far as food goes, we eat only whole grain and organic foods mostly, because of my fibromyalgia I follow a no preservative diet - its good for our bodies and the environment. So in the kitchen, we are pretty green. One thing I have noticed about this business is that it has quite the papertrail. I have come up with a plan for my hostesses to return their unused items so they can be reused. :) With a few other changes, we are working smarter, not harder and doing our part to keep our Earth healthy for the future.

My business is BOOMING. My life is IMPROVING.
As you all know, I started a business last year in September - it was a little consuming at first when I was getting the hang of it so I didn't have much blog time... (sorry about that!) but now I have a better handle on it, and foresee some business-y blogs too. ;) I have reassessed my goals for the business, and am TRULY interested in helping others find success (financially, personally, etc) through my business. I have set sales, bookings and team building goals.. and GOD WILLING I will earn my ab-fab trip to the Mayan Riviera this year, and have made enough to pay off the student loan I am goaling to kill from the bill list in 2012. When I meet my goals, the bill will be gone, we will have earned a vacation for 2013 (FREE!), I will have a team, and a consistent second income!
Lots of good things in store for our family with acheiving this goal. A new house, an expansion in our 2-man crew... AND LET ME TELL YOU - I cannot wait to leave our, (best described by a fellow blogger) LOVE SHACK. This spacious one bedroom will begrudgingly be a part of our 2012... but I ASSURE YOU it will not be included in 2013. Manda needs an office with a door, and Dovey needs a garage for his MAN STATION. Plus Little Diva (chihuahua) could use a yard to burn off some of her energy during the day in, and my Morkalicious (turtle) REALLY wants a pond of his own. Plus we could use an extra bedroom if we indeed grow our family in 2013!

Vacation smarter.
We love a good vacation, and it was really nice to leave on a Wednesday, and return to work on a Wednesday for our honeymoon.. but we were definitely started to feel stuck and had worn out our 'vacation' mindset before it was time to come home. After several discussions, we decided taking several long weekend vacations would solve this problem. We get to see more places, do more things AND get a little break from our high-stress day jobs ONCE A MONTH! Instead of only having one big vacation for the whole year. I REALLY like this plan. We are going to make a plan in the next few weeks with where we hope to go and when the best time for the mini vacations are. ;) And if Dovey decides to rethink his anti-flying mentality, perhaps we can go a little further every so often.
He just decided NO MORE FLIGHTS last month when we took a weekend trip to visit my parents in Northern California. The flight home had a lot of turbulence and sadly I ended up with the WORST earache I have ever had. In the midst of this, I bit down quite hard and cracked a molar. I had to have an extraction the day before thanksgiving, followed by bridgework and implant discussions... that flight cost us SO MUCH money, and my mom had even paid for our tickets with her points! LOL. Needless to say, he wasn't happy!

Organize the "Love Shack".
As I stated on my Christmas Blog.. I bought an amazing book called "Organize NOW!" and plan to implement it in 2012. It gives you week by week checklists that you tackle each part of your home, business, life to get you more organized so that your life flows more seamlessly. I REALLY love this book. I have already conquered my worst spaces, the home office and the coat closet *(aka World's Largest Junk Drawer)* and am EXTREMELY HAPPY with the results. I hope to conquer something new each week and make our lives a little saner and our house a little easier to maneuver. :) Heck I even plan to attack the scariest part of our current setup, STORAGE. Where my unmarried life has been hiding for the last nine months! LOL. God bless me with patience and perseverance while I tackle the hard ones!

Well, that's what we have so far... lol. I'm sure that it will ebb and flow a little bit each month, but by 2013 I know we will have made VAST IMPROVEMENTS in all of these areas. ;)

Wishing you all a prosperous and goal-achieving 2012!
Happy reading!

PS. Do these goals sound like any of your goals for 2012? I'd love to hear how you plan to achieve them! :)


  1. This blog is very cool! And your goals are well laid out and balanced. Just make sure if you slightly fall off one goal the biggest part is to shake off the guilt and disappointment and start up again the following day or week. That's what I find hard for people, we sometimes give up once we "mess up"...but there's no messing up, only when you give up :) Love all the goals! My 2011 was organizing too, and was successfully reached (whew!), especially when living in a much smaller place, talk about shockville for me (and I need an office for my business). But now I have it set up working smoothly, I love it! Congrats on the goal to save for a house...FYI not sure if Jeremy told you but I'm a Realtor and have been for over 8 yrs. I truly know the ins and outs of the industry. Before that I was a paralegal for 8 yrs. So, if you don't have an agent in mind, I would be so honored to help you guys find your first home. I just helped Scott's sister and her husband find their first home...I love that part. Anyhow, thanks again for the jewelry...your gifts honestly were a hit! I loved loved loved the "Fierce" bracelet...wanna get one for me :) Lots of love and positive energy to you both in the new year and success on your new goals. Just think, time goes so fast so 1 yr really is nothin'! XOs ~ Ann Marie

  2. my favorite FAVORITE skinny blog is if you haven't found her already, she has the BEST recipes--and they're broken down by calories and WW points!

    also-amen for moving out of the love shack ; )
    i really want to too, but now we may push it back to the end of the year. it's just SO expensive. we have an amazing rent price right now whichis what keeps us in the shack...we'll see! keeping my fingers crossed!
    and i def plan on traveling more this year!