We’re closing in on the beginning of another new month in 2017, so I thought I’d write a post to talk about those New Year’s Resolutions we all made. So, how are ya’ll doing?
My past resolutions, dating as far back as college, have been beneficial and easily attainable. One year, I decided I was going to take care of my CDs, don’t laugh, this was pre-MP3 era. I had finally had enough of rifling through CDs I had left on the floor of my car. I would get super excited to find what I was looking for just to discover it was all scratched and wouldn’t play. I finally resolved to not treat my property with disregard anymore. Alas, I was putting each CD back in its proper case and even making sure it was 100% straight (#OCD). I made this resolution and I kept it till this day.
Let’s see, there was another year that I resolved to get my hair cut only at the fancy shmancy place that served wine. Check! Kept that one, too. Now before anyone loses their minds because I’m confessing to spending hundreds of dollars a year on my hair at a luxurious spa, DON’T. Notice I said hundreds and not thousands. It is one indulgence I give to myself, and I only go a few times a year. I also don’t get highlights or haircuts that need constant upkeep. I spent way too many years of my adult life going to salons that didn’t quite make the cut (OMG, I’m on a roll) and I was tired of paying for something that didn’t satisfy my expectation. Although we’re quite the frugal family around here, I am also a true believer in getting what you pay for. And I will happily pay for quality over quantity any day of the week. Needless to say, this one carries on.
Yet another year I decided to introduce my taste buds to beer! Yes, I made it through college and quite a few years of my adult life without enjoying this fine beverage. How, you ask? Easy. I didn’t live on campus. I commuted, so I missed out on mixers, and beer pong, and everything else that makes college, college. I did get a good education, though. There’s something to be said for that. But the beer, I missed out on the beer. That year I imbibed a plethora of craft beers until I found a few that I really enjoyed. I must say, I can’t get enough of the cool labels and trendy names that adorn some of these fine liquids. I’m such a girl. Cheers!
Last year, I resolved to have a frugal music movement. I spent the majority of my childhood and young adulthood listening to substandard music. I will spare you the embarrassing details. You’re welcome. Let’s just say I grew up in a top 40 household and I’m no stranger to boy bands or big hair bands. Yikes. Hence, I resolved to increase my musical awareness and appreciation. All last year I listened to the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Radiohead, Nirvana, and on and on and on. It lasted. And I couldn’t be more happy that I made such a fun and influential resolution for myself. I did, however, underestimate the amount of good music I missed out on and the limited time available to embark on such a resolution over the course of only one year. It is safe to say that 2016 was the springboard for this lifelong resolution.
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My 2017 New Year’s Resolution
Aside from resolving to spend more time by the fireplace with Mad Money Cat, 2017 is the biggest year of all for me. I have made a goal to make this website more than just a personal blog that publishes a post here and there. I have resolved to turn this site into something just a little bit more.
Since its debut in 2015, I have been struggling a bit with the direction and finding my voice. As with every new venture, there is always a growth period and learning curve. Fortunately for all of us, I believe I am finally hitting a good groove and know where I want it to go. I hope you are all going to come along for the ride. If I have anything to do with it, and I kinda do, it’s going to be a wildly good time.
So far, so good! I have published a new, hopefully entertaining and enjoyable, post every single weekday in 2017. I am hoping this trend continues as I am working my butt to the bone. Ha! God, if only that could happen. :) I have focused a lot of energy into Mad Money Monster so far this year and believe I have come to a cross roads in terms of audience reach. We’ve been highlighted on several high-profile financial websites, partook in The #GivingCards Project, participated in 2 podcast interviews, and became a member of the AOL Finance Collective. Not too shabby for just a few weeks.
I recently read that forming a new habit (or keeping a resolution) takes 66 days. This is quite a jump from the formerly accepted 21 day projection. Either way, it takes quite a long time to do something before its committed to your lifestyle and routine. We’re currently 48 days into the new year; do you know where your resolutions are? Or haven’t you started one yet? Just in case you need a reminder or a little kick in the pants, resolutions aren’t just for the beginning of a new year. You can start a resolution at any point, on any day, at any hour that you choose. And, there is no time like the present.
Oh, and just in case you missed it, Mad Money Monster was on the Mo’ Money Podcast yesterday. Take a listen here!
So, let us have it! What were your resolutions and have you kept up? If so, tell us how you did it. If not, why not? We want to hear from every single one of you.
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