Hello, 2023.

As I sit and reflect on the past year, I am glad it is coming to a close. I decided to spend the last day of 2022 at home, alone. I needed to focus on grounding myself and embracing what the new year had in store. A lot happened this past year. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I learned lots about myself and found my little tribe in a few close friends. They are the real ones! They know who they are. :) 

I spent a lot of time thinking about the goals I wanted to accomplish for the new year and my word for the year. For 2023 my goals are 1) Date my children and strengthen our bonds. 2) Save, save, save! I'm trying to get my finances right and live comfortably within my means. And one of my goals from last year I made no progress on was 3) Write the damn book! I really need to finish writing the book. I have had no muse. Probably need to scrab the old content and start over. 4) Move your body, bitch! I still have some weight goals to get to. I got a little lazy the last couple of months and am restarting my fitness and health journey again. 5) Declutter all the shit that no longer serves you! My anxiety levels have been off the charts lately and I cannot function in the chaos. I find myself hating my home. I need to get it in order by any means necessary.

My word for 2023 is FOCUS. Focus means to adapt to the prevailing level of light and be able to see clearly. To center one's interest or activity. I want this year to be all about accomplishing any task I set for myself personally and professionally. If I start something, I aim to finish it. I will focus on my health, finances, relationships, and home. I will focus on whatever the universe throws my way and will succeed no matter how big or small it may be. 

Date my children and strengthen our bonds.
Take each kid out once a month for a 1:1 date.
Go on a family adventure monthly.
Start 12 new traditions as a family of four. 
Bake more with the kids and create memories at home. 
Bust out the AirFort I bought during the pandemic. 
Do more arts and crafts. 
Go on a family walk every Sunday. 
Go to the beach.
Go to the Enchanted Forest when it opens. 
Go to the tulip farm. 
Go to the lavender farm.
Go berry picking each season in the summer. 
Go apple picking in the fall. 
Make this year magical as a family.

Save, save, save!
Save for the following categories: Emergency Fund III (Goal: $1,000), Family Vacation Fund (Goal: $1,000), Car Maintenance Fund (Goal: $1,000), and Future House Fund (Goal: $1,000). 
Get a private student loan paid off.
Pay off as much as possible on the car loan.
Turn clutter into cash. 
Make passive income by designing and selling more journals on Amazon. 
Make money via blog, Instagram, TikTok, and other social media platforms. 

Write the damn book!
Sit down and write the book for 30 minutes a day.
Keep a notebook and brainstorm ideas.
Think of filler chapters. 
Develop characters more, especially MC.
Get the first draft of the book done by December 31, 2023. 
Let the girls read chapters and provide feedback and ideas.

Move your body, bitch!
Workout for 30 minutes a day.
Get a gym membership.
Start training for softball season. 
Start conditioning your body with cardio...
Strengthen throwing arm to prevent injury to arm.
Walk every day for 1 mile.
Stop eating gluten products and limit dairy. 
Lean-out figure (bustline and love handles).

Declutter all the shit that no longer serves you! 
Declutter all the things and get them organized in their proper place.
Create clear organization systems and maintain them.
Downsize and get rid of things that don't bring joy.
Make home a place you want to be all the time! 
Buy a new kitchen table.
Paint the television wall a navy blue hue. 
Buy a new queen-sized bedframe and make your room a sanctuary. 
Toss old and broken toys the kids don't play with. 
Make the kid's spaces cozier for them.

What are your goals for the new year? Comment below and let's keep each other accountable as we go into the new year with a new purpose and more focus. Thank you for visiting the blog today and taking the time to read up on my goals and word for the year. Have a blessed and amazing New Year! Sending love and light to you. 

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