I know, it’s March. And this post probably should have been posted at least 8 weeks ago. But, me being me, I wrote it and forgot about it. Better late than never right. Ever since the start of the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish this year. There’s, of course, the normal eat healthier, work out, drink more water (see Self-Care post), but there are other things I’d really like to do this year that don’t revolve around health.
As I get older, I’ve started to realize the importance of setting goals. I still don’t want to call them resolutions, because I’m not resolving to do anything, but rather aiming for something by the end of the year. Some of these are about changing various aspects of my life for the better, while others are just general things I want to do and try.
Set a budget, and stick to it.
I’ve been saying for a really long time now that I’m going to create a budget. I haven’t done it yet. But now seems a good a time as any. It’s not that I’m bad with my money. I mean, I get a paycheck, I pay my bills, and I balance my checkbook.
What I’m not good at is the following:
- Stopping all the time for a coffee in the mornings
- Buying lunches
- Buying dinners
- Buying things I don’t need
- Not saving money
Setting a budget and sticking to it will keep me from buying things I don’t need, and will help me to set aside funds every month to build my savings account back up.
Finance is hard.
Learn more about investing and stocks
This goes hand in hand with saving money. I know nothing about investing in stocks. I dabbled a little bit recently with the apps Robinhood and Acorns, but I lost interest, withdrew my money and deleted the apps.
I mean, I have a 401K, but I’d love to learn more about how to invest wisely now, to build my own portfolio for the future.
Although, with the way the stock market’s been going these days, I’m thinking more and more about shoving money in my mattress.
Stop using my credit card
This post seems to be a lot about money. I have a lot of money goals for 2018 evidently.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve paid off a big old balance on my credit card, only to run the stupid thing about again. It’s absurd. And the amount of my money I’ve paid overtime to my credit card could have probably bought me a new car.
So, it’s time to leave the plastic at home. If I can’t use my debit card for it, I don’t need it.
Focus more time on Twitter
I have a love/hate relationship with social media. That may sound strange since I do a lot of social media for my job. I mean I’m passionate about social media, and social media marketing, but I hate inauthentic marketing strategies, like follow-for-follow. I’ve talked about it before on here, in terms of Instagram. The same goes for Twitter. I go through fits where I’m all about Twitter, and then I forget I have it for months. I want to spend more time posting content, finding my voice, and just being me. I think it’s a really strong platform – I’ve just always neglected my own. And I’ve seen just how fast it can grow.
Also, please don’t follow just for a follow back. It won’t happen. Unless I genuinely like what you have to say.
I went once in 2016. It was awesome. I want to get out there at least twice this summer. More if my schedule allows.
About 10-12 years ago, I had visions of publishing a novel. Now, I’m lucky if I can publish a blog post once per month. I’d like to keep my creative juices flowing and aim to write more often on here. I’m not committing to a schedule, but I want to find the time to write more meaningful pieces, not just my monthly book recaps. I’ve been on a roll writing content and preparing posts, so hopefully, I’ll be able to keep this bad Larry updated.
Who knows, maybe I’ll still write that novel.