I subscribed to a holiday email gift from Courtney Carver of Be More with Less. Every day, in December, she sent an email out with inspiration. Sometimes it’s music, other times it’s a simple thought, and on December 5, she encouraged us to make a love list.
Instead of resolutions, she encourages us to write a list of things we’d love to accomplish. It’s a free writing exercise, one that opens ourselves up to the possibilities of a fresh start. She suggests next to pick ten percent of the love list, and really focus on those. This brings focus, clarity and peace.
Let’s start with step one.
Things I’d love to do in 2013:
- Add yoga back to my life. The other day, I did yoga for the first time in many months, and it took me from stressed and tense to strong and relaxed. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back into some semblance of an exercise routine, and this fits that goal, along with the added benefits of quieting my inner dialogue.
- Do a pull up. Didn’t quite get there in 2012, so I’ll aim to do a pull up in 2013.
- Give away 100 Nicer Notes. Or however many I have left.
- Keep the phone in the living room. Drift off by reading, not by browsing to see what I might have missed.
- Start cataloging fun, frugal Portland activities. Fun neighborhood spots, good happy hours, great coffee shops, where to visit when you come to see me, etc.
- Pay off student loan. This will not take long — it’s under $2000 as of today!
- Pay off car loan. Or sell car and switch it for one of those car subscription services where you just take the car when you need it.
- Visit Nana. She lives in east Tennessee, and I’m going to visit her in January.
- Speak at a conference for work. Knock their socks off.
- Speak at a conference for Frugal Portland. Not sure what I’d say, but I’d like to speak, and tell people what I’ve learned.
- Guest post on Get Rich Slowly. But remember that the readers over there can be a little harsh, and try to stay away from the comment section.
- Host 50 giveaways at BeautifulGiveaways.com. I’ve been working with Shannyn, and am seriously on my way to becoming a blogging rockstar. Honestly, if you have ever wanted a company to send you something, you should buy her e-book and use the pitch example verbatim. Okay, perhaps you’ll want to change a few things here or there — but the essence of that pitch has easily landed me several hundred dollars of fun things. Read my full review of her e-book here.
- Get naked with my finances over at Consumerism Commentary. I can’t wait to see what kinds of doors will open with my spreadsheet over there for the world to see.
- Complete the Yakezie challenge. Switch my challenger badge out for a real member badge. Wear it proudly. (No idea what this made-up word might mean? Click here — they’ll tell you everything.)
- Max out my IRA again. This time they changed the rules, and upped the limit. So, in 2013, I’d love to put $5500 in my IRA. I’m keeping it traditional, though my resolve might wane after getting all kinds of advice over on Consumerism Commentary.
- Save 50% of my after-tax income. After maxing out the IRA, and paying off both debts, and assuming my income stays relatively stable, that should mean that I end 2013 with around $4000 in my savings account.
- Create things. The opposite of destruction is creation, and I’m interested in being a creator.
- Increase net worth by 50%. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to increase my net worth by 253% again, but that’s okay by me.
- Spend more time with my friends and family. Host more dinners.
- Determine the non-negotiables. I find that I too easily let go of things in order to please others. Especially in romantic relationships. I’m much more comfortable now that I’ve had some time to myself. I need to consciously adjust my life to match my values, not the other way around.
- Learn to ride a bicycle. Also, buy a bicycle. Commute to work. As long as I’m living one mile from my work, I should do my best to always commute by biking. Try not to get hit by a car and die.
- Take a picture a day. Participate in some sort of challenge, or set up my own. I’m thinking that it would be fun to always take a picture at the exact same time every day. I can call it the 6:00 project.
- Help my sister plan a frugal wedding. This space will discuss some frugal wedding options in Portland, Oregon.
So, that’s my love list for 2013. According to Courtney, then, I can choose to focus on 2.3 things on the list. Since I’ve automated my finances, I won’t focus on those. I think I’ll choose numbers 17, 20, and 1.