As I mentioned, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago. Naturally, this means I get fairly introspective. I am approaching this introspection differently this year, which is good – I’m not overanalyzing! Or I’m not focusing on what I’m lacking in life rather what I feel is important and how to better focus on this.
I’ve been de-hoarding and reading some minimalist blogs. MissMinimalist is a good one – I like how she says minimalism looks differently for each person. This is nice to hear since I am never going to live in a 25 sq foot house. Nevertheless, I know I want less stuff than I currently have. Watching HGtv has driven this home even more. Some participants say things like, “I need a bigger house for all of my stuff!” or “I need giant closets!”. I’ve said these things too – in fact, in the last year even! But I don’t want my belongings to dictate my future house/apt.
Then there are the larger life decisions – do I stay in MI? Do I stay on my current career field? I know, these are definitely the “biggie size” questions and I don’t focus on these everyday. Although, I do keep them in the back of my mind. I won’t make any of these changes for a year or so but since change is tough for me, it’s better that I think about these in advance!
My health is also my priority. I made a lot of progress this past year and I’m looking forward to what I can accomplish/gain/learn this year. Yes, running is included in this and getting a running coach was the first step in this area. Also included is healthy eating and continuing to lower my anxiety.
Budget-smudget. Why can’t I find budgeting exciting?! While I do enjoy watching my bank account grow the urge to spend seems to hit once I see the progress. Curses! Many of my friends are very savvy with money. Talking about money seems kind of taboo in our society but I’ve started asking friends how they do it. I really do find it fascinating. I also pin/read a lot of budget suggestions and tips. Some of them definitely do not jive with my personality and others are decent ideas. For me, setting these priorities is a great way to start.
I feel good about these priorities. They are spurring me into action! Last weekend I realized my apt is completely lacking inspiration. So, I’ve taken some action on this front – my home should be a place I enjoy not one I just exist in. Not to mention, I have some nifty ideas that I can’t wait to share with you all! And I dropped donations off, have the “sell” items in the car and have another “need to get rid of” pile started – yay! Progress!
How do you go about setting priorities? Do they change?
Are you good with a budget? What are your secrets?!