I am determined to change things up in my life for 2015.
I’m going to be turning 30 this year. THIRTY! Good lord!
But yeah, because of that milestone and just because I feel like there needs to be a bunch of changes in my life, I’ve decided to make some serious resolutions and I’m going to try my best to stick to them.
I’m pretty much at the precipice of the rest of my life right now:
– At the end of February, I will have finished my very LAST clinical rotation EVER! That means, come June, I will officially graduate from medical school, FINALLY, and you can then call me Dr. Nguyen. Now, whether or not I will actually be licensed and have a job is yet to be seen, but I’m still a DOCTOR! Lol.
– After everything that happened last year and the way I’ve been feeling lately, I’ve made the executive decision that my family, for all intents and purposes, is complete. That means we’re DONE having kids. The shop is closed. Don’t pass go. I will be dependent on OCP until I reach menopause. Yep. That’s it. So yeah, we’re good. Now it’s all about raising the three princesses we’ve brought into the world and hoping we’re doing it right. In addition to raising the kids, I really want to focus more on myself (improving my self-image) and work more on my marriage (not that there’s anything wrong in that dept, but I want to make it more of a priority) and since the kids are getting older and more independent, I think it’s the perfect time to start.
– After all those years of not really working, I need to get a job. Make that money, pay off debts, save some, and finally buy that dream house that’s been sitting in the back of my head for the last few years. This one has definitely been one of my biggest dreams/goals for the longest time. It wasn’t possible in the past because of our finances and the fact that I was still in school, but this year I will have more of a clue as to where my life is going and what I’ll be doing as a career, I hope. I love our house, but it’s a starter house. I definitely didn’t see myself living there for the rest of my life. It’s a major goal of mine to save enough so that we can buy a house within the next year or so.
So, with all of that in mind, it kind of sets the reasoning for my resolutions this year:
1. Lose Weight – Since I’m done having kids I finally have the motivation for losing the weight and keeping it off. Not to mention that this is the biggest I’ve been without being pregnant, I’m just not happy with the way I look nowadays. My plan is to start going to the gym again. Since I’ll be in MD for the next two months and away from the family, I thought it’d be the perfect time to start a workout routine and get my butt into gear. The hope is that I’ll build up this routine so when I do get back to my family, I’ll still want to go workout every day. I am also planning on taking my much-awaited professional family photos this summer, which is the image in my mind that I’m striving toward when I think of working out. I want to make sure I look my best at that time because they will be the photos I’ll have elegantly framed and placed on the walls of my future dream home.
2. Go on a book buying ban – This physically hurts my bookworm heart! Ugh! The struggle will be real with this resolution. Not only books, but because of my dream house goal, I’m seriously increasing my budgeting efforts and cutting back on a lot of luxuries this year for the whole family. I know I’m going to feel the urge every Tuesday when new releases are out and whenever I see a fellow blogger post a picture of their book mail or recent hauls. I know I’m going to be tempted whenever I go on Amazon or Book Outlet and see those amazing deals. It’s going to be even tougher if I want to attend any bookish events this year. Man, I can feel the anxiety already!
3. Read all of the unread books on my shelves – This one kind of works with the whole ban resolution, but even if I didn’t have the ban, this is something I’ve been wanting to do for the longest time. I just keep adding more and more books to my shelves, and my kindle, but never reading the majority of them. Well, no more! Since I won’t be buying any books this year, the only new books I’ll be reading will be review books, which I will seriously try to limit myself to. I am going to be putting that TBR jar to good use and get through all my unread books. I don’t know if I’ll even make a dent in the TBR books on my kindle, but I’m determined to get through most, if not all of the TBR books on my shelves.
4. Spend more time with those I love IRL – Back before I started traveling a lot for school, I would make a point to schedule dates with those close to me like the hubs and my close friends and my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve been consistent with that, but I’m hoping to change that this year. I will finally be home for the majority of the year, so it’s the perfect time to rekindle my close relationships and start living more in the real world. This will definitely help with the whole “work on the marriage” goal, but I also want to reconnect with close friends, who I hardly see anymore. I also want to set aside time to spend with each of my girls.
I think I really want to blog, possibly even vlog, about my journeys in losing weight and maybe even about the buying ban/reading goal. I just think they’d be fun things to talk about and will motivate me more to stay the course. I know there will plenty of times where I’ll get close to cracking, and it’s in those moments where writing/talking about it should help.
Here’s hoping this is my year. Wish me luck!