I jogged and shook my brain to come up with something non-cheesy and overused and useful for you guys to begin this year with.
But I couldn’t land on anything authentic or anything I was more excited to share with you than my #NewYearResolutions because in all honesty, I friggin’ love the idea of setting goals on any day of the year. So why should January be any different just because more people are setting goals than at any other time?
I do believe though that sometimes a whole year is still a bit too much to wrap our minds around. And in my experience, when I give myself too long of a timeline, I tend to procrastinate. A shorter timeline lights the first under my bum just enough to keep me hustling at my goals.
So in this version of “My New Year Resolutions” post, I’m sharing with you what I hope to accomplish in the first half of 2018.
My New Year Resolutions 2018 – The First 6 Months
1. Save $2,000 in an Emergency Fund.
I haven’t been the most responsible personal finance blogger. In the later half of 2017, I dipped into my Emergency Fund for several reasons not involving emergencies… I know, I know… I have good reasons I promise!
For my Emergency Fund, I hope to have at least $5,000 sitting in this account at all times. But because I like cutting my goals into steps, the first $2,000 is exciting for me to work towards. It will feel super awesome when I hit this first milestone, then I’ll be motivated to hustle towards the remaining $3,000 target.
Recommendation: I save for my Emergency Fund in my EQ Bank Savings Account which pays me 2.30% interest on my money (as of this writing) and no fees. EQ Bank was ranked “Best Savings Account 2017” by RateSupermarket.ca and I love using it because I can keep this account separate (and hidden) from my normal spending accounts.
2. Come up with a plan of action for my first house in Calgary.
I bought my first home in November, 2016 for my then-partner and I to live in. Unfortunately, that relationship didn’t last and I’m now left with a house that’s too big for one person.
I will come up with a plan for this house in the next 3 months. I’m looking at selling it or renting it out. There are pros and cons for each, and with some number crunching and research, I hope to land on a decision as soon as possible.
By the time July comes around, I would have either sold this house or have a tenant renting it.
On that note… if you know someone who might be interested in renting a beautiful, detached, single family house with a backyard to die for, hit me up. (You can check out pictures here)
Related Post: I Financed My First House (Numbers & Closing Costs)
3. Land a second (and possibly third) Nursing position(s).
One of the awesome perks of my job as a Registered Nurse is the diversity of positions I can choose to work. I’m working in Obstetrics as a Labour & Delivery Nurse and I’ve been in this position for almost 4 years. There’s still much to learn but for the most part, I’d say I’ve been comfortable with my job for a while now.
I wanted to challenge myself and stretch my learning muscles by landing a second, possibly a third, position in different areas of healthcare. I’m interested in Emergency Room and Palliative Care nursing. I’m also interested in chronic disease management helping people live with their chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc. in the community.
4. Do a boudoir photo shoot!
This is a fitness goal! I’ve always wanted to get a boudoir photo shoot done to celebrate my physical body. So I’m finally doing it this year!
I’m hitting up the gym 2-4x weekly and being more mindful of my nutrition. I am quite confident in my body now however I know I can do better (and I want to grow my hair out longer). I will be using the “mirror test” and progress pictures to gauge how well I’m doing with this one.
5. Move out of my parents’ house.
I absolutely love living with my family – especially after I ran away from home for a couple of years.
But I also haven’t lived on my own and I’m now 26 years old. I think it’s time I figure this one out and not rely so much on my family for my everyday life. It will also be nice, albeit not cheap, to have a space of my own that I’ve started from scratch. I won’t be totally alone in this though as my girlfriend and I are hoping to move in together as roommates in a new city. It should be exciting!
Well, that’s what’s up! Check back with me beginning of July and I’m confident I will have accomplished all the above.
Also I love reading #NewYearResolutions posts because I love hearing about people going for things they actually want – setting goals and taking action steps is a big part of that. I get inspiration from knowing what you’re doing – I’m sure others are no different.
So if you wrote up a #NewYearsResolutions post, link them in the comments section below and I’ll get to reading!