Disclosure: This is a guest post brought to you by Amanda Green.
At this time a year ago, I made two major resolutions for 2011: I resolved to lose some weight (who doesn’t?) and to find a happy and healthy balance between my family life and my career. I think I achieved both of these goals. I hit the gym on a regular basis, had a great and relaxing summer with the family, and I still was able to devote plenty of time to work and other obligations. It was a well-rounded year.
But now it’s time to look ahead to 2012. With some of my problems from the past and hopes for the future in mind, here are some of my main resolutions for the coming year:
Be More Financially Prudent
2011 was certainly a tough financial year for many families. While mine has been fortunately immune from much of the downturn, our budget last year was still more stretched than I would have liked. I’d like to fix this by simply being smarter in the upcoming year. I want to better prepare for large expenses. I want to eat out at restaurants less. And I’d to get credit cards and bank accounts that provide more rewards and opportunities. If that means spending a few hours online reading Chase Sapphire reviews so be it.
While I have had years filled with travel opportunities in the past, it’s been a while since I trekked out and experienced something new. Hopefully I will change that this year. More specifically, my goal is to visit one country – any country – that I have not been to before. To help facilitate this goal, and with an eye towards my first resolution above, I recently ditched my credit card cash back rewards program in favor of a card that provides airline miles.
As you can probably tell from my talk of family, work, and health, 2011 was a busy year for me. So this resolution seeks to operate on a more abstract level and help me find time every once in a while to take a deep breath, relax, and be thankful for what I have. Being thankful will make it easier for me to appreciate the small things in life. As an added bonus, it is also reportedly good for my physical health as well.
These are my resolutions for 2012. I can’t guarantee that they will be achieved, but I can surely promise that I will do everything in my capacity to make that happen. I’ll plan to document the results in 12 month’s time. Until then, have a happy and healthy 2012.