New Year’s Resolutions: Simplicity Is Your Best Friend

Each year individuals create their list of resolutions and often times fail miserably trying to accomplish them. I have fallen victim to this many times over the years, but this coming year I would like to avoid it. I think the key to success is setting realistic goals and not shooting for the moon. Simplicity can be your best friend.  Below is a list of 5 resolutions I hope to accomplish next year:

Save and invest aggressively. I typically save $2,000 per month and with that money I look for stocks to purchase. With the Stock Market at all time highs, it is becoming more difficult to find value stocks. I hope to continue to find great value in excellent companies. In the end, I hope to have more money next year than I currently have. Pretty simple.

Lose 10 to 15 pounds. Who doesn’t want to lose a few pounds. Believe or not, I am not at my supermodel weight anymore, so losing a few pounds would be nice. I guess I just want my pants to fit a little better.  I probably need to cut back on the soda as well. I know that is the real problem.

Read more investment books and financial blogs. I love learning and I am smart enough to know that I don’t know everything. I want to continue to consume investment books, read various financial blogs and learn from those who comment on my own blog. If you are not educating yourself, you are essentially dying on the vine.

Always make time for my son and future kiddo on the way.  Making sure you are there for your kids is so important. My dad was not in the picture growing up and I never want to put my kids through that.  I will always be there for them. I basically have a hand full of memories of my dad. Kids deserve more. The new addition to the family by the way will be in May.

Golf more. Yes, I said it! I love golf and I strongly believe you have to have time for yourself. I get 160 vacation hours a year, so I normally save them up for the summer time and take a lot of Thursdays and Mondays off (We do not have to work on Fridays in the summer). I love golf and I hope to get my son golfing later on.

I think that is my primary list for next year. I am keeping it as simple as I possibly can and I think by doing so, it will be easier to accomplish. I will leave the overly ambitious list to someone else. So,what are your New Year’s Resolutions?


6 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: Simplicity Is Your Best Friend”

    1. I like your way of thinking. I will definitely need to work on that. Anything that keeps you honest and on track of course is a good thing. Besides, it will give me more things to blog about. Thanks for the comment.

  1. I remember the job when I used to get that amount of vacation time. Wanna know how much I get now? A whopping 40 hours plus 2 sick days. Whooppee!!! (That is my way of saying I’m jealous!)

    These are good goals. Do you have time to work out at all? That can also help with the weight loss goal – get the metabolism revved up and such.

    You mentioned a future kiddo – boy or girl (or is it going to be a surprise?) And when is the newest member of your family expected to arrive? (Congrats, btw.)

    1. I do have access to two gyms. One at the college where I work and one at home. We live in a townhouse and it has a gym on the grounds. I generally workout three to four days a week, but I drink like a gallon a soda a day. It is the soda that is getting me. We do not know the gender yet. Will find out the second week of January and the due date is late May. Oh, and working for a college does have its benefits when it comes to vacation and sick leave. The salary is not very good, but the benefits are good. For example, I pay 4% each check toward retirement and the college pays 19.45%. It is crazy. Big question is what are your resolutions?

    1. Yes, you can lose yourself for hours at a time. I will have to make sure I find a balance when it comes to reading and blogging. What are your goals for next year?

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