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Christmas is rushing up on me and I am nowhere near ready. I cannot believe it’s just two weeks away. How about you, are you ready?

I am really enjoying a slower pace of life. And a set routine as we approach the end of of the school semester. And of course, enjoying my birthday month with time with friends and the free desserts that many restaurants offer for your birthday celebration!

My cousin (R) and I out to eat last week.

My cousin (R) and I out to eat last week for a birthday celebration.

Shopping Online

I posted my Christmas budget last week and have no doubts that I will be able to stick to it, even come in under budget!

But I’m still not sure what the three oldest kids are going to get. To make sure I am safe, I visited Amazon to make sure I knew the shipping deadlines. Pretty sure the savings I’m getting on shipping costs is making my Amazon Prime membership worth it.

Christmas Dinner

We have decided to try a new tradition this year…Chinese food for Christmas Day. I have never known anyone who did this, only seen it in the movies.

But we figure, we are making a large Christmas dinner this coming weekend for an extended family Christmas and doing another one a week later is just too much. (Especially since none of us are enamored with the traditional Christmas meal foods.)

We’ve invited my Grandmother (91 years old.) I assumed she would be shocked at the idea, but quickly accepted our invitation. I am pretty excited about it. Only Princess is upset since she is not a big fan of Chinese food.

Are you shopping online? Or do you brave the crowds at the local retail shops?

Do you do resolutions?


As I am fully engaged in 2019 planning both personally and professionally, I am brought back to the age old tradition of resolutions. It got me thinking back to the years where I would write down a list of measurable goals I wanted to accomplish each year.

And the truth is, I failed miserably to stay committed to them or even accomplish them at all. I found two of my previous year lists in my records and thought I would share…

Yes, we can all agree I failed pretty miserably on both counts. In fact, for the last decades I have been failing at this type of thing.


I feel like I’m truly in a different headspace now. So much has changed now.

  • I really am making headway with my debt…finally!
  • I do have a $1000 EF and have maintained it for almost 6 months without touching it.
  • I have lost over 30 lbs since this summer.
  • I am meal planning every week.
  • The kids are older, more independent and I’m not homeschooling anymore…well, kind of.

So I’m thinking about spending the time to create a quantifiable goal list for 2019 that I can publish here on January 1st and then regular check ins to keep me accountable. I’m also thinking that this will help me in really evaluating the long term plan of my debt payoff. Your recommendations on my last two posts: debt update and winter budget have really given me some food for thought!

What about you? Do you set yearly resolutions or goals? How good are you at sticking to them? Do you think it’s worth the time and effort to do it?