This is going to be my year. I’m going to have to work hard to achieve my goals; even harder than I’m working now, but that’s okay. I’m prepared.
My goal is to eliminate all of my credit card debt and start chopping away at the mountain of student loans I’ve acquired over the years. I’d like to get ahead on my mortgage payments, too, in case disaster strikes again.
Last year was filled with ups and downs. I acquired a second part time job, that I actually enjoy working at, in addition to my full time job and my part time soccer referee gig. Both came in healthy when I was out of work for two months last year following my company losing the primary contract and while I fell on hard times, having the two part time jobs made and living the frugal life made it a little bit easier to get through those the two months.
This year, I will continue to work harder and save up money. Part of the plan involves obtaining a fourth job (possibly full time, overnight). People think I’m insane for it, but I like to work. I like money even more and since I’m not going to win the lottery any time soon, this is the best way to get what I want.
Once I get an even stronger hold on financial stability; I plan to treat myself a little bit. One positive that came out of the two month period without my primary source of income was the peace and tranquility I felt for the first few weeks. Yeah, I lost my main job, but I still had money coming in. I still had my savings and I really enjoyed waking up naturally. There’s no sense of happiness quite like not having to set your alarm for the following morning.
It showed me there was much more to life than punching the clock. Now I know that goes against everything I’ve said thus far in this post, but I’m working as hard and as much as I am, so I don’t have to work as hard in the future. Part of the “stopping to smell the roses” involves traveling a little more. I’ll be heading to Dallas later this month to see the Mavericks play at home for the first time, which I’m really excited for. There’s nothing like seeing your favorite team play in their home arena or stadium for the first time.
I’m also planning to go on several road trips with DC United supporters groups. I’m looking forward to the road trips to Orlando and New York to see United take on Orlando City Soccer Club and New York City Football Club, respectively, in addition to heading back to Canada for either the away match against Toronto FC or perhaps a match against the Montreal Impact.
I was reminded yesterday that I have a motorcycle license, which I earned about two years ago, but haven’t had the time (or money) to actually purchase a motorcycle. I definitely want to do that before I get too old, but that may be a 2016 goal.
I want to get in better shape, too. I've been losing weight for the last few years, but now I want to put on weight.I cam into 2015 weighing 165.2 lbs, but my goal is to get to 172 lbs, by the end of the year, with the additional weight packed on being muscle. Its not going to be easy, but I will have to treat going to the gym like a job or a meeting; if its on my calendar, I need to honor that commitment. Its all about taking better care of myself for the long haul. I'm not getting any younger.
Then there's the social aspect of my life. I need to do something about that. I know its hard working three jobs, possibly four, if I have my way, but I need some stability in my life – the type on a woman can provide. Soon. I’ve had a knack for trying to rush things in the past, but if I’m fortunate enough to find myself in a position, I’m going to make a concerted effort to let it run its course naturally.