This year, I’ve made three resolutions:
- Organize the family photos.
- Create a family budget to achieve small and big financial goals.
- Floss every day.
As today is February 1st, I thought I’d reflect on how I’m progressing on these goals and share some thoughts with you.
Resolution #1: Organize the family photos.
I’ve not made any progress on this goal, but quite frankly – I’m not worried. I am hoping to finish decluttering our house and tackle a few other pressing items on our agenda first. This goal may not get touched until late spring or even summer and I’m OK with that. So long as I’ve completed it by year-end 2016, I’ll count it a success.
Resolution #2: Create a family budget.
My husband and I had a good conversation about our financial goals for both the short- and long-term. I think this is a very good place to start! I am very much a person that likes to see the big picture first, so this conversation was very helpful in forming how our budget may look.
The other thing we did that was very helpful (and eye opening!) was taking the time to examine our last three months of bank statements. We definitely saw some areas of improvement as well as some patterns (for instance, weeks we didn’t grocery shop properly, we ended up eating out more). I’m hopeful that having actual numbers will help us create more accurate expectations with our budget and goals.
All in all, I’m very pleased with our efforts for January. I know this is going to be a process and something that may take several months to tweak.
Resolution #3: Floss every day.
I’m going to be honest, I have not flossed every day. But, I’ve flossed almost every day. I was sure bummed the morning I woke up and realized I’d blown my flossing streak, but I decided that building the habit of flossing was more important than a “perfect” streak.
I think this is why we often tend to let go of our resolutions. In a moment of weakness or plain forgetfulness, we mess up. And instead of seeing it as a hiccup, we write it off as a total failure and we give up. I truly think good habits take more than a month to form. This was certainly true for me when I was learning to eat and exercise better.
I encourage you if you’re starting to feel your resolve wane to not give up on yourself. Course correct if necessary, adjust your expectations, adjust your method, but keep going.
I will say, in only a month of nearly-every day flossing, I’ve already seen some positive impacts:
- I’m taking better care of myself in general. I’ve stepped up my skin care routine. I made a check-up appointment with a doctor I’ve been meaning to do for over a year.
- My gums don’t bleed! Probably after a week and a half of regular flossing, my gums stopped bleeding. I know that might sound kind of gross, but I find the improvement really exciting. It makes me want to just pop by the dentist’s office randomly to show them!
- My teeth just feel cleaner. It’s kind of hard to explain, but my teeth just feel cleaner. Sure, I brushed my teeth regularly before, but I’m amazed how much of a difference this extra step has made.
But probably the biggest impact all this flossing has had on me is this: I now believe it is possible to form a new, healthy habit. I’m encouraged and excited to take this new-found inspiration and apply it to the other two resolutions I want to make good on in 2016.
What resolutions did you set for yourself for 2016? Are you making good on those resolutions? To read more on my resolutions, please see My Three Resolutions.