New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! 2013 was jam-packed with world events, wasn’t it? Well, now we have a whole new year to fill with memories and fun.

Besides all the cliché resolutions–more exercise, eat healthier, finish my writing projects, etc.–I have a couple new things I’m trying. Now, I can’t take credit for these ideas. My mom saw them on Facebook.

Number One:

Here’s an easy way to save. Since there are 52 weeks in the year, the first week, you put one dollar in a jar. The second week, you put $2 in the jar. Third week, $3 and so on through the whole 52 weeks. The last week, you’d save $52. It’d probably get a bit difficult toward those last couple months, but I’m sure if you’re determined enough, you could do it! By the end of the year, you’d have about $1,300! Christmas shopping money!!

I was considering doing this, but really, I already save 50% of whatever I make. A couple months ago, I started being a mother’s helper for my next-door neighbor with two small kids–an eighteen month old, and a 3 month old. It’s quite a job, but they’re so cute! Before I started working for them, I had been praying that they wouldn’t be so stressed and over-whelmed with the two new additions to their family. A couple weeks later, my mom emailed her and said that I’d be able to help out if they ever needed it (without telling me she sent the email, but I didn’t really mind).  My neighbors accepted and I’ve been working for them ever since! And I hope I can keep working for them. Yes, the extra cash is nice, but God is using me to answer my own prayers! It’s a great feeling.

Back on track, Number Two:

This one also requires a jar. 🙂 Throughout the year, keep a jar on hand and whenever something exciting or memorable happens in your life, write it on a slip of paper and keep it in the jar (could also be a box or something :)). At the end of the year, you can look through all of the memories you wrote down. I think this is a really great idea!! Kudos to the person who thought it up! I got a TARDIS shaped mug from my brother for Christmas and that’s what I’m keeping my slips of paper in. I wouldn’t exactly want to use it for drinking my tea out of. 🙂 Besides, I received a different TARDIS themed mug from a good friend of mine.

I’ve had a GREAT Christmas and New Year’s holiday! I hope y’all have, too. What are your New Year’s resolutions? Any new or clever ideas? I’d love to hear ’em!

Oh, and have fun getting used to going back to school! 🙂

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