Matrimonial Motivation

There is nothing like a new year and the promise of wedding season to kick one’s booty in gear!

This holiday season started with lots of happiness. Two of my best friends are getting married! And while I am not actually a bride, there is still much to be done in the ways of planning showers, coordinating the infamous bachelorette parties, getting a bridesmaid gown.. The list goes on!

I’ll be the first to admit (and I actually believe I have previously stated numerous times) that I am by no means a fitness fanatic. Every time I tell myself that I’m going to get on some sort of health kick, it lasts maybe a week and then I’ve chalked it up as a loss and moved on with my life. Not this time.

I left 2014 grateful and relieved for the year to be over. I could just leave it at that. The past is the past and we move forward, right? I guess.. But I also think I really need to be conscious of the reasons I’m happy to be moving on to a new year. Because it’s a fresh start. Because there were things I did in 2014 that I’m not proud of and didn’t make me a better person. How can I change the worst things about myself if I just simply forget what they are? I can’t.

That’s why I’m starting 2015 off with a positive attitude and a new lust for life.

One of the things people neglect to tell you when you’re a part of the wedding festivities is that WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE. Bradesmaids gowns are currently running in the $200-$300 range. Bachelorette parties and locations are getting more and more extravagant, and the cost to travel and book a play to stay is ridiculous. Let’s just say that I did not properly budget myself for this May’s upcoming nuptials.

But, instead of berating myself and ripping my hair out, I’m making a resolution out of my conundrum. Year 2015: the year that I will finally get my finances in order. No more “retail therapy” shopping extravaganzas (as much as it heals, the major buyers remorse directly after dumping twenty shopping bags on my bed does not feel good). No more eating out for every meal. No more boozing (this is hard for me – I love to wind down at night with a glass of wine). No more rash financial decisions. It’s time to plan and save! For two weeks I have been living as a penny pincher. And let me tell you, it is literally LIFE CHANGING. The feeling of having money in your bank account and knowing that it’s just “safety money” is a feeling that cannot be topped. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to find this feeling, but I am so glad I did and I am NEVER. LETTING. IT. GO.

2015 is also going to be the year that I really start treating my body right. I realized this last week that I do much better in my entire life when I pop out of bed before the sun is up. Winter time in by business is the busiest time of the entire year. I found myself up at five and in the office by six – and I didn’t hate it! It really motivated me and kept me prioritized. This last week, my workload went down tremendously. I didn’t find the need to be in the office so early, and I found myself putzing around on the computer and avoiding what little work I did have to do. I don’t like that version of me. It leads to bad things like shopping online and planning nights out to spend money. I need motivated me. I need early morning me. And if I like being up so early, then why not just do it and fill the time with healthy activities. I have a dog. What more reason do I need than that to get up and get our bodies pounding the pavement?

And also in 2015, I need to find my passion for cooking again. Since moving to my new spot, and since moving in with a roommate who doesn’t know the difference between a pot and a pan, I have lost my love for the kitchen. I have only cooked one meal in the three months I have lived here. ONE! Bad, Sarah. Bad, Sarah! *Slaps Wrist*. Need I say more?

Make 2015 your year! What is it about yourself that you want to change for the better? There’s not need to make a long list. Long lists are daunting and scary and we usually end up giving up on the entire list. Mine only has three things. And I’m going to work to make those things count. I have 365 days to make every single thing on my list some of the best qualities about me. And I’m not going to give up! Life is happening and I don’t want to miss a single second of it! Cheers to 2015.

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