Last year, like many people in the United States, my husband and I made some New Years Resolutions. Last year, we had three goals: to get healthier, to read the Bible, and to save money.
Out of those three, the only one we accomplished was saving money. As of one month ago, we finally finished paying off my husband’s student loans. We are now completely debt free–at least until we buy a house–and we couldn’t be happier.
Unfortunately, neither one of us got much healthier, and we didn’t finish reading the Bible in a year. After about two months, we stopped doing both. Though I walked frequently, it wasn’t enough to counter my mostly-sedentary lifestyle.
Other accomplishments of 2015
For me as a writer, 2015 was a good year. I finished writing the 120,000 word fantasy novel I was working on, and have done a lot of editing. I also did a lot of brainstorming for the next book.
My husband’s business had several ups and downs–which I’m not allowed to disclose–but he’s still employed, so all is well.
In this last month, we moved three hours north, from the North San Antonio area to the South Dallas area. My mother-in-law lives in the area, and she’s ecstatic that we live only 20 minutes away now. I’ve seen her more in the past two weeks than I have in the past two years, and that’s fine with me. Also, my sister-in-law got married over Christmas break.
If you’re thinking that December 2015 was busy, you would be right. It was hectic and stressful, and I’m glad it’s over.
Goals for 2016
We haven’t talked much about making resolutions yet. We’re still in the process of moving in and getting settled, so we might not officially make any resolutions. However, we have agreed that since we have a place to store our bikes, we want to start biking again. With that in mind, we went and got me a new bike yesterday. It’s a hybrid bike (somewhere between a commuter and a mountain bike, I’m told), and it is the first bike I’ve ever had that proper fits me. I can straddle it with my feet flat on the ground. I didn’t even know you could do that with a proper fitting bike.
We’ve also talked about getting a gym membership (since we live so close to more than one gym), so hopefully between the gyms and the bikes, we’ll get back into shape.
Other goals we have for this year is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. We want to buy a house soon, but we don’t know if we want to do it this year or next. It all depends on what kind of loan we can get this year, and whether saving for one more year will make a difference. I also need to find another writer’s group and an orchestra to play with.
We’re also talking about starting a family. If God blesses us, then we will have many more things to put on our to-do list.
2016 is looking great, so we’ll see what God has in store.