Sell our house. We're coming up on the 5 year anniversary of the day I signed the papers to purchase our current home. I remember when my realtor told me about my loan - you must own this house for 5 years before you can sell it. That didn't seem like a huge deal considering I was buying a home, not renting an apartment. However, we outgrew our home much quicker than I ever imagined. Then, we got married and accumulated even more STUFF. Then, we got Hudson and well it's all really gone down the drain at this point. (No offense, Hud! We wouldn't change a thing!). Needless to say, we've been counting down to September 29th, 2016 (the day we can officially close on the sale) for quite awhile now.
Over the holidays, we found ourselves touring 2 model homes in a neighborhood we're interested in. They were obviously gorgeous. One was FAR too big for us - I'm pretty sure the island in the kitchen was at least 20ft long. The other was pretty much perfect. I absolutely love the idea of being able to move into a brand new home, that no one else has touched and we've been able to truly make it our dream home. A "used" home isn't out of the question, but if we are able to afford it, I can't imagine us going in any other direction than new.
I also want both of these realtors to provide their insight and expertise on the next steps, timelines, etc. We are pretty clueless as to how this all works when you already own a home and have zero intention of owning 2 homes at once (and no real desire to move in with in-laws, on either of our parts - no offense family!). That part is a big question mark in our minds, so I'm excited to learn more about this whole process in the coming weeks!
Get a new job. Whether it's here at my current company or somewhere else, I am truly ready for a new challenge. To add to that, I'm ready to do something I'm passionate about. I have very much enjoyed my job and current field over the last 5 years, but I'm not sure it's where I'm meant to be long term. I'm not passionate about procurement. You know what I am passionate about? Event planning/management. If I could find a full-time gig doing this, I know I would be incredibly happy! I've seen a couple things here and there, both here and other places, so we'll see what comes about in the coming year!
Book at least 5 weddings in 2016. I haven't yet booked a wedding for 2016 yet, but we just went through the most popular time of year for engagements (seriously, it was ALL over my facebook and I thought all my friends were married at this point....). I got my first wedding inquiry of the year last week and was able to chat with the bride for quite some time! She's getting married at my favorite venue, Mount Ida (I'm not biased at all ;)). We'll see what happens! The rest of the weddings don't necessarily need to be in 2016, but I'd like to at least have 5 signed contracts before the year is up!
Get pregnant. Gosh, I can't believe I typed that. I've always known I wanted to be a mom one day, but I never knew when that urge would hit me. I have so many friends who have been saying for years that they have the baby bug, even before they were married, and I just couldn't understand that. I've been so thankful to be able to truly enjoy my 20s and be as selfish as I possibly could. However, what they say is true - once the baby bug bites, it bites HARD. But the first point of this post is why it hasn't been a focus yet. We have absolutely no idea what will happen with our house sale, timeline, etc. I want that to all be solidified (or at least close to finalized) before we start down the baby road and I do NOT want a baby in this darn townhouse. Of course, I have my ideal timeline, but we'll see if all goes according to plan.
Spend a week in OBX. This one seems so trivial compared to the rest, but in my mind, it's an absolute necessity. Work will always be there, but everyone needs time to unwind away from the hustle and bustle of it all. Outer Banks is somewhere I had always heard about, but never visited until just a few years back when my BFF got married there. Once I'd been, I was hooked.
OBX is so different from most vacations I've ever taken. It's calm, quiet and serene. There's nowhere you need to be. We typically take extremely exhausting vacations where we have 17 different things to check off our list (let's be real - 17 different restaurants) and I feel like we usually come back more tired than when we left. OBX is the complete opposite. There is enough to do to keep you busy, but it's also a place that practically forces you to just relax. Also, they have the best french fries on the planet there. So...what more do you need?
Healthy living. As you all know, the end of 2015 for me focused on my new journey with Beachbody. I was extremely successful not only with sticking to my new healthy lifestyle and workout regimen (excluding Christmas Day to New Year's), but I also did a darn good job on the business end of things. I don't even feel like I put a ton of effort into the business part, so I'm hopeful I have a lot more in me this year to make this thing work. However, you can completely remove the business part of it for this one - I just want to stick to this new lifestyle. The amazing thing about my current plan is that it's not limiting. With the 80/20 rule, I can indulge myself 20% of the time and still see results if I'm on track the other 80%. I'm pretty hard on myself when I do things like this. I tell myself I cannot screw up and then one of two things happen - I either screw up in a big way or I just give up because I'm sick of depriving myself of french fries and pizza.
This cycle has to stop! I have to allow myself to live and if I indulge a bit here and there, it's ok! What truly matters is getting right back on track and not just saying "to heck with it, I screwed up once, I may as well just stop all together". I'm hopeful my current plan is the right one to kick that nasty habit to the curb. I truly love my shakes, eating healthy isn't that hard (even when I'm deep frying corn dog nuggets & tots for the husband) and can actually taste good and 30 minute workouts really aren't that bad.
If all goes as planned 2017 will be an entirely different year than 2016 (and many years before it). Therefore, I want to truly cherish every moment of this year while achieving every goal I set forth and then some! Bring it on, 2016. I got this.
What are your plans, hopes, and dreams for 2016?!