Lifestyle,  Self Care

Thirty-nine: The Year of Change

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39 and holding
39 and holding

So, I turned thirty-nine last Sunday. No biggie. In fact, a few people thought I was the big ‘four-oh’. Sorry to disappoint, but, alas, I still have one more year before joining the ranks of the ’40 is the new 30′ Club.

Having a January birthday is a little like a rebirth every year. Everyone is all gung-ho about new year’s resolutions and making all kinds of promises to themselves. I’ve always been hesitant to put down resolutions for fear of not following through and therefore failing.

With already so much pressure to ‘be this’, ‘look that way’ and ‘do that’ I decided I’m just going to bi-pass it all and instead work hard on making some key changes.

Surrounding myself with positive role models.

I am fortunate to have a some really great, solid, core friendships. But I have also been lucky enough to meet some inspiring people by virtue of social media. One such gal is Sharon DeVellis (@SharonDV on Twitter). Sharon is as witty and funny in person as she is on her blogs and over at where she writes the Inside Scoop.

Sharon is the epitome of proving that life in your 40s can be as fun and challenging as you make it. She has just begun training for a triathlon. A TRIATHLON, people! This woman does not know the meaning of slowing down and I shall live vicariously through her while I huff and puff my way through my occasional 5K on my treadmill.

PERSONAL GOAL: Enter either the Spartan Race or Tough Mudder. Also, to commit myself for psychiatric evaluation.

Saving for something FUN.
I saw this 52-week savings plan posted on Facebook last week and so, why not? I thought.

52 Week Vacation Fund
52 Week Vacation Fund

Because, honestly, whether it’s Christmas purchases or a little family getaway, it would be nice to know we are doing it on hard-earned/saved dollars and not courtesy of a credit card. $3 down. $1,375 to go…

PERSONAL GOAL: Ideally to take a modest family vacation with my meager savings.

Making healthier food choices.
Let’s face it. We all want to do this. But just to be clear, I am not denying myself treats and wine and such. What I want to do is plan better and make at least one new or tried-and-true recipe a week month. Not just something out of the freezer.

For instance, earlier this week I made a broccoli, ham & cheddar strata. Complete flop. But at least I tried. Last night was stir-fry (yum) and next up is homemade potato-leek soup. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

PERSONAL GOAL: Plan out meals on Sunday for the week ahead.

Setting concrete career goals.
My youngest two children will (hopefully) begin school full-time in September. Since they are enrolled at a Montessori school, this means either a) winning the lottery, b) remortgaging the house or c) getting a full-time job. And while option a) would be preferable, my plan is to get back out there.

I do have one employment possibility coming up that excites me and makes me nervous. I’ll know better at the end of the month in which direction I’m headed; but I also have another venture I’d like to tackle and this may be year to do it.

PERSONAL GOAL: Launch new website and score a job!

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Erica writes with humour and heart about family, #fit40s and living life in the carpool lane. Part-time banker by day and Netflix-addicted-cake-decorator by night, Erica's in-between time is spent dreaming up ways to ruin her kids' lives. Obviously.


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