Organization-New Year’s Goal #1

I mentioned in Hello, old friend, that I was going to make individual posts expounding more on my New Years’ goals.

Lately I’ve been feeling like my life is so unorganized. That’s why my main goal is to get my life organized, then hopefully the other goals will just fall into place.

I started by making my own planner. I bought a lined journal (on sale) from TJ Maxx. I found another planner at Target that had a cute case that included a zipper pocket. I took the case off the planner and put the journal in it.



The pocket is good for holding Post-its and things like coupons.


I numbered each page and made an index at the beginning of the planner. I designed my planner (loosely) on the Bullet Journal idea.


I made a month-at-a-glance calendar at the beginning of the January section. I even added tabs for the months. I’m only added pages as I go or a week or two ahead of time so I only have Jan. and Feb. right now.


At the start of the Jan. section I made a page to list major points in the month. The page on the left I numbered 1-31 (for 31 days in Jan) plus a letter to represent the days of the week. On the right I made a more detailed monthly to do (that I obviously didn’t fill out all the way. I also blacked out a personal event).


After the monthly to dos, I divided the pages into 7 days of the week. Each day has it’s own list + Dailies. I have highlighted events according to the legend that is shown in the previous picture.


I made a gas log to track how often I buy gas and how much I get (I recently bought a much smaller car so I don’t spend as much on gas now). I attached an envelope to one of the pages that I stick receipts in until I get home ( also need to make an at home receipt filing system).

Well that’s all I have so far on my planner. I’m just kind of making it up as I go, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

I’m working on make notebooks/journals for my other goals I’m working on too (health, spiritual, career, etc).

Organization Still To Do

  1. Put together a binder with my business plans, supply receipts, etc.
  2. Organize craft away where I make my jewelry and other things I wish to sell.
  3. Create meal plans and gather recipes.
  4. Make a health journal with meal plans and food trackers.
  5. Find out what I need to do to start going back to school (art school).
  6. Make a budget.

I plan to start on these this week. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll blog my progress.

Hello, old friend.

Lt. Dan

It’s really good to see you once again.

I felt really inspired to blog today. Probably because it’s been about a year since the last time that I posted. With the New Year ringing in, I thought it would be nice to update my blog and post my resolutions (even though January is almost over). Better late then never though, ay? Maybe if I blog about them, I’ll actually get started on them (no promises).

One of my unofficial resolutions is to start blogging again, though as we all know (don’t pretend like you don’t), I am a horrible blogger. Well, my posts are fairly decent, but my frequency…yeah not so much. That is all going to change this year (maybe. If I feel like it). The reason I quit blogging before was I felt like I had nothing to blog about and became uninspired. This year I will blog even if I have nothing to blog about (I’ll make something good up).

Alright, enough with the babble you most likely didn’t read and on to my New Years Resolutions!!!

[Maybe I’ll actually keep one]

I’ve organized them into categories because I like organizing and I like making lists. I will also be creating separate blog posts this week to expound on these resolutions further.

Organization- This is the first item on the list because without it, all my other resolutions would be floating around in the air like bubbles. Side note:I want to call my ‘resolutions’ ‘goals’ from now on. I don’t like the word ‘resolution’. It makes it sound like a chore. Moving on, organization pertains to my life in general, as well as my living quarters. Part of the organization starts now by organizing my goals. More on my Organization Goal here.

Career- Recently I had to quit doing hair due to chronic back pain and find other means of work. I lucked out and was able to find a job taking care of an elderly man over night at his house. It’s still hard on my back (when I have to lift him), but it’s not as bad as when I did hair. Plus I make like three times as much money. Though this job is almost perfect for me right now, it won’t last. The man is almost 93 and well, you know. I must think ahead and find what my next move is. I’m right in the middle of a career change. It’s actually the perfect time to follow my dreams of becoming a commission artist.

Spiritual- I was born and raised Mormon. That being said, I’ve never been the most active or spiritual. Sure I went to church and I have a testimony, but I’ve never made it a big part of my life. I’ve always been a part time Mormon. I’ve always had religion, but I haven’t always had spirituality. [For my non-Mormon readers is a great place to read about us.] This year I want to really work on my spirituality. I haven’t been to church in a long time due to work, but I still wish to grow spiritually and think I can do so on my own (for now).

Health- This is another major goal of mine. I’ve always been over weight, and thus have had a lot of health issues. I also think that losing weight will help with my other health issues (blood pressure, back pain).

Financial- One of my major goals this year is to get my financial affairs in order. I have a lot of money in debt from student loans and medical bills. Part of this goal will be creating a budget, the other part will actually be sticking to it. I’ve never been good with money. I impulse buy on frivolous things. Well, my goal is to stop that and to focus on paying off my debt.

Personal- These are more of a misc.

  • Learn a new skill-maybe crocheting or piano. Maybe both?
  • Learn a new language- I took Spanish and German in high school but have since forgotten basically all of it. I want to refresh one of them. Probably Spanish because it’s more useful.
  • Cook more- I’ve recently gotten into cooking and I want to hone my cooking skills.
  • Write more-I’ve recently gotten into writing, and I want to pursue it more. I have a few ideas for novels that I want to start.
  • Read more-I’ve always been an avid, but lately I’ve hit a plateau. I want to branch out of more normal genres.
  • Gardening-I started a small herb garden in like a month ago. My goal right now is to keep them alive.

Blog- This is an unofficial goal because I know that I am a flaky blogger. I also want to put here that even though this will still be a blog about my health journey, I will also be blogging about my other goals listed. So you will see artsy and spiritual things as well as my health progress. I’ve even changed the URL from to Like I said earlier, this week I will be posting more detailed posts on my goals explaining why I made them and how I intend to accomplish them. I’ll also be changing the look of my blog. This layout is getting kind of stale.