7 Personal Goals for 2016 

It’s great to be back after a nice holiday break with my family.  Now that we are in the new year, I’m so excited to share with you my goals for 2016.  They are all do-able, reasonable and would make a great impact on my quality of life as well as my family’s.  I am telling everyone so I can hold myself accountable.  It’s going to be a great year!


Health, Fitness and Meals

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  1. Lose 40 lbs by my 40th birthday (August 11th) and 50 lbs by December 31, 2016.  I joined a gym and I’m ready to go!  I will have a physical after my birthday and my goal is to seeGrapes my blood sugar drops into a non pre-diabetic range.  Check back for more details on my weight loss journey!

Run a 5 k.  I can’t believe I’m even saying that out loud.  If I commit to going to the gym and working hard, I can do anything. For me, this is a true test to overcome by self-imposed limits and I feel that completing a 5 k will be such a personal accomplishment.

Meal prep will be crucial for me to lose weight. I will be bring my lunch and snacks to work every day so I can portion out my meals and have enough healthy snacks to keep me full during the day.


Learn Conversational Portuguese

Brazilian FlagMy husband is Brazilian as well as all of his friends.  I am often left out of the conversation, especially with the women, because they don’t know english.

I have found a tutor from Brazil who lives near me and is going to meet with me weekly at my house.  It can’t be more convenient than that.  I want to be able to reinforce what my husband teaches my son as well as communicate with my husband and his friends.  We plan to travel to Brazil this year and it would be amazing to be able to communicate with his family.


Family Time

Grayson and Daddy


Disconnect with technology to spend quality time with my son.

He has picked up terrible habits and is glued to the TV, Ipad, or my phone- most waking minutes other than school.   I will designate 10-15 minutes with him each day whether it is coloring, reading, singing or dancing —I will let him choose.

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Have one of my books illustrated.

Actively seek out an illustrator who can best capture what I’m looking for in a price range I a comfortable with.

Author a book on Amazon

I will write a book about Frugal Living and sell it on Amazon. I will write two chapters a month, starting in June and publish by December 31, 2016

At home:

Clean the laundry room —Make it functional/reorganize kitchen cabinets and pantry making them more functional for my family’s needs.

What are your goals for 2016?

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