7. De-clutter your life
We spent the last couple months this year purging clutter from our home. My husband’s career field has kept us in the same place for over 5 years which feels so odd for us. Usually, a PCS will help us decide to get rid of the not-so-crucial items in our home, but because we’ve lived in the same house for so long, the stuff is starting to really build up. We’ve made it a goal to remove 1 contractor trash bag full of excess every week. Our rule of thumb is “if it doesn’t make our life awesome, out it goes.” (or brings you joy…same thing.) This mindset can also be helpful when planning your personal schedules. I’ve seen so many families really burnt out because they over-schedule activities and just have too much to do. So, along with de-cluttering your home, de-clutter your life too. Take more time for yourself and more time for family. Focus on the activities in life that make it awesome!
8. Make smart money decisions
It’s very easy to get caught up in debt. This can come about for a number of reasons – some that seem smart and some not so smart. It’s easy to get caught up in a check-cashing scheme. There has been lots of news recently about colleges advertising to military service members and their families for “deals” that are scams. Check out the Military Friendly schools and get the honest facts about schools that are looking for you. It’s also easy to develop bad habits that slowly dwindle away your bank account. Purpose this next year to develop habits that will pay off debt or help pay for a vacation. Cut back on expensive coffee or eating out. Take lunch to work and prepare dinner at home instead of take-out. When you go shopping, write out a list ahead of time and stick to it. Every time you’re about to make an extravagant or extra purchase, ask whether you really want it or if you’d prefer the vacation or getting the car paid off.
9. Conquer a fear
Scared of public speaking? Take a speech class or join Toastmasters. Uncomfortable around other spouses? Attend a spouses’ social and get to know people. Scared of dogs or snakes or another animal? Challenge yourself and find a way to spend some time around them and beat that fear!!
10. Set realistic goals
It’s good to push yourself and expand upon your experiences. However, at the same time, don’t make plans that are so unrealistic you’ll end up disappointed. It’s easy to have big hopes and dreams, but start with something smaller and more attainable. You’ll have a great sense of accomplishment when you check those off and be more capable to pursue the tougher stuff.