TGIF: I’m (Almost) Ready for 2014

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We’re only three days into the new year, and somehow I already feel as though I’m falling behind. My Twitter feed is full of links to posts containing long lists of goals and resolutions for 2014, and I’m honestly too overwhelmed at the thought of reading them that I’ve forced myself to glance past most. That’s not to say I’m not interested in reading what everyone’s goals are… I’m just simply not ready for a new year yet.

I had seven days off work, between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and I needed the break desperately. It didn’t take long for me to swap out my 7am start time for an 8am coffee in my pyjamas. I spent a few of my days off with family, then came home and made friends with my couch. I spent a lot of time under my cream-coloured fleece blanket, sipping homemade lattes, reading books and marathoning Season 1 of The Good Wife.

If I wasn’t hanging out with my good friend, Couch, I was in the kitchen – baking up a storm. For whom? Myself, I suppose. There’s still 3/4 of a banana pecan loaf on my counter, as well as a good 12-15 chocolate chip cookies. (If anyone’s hungry, my door is open.) Reading Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life in only 2 days probably had something to do with it, but I’ve also recently discovered how beautifully things bake in a gas range. I think I get more satisfaction from seeing how amazing everything looks when I take it out of the oven, than I do about how good it all tastes. (And I’m sure I’ve gained 5 lbs., but I couldn’t care less.)

Needless to say, I’ve spent the last week living in a state of complete relaxation. Some days seemed to last 36 hours, while others flew by, but I know I soaked up every last minute of my time off that I could. Now, with that being said, my list of goals for 2014 is ready and scheduled for next Wednesday. I’m excited about the approach I plan to take in 2014, because it’s simple, realistic and positive. But we can talk more about that next week. I need a few more days on the couch, before I’ll be ready to start…

The low of my week was nothing. But let’s say falling asleep before 10pm on New Year’s Eve, haha. 

The high of my week was being featured as one of The Globe and Mail’s Top 10 Personal Finance Stories of 2013. To me, this speaks volumes about what other Canadians are facing with their own financial situations. Will 2014 be the year you tackle your debt?

A blog post I loved was Welcome to Paris by Seth Godin. Read it and consider how many opportunities you could miss out on by living in front of a screen. I’ve become obsessed with asking anyone and everyone for coffee lately, because the conversations you have in-person have the potential to be life-changing.

The best money I spent was $7.10 to upgrade my disability insurance policy coverage. More on that next week, along with my reorganized January budget.

My plans this weekend include more couch time, a little writing, and hopefully spending Sunday afternoon with a friend who will be visiting from Victoria.

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?