UNITED STATES—In a few days, 2018 will be no more and we will be ushering in 2019. Wow, it is really hard to believe that in less than a year we will usher in 2020. It’s like yesterday that I remember us ushering the year 2000, which had so many people on edge with a possible technology fail. Thankfully, that did not happen. So instead of rehashing all the news headlines, celeb scandals and other things some deem important in 2018, I want to focus on some things that have come to my attention that I NEED to work on to better my overall health and life.

For starters, I started 2018 with quite a bit of money in my savings account, but as time moved on I spent, and spent and spent more. So guess what the primary focus for 2019 will be? Yes, that is indeed right: save more money. I personally cleaned up a large chunk of my closet a few weeks ago, but I still have loads of clothing in my closet that has to be addressed. I mean I’ve either going to donate those items or I have plans to sell them to a consignment store.

In addition, I am going to cut down on my clothes buying. Why? I’m that person that if I have some extra cash to spend, I will buy an item because it’s on sale. There is nothing worse than purchasing an item and then after you get it home you encounter buyer’s remorse. Why did that transpire? You purchased an item that you did not want to begin with. Just because an item is on sale, does not mean you have to purchase it. It is more important to focus your attention on getting an ITEM you actually want or need. Sales will always transpire at the retailers so you have to pick and choose what you want, need and what could be a good gift for an upcoming birthday, holiday or Christmas 2019.

So what can I do to save more money? First, stop heading to the retailers. You cannot be tempted to spend money if you don’t place yourself in a situation where you can spend money. I tell people sometimes it’s ok to just sit at home. Sit on the couch and watch some TV or to exercise. That is more feasible than to go out and spend hundreds on food or items that you absolutely do not want, but purchased simply for the sake of purchasing. Those little snacks in between shopping can quickly add up and before you know it you spent $20-$30 on stupid stuff.

The other big thing I want to focus on is working my patience. I cannot believe how little patience I have nowadays because I just find myself constantly being tested by people time and time again. As a result, I have been working on controlling my temper and not reacting so quickly and blowing up on things that are silly, stupid and not irrelevant. Yes, the older you get, you respond to things different than if you were a few years younger. I think having more patience will help me have more clarity in life; you see the bigger picture when you take a moment and think about the situation before just reacting without a thought.

I’m sure there are a few other things that I will address in 2019, but for right now patience and saving more money are at the top of my list. So look at things this way: do not focus on trying to do too much. Simply do what you can if its 1 or 2 things.

Written By Kelsey Thomas