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There has been some serious Getting Serious work going on around these parts. In fact, I’ve been so busy Getting Serious that I’ve totally neglected blogging about it. But fret not, I’ve documented everything and promise to share it all in due time.

First, however, I want to share our plan, list style. I’m sure that there’s going to be plenty on the list that won’t quite make sense quite yet, but just hold tight; explanations are forthcoming. Also, in addition to breaking things down by category (health, home, finances, & career) we’ve decided to prioritize and divide by quarter, so this is our list for the first quarter of 2012. Having only three months to complete things will (I hope) provide more of a sense of urgency and keep us from slipping back into procrastination mode. So, without further ado…

First Quarter Get Serious To-Do List


  • Lose weight/Get fit
  • Monitor diet to determine cause of allergic reactions


  • Complete kitchen mini-remodel
  • Complete basement remodel
  • Finish what we’ve started


  • New management plan
  • Research refinancing options


  • Take the GMAT
  • Update professional blog and website
  • Start certification process

Overall, I think everything is totally doable in the time allowed. And remember, this is for both J and I, so some of the list items only apply to him and others only apply to me. I can’t wait to share our progress so far! But that will have to wait for another day. 🙂


When it comes to resolutions, I’m usually a failure. I undermine myself; tell myself it’s just a made-up construct that doesn’t really mean anything. And I continue whatever self-indulgent behavior I was trying to remedy.

So this year I’m not doing resolutions. Instead, for 2012, J and I have adopted a theme. This year is time to “Get Serious.”

What does “getting serious” mean exactly? It means it’s time to stop putting things off. It means it’s time to take control of our lives and start working towards the life we want to be living instead of accepting that which falls in our laps. It means it’s time get serious about our home, our health, our finances, and our careers. We’re both overdue for an overhaul. What better time than now to start?

So look for our “Get Serious” posts throughout the year. I have a whole list of them planned already…I can’t wait to share them with you!

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