On New Year’s day, I watched an interview on the Today Show with motivational expert, Jon Gordon. Since it was New Years’ Day, it was no surprise that the interview was about resolutions, but Gordon made it simple. He said reaching a goal can sometimes be accomplished by breaking it down to one word. A lot of my goals are the same as most Americans, so I am sure you can guess them. Saving money and getting in better shape topped the list along with experiencing new things. I figured the only way to make these things happen was to PLAN, so that became my word for 2014. I decided to put everything on my calendar to help me stay true to my word. My calendar entries included everything from due dates to making an appointment with a financial planner after taxes to scheduling workouts in the morning and walks in the afternoon. I am sure if you have read my blog, you might be thinking that I don’t need to schedule day trips because it might look like I have always made it a priority, but to stay true to my savings goal, I know that I have to cut back on traveling. I also know that I start to get blue if I don’t have a trip or adventure on the calendar to look forward to, so I planned out one day a month to get my fix and experience places I have never visited. With finances in mind, my list is local. Lucky for me, local is New York City. With so many things to do in New York City, it wasn’t that easy to narrow down my list, but I eventually committed to twelve new places, and they are already entered in my calendar! My son will join me on some of the trips, and in his teenage years, they are now referred to forced family fun days. Others are planned with friends that I don’t get to see that often which I am sure will make the experience even more unique. Hopefully having something to look forward to each month will satisfy my travel bug and allow me to save a few pennies over the year! Let me know what you think of my list and let me know yours!