5 Ways To Make 2016 My Year | Meet My 5 VIP’s


How can I make 2016 MY year?

I pondered this question (which came from a writing prompt for a blog hop) for a while, trying to think of something interesting to write. I could re-hash 5 different ways to improve my finances in 2016 as part of my big plans to get financially fit. I could focus on 5 ways to avoid failing at my financial goals, or 5 goals selected from my big list of goals for 2016. But I made a different choice.

Find out the 5 "ways" I'm going to make 2016 my best year ever.

It’s not about me!

5 ways to make 2016 my year? I think I’ll start by taking ME out of it!

I often get so caught up in my own problems and worries, that I begin to isolate myself from the rest of the world. I focus on whatever is stressing me out and I don’t do much else. I’m less social, I stay home, I don’t put a lot of thought into holidays and birthdays, I basically retreat inward.

In 2016 I am challenging myself to get out of my own head, despite my personal worries and goals. I will make 2016 extra special for 5 very important people in my life. I can’t make all 366 days (yes, 2016 is a leap year) of their year extra special, but I can intentionally surprise them and show them extra love throughout the next twelve months.

Here are my 5 VIP’s:

My Husband

Always at the top of my list!

  • Set up a babysitter so we can go to a movie together on one of his days off (as a surprise!)
  • Write him love letters
  • Surprise him with a visit to his work (with our cute boys in tow)
  • Buy him something, out of the blue (his love language is definitely gifts)
  • Figure out a way to make him love Christmas again! (last year was really tough)

My Kids

My two boys are very young and so easy to please! They truly just want my time, my attention, and for me to play with them.

  • Spend an entire day with my cell phone and laptop turned off while they are awake
  • Read as many books as they want at bedtime (usually we stop at 3 0r 4)
  • Do something really, really messy (lot’s of ideas on Pinterest).
  • Go to extra fun places like our local children’s museum, splash pad, dinosaur park (not real dinosaurs), and animal park (real animals this time).
  • Play outside more often!

My Mom

My mom became a widow at the end of 2014, and I worry about her constantly. I need to really step it up and make sure she is well taken care of.

  • Send her flowers, just because
  • Have her grandbabies hand make her a card
  • Take her out to lunch or coffee (my treat)
  • Call her just to check on her (we text more than calling the last few years)
  • Make her a brag book of photos to carry around in her purse
  • Write her a letter thanking her for being a great mom
  • Help her out by cleaning her house
  • Ask her directly what she wants/needs

The Rest of My Family

Cheating a little here and lumping a few VIP’s together. The rest of my immediate family includes my step kids, my sister, my nephew, and my in-laws. How can I make them feel extra special?

  • Make a scrapbook or photo book for my nephew’s sixteenth birthday (coming up fast!)
  • Go watch my nephew play basketball
  • Send my sister flowers at work, just because
  • Visit my sister at work (with her adorable nephews in tow)
  • Send a “just because” care package to the in-laws (in a different state)
  • Send a “just because” care package to my step-kids (also in a different state)
  • Do something kind for my step-kids bio mom (happy mom=happy kids!)

My Community

I’d like to make the day of a few strangers in 2016. Thinking of a few random acts of kindness.

  • Compliment a helpful store employee (to their manager if possible)
  • Donate clothes, blankets and snacks to the NICU at our local hospital
  • Drop some homemade goodies off to the local police department

My Struggle

I have shared openly about my financial struggles on this blog. I hesitated slightly while writing this post, because many of the first ideas that came to mind for making others feel special cost money. Fun activities, gifts, special trips, craft supplies, really memorable surprises – most of these things are not free. Can I do this without breaking the bank?

I will stick to my financial fitness plan and my goals in 2016, while still finding ways to shower love on my VIP’s, but it will take some creativity for sure! If you have any ideas for me, I’d love to hear them. One thing I can do is use the giftcards I earn through Swagbucks and Ibotta, but I’m open to other ideas as well!

Want to Read More Ways to Make 2016 “My” Year?

I have joined a group of great bloggers who are all writing on the topic of “5 Ways to Make 2016 My Year” or “Reverse Bucket List.” I hope you will check out their blogs (listed below) for a fresh perspective and some new ideas for making 2016 an amazing year. These bloggers are from all over the globe and some of them are down right amazing! I almost didn’t finish my post because I got so caught up clicking around on their sites! Happy reading!

Eve at Mrs and Momma

Hena at Soul Searcher Mom

Arnitris at Blessed Be the Tie

Elanor at Tiggy Poes and Flutterbys

Jayne at Kids, Kicks and Clothbums

Jeanine at Jsack’s Mom’s Blog

Sara at Cooks With 5 Kids

Tamkia at Parent Xpress

Elizabeth at Mommy Gone Tropical

Liz at Western New Yorker

Kate at A Kreative Whim

Leah at Life Lemons and Lemonade

Katie at Hello, Little Bean

Laci at Sequins in the South

Beck at Beck List

Leah at Messy Cutting Board

Aileen at Aileen Cooks

I’m happiest when the people I love are happiest! So that’s how I will make 2016 my year! How about you? What 5 things are you trying in 2016?

I’d love to hear your ideas of how to make the VIP’s in your life feel really special! Please share in the comments below!

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  1. This was so profound. I’m just like you and live in my head when I’m stressed. I don’t talk to anyone and I really isolate myself. I think I’m going to follow your lead and stop making it about me. I’m going to focus on those around me. Mainly my kids, my husband and a few close friends. I’m also going to help a stranger. I love this concept!
    Healing Mama recently posted…New Year New Momma : Loving MyselfMy Profile

    • Thanks mama, I’m glad you “get it” 🙂 Nothing gets me out of my own head quicker than focusing on someone else! 🙂

  2. I like the idea of choosing your “VIPs” to focus on in the new year! I’m sure they’ll appreciate the attention and reciprocate in their own ways!
    Celeste recently posted…Organize Your Craft Supplies with Me!My Profile

  3. I love this idea! I’ll have to think of who my 5 VIPs would be.

  4. I love how you’re focusing on others to Bette yourself ! This is awesome!
    Julie S recently posted…My 2016 Word of the YearMy Profile

  5. Hi, I came over from the Blogger’s Pit Stop and in particular your comment on my post ‘Blogger’s Relationships’. I can’t help thinking that both your post and mine have similar priorities of relationships. 🙂 One way to be nice to others without it costing a cent, is to go and encourage some of your online blogger friends. I know that means a lot to me and I appreciate everyone who takes time to comment.

    All the best Erin

  6. great list! It looks like your family and people in your life are most important. Hope you have a great year!
    Lana recently posted…3 & 1/2 Questions: Carin ChanningMy Profile

  7. Erin, these are some really great ideas! I don’t make a list like this, but I choose a word for the year, this year it’s transparent. Not only do I want to be more real, authentic, I want to help others, share my knowledge and talents so they can be better too. A lot of the things on these lists do just that! Happy New Year!
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  8. Keeping technology at bay is so important at any age. Your kids will learn from you and if you constantly give your little kids your phone to play with at the grocery, they won’t know how to sit without it.
    maria @closetohome recently posted…Easy Big Game Day Snacks and Decor IdeasMy Profile

    • So true Maria! I actually almost never use technology in stores, restaurants, and the car for that reason! Thanks for reading.

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