tillamook cheeseMy name is Holly Johnson and I have a problem.  It’s called late night snacking.  I crave pistachios like they’re crack cocaine. I eat so much fat-free kettle corn that I should probably buy stock in Orville Redenbacher.  I also eat a whole lotta cheese….and I mean A LOT (only the good stuff, of course).

It wasn’t always this way.  When I was younger, I rarely snacked.  In fact, I hated eating after dinner…so much so that I rarely ate anything after 7:00 p.m.  Then something crazy happened.  I had kids.

My kids are currently 2 and 4, and they’re both girls.  In other words, they cry a lot.  And when they go to bed at 8:00, I take stress-eating to a whole new level.  Sometimes it’s popcorn.  Other times Greg breaks out a giant block of delicious extra sharp cheddar.  And while I haven’t technically gained any weight from this habit, I’m still hanging onto the 6-8 extra pounds I’ve gained since having kids.  And I’m not happy about it.

This is just one of the 2014 goals that I’ve already started on this year.  I’m just tired of snacking at night, you know?  I’m not overweight by any means but I’m afraid I’ll wake up and be 300 pounds one day if I’m not careful.  To hell with that.

Reflecting on 2013

Regardless, 2013 was an awesome year for us.  In case you didn’t follow daily, here’s what happened:

So yeah, 2013 was awesome.  Even though Greg had a career crisis for a while, it all turned out great.  And now that we’re getting settled with our new life, we have plenty of plans for 2014.  What’s on the agenda, you ask?  Plenty:

  • We’re going vegan.  After a year of vegetarianism, we’ve decided to eliminate all animal products from our diets.  I’m very excited about the transition but extremely sad about not being able to eat real butter.  Have I ever mentioned that I love butter?  Regardless, we feel that this is a good move for us.
  • I’m going to learn how to cook.  Did I mention that we’re going vegan?  Obviously I need to improve super cookiesupon my cooking skills in order to make this work.  Look at this pan of sugar cookies I made on Sunday.  I mean, WTF.  I obviously need to brush up on my skillz and it’s on the agenda for real, peeps.
  • No more late night snacking.  I’m serious about this folks.  I’m serious.  If I can’t stop eating at night, I’m going to ban myself from the kitchen.
  • Continue to grow my website and freelance business.  This, my friends, is a given.  Yes, 2013 was an awesome year but we still have plenty of room to improve.  In fact, if you’re looking for a writer, feel free to hire me by filling out this form.  (I am specifically looking for writing jobs about motherhood, vegetarianism/veganism, and social issues)
  • Save 50% or more of our post-tax income.  We’re pretty darn good at getting a good return on equity with my business and saving 50% or more of our net pay.  And although we could always improve on this, we still want to live.  I’m happy to settle for a 50% savings rate so that we can travel often and live in a nice house, but that’s just me.
  • Go on three nice vacations.  In February, we’re going on a kid-free trip to Jamaica with some people we met in the Dominican Republic last year.  Is that weird?  After that, we’re going to take the kids to Florida for a week of family fun.  Next fall, we’re going to visit London and Paris, with a few side trips thrown in just for fun.

What are your goals for 2014?