2017 Rooster Resolutions and how to stick to them!

Spring Festival resolutions.

恭喜发财: gong xi fa cai, the typical Chinese new year greeting, means ‘wish you wealth’ and this years New year Resolutions for me are about building just that; wealth!

Well it has been an exciting year, old 2016. some things are best forgotten while others have been one of my life defining memories (the birth of my son for example!)

I have many hopes and dreams for this year, as I am sure a lot of you do. I talked about resolutions in another post and I am a firm believer that resolutions are a great way for people to at least get something done in the year!

For me, this year is going to be my BUILD year. I plan to work my ass off for the next three years to try and make sure that when I head back to Australia in a few years that I have enough to support my dreams and my family from an income that I have solely created. If my wonderful hubby has a contribution that is great too but I am extremely motivated to reach my financial goal as soon and as completely as possible.

Goals for the year.

So getting into it, I have three major thing I am aiming for this year. The most time consuming but most important to me to make two courses.

I have 2 fantastic ideas that I would love to see come to fruition. One course is about raising Bilingual Children (like i am currently doing) and another about learning Chinese. I believe Chinese is a great second language to teach English ( or Germanic/ Spanish origin language) speaking Children as it rewires the brain to a completely different phonetic alphabet and writing system, which in the future will give them so many benefits and opportunities for work and life that probably don’t even exist in our current society!

Enough about that as I wouldn’t want to give away too many details about a course that hasn’t even been written yet!

Can a hobby become a business?

I want to tell you about my third BIG idea for this year. Some of you may have noticed that I have written on my blog that I craft, but until now I haven’t posted a single tutorial, craft project or anything to do with craft except to mention I enjoy it!

This is partly because I live in China and half of the craft things I am interested in I cant find the materials for and half because i don’t have the space ( apartment in China, in-laws and 2 kids under the age of 3 under one roof) But i am really dedicated to trying to get my crafting space set up, and to begin filling my empty Etsy shop with beautiful things.

My goal is to have a few small amounts of money coming in monthly to slowly build my wealth to a point where i can return to Australia with a semi-automated passive and non passive income stream.

The year of the rooster is unlucky!

For Rooster year born people this year is unlucky! In traditional Chinese custom, your birth animal year is said to attract to you bad luck ( sorry to all those roosters out there) however, If you want to negate your bad luck you just have to do one thing all year; Wear red! Lots of people will be wearing red underwear, belts, key chains, and so on this year to negate their bad luck.

For me (a rat) This year is not looking too good. My horoscope says that this year I should be careful with my money and not do something extravagant. So, keeping that in mind, I am going to continue to BUILD my wealth while not doing anything too risky. In saying that, I am going to put myself out there with my blog and my courses, while still keeping my 9-5 work in the background.

Stick to it.

I have a plan to keep myself on track; an age old trick that a lot of people use but i find to be very effective when planning something that you can use for a long time. That is, I take the goal I want to achieve, in this case to write a course on raising bilingual children. I set myself a time to make each video (2 hours of usable content+2 hours of preparation+ 1 hour of set up+ 5 hours of additional research=10 hours) I want to do four videos each at two hours which is 40 hours +make printable worksheets and a workbook too plus set up a facebook group and weekly challenges all together lets say I may need close to 80 hours. I then divide that by the time I have set aside for me to get this set up which in my case is 3 months then I just spread those 80 hours out over the three months, then pencil in what I will do and where.

I leave myself a little leeway to get it done in case something pops up like sickness or my normal job overtime and I have myself a plan I can usually stick to.

All in all, I am hoping 2017 is going to be a great year to build my income streams and get things in order for a better home life!

Do you have a set of achievable goals that you are going to achieve this year?Have you already started your resolutions?

Leave me a comment below and let me know your 2017 resolutons!

Love Christi.

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I have been living and working in China for over 6 years. In that time i have worked hard to build up an English training centre and raise a family. I have a son and a daughter who are half Chinese half Australian. I love crafting, researching and planning, and coffee. Lots of coffee!

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