Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Goals + Dreams


Hello 2014, you are two days away. Writing this first entry leading into a shiny new year is sort of like scrawling for the first time in a journal. Those pretty clean pages begging for groundbreaking thoughts. The possibilities are just overwhelming! I have so much energy to throw at this year, big dreams and hopes and ideas for the way I would like my life to take shape. I'm excited about setting up some goals that I can work towards as well as breaking some bad habits (who me?). I've taken the last week or so to really think about what I want the purpose of my blog to be. I'm going to be introducing some new series as well as working on creating original content that challenges me creatively. I'm ready!

Goals for 2014

  1. Start exercising again! This is an area that I totally slacked off on last year. My main goal here is to feel strong, but to also get back to my pre-pregnancy weight (14 lbs to go). Typical resolution, right?
  2. Learn to use my camera on manual mode - take an online class.
  3. More collaborations! Work with bloggers and brands that I admire.
  4. Do and complete the 52 project (really excited about this one).
  5. Host more gatherings. I really want to fine tune my hospitality skills.
  6. Finish decorating our bedroom and bathroom.
  7. Travel more. I want to take at least three trips this year. First up: Alt Summit! Next will be a girls trip to Old Edwards Inn courtesy of my sweet Daddy.
  8. Eat 95% paleo. My body responds the best to eating this way, the 5% is for the human part of me.
  9. Go to church every week and really get plugged in.
  10. Have weekly evening dates with Sam and at least one babysitter date outing a month (we seriously went on maybe 4 "just us" dates all of last year. Not okay).
  11. Read and memorize more scripture.
  12. Go camping. I really don't like it  but Sam loves it and wants to take Matilda.
  13. Read actual books. I want to go through the classics, maybe even all of the Austen novels?
  14. A craft project once a month.
  15. Create a bar area in our dining room complete with bar cart + beverage elements. I want to start making cocktails for our date nights in.
  16. Design our backyard garden and begin planting the foundation plants.
  17. Be brave. Do something that intimidates me once a week.
  18. Start a Sunday Supper tradition.
  19. Become more outdoorsy! Take the family on hikes and nature trails once a week.
  20. Make phone + coffee dates with girlfriends at least twice a month. I would love to create a monthly get together for my creative friends to get together and be inspired!
  21. Cut back on social media to twice a day. Take sundays off completely.
  22. Get better at cleaning and organizing or hire someone! :)
  23. Simplify and pare down on personal belongings. 
  24. Tackle the toy situation.
  25. Print albums of my babes.
  26. Get into the routine of flossing (oh and go to the dentist...).
I'm going to keep adding to this list and crossing it off throughout the year and keeping it on my sidebar as a reminder. What about you? What goals are on your list this year? Hope you all had an incredible Christmas and wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!

goal cards were kindly gifted by bing in preparation for alt summit.

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22 comments:

  1. i love your goals for 2014, lesley! so many good ones! happy new year, friend! :)

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    1. aw thanks lora!! happy new year's lovely lady!

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  2. I'm right there with you on feeling excited for 2014! It's going to be a great year! I've been praying lot about going in a new direction with my blog and its so exciting to feel God stirring me up inside.

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    1. sounds exciting angela! happy new year!

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  3. Love your list! If you stick to them you will have an amazing year! Well done for deciding to give everything a go ahead! Good luck with your diet too.. for 95% of the time ;)

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  4. I love the goals that you chose. A lot of them are quite similar to some of mine such as travel more and spend time more time with my boyfriend on actual 'dates' rather than just sitting infront of the TV each night haha!
    Have a lovely week!

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    1. girlfriend. go out while you can. haha! cheers to the new year!

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  5. loved this. i highly recommend Emma by Austen. it's my fave.

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    1. ok! i need to watch that too. still haven't seen the one with gwyneth. thanks for the rec!

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  6. These are all very admirable goals for the new year! Now to make a list of my own! <3

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  7. Wonderful goals for the New Year! I'm setting the goal of just taking one day at a time this year and trying to soak up as many small moments as possible. I want to be generous and gracious to myself and and my family. To give my husband more of my support, and to learn to be a mama.

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    1. ah yes, taking one day at a time (i'm terrible at this) and living in the moment. so good. so excited for you as you start on this amazing motherhood journey!

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  8. Well, I'm inspired.:) I'll read books with you! I love reading, and I'd love to have someone to read along with and discuss! Love your list.

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    1. high fives friend! let's do this!!

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  9. This is an amazing list!! The hubs and I were just talking tonight about sitting down on new years day to set some goals for the year and create a budget (bleh!). Your goals are inspiring me!! Oh, and 4 dates in a year sounds dreamy- we went on exactly ONE. How does this happen?!?! I'm borrowing your date night goal! ;)

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    1. aw man! hoping you get to date your husband lots this year. oh and the whole budget thing... YES. happy new year!

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  10. Oh man, I cannot agree with you more re: eating Paleo (but still keeping it real and recognizing that you get to enjoy the occasion treat). I started eating Paleo in a somewhat indirect manner -- by seeking out food options and recipes that were gluten free, but love it. More than anything, the principle of eating simple, clean, and basic foods (and yay for meat, farm kid here -- gotta support the brand) is simply the best way to go (it's not a fad, but fundamental element that's largely missing from the nutritional understanding of so many). The one thing I've found tricky about eating Paleo is when you're on the go (esp. situations like lunch or breakfast when you might otherwise grab a sandwich or quick bite like a muffin or granola bar). Thankfully I discovered Steve's Original -- cannot recommend their Paleo Kits and grainless granola bars enough (in case it's useful)!

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    1. yes, the eating on the go is totally tricky. especially breakfast! i am definitely going to check out steve's original. thanks so much!

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  11. wow! what a list!
    though I like all of them, one in particular stood out to me. #25 Print albums. Kathleen and I were just saying how we don't print pictures anymore. Since the age of digital, our photos are on the computer or posted online. I was going to investigate an easy way to have some printed, not in a book, but as singles that I can frame or put in a photo album. Suggestions? Maybe something online? I just don't know where to start.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. haha. i'm a goal setter. :)
      ok, pictures... YES. i've heard nothing but good things about mpix.com and socialps. can't wait to see you put this into actions. XO

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