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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!  Can you believe we’re already 7 days into 2014?!  So far, so good!  I know that a New Year tends to bring {lofty} resolutions…you know the kind: lose 70 pounds, workout at the gym for 2 hours every day, save {crazy amounts of} money…and while I’m sure there are some people that can actually follow through with these resolutions, I’m definitely not one of them.  Yes, I’m the girl that signs up for a gym membership in January and by the 3rd week of January I’m in line to cancel the membership because I’m “over the gym”. 

With that said, I DO think it’s great to have goals both short AND long term.  And, that’s what I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: my 2014 short/long term goals.  I tried to make goals that were not only important to me, but also attainable.  There’s no sense in making a goal that just can’t happen, right?!  I also figured if I shared them with the blog-o-sphere, I’d be held more accountable, which would help ensure that I follow through and work hard at the goals I’ve set. 

Short-term Goals (in no particular order…I think these all have great importance):

Blog more often.  I often use the “I don’t have any time” excuse when it comes to blogging {and other things, too}.  But, blogging reminds me how much I LOVE to write and is relaxing to me.  Right now, I’m only blogging 3-4 times a month…and that needs to change.  I want to write/blog more.  I’d love to blog 3-4 times a week, but I think an attainable goal is to blog 2 times a week. You're welcome :)

Eat healthier.  Yes, this can be a lofty goal, but now that I have a child, eating healthier is definitely on my list of priorities.  Unfortunately, since we’ve been living with my parents, the healthy foods have not been seen much on our plates.  Now, that’s not to say we eat junk food…we definitely don’t.  But, we don’t eat the fresh veggies & fruits like I’d want.  Once we’re back to our own house, I’ll be able to better control our grocery’s and daily meals.  This includes healthier snacks as well as healthier meals. 

Get back into reading.  I’ve always loved books and do enjoy reading.  And, with a child, we do read…a lot, just not the kind of books I like to read.  Though, I do love me a good Elmo book now and then!  I have a long list of books that I’m dying to read.  Once we’re back to the house, I’ll be taking FULL advantage of our remodeled library.   

Spend less time in front of the TV and more time with my family!  Okay, so my hubby and I don’t tend to watch a ton of TV; though, we do have the shows we have to see, but we try to watch TV once Dafney is in bed.  But, I’d love to cut down the random TV watching that we tend to do {especially during the winter months}.  I want to take that time and spend it doing something fun with Dafney.  It will also help once our daily commute is cut down by almost an hour. 

 Long-term Goals {again, in no particular order}

Start or morph this blog into more of a foodie type blog.  I just adore food blogs and would LOVE to have one of my very own.  I really enjoy cooking and baking and would love to start creating some of my own tasty, healthy recipes.  I may need to take a couple food classes, though J  I’m totally envious of all of the amazing food blogs out there in the blog-o-sphere and HOPE that someday I’ll have my very own.

Be more organized in every aspect of life.  Everything from meal planning to organizing our pictures.  I feel so disorganized lately.  I want to be able to organize our photos, organize Dafney’s baby book {…yes, she’s 2}, organize our weekly meals, organize our home better, organize our files and more importantly, keep things organized

As much as this contradicts “spending more time with family” as I mentioned above, I would like to take an hour each week of “me’ time.  Time for me to spend in the kitchen, time for me to read, time for me to exercise, time for me to blog, time for me to do absolutely nothing!  It sounds glorious.  After having Dafney any ounce of “me” time was long gone.  I mean, I can’t even use the bathroom by myself any more.  I would love to have 60 whole minutes to do whatever I want to do.  I know for me this will be extremely hard.  I have a hard time carving out time to do the things that are important to me, but I know that it’s necessary.  I truly believe everyone needs and deserves a little “me” now and then.

Remember important dates.  You know, like birthday's and anniversary's.  I have a crazy good memory for birthday's and special dates in general, but this year, I want to really remember these special occasions for my family & friends.  At the very least, I want to call people on their special days.  But, ultimately, my goal is to send a card and if I'm really ORGANIZED, I want to send friends home-made gifts this year...cookies, bars, granola, etc.!  In fact, I started the year off right & just sent 2 friends some home-made goodies for their birthday's :)

So there you have it…my 2014 goals!  I hope to update about how each are going throughout the year.  

Here’s to a happy, HEALTHY, wonderful {exciting} NEW YEAR!  


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    1. I sure hope so...baby steps, right? Hope you guys are staying warm!!!

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