2014 Resolutions

“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” Let the list begin!


Have more Moxie. I let fear dictate far too much of my life; fear of the unknown, fear of change. Fear-fear-fear. I’ve really got to get over this already. I’m 31 for goodness sake, it’s embarrassing. This year, I hope to step outside of my comfort zone and be a little braver.


Get another Tattoo. This might seem like a silly resolution because people get tattoos all the time – who cares, right? Well, I do, because I’ve been carrying a gift card for a new tattoo around in my purse since my birthday and have yet to do anything with it. And it’s not that I’m at a loss for what I want – in fact I have three tattoos I’m positive I want already on deck. But all of them are in areas that would show almost all of the time and the one I currently have is so hidden even I forget I have it sometimes. So here’s that fear I mentioned above keeping me from doing something I really want to do. This year, I’ve got to make it happen.


Write. Ideally, I’d love to get in the habit of writing every day, but I know this is unrealistic as some days there really isn’t a moment to do it. So, if I could get in the habit of writing at least 4 of the 7 days a week I’d be pretty happy with that, even if I only write 100 words on those days. Other writing goals include writing two short stories this year and completing Dreamsters. Mostly, though, I just want to write. More words than last year.


Live a Healthy Life. I already partially achieved this goal last year and plan to keep it in place this year with eating clean and exercising, but this year I’d like to add a few “healthy” habits like visiting the dentist more than once a year (especially since I already pay for it anyway), taking better care of my skin and hair, and getting the right amount of sleep. These are all things I’m growing more appreciation for as I age and it’s time to take action.


Give More. I’ve always “given” when I could – a donation here or there to whatever cause my friends and co-workers were currently supporting for a function they were participating in, but I’ve never really actively pursued a cause on my own. Last year, though, I became obsessed with Sevenly and all that they stand for and want to live a more Sevenly-like life. I want to give in not just monetary ways, but maybe volunteer for the sharing table through church, too. Point is, I want to get involved in helping others in whatever way necessary. I want to give of myself where I can, however I can.


Save More. You already know now that my efforts to do the Savings Challenge last year were mostly a success. With doing it backwards this year, I hope I’m reporting an even more successful total next year. But it goes a little further, too. I hope to tighten up my frivolous spending even more than I have in the past year. For the most part, I was really good at only buying books I pre-ordered last year, but this year I’m going to be even stricter. I want to meet 2014 feeling good about the way I budgeted my life and not guilty about all the things I bought and didn’t really need or deserve.


So, six things. Seems doable, right? What kind of goals to you have for the year to come?

7 replies on “2014 Resolutions”

Wow, you have a lot of goals for 2014. Good luck with them all! I can see how achieving the “moxie” one would help you with so many other goals on your list… 😉

I personally don’t make new year’s resolutions anymore. Since life can be so unpredictable, I prefer planning goals week-by-week. More manageable for me that way!

Hey, even if you don’t set actual resolutions, setting weekly goals is just as good. Heck, even though I set these yearly resolutions, it takes lots of weekly goals to even make them possible. Good luck with your own week-to-week goals this year. 🙂

I think those are great goals. I’m right there with you on most of them (but not the tattoo), plus doing more critiquing, and publishing. I hear you on the PRIORITIZING health thing. It’s so difficult when you’re over-run with “littles” and all their demands, but really, it’s the best gift you can give them, and yourself.

Heck, I struggle with juggling my life and I don’t even have “littles” so I can definitely understand how you have to actually work for it when you do. I’m constantly having to remind my sister to just drink enough water because she’s so focused on her boys that she hardly ever remembers to pay attention to herself anymore. But you’re right, not only is it important for you, its the best gift you can give them – a healthy, long-living mother. 🙂

Thanks, btw, for stumbling onto my blog. Not sure what brought you here, but I’m grateful for it. 🙂

Goals and lists keep us getting up in the morning. You have a lot going on here but with a little of your OCD planning I bet you can get all of them going. Like your opening quote says, fail to plan, plan to fail. Go Muppy!

I think I’ll be a list lover til the day I die. I just don’t know how to be without them. 😉 Thanks for the encouragement!

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