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“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?