2014 New Year Resolutions

Over the past few weeks, I've been seeing hundreds upon hundreds of New Year's resolution posts, most of them with resolutions on making more time in the day so people can use that time to figure out how to make more time to make more time. I kept trying to use them to motivate me to create mine, but every time I sit down to think about resolutions, I come up empty. 

I used to be super overzealous when it came to New Year's resolutions, insanely detailed - and like any good resolution-izer, always measurable - but this year, it's been harder for me to think of any. I'm very list-driven by nature, and maybe that's why it's been hard, because most of my resolutions are already on my "list."  But last night I took some time to truly think about a few of the things I'd like to see happen in 2014 and came up with a mishmash of both new ideas and ones from my "list." 
  • Plant a cut flower garden - I did this last year and LOVED having fresh, free flowers to bring inside each week. I want to do this again, but BIGGER.
  • Style my hair six days a week - This doesn't mean wash it every day, but do something with it beyond a pony. In return, I receive a free pass for a grunge day once a week. Sorry Mike. 
  • Slow down my clothing spending - Clothing is my kryptonite. And coffee, and Fritos, and Target, and shoes, and back rubs and manicures, and - okay that analogy is not really working - but the point is, I'm amazing at finding those $10 shirts that wear out after 10 washes in one summer. This year, I want to be more selective and go for quality over quantity.
  • Early to bed, early to rise - In the past year, my "regular bedtime" has been anywhere between 8 p.m. (hello, first few weeks of newborn life) and 11:30 p.m. In the past few months I've struggled falling asleep at night and I think part of it has to do with having a pretty random bedtime (these days, anytime between 10 - 11:30 p.m.). I'd like to try to get to bed around 10 p.m. and wake around 6:30 a.m., it's nice to get a solid hour and a half in of "me-time" before Eli wakes up.
  • Word in, first thing - Along the lines of rising early, I want to spend that time first thing in the morning in the Bible. Being at home all day, it's easy to say, "I have all day, I'll do it during nap time." But then I end up wasting away that nap time surfing Gap's online sale. It's amazing to me the difference in my attitude and perspective during the day if I've been in the word that morning.
  • Go for a walk five days a week (when it's above 25 degrees) - It's just good for the SAHM's soul to get out of the house and make the body move beyond walking from the nursery to the kitchen to the living room. 
  • See needs and meet them - This is a saying my mom always used with my brothers and I growing up. She taught us to never stand idly by while others worked (like say, picking up dishes after a meal) and to try to see where others could use encouragement or a helping hand in life. I'm not certain what this exactly looks like in 2014 (which, I know, is breaking the cardinal rule of resolutions) but I'd really like to be more intentional with seeing people needs, such as dropping encouraging and affirming notes to friends, sending Starbucks gift cards to those that are having a tough week, or making cookies for a neighbor. 
How about you? Do you make resolutions every year? If so, what resolutions (or goals, or suggestions, or one-word-to-live-by) do you have this year?


  1. I just unsubscribed from all my promotional emails... saves me time and money by not being tempted to shop! I also agree with #1. My goal is to plant a veggie garden and a flower garden. What kids of flowers did you plant?

    1. What a great idea - those things clog up my inbox so much. I'm going to do that too! Last year I just purchased a pre-packaged set of wildflower type seeds - so I'm not even sure what all was in there. This year, I think I'll still do the same thing, except pick a different type of packet. It made it so easy!

  2. All good ideas! I really love the last one about seeing needs and meeting them-to not stand idly by while there are things to be done. Thanks for sharing!