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Why I’m okay with not having met my 2014 goals

The concept of new years resolutions usually taunts me, primarily because I forget my resolutions within 3 days.

Last year, I made 3 (seemingly) simple goals:

  1. Blog everyday.
  2. Save money for our wedding.
  3. Write a book.

I managed to blog every day through April 30th. Then, I realized I was burnt out. Trying to juxtapose daily blogging with my first year of teaching, with a sprinkling of wedding planning, was overwhelming. (I’m getting overwhelmed just thinking about it!)

I managed to put aside a bit less than 1 paycheck a month for our wedding. This was a BIG DEAL, especially since I get paid bi-weekly! I’m grateful to still be living at home rent-free, and to have had the opportunity to get so far ahead in saving for our wedding during 2014.

I’ve written layouts for books. I’ve managed to get a few dozen pages done. I’ve written a few children’s books. I just haven’t shared them with anybody.

Even though I didn’t make my 2014 goals a concrete reality, I feel like a success. With time, goals and dreams change. So does motivation to achieve goals. It’s not necessary to feel terrible if you don’t meet your goals.

So, in 2015, I’m making a simpler set of goals:

  1. Be happy (or happier!).
    2014 was a phenomenal year, but it was also full of stress. While I know this coming year will have its own stressors, I’m determined to be happier. Whether this means eating healthier and losing weight, trying new things, or picking up a paintbrush for the first time in a few years, I don’t know. I just know stress isn’t worth it.
  2. Acclimate to domesticated life with Val.
    Val & I are moving into her dad’s condo when he retires in the Spring. Other than my time with Res Life and college, I’ve never lived away from home. (My age is showing!) Moving in together and acclimating to our domesticated life will be a change for both of us– and Val’s dog–but I’m looking forward to it… especially since our condo is right next door to a local mall. šŸ™‚
  3. Enjoy my wedding day.
    Our wedding is now 10 months away. While this year will have its fair share of stress and planning, I’m looking forward to dancing the night away with my Mrs! I know I’ll stress over stupid things like ribbons or floral arrangements on our special day, but I also know I want to remember the day as one of the most fun days of our lives!

    303 days to go!

    303 days to go!

Happy 2015, y’all. I hope it’s fabulous.

New year, new goals

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. “Resolution” sounds like a solution to something that needs to be fixed, like a crumbling marriage or a recipe that doesn’t have enough kick to it.

Last year, my life needed fixing. For the first time in quite a few years, I made a resolution. I resolved to not go on any more terrible first dates from Internet dating sites. It worked out because I had one last internet first date last NYE, and I’ve been inseparable from V ever since.

This year, I’m happier than I can put into words. Everything seems to have fallen into place, and I couldn’t think of a single thing to change even if I tried.

So, for this year, in lieu of making a resolution and fixing something that’s not broken (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!), I’m making 3 simple goals. If I achieve them, great. If I don’t, oh well. Sometimes goals are achieved, and sometimes goals change. That’s the beauty of human nature.

1. Blog everyday.

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My friend Casey blogged everyday last year, and, in her words, it ruled. I was inspired by the VQChat the other day, and I think I will at least attempt to blog everyday of 2014.

2. Save money for our wedding.

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It’s 2014 which means HOLY CRAP WE GET MARRIED NEXT YEAR. We’ve officially set a date, picked a venue, and found an officiant so it’s time to get cooking! (And not just for the bucket of fried chicken I owe Nina either.)

3. Write a book.

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With my new latte maker, I’m hoping to find the motivation– and caffeination level– required to actually bring the book idea I’ve had for a while to life. The idea has been met with excitement with some of the fabulous connections I’ve head the pleasure of meeting this past year or so, and I really hope I can finally make it happen.

Do you have any goals for 2014? Or even resolutions?