8 Goals for 2014

©Ever After Photography

©Ever After Photography

So, I have gotta say that I do not like making new year’s resolutions, they are just so resolute…   Instead I like to set myself goals of what I would like to accomplish.  I know that I will not do every single one of them every single day of the year, and I am not going to beat myself up over that when it happens.  Instead, I am going to start each day fresh knowing what it is I would like to accomplish and knowing at the end of the day that I did my best.   There will be things that may pop up that weren’t a part of the plan, and I have had to teach myself that that is okay.  I am definitely a person that likes to have a plan and a general layout of my day, and I am not always too happy when those plans get shifted, but I am definitely making progress going with the flow when I need to.  It is great when my day goes as planned, but I need to realize that it is okay to be flexible, and I never know,I may end up having a better day than I thought I would.  This is definitely something that I will have to continue to work on throughout my life.

So, on that note, here are some of my goals for 2014:

1) Be more flexible.

It is okay to have my plan, in fact it can be quite beneficial in being able to get everything done, but I need to realize that things will interrupt the plan and it really is not the end of the world.  Just go with how the day flows and enjoy it.  Life is too short, enjoy every minute of it!

2) Do devotionals and read my Bible every day.

This one is absolutely essential to my life.  It is just so very easy to let distractions in life get in the way.  I have had times of being very committed to this and it improves my life and faith immensely.  I am still determining whether it is better to do this first thing in the morning or around bedtime.  I would love to start my day       with God, but I am not a morning person at all, so it makes it difficult for me to get the most out of it. We will just have to see how this year pans out.

3) Exercise at least three times a week.

I really need to get myself in the habit of working out and keeping fit and healthy.  My husband and I are really hoping to start a family this year, and I really need to get my body ready for that! I am determined to give our baby the best possible start 🙂

4) Edit my pictures daily.

This is going to be huge! I absolutely love taking pictures and I am so far behind in editing them and printing them; I won’t even get started on how behind I am in scrapbooking! So I am going to commit 30 minutes a day to sitting down and editing.  I will not allow myself to do anything else until the timer goes off!

©Ever After Photography

©Ever After Photography

5) Complete a Project 365.

I am going to take at least one picture per day for 365 days. Now I was hoping to start this in January, but it has just been way too crazy of a month so far, so I will start this on February 1st.  I am constantly working on improving my photography skills and this will help immensely! I am so very excited at all I might learn this year.  Plus I will have an entire year of our life documented!

6) Read at least one book a month.

I have had a love of reading since I picked up my first book! The sad thing is that I am letting everything else in life take precedence over it.  I really do love anytime I sit down and open up a book.  I love immersing myself in that world for a little while.  So, in order to make myself devote more time to this, I have decided that I must finish at least one book per month this year. This should be a fairly easy goal to achieve.  Then maybe next year I’ll increase it a little, and before I know it I will be back in the habit of reading everyday and remembering how worth it it is to take the time to do so! The First Book of the year that I am reading: Elsie – Adventures of an Arizona Schoolteacher 1913-1916

7) Blog on a weekly basis.

I am very new in my blogging journey and it took me a while to post my first post.  I think having a goal of posting once a week is achievable and will keep me on track.

8) Stay on top of household chores.

This is a not so fun goal this year, but it really is a necessary one.  I have a full time job right now and I find it is so hard to spend the little amount of time I have at home to clean it.  I get home and cook dinner and just want to relax a bit in the evening.  I just cannot get motivated to do chores.  I will go a few weeks between basic chores that really need to be done at least once a week! So this year I am determined to stay on top of it and keep a clean and organized home.

So there are my top 8 goals for 2014.  Some of them will be easier to achieve than others, but I believe that each one is very important in my life and I really need to keep at it and make each of these a habit that I just always do! I will get there someday 😉

What are some of your goals or resolutions for this year?

Linking up at: Proverbs 31 ,Raising Homemakers, and a-wise-woman-builds-her-home

4 responses to “8 Goals for 2014

  1. I found your website from the link-up on raisinghomemakers.com. I really like your post – sometimes it’s encouraging to hear of someone else’s goals and be motivated towards my own! I wish you the very best on this year!

    I would like to invite you to HomemakingHearts.com on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!



    • I really did enjoy it!:) it was a wonderful story and am so appreciative that you have shared your grandma’s story with us all! I have been checking out your website and am loving the extra tidbits!! I’ll be talking about your book in my next post 🙂


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