A Few Thoughtful New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! While weather-wise, January is one of the worst months of the year, there is something about it that always feels like a fresh start.  The Christmas decorations are gone, and the house feels clean and spacious again.  January always seems to be the month I want to do my “spring cleaning”… of both my house and my mind!  I guess that’s why people make resolutions.

Every year I wonder if resolutions are worth it. There seems to be something so clichéd about them, and most of the time it feels like they fail, but there is something so satisfying about setting goals.  You can’t succeed unless you try.  So here’s what on my mind for this new year:

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Do you ever struggle with the differences between who you want to be vs. what your personality inclines you to be?  In my heart I desire to be organized, keep a tidy house and live a more “minimalist” lifestyle.  I devour any blogs or Youtube videos about home design, organization, and time management… not because I am trying to learn or be better, but because I love it!

Here’s the thing… by personality I am a messy person.  I was the kid who went and shoved all my stuff under the bed when my parents told me to clean my room.  I know I don’t need half the crap I accumulate, but that doesn’t seem to stop me from bringing it home.  If I love organization so much, then WHY is it just so darn hard for me?!

Nate said to me the other day “Your New Year’s Resolution should be that when you pick something up, you put it back where you got it.”  He said it with love… the truth with love. 🙂

Last year I made a resolution to utilize my planner more, and while I’m not a planner guru, I did fairly well and am ready to go with my 2017 Rifle Paper Co. planner.



I won’t talk much about this, because whose NYR isn’t to lose weight?  But since meeting my husband I have gained more weight than I care to admit, and it has gotten to the point that I don’t feel myself anymore.  It’s quite true when they say marriage makes you gain weight!  Anyway, I have some personal deadlines that have helped me kick start the weight loss, and it’s great to have a goal and a date to work toward.



The blog is definitely its own being.  Some days, it feels like it calls the shots instead of me!  I started off great last year, but the second half of 2016 was sporadic to say the least.  I little self-reflection caused me to question why this was…

I have read so many blogging articles that say over and over that consistency is key… that the only way to keep and engage your readers is to post frequently and regularly.  And while I don’t dispute that, it was causing my content to suffer.

Not only was I rushing, and putting up content before I was happy with it, but I would feel so guilty when I missed days.  I didn’t start blogging to feel guilty about it.  Nor do I blog to keep up with someone else’s schedule… especially when I’m sure most of that pressure come from within my own head!

I really want to take the time to put out the content I want without the pressure of committing to a posting schedule. Hopefully this will help me to be more creative and achieve better posts and better pictures.

So, 2017, here are my goals:

  • Try to discover the happy medium between the lifestyle I crave and the lifestyle I live, and to be thoughtful about it… no pressure… no guilt.
  • To keep using that planner!
  • To meet my personal goals for weight loss.
  • To focus on quality vs. quantity for the blog. Sometimes less is more.

At the end of the day, I feel like the goal of all these resolutions is to improve my quality of life and simplify my time so I can do the things I love.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Let me know in the comments if you’re pro or con, and share any tips you might have for sticking to those goals.

I hope you all have a wonderful 2017, and I will be seeing you soon with my 2016 Favorites!

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