12/27/15

New Year // 2016 Goals

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season. I truly enjoyed slowing down a bit and enjoying my time with family. Cookies were made, movies were watched, food was consumed, dogs were snuggled and naps were taken! All the important elements of a good little break were accounted for. Given that the new year is a week away, I thought I would pop in today to share with you my 2016 goals.

I like to say goals because while it is only a word, I find that there is far more pressure attached when we call them resolutions. Resolutions are more finite with less room for negotiation. Goals in my opinion, acknowledge that we are human and that we are all works in progress. I think we need room for error. Improvement is a journey. I also like to call them goals because some of the things on my list don't really fall under the resolution heading, and are more just things I hope to do in the coming year. So without further blabbing...here are my goals for 2016!

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  • Create More - this one might seem vague but its purposely open. Essentially what this means is that I want to do more - whether that means photography, cooking, crafts, gardening, etc. I often have ideas for projects that never happen and I want to try and bring more of my ideas to fruition this upcoming year. I just want to create. In whatever way that it might transpire.
  • Save More/Be Frugal - this one will be one of my greatest challenges because I tend to spend money quite impulsively sometimes. In an effort to have greater success with the idea of saving, I am leaving this goal a bit open ended. I'm not going to say I want to save a specific amount of money or that I plan to cut out various things in my life in order to save, but I hope to be more mindful of my purchases. I plan to expand on this subject in the coming year so keep an eye out for some posts in the future. 
  • Read 12 books - now this goal is nearly embarrassing because 12 books is a drop in the bucket for many. However, as much as I truly do love to read, I have slowed down quite a bit over the years and I don't read nearly as much as I should or would like. So I am giving myself what I think will be a manageable goal of roughly one book a month. I plan to bring you book reviews throughout the year and am always open to book recommendations! 
  • Try 12 new recipes - like my book goal, I would like to try my hand at a new (to me) recipe at least once a month. I love to bake and cook but I often find that I will stick to the foods I have made before and know that I enjoy. This year I want to try some things I've either never had before, or that I've never made before. 
  • Volunteer - volunteering has been something I have wanted to do for years and I feel ashamed to say that it never actually happens. This year I want to really push myself to find the right volunteer work for me. I have a lot of causes for which I feel passionate and I want to take my impact beyond donations and actually try to get involved. 
  • Do yoga twice a week - I have recently started doing yoga, and I really enjoy it. However, I find that I struggle at maintaining consistency so I am giving myself a very bare bones goal of practicing yoga twice a week. My hope is that I will grow accustom to this routine and then be able to expand on that more successfully!


Well, these are my goals for the new year - I hope that they inspire you to make goals for yourself as well. I would love to hear what you hope to achieve in 2016 in the comments! Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year! 

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