Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 resolutions

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There’s few things better than a fresh start. Whether it’s the beginning of a new semester in school, a move to a new home or in this case - the start of a new year - I love the opportunity to evaluate the past, gain energy for the present and set goals for the future. 

It probably comes as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoy making New Year’s resolutions. My biggest problem is reeling in all my ambition. In 2011, I made it the whole year without chocolate. In 2012, I ran my first half marathon. And in 2013, I graduated and landed a job {so I got a little lazy in the resolution department last year}. 

So what do I want to do this year? Kind of a lot… Don’t worry, they’re categorized and followed by tangible steps to achieve each goal - I'm a total nerd.

the spiritual: develop a stronger prayer life
-read through Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word Day by Day
-start a prayer journal with a list of prayer requests
-read books Circle Maker, Hearing God’s Voice and Hinds Feet in High Places {any other suggestions welcome}

the physical: run a marathon
-use Insanity to get back to healthy weight range
-choose a Fall/Winter marathon close by
-develop a training schedule

the mental: learn Spanish
-complete at least one Rosetta Stone lesson a week
-listen to recordings while I run, exercise or drive

the relational: learn to be more intentional in relationships
-write one letter a week to a friend or family member
-create a calendar with everyone’s birthdays & anniversaries and celebrate accordingly
-make a new friend with someone who is completely different than me

the blog: take better pictures
-plan ahead so I have time to take pictures on the weekend
-research how to use my camera to the best of its ability
-only use my phone if its an emergency

P.S. Go check out other awesome bloggers' resolutions at Nestful of Love's Hello Goodbye link-up.

Maybe that’s too much… oh well! Gotta start somewhere! What are your resolutions for 2014?

Nestful of LOve


  1. I've been thinking about trying Roseta Stone, too! I loved Spanish in school, took it 4 years and was pretty good at it. I'm rusty now though!

  2. I've always wanted to learn Spanish. I took 2 years of it in high school but my teacher was... *ahem* incompetent, so I didn't learn much. I've done several lessons {before Christmas} and I really enjoyed them. It's definitely a different kind of learning than I'm used to... now if I can just get over my Southern accent it might not be so hard!

  3. yes, yes, yes, & yes. haha.
    I definitely need to incorporate more scripture in my day to day life - and GIRRRRLLLLLLLLLLLLLL learning Spanish = needs to happen for me.
    I LOVE the create a calendar for peoples birthdays - because boy do they creep up on me!

  4. I love this :) you do have to start somewhere! I have been trying to get better at my blog photos too!

  5. I just found your blog and think it/you are adorable! I'm super impressed you are learning Spanish.

  6. I can agree with a few of yours and think they should be on my list! My plan is to seek more of Jesus and I know all of the things I want will be added unto me! :)

  7. We'll see how the "learning Spanish" goes... It's probably my loftiest goal, and I definitely don't expect to be fluent by the end of the year, but have to start somewhere!

    And, I'm the world's worst about birthdays. I normally realize it's someone's birthday at the end of the day while scanning my Facebook feed. Hopefully this year will be better!

    Thanks for stopping by, Amy!

  8. I started this goal last night, but I've quickly realized that not being home during daylight hours and only having one window in our little house is going to make this really challenging! And, I always love your blog photos - they look so natural and you're great in front of the camera!

  9. Aw, thank you, Allison! And thanks for stopping by! Learning Spanish is on my bucket list - and I don't expect to be fluent by the end of the year, but it's certainly a start!

  10. That is an awesome resolution! It's definitely a lesson I have to continually remind myself. I hope your 2014 is filled with Jesus' grace and love. Happy New Year!

  11. Girl! tell me about it! I try to use the weekend to help me with the daylight! it is coming back now - in a couple months it will stop getting dark on our drive home from work ;)

  12. Those really are some great goals!!! I love how you broke them down into different areas of life. :-) I hope 2014 is your best year yet! :-)

  13. Thank you, Susannah! My brain works better when things are in some kind of organization. Hope your 2014 is just as awesome - and the best of luck with that baby fever! ;)