Pondering 2014 Resolutions

Part of me feels like I should just share this link and end this post here. It pretty much sums up what I would like to do in 2014. But where’s the originality in that??

Christmas lights, tree, resolutions

As a general habit, I’m actually pretty good with sticking with my New Year’s resolutions. I try to be fairly specific and keep things attainable, primarily because I enjoy marking things off the list way too much (smile). Of course that being said, there are a few things on the resolution list that re-appear year after year (such as learning to play an instrument and actually wearing a bikini in public). I feel like at some point those types of resolutions need to just shift to the bucket list, to happen or not in their own sweet time.

Looking through 2013, it was a record fail on the resolution front. I’m slightly annoyed by this, but as previously mentioned, it wasn’t a bad year. In life, you have to leave room for the surprises – even when they edge out your intentions. Those surprises are generally way more fun anyway (smile).

Ardmucknish Bay, Scotland

Surprise! Let’s go to Scotland! (Ardmuchnish Bay)

So this year, I’ve been thinking of trying something a little different. Towards the end of 2013, I set myself a list of everyday goals, and I’ve been trying to keep those front and center. So I think I’m going to let those stand as my 2014 “resolutions,” with the idea of fleshing out the details of each in monthly goals. Small, attainable, monthly goals that assist the greater good, if you will. I have a habit of setting lofty aspirations for myself and then being disappointed when I fail in some way to meet them – I become my own worst enemy. In 2014, I need to learn to love myself again, both by caring for me physically but also emotionally/mentally – something that does not necessarily leave everyone else out in the cold. I enjoy helping others way too much. But in order to really be of any committed use to anyone else, I have to solidify my base, myself. I guess I’m aiming for a ground up approach.

As a reminder, here are the motivational goals I set last year. I’ll be keeping all of these in mind every month, but some of the more open-ended ones are just begging for specificity; something I know I’ll enjoy giving them (smile).

  1. Find something satisfying in every day.
  2. Remember to be grateful for each experience, be it big or small.
  3. Cut back on the daydreaming and be more present in each daily scenario.
  4. Create a thought board with my bigger goals made by smaller pictures to remind myself that this is how we create our worlds.
  5. Take one small task that I’ve been trying to turn into a habit and do it.
  6. Begin researching opportunities for changing my bigger picture (e.g., job, location, etc.)
  7. Focus on an area of my life I want to change and begin the steps of pursuit.
  8. Find activities to participate in that take place during the week.
  9. Put dates on my To Do list and stick with them.
  10. Breathe deep and let it be.
thought board, quotes, pinterest


4. Thought board: I’ve been collecting images and other ideas for this board, and I think it’s an ideal time to assemble. I’m in desperate need of some wall art at my apartment anyway and I think I know the perfect place for this to go (smile). When I get it together, I’ll be sure to share it with you guys.

5. Health change: I’ve been dealing with some health issues for the last year or so, but I have also been trying to power through on my own thanks to a strong aversion to doctors. This aversion mostly stems from how quickly most doctors seem to dismiss my concerns. It is incredibly difficult for me to admit there’s anything wrong to begin with, so I need someone to listen. To top it off, I have an even stronger aversion to medications. I want to get better, but I’m only swallowing those pills if I need them, not to promote someone’s wallet. All that said, I have reached a point where I can no longer avoid the issues, so something must be done. I have an appointment at the Mayo Clinic next week. As a diagnostic facility set up on a different operating platform, I’m hopeful that I can finally find what I’ve been looking for –fingers crossed.

I realize this sounds cliché, but I have a really good feeling about 2014, a feeling that I’ve missed these last few years. I’m hopeful, which is a really nice feeling (smile). I admit that I have some personal goals set aside in my official journal, it’s tradition. Maybe some of those will come out as the year progresses, but for now I’ll just leave them for surprises!

Welcome to 2014 everyone!!

Tell me, do you go in for resolutions? Are you good about keeping them, or do you tend to forget them by March?? I’d love to hear some!



7 thoughts on “Pondering 2014 Resolutions

  1. Pingback: Pondering February Goals | PonderTheIrrelevant

  2. I’ve never made resolutions really before but I want to this year. I’m still working on my list.

    Best wishes for you and your goals and of course with your health and the Mayo Clinic appointment.


    • Thanks and welcome to 2014 (officially)!! I feel like New Year’s resolutions should really just be called goals. Goals just seems less definite/intimidating I think. Either way, it never hurts to take time to set them all out properly 🙂


  3. This year i would really like to enjoy the small things. Each week i want to think about the things that made me smile, even down to someone making me a cuppa in work without me having to ask. Dancing in the living room with my daughter. Enjoying the fabulous food my husband cooks for me. Little things i know but i think i need to be more appreciative of those things and stop looking for huge life changes that are harder to come by.
    I also love your idea of a thought board. Think that would be a lovely project to do with my daughter.


    • That sounds like a really wonderful goal! Taking the time to realize and appreciate the small things seems to get harder and harder these days. But I definitely notice a difference in my attitude when I can remember to stop and just smile at those wonderful, small, mighty things that make up the day 🙂 I bet a thought board would be a lovely family project – there are so many different directions they can go!


  4. This is such a great plan! I’ve never made a New Years resolution, but your post here is almost inspiring me to do so.

    It’s funny … I have a really good feeling about 2014 — in a way that I’ve never had before, and I’ve met one more blogger who felt exactly the same way 🙂

    Good luck with the Mayo Clinic


    • Thanks! I’m hoping this method takes some of the pressure off – it’s hard to think of an entire list of things you want to accomplish in an entire year! I’m happy to hear there are others that have that feeling about 2014! I think it’s a good sign 🙂


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