Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goals for 2014

Farewell, 2013! It's been real and it's been fun.

Goals for 2013 {original post hereSeptember's update here}:
  1. Blog twice a week, one funny and one not necessarily = CHECK! For the vast majority of 2013, I blogged at least twice a week, and I think Funny Friday is officially a thing.
  2. Blog different experiences = a wee bit vague, but I do think I hit a variety of topics and experiences and stories. I'm gonna call this one CHECK.
  3. IRL goal: Made to Crave = check-ish. I definitely feel healthier, but I need to jump back into a routine. Good news: zumba classes start in January! :)
  4. Fun goal: Prince Edward Island - definite check! In case I haven't posted about it enough, you can read my travel journal here.
  5. From September, get fully settled into the condo = CHECK! My wall has more pictures than it knows what to do with, I've changed approximately 4 billion light bulbs {not really but almost}, and Samara and I both have new fans in our bathrooms. Like a boss.
  6. Finish my Goodreads goal of 45 books. Well, folks, being behind in September must have lit a fire under my tail, because I had to adjust my goal to 50 books...and I've finished 54. Audio books for the win!
  7. Finish the TARDIS purse = checkity check CHECK! Please admire it here.
So now 2014 goals... gulp. 2013 has challenged me to expand the horizon on my perspectives, meaning that while my default personality type is ESTJ and black-and-white and task-oriented, I have come to recognize the value in different "letters" and shades of color and person/being-oriented. It's been challenging and I'm still learning to value both all viewpoints, so to really stretch myself, I'm going to try and make one of my goals more abstract and less measurable. The business major in me is cringing, but here goes.
  1. Invest time in new friendships. 2013 has introduced some wonderful people, and I want to grow these relationships in 2014. The concrete-sequential part of me will probably have to come back and add more detail to this goal, but for abstractness, I'm happy.
  2. Get into a real exercise routine. As noted above, zumba starts in January and I'm really excited! I'm also jumping back on the bandwagon of decreasing my sugar intake and increasing the water intake.
  3. Continue to blog at least twice a week. Since Funny Friday is a thing, count on that at least two times a month, and then look for some 7 Quick Takes. Usually the link-up is on Fridays, but I may do it a day or two early just to spread the love. Also, as a sub-goal, I will be joining with Rachel and focusing on blogging quality, not just quantity.
  4. Try one new recipe monthly bi-monthly. Let's not jump in over our heads; these are my limited cooking skills we're talking about.
  5. Goodreads: I'm gonna shoot for a solid 40 books in 2014. We'll see if that needs adjusting either way; hopefully the library can keep up! Specifically, I want to finish Team of Rivals this year.
Since 5 is the number of grace, I'm gonna stop there. :) I'd love to {but am not committing to!} do a monthly or quarterly check-up on these goals, instead of just in September... but we'll see. 

What are your goals for 2014?


  1. My goal is to write more on my story and become healthier. That's enough for me. :-)

    1. Great goals! I want to read your story sometime :)

  2. Love your goals! Especially number 2. I tried Zumba recently and loved it. :) Also, thanks for the shout out! Can't wait to see how our goals go this year!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I'm really excited to jump back into zumba :)
      Welcome, 2014!

  3. Great goals! I have a question about your last one. Do you use Goodreads? I've signed up and I just can't seem to get into it.

    1. Hi Jules! Yes, I use Goodreads and I really like being able to keep track of all the books I've heard about and want to read "someday." The only downside I've found is that it's hard to track re-reads, but that's not too awful. It did take me a bit to fully jump in, but find friends who are on there and check out the recommendations page. Both made it worthwhile for me :)

  4. 40 books was my goal this last year, I was one or two short...ugh!!! So close. It'll be 40 again this year *crossing fingers*
    I am no cook either, but we write out our meal plans and I follow the recipe and that seems to help greatly! My husband, oh lets have this and I'll do it this way, don't ask me to make the exact same thing again though I won't know how lol