Friday, January 3, 2014

goals for the new year


i have never been one for new year resolutions.  instead, i have typically just made a loosely-structured mental list of goals for myself at the start of each new year.  however, last year i decided to take the time to write down a few goals for 2013.

there were six goals that i set for myself in 2013:
1. continue to eat healthy
2. keep going to the gym
3. shift my outlook
4. learn more about photography
5. continue blogging
6. have fun

i'm happy to say that i actually did all of those things in 2013!  over the past year, i really made an effort to continue to eat healthy and to keep going to the gym.  both turned into a wonderful lifestyle change, and i feel so much better because of it!  i also worked on shifting my outlook during this past year.  since it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, it's all too easy to lose focus of what's really important, so i really made a conscious effort to shift my outlook to be more positive.  i certainly still need to work on this more, but overall i found myself taking time to appreciate the little things and trying not to take certain things and people for granted.  that little shift has really made such a difference for me.

in the past year, i tried to learn more about photography too.  i'm far from an expert, and i still have a lot to learn, but i can definitely see a difference in my photos.  i kept blogging during 2013 (my blog turned two years old in october!) and i have really enjoyed blogging as a hobby.  i also had fun this past year.  we went on some amazing trips and did some really amazing things.  (2013 was the year that i got to cross "go to hawaii" off my bucket list!!!)  now, i can't wait to see what this new year has in store for us!

in 2014, i plan to continue my healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising.  i hope to be a bit more disciplined about doing yoga, and maybe even get myself back into a dance class too.  i want to remember to stay positive and to not dwell on the negative.  i want to challenge myself with my camera, and learn more about photography/videography and photo/video editing.  i plan to continue blogging (and maybe i'll finally even get around to giving this blog of mine a much needed redesign and face lift).  i want to remember to unplug from time to time, and to get better at keeping in touch with friends.  i hope to explore new places, try new things, and carve out a bit of time for myself to learn new hobbies too.

. . . and, of course, i want to have fun and take time to enjoy life and my wonderful family!

what are your goals for 2014?
love, laurie

2 comments:

Ma Pa C said...

I think I will try 1, 2, 3, and 6.
And probably I should add a few more also.

Mom H. said...

It's great that you were able to meet your goals. It's easy to set goals but much harder to meet them. Good work!