Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year And It's Eve...

Once again Joel and I celebrated New Year's Eve at our house with our closest friends. We had a ton of great food. The drinks were flowing well in the next morning. We missed all our friends who were not able to attend. We watched the Space Needle fireworks show on TV. We cheered and I kissed the hottest guy in the room at midnight. We played games and laughed until we couldn't laugh anymore. It was the perfect end to an amazing year.

Every New Years Day I find myself reflecting on the past year and considering what I want for the new year. The big focus for 2014 will completing the items on my Thirty-by-Thirty list. I need to update my list because I have already accomplished a few of the items on list, so more on that to come.  I took the time to sit down today to map out each of my Thirty-by-Thirty goals, making a plan for how I am going to accomplish them all by August.

In addition to my goals, Joel and I both have goals for this year which include home projects and traveling a bit. We also love our annual trips and gatherings with family and friends. So the following is my list of what I guess you could call resolutions, but I am calling them my tools for surviving 2014:
  • Don't Procrastinate. I seriously don't have time waste. I need to accomplish tasks, even the teeny-tiny tasks or the routine tasks immediately. If I can stay on top of things, I will feel better about my giant to do list.
  • Take Care of Myself. I need to pay attention to what I need mentally, physically, and emotionally. If I am starting to feel burned out, I need to acknowledge it and take a break. I need to eat well and stay on top of my training schedules. I need to take time to relax and maybe even allow myself to feel bored from time to time. Who knows, you are supposed to set lofty goals, right?
  • Write It Down. It isn't that I am forgetting stuff, but I don't need the added pressure of that nagging feeling of did I forget something. It will cut down on packing time if I can develop a list of things to pack by documenting what I bring on trips, what I used, what I needed, what I didn't use. If I plan out my weeks by writing it out with an old school pen and paper, I'm more likely to follow through. I think getting things on paper will help to calm my mind.
  • Live in the Moment. This is such a cheesy one, but seriously! I am worried with all I have scheduled for the year, I might find myself focusing on what is next rather than enjoying what is happening right now. I want to be sure I enjoy all the adventures this year will bring.
So, there you have it. The end of 2013 and the start of 2014. It was a great ride 2013, but I am really looking forward to 2014.

The Crafty Practitioner

I'm linking up with The Crafty Practitioner for her link-up Resolutions for 2014.
Be sure to stop by and see what resolutions others are making this year.


  1. So much fun, and everything turned out so great!!! These are great goals for 2014, too!

  2. Just stumbled across your blog - looks like you had a great New Years Eve! Lovin' all of your goals! I love the fact that you want to live in the moment - now that my son has arrived, I keep telling myself that I need to soak it all in and live in the moment!