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a new year and some new resolutions… of course.

The idea of setting new year’s resolutions has always overwhelmed me. I feel like I am setting myself up for failure after so many years of setting high in the sky goals only to think in the back of my mind they were never going to happen… which only led to… well, not happening.

So for the past few years, I have bypassed this tradition. But this year is different. This year IS different. I had so many times last year where I thought “I really need to get this together” or “this could be better.” So I am choosing now to make it work this year. IT WILL WORK! But only with my new plan. 🙂

Instead of writing down 12 goals/behavioral changes for the entire year, I have decided to change one thing per month. And by the law of the 21 days to create a habit, by the end of the year, I should have 12 new healthy habits! Right?

So here is goes. Writing it here for all to see to keep me a little bit accountable.

January: Drink more water. At least one full canister a day.
February: Cook at home at home more, meal plan every Sunday and grocery shop on Monday. (Eating out only 4 times a week. This sounds like a lot but that would be a huge improvement for us.)
March:Read more REAL books with REAL life pages. Nothing digital.
April: Find time to run once a week. (again, this is sad, but would be a huge improvement.)
May: Spend time every morning with Ezra meditating, stretching and doing small exercises.
June: Spend less time on your phone. Save work until Ezzy’s bedtime.
July: Write in a gratitude journal every night.
August: Be more organized with scheduling work.
September: Say “yes” more often to social events and plan something this month. (we are mostly home bodies over here.)
October: Set aside two Friday’s a month for date night.
November: Take time for yourself twice a month.
December: Seek out opportunities to serve others and follow through.

Clay and I both have bigger goals for our family as well that we have written down. They are a little more personal, and some we hold close to our heart. But writing down these small, everyday habits I think will make for a great year!

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What were some of your resolutions? Did you write them down?
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  • Reply Ashlee

    These are great goals! Love them and good luck!

    January 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply cheryl

    You inspire me. Tra-la-la-la-la. You make me happy.

    January 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Lindsay Goldfine

    Ok some of your goals also need to be my goals

    January 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Love this idea of breaking down big changes into smaller segments of time. Provides so much more focus and plays down the overwhelming factor. And I couldn’t agree more about the setting new habits part: big things happen one day at a time!

    January 11, 2016 at 5:47 am
  • Reply Alicia

    I love the idea of doing month by months goals, versus making all the goals for all the year. It feels more do-able and realistic that way. 🙂 Cool idea!

    January 11, 2016 at 5:48 am
  • Reply Valerie

    I agree with this month to month concept 100%! Much more attainable!

    January 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Try the app called ‘7 weeks’ I just downloaded it today and I think it’s pretty cool. It sounds just like something you’d like, although I’d like it better in paper form…. But it’s still pretty cool!

    January 12, 2016 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply

      Thanks!! I’ll look at it!

      January 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply michelle

    new years resolutions are so tough! my husband and i usually set one together, like go on more hikes or volunteer and i must say those are the ones we usually follow through on. we volunteer now once a month with parks and rec in SF and its been a great experience, i mean we are planting flowers in Golden Gate park as volunteers so pretty cool! This year we want to get more involved and volunteer with people in someway, we shall see.

    good luck with your goals!

    January 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply

      Planting in Golden Gate Park sounds like a dream! Such a great idea!

      Thank you!

      January 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Ebony Arlanda

    Happy New Year! I love how you have a little goal for each month so that it’s not overwhelming, and its actually achievable. Love this post.
    I definitely want to spend time in the morning stretching and centering my thoughts. Sometimes I wake up, and I’ just automatically go into work mode and my brain is in a hundred different places at once. I’m sure as a mom you can definitely relate.
    Good luck with all your endeavors for the new year!
    xo, justarlanda |

    January 16, 2016 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Em

    I love the idea of doing something new each month. Baby steps. Beautiful pictures and beautiful blog. I hope you find success with these resolutions.

    January 21, 2016 at 10:58 am
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