January 6, 2014

2014-Let go of the negative and embrace the positive

Well the holiday season was a whirlwind as usual so I'm still out of sorts. It's making it harder to get back into the swing of things because I went back to work on Thursday after being off for over a week and then got a snow day on Friday which makes this Monday morning even more unbearable. Especially because I had a lot of lazy days sleeping in way late in there. 

Today I am sharing my new year's to-do list with you. Super original, I know. I call them goals because I think the word resolution gets a bad rap, as in you might completely forget about your resolutions by the time February rolls around. Also having a set of goals to work at seems much more feasible to me rather than these big ideas I may have that do not come with some sort of game plan.  I was definitely inspired by these 5 goals which are awesome. I separated my goals by what the are mainly attributed to-mind, body, or soul. I will definitely try to write these out and post them in my bedroom so I can revisit them. I find it easier to focus on one at a time so 12 goals for 12 months in a year is perfect!

I have seen people come up with themes for 2014 which I like a lot. I think it's good to reflect on what you want to accomplish in a year. My theme would be to be happy. That includes doing things I want to do, not feeling bad declining invitations or things that take up my time which don't make me happy, and also allowing my self to be happy. As always, let go of the negative, breathe, and happily allow the positive to enter.  I'm a list person at heart though, so here we go :)


2014Goals

MIND
1. Re-learn French. I was a French minor in college and still a total francophile. I'm going to get on that Rosetta Stone business and re-learn how to speak French again because it's a skill I don't want to lose!
2. Read 14 books.
3. Try 1 new recipe a month from a cookbook. I have all these cookbooks lying around so I want to actually make an effort to tackle some of the more time-consuming and fancy recipes in them!
4. Live in the now. Planning for the future is important, but I want to focus on seizing the day and not waiting for some perfect time that will never come to do things I want to do. 

SOUL
5. Show more affection. I think it's important to make an effort to keep in touch with people and the people you care about know that!
6. Travel more.
7. Be bold-take chances without fear.
8. LOVE myself and how I look, flaws and all. 

BODY
9. Eat more greens!
10. New marathon and half marathon PRs. Always trying to improve!
11. Improve pullups (unassisted finally?) and string together double unders.
12. Work hard at feeling good in a bathing suit this summer. Superficial and pretty much on every female's resolution list, but feeling good in a bathing suit a.k.a. the least amount of clothing you are usually wearing in public is a huge self-esteem booster. 

If you don't believe in yearly resolutions or goals at least remember this- keep spreading love in the world and you are awesome so dream big!
Do-All-Things-with-Love-2014

Do you have any New Year's resolutions or goals? How many cups of coffee do you need this Monday?

34 comments:

  1. ahhh your NUMBER FIVE.
    it can be hard.
    it makes ALL THINGS BETTER.

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    1. Yes! It something people don't think about!

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  2. Love these! #4,5,8 i need to do too!

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  3. Love these!! I am such a list person too, it makes it easier when you group your goals :) Happy 2014!

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    1. Ah yes I make lists for everything! Happy New Year!

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  4. These are great goals! I love the French one. I, too, was a French minor and have felt that I've lost a ton since graduating. If you want help with the book goal, I would suggest joining a book club - mine is lovely and always welcoming new members :)

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    1. J'adore le francais! Ah I might take you up on that book club invite once I finish grad school apps!

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  5. I, too, say GOALS, not resolutions. A friend of mine actually makes "vision" boards, and I think there may be something to that. One of my goals is getting my personal training cert (a MUST for a club I just got hired to) and also getting more body confidence! No matter what size you are or aren't, as women, I think that's always a goal. Great list!

    I'm working on 1.5 cups of coffee right now, which will probably double!

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    1. I have a vision board and like the visual reminder too. Congrats on working towards the personal training cert-that's awesome!

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  6. Great goals! I def need to work on #7. No more fear of failure holding me back.

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    1. Thanks! More people need to let go of fear!

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  7. These are great, Lauren! My overall life goal is also just to do things that make me happy. I feel like having that as my number one priority will make all the other things easier to do cause I'll want to do them.

    Hopefully you aren't frozen this morning.

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    1. Thanks, I was pretty frozen. More people need to focus on being happy. Life's too short!

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  8. What a great way to break down your goals! My goal for the year is to be happy too. I had too much negative in my life and I figure happiness is a better way to live. :)

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    1. Thinking positively leads to good things happening in your life!

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  9. I want to read 12 books this year and get back into my usual size after the baby in the second half of the year before friends' weddings in October!

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    1. Great goals! Send any book suggestions my way too!

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  10. Love your goals! Love #4, 7 & 12, those are things I need to work on:)

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  11. #7 - Be bold - I could work on that one too! Great list. I hope your year is VERY happy!

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    1. Ditto! Pushing out of my comfort zone is hard but I'm going to try!

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  12. I'm terrible at showing affection. Like it makes me so uncomfortable which in turn makes people think I don't like them. This entire list is awesome!

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    1. Gah, well I love giving hugs. Thanks!

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  13. Love all of your goals.

    Reading this makes me wish I would re-learn French. I was fluent in high school and college and spent time over there. But when you don't use it, you lose it. I'd be lucky to get through a basic conversation right now.

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    1. I definitely agree with the use it or lose it mentality. I pretty much need to re-learn a lot!

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  14. I certainly have some of your goals on my list as well. I took French all through high school and then into college a bit - I'm so bummed I stopped. I regret not keeping the skill alive!

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    1. It's never too late to pick it up again :)

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  15. I like the idea of relearning French. Maybe I can do that when I've accomplished my list. I made 7 resolutions and 7 fitness goals. 14 in 2014 (see my blog entry at http://runwright.net/2014/01/02/14-in-2014-resolutions-and-goals/

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    1. Great goals! You have some awesome fitness goals and I love your resolution to utilize all your talents!

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  16. I like your theme and how you broke down your goals for 2014! I have been thinking about my goals and creating a bucket list for this year...you've motivated me!! Thanks :)

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    1. Thanks! Create a list and post it on your walls so you are constantly reminded of it!

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  17. i like how varied the themes of your resolutions are! i myself have been trying to try more recipes and i always can support someone who wants to read more :) i actually like how you phrased the bikini resolution. your resolution isn't "look great in a bikini", its "feel good in it". because really how you feel comes across to others and affects how they see you. it doesn't matter what you look like; if you feel confident, you'll look amazing to yourself and those around you.

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    1. Thanks! It is definitely about how I feel. I don't want to be self-conscious. I feel prettier when I'm confident!

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