Thursday, January 8

Goals for 2015

New year resolutions.  I resisted this tradition for years.  "Why should I make goals for a whole year that I won't even remember in a couple of months?"  I was obviously missing the point.  I don't think you have to make goals at the beginning of each year to be driven or successful, but I do think it helps to write down some things you'd like to do or make happen for the coming months.  I like getting a clear picture of what I want to make time for, what risks I'd like to take, and what I want to change in the new year.  It helps me see who I am and who I want to be a little more clearly.  :)  The same thing can be accomplished by making monthly goals for yourself.  I like to do a little of both.

The topic of resolutions came up in a group of friends this week, and I realized I hadn't had a hard sit down/list making session on this particular subject yet.  My goals aren't super lofty this year, just little things to help me manage my time/over-commitment issue a little better, and doing more things for the sole purpose of leisure.  Here's a peek:

**Take at least one full day off a week.  Honestly, this is easier said than done, but I'm going to try to schedule my work time so that I have a day to let my mind rest.  I've spent the last however many months with basically no days off, and I have only myself to blame.  So now, I'll have myself to thank when I make this right.  :)

**Hobby.  You'll probably notice a theme throughout this list.  I want to make time for a hobby.  A hobby I do multiple times a week because I've made the time for leisure.  I could put "getting back to knitting, guitar playing, etc." but I want to leave it open-ended so I can change my mind throughout the year when I feel an interest in something different.

**Family Vacation.  Johnny and I haven't taken the girls on a real vacation since Poesy was 1 and too small to remember.  We want to take them somewhere super fun this year, now that they BOTH can enjoy it!

**Move into a place we love.  Johnny and I are planning on moving out of this lovely rental we've been calling home for the last 2+ years.  Initially, we thought we'd buy it when the time was right, but the thing about rentals is that you get to test drive before you buy.  There are a few things that don't work well for our family here, so as sad as it will be to say goodbye to our first Springfield home, our intention is to move.

**Daughter dates!  Hope and I love to grab a burger just the two of us when we can, but I want to be more intentional about spending time with both girls one-on-one.  This (again) goes along with being less bogged down by work and making more time for important things.  That's kind of my theme for 2015.

**Make at least 5 animals a month.  It's nothing new for a maker to start preparing in advance for a busy season, but my intention is to make at least 5 animals (or more) a month this year.  It keeps my craft sharp, and relieves stress when the holiday season approaches.  Who knows?  Maybe I could even do a Renegade this year.  I miss it!

I could ramble forever about what I've learned over the past year and what I intend to change this year, but all it comes down to is being more available for people I love (friends & family) and taking more time for myself.  You have to let that brain recharge every once-in-a-while.  That's important!

Oh, and just for fun, here are Hope's resolutions:
1.  "Lose all my teeth."
2.  "Try crab."
3.  "Try playing 'Chubby Bunny'."
4.  "See Paityn and Jaelie."  --those are her best friends that live in CO.
5.  "Go to the beach."

I hope you are all having an amazing start to the new year.  Even if it hasn't been exactly what you were hoping for, there's always time to turn it around!  Happy Thursday!  xo.


  1. great goals, katie. i'd love to make more time for hobbies, too, and would LOVE to go on vacation.

  2. Happy new year, Katie. I love your goals. It sounds as though you're trying to really take care of your mind, body, & soul...& family this year. Love hope's goals too. :]

  3. Wish you many success with your resolution, especially that you will find a really lovely place where you can live <3
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  4. This is beautiful Katie! I agree that I usually forget what my "resolutions" are so I often write down my dreams and monthly goals instead. I love the idea of daughter dates; and we're also planning a few family vacations to enjoy this year. Good luck, friend!

    <3 Daisy
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  5. Happy New Year, Katie! I think these are all great goals and I'm excited to see what 2015 holds for you - hopefully lots of love, laughter, and a little more down time! You deserve it!

    xx Kathryn

  6. Hope's goals are so simply, but still so great! I love the reminder that resolutions don't need to be big huge changes, but can be as simple as a new experience or something that makes you happy.

    2014 was a year that I did a lot of things because I thought that I should, 2015 is all about doing more things that make me excited! By the end of 2014 I was exhausted, but I'm already in love with 2015 and my big plans.

  7. Awesome goals, specific, but not TOO specific so they'll not bore you by the end of Feb :) always a winner in my book!

  8. Coming from the daughter side of things, dates with mom are the best :) Great memories to come!

  9. Great list of resolutions! I would definitely like to try and devote more time to hobbies this year too.

  10. There are great goals! Similar to mine; I would love to try a new hobby.
    P.s, your blog is beautiful! I just wanted to ask, how did you make your blog header? I love it! x

  11. I am for real putting "try crab" on my goals list now...

  12. Your goals are super realistic, and super inspiring, albeit completely your own (don't worry, I won't steal them). I, too, resisted making resolutions since I was in high school (lose weight when really, I didn't need to). This is the first year that I've come to see them not as a burden, but something fun and indulgent in only a way that an adult can appreciate.

    I made one lofty goal for my blog - to go from 1,000 to 5,000 email subscribers! I also made one goal for myself. That one is more of a secret/surprise that only my husband knows. :-))))

    Love this post, Katie! You're so beautiful, inside and out!


  13. Your goals are really great! I can relate to a few of them, especially family vacations and daughter dates.

  14. Hope's resolutions are hilarious! (The first three!) I wish you the best of luck in accomplishing all of your goals!


  15. great goals! and omg, hope's goals are too cute!
    xx nikki

  16. I like your list of goals. They look doable to me and I think I might just make them my own this year too. Hope you don't mind. All the best with doing them. :)

  17. great goals. :) and hope's are so sweet - i love how children's minds work!
    xo, cheyenne

  18. What a wonderful list! I like general resolutions towards making it a better year. Hope's are sweet too! XO

  19. Hi Katie, I love your goals and Hopes too :). They sound like something I need too for this year.

  20. Poesy's resolutions sound good. I'll do the crab and beach ones too. YUP.

    good luck with yours ;) Resolutions are good! they remind us of what we really want to accomplish and motivate us.

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  21. Great goals. Hope you get to accomplish those and many more goal in 2015!


  22. Your goals have inspired me! And Hope is becoming more beautiful!

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  23. I am loving Hope’s goals! I wish her the best of luck with them, especially with losing all her teeth--those suckers can be tricky.

    And best of luck to you too, of course. Prioritizing the people you love and taking time to yourself is so very important.