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Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 Goals for 2015

Earlier in the month I was kind of against setting goals for the new year. I usually get so annoyed with new year resolutions. Then we started this Whole30 diet a few days into the new year and people were asking me if I planned to not eat legumes, dairy, alcohol or ANY SUGAR for the year.

Ha, do you even know me?! (I imagine this being said like Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail "do they even know me at all?!") The answer is no, I am not giving up sugar or even dairy for the whole year. But I am excited about what the changes have shown me in just two weeks (I'll share more on that later).

So without further ado, here are the five goals I've set for myself for 2015.

Throw more stuff away. I don't mean I want to increase our weekly garbage pickup (I hate the idea of things going to a landfill), so much as I want to be better about getting rid of items (whether trash, recyclable or giveaway) we don't need or use. I'm not a hoarder, but I need to be better about throwing away an item when it breaks or actually get it repaired promptly rather than let it sit around and collect dust. So far there are already some practical ways I have started to attack this goal.

  • With Maggie bringing home artwork from daycare, I created a place to display her most recent artwork in our living room. I've also thrown a few of her things out and I'm making myself be less sentimental about it.
  • When I packed up our Christmas decorations a few weeks ago, I went through everything and purged a good deal. Next year I won't ask myself "why do I still have this?" when I pull out an ornament I bought when I was single and trying to make my tree not so sparse.

Create and stick to better habits with home organization. This one feels like a seemingly impossible task for me. But we can need to do better with the pile of papers (mail, daycare papers/art, etc.) that accumulates on the counter and makes me want to scream.

  • My action item has already started with setting up the front room (we don't really have a front hallway) with places to hold that annoying paper pile. I have three bins (one for each of us) to sort the paper into and will go through the bins on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. The photo below shows the little organization station and that I finally got a few things hung on the wall in our front room.

Read more. If you know me, this one seems a bit futile. I'm terrible at finishing books. As in, I start so many books and actually finish about 20% of them. That is terrible! To hold myself accountable, I am not allowed to buy any more books until I finish the following:

Simplify my wardrobe. I've been working on this for the past year or so. Having a baby was the perfect excuse to purge and reassess my closet! I'm excited to have some time to sit down and really think about my clothing.

  • My plan for achieving this goal is to use these worksheets I found via Pinterest along with re-reading The No Brainer Wardrobe. I've realized it's not about the quantity of clothes I have (it kinda hurts to admit); the way I feel in clothes is more important to me.

Practice mindful eating and drinking. As I'm doing the Whole30 this month, I'm learning more and more about my eating habits. I'm now past the halfway point and starting to think about what foods I'll be eating again. I plan to set limits on those foods I gave up for the 30 days and consider how I'll reintroduce them. As for what I'm drinking, I was never a big soda drinker so my current routine of coffee, tea and lots of water will probably continue.

Did you set any goals for the year?


  1. Do you ever use Good Reads? That always keeps me motivated to finish the books I start. You can label books that you are currently reading then update your progress as you get through them. It's always motivating to see the status bar go up and up and up! :)

    1. Riley, great suggestion! I have an account, but rarely use it. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.


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