New Year, Not-so-new Goals

We’re 10 days into the new year, how are you doing so far? Are you off to a good start or are you still feeling hungover from the holidays? I think I’m somewhere in the middle, revving up to make this year a good one, and at the same time, not quite over the nostalgia of the Yuletide season. As with the start of a new year, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is “what are my new year’s resolutions?” I’d like to call it goals instead of resolutions because to me it’s a more positive word. When you say “goal” it means you are working towards something, whereas a “resolution” implies that you are trying to avoid something. Well, at least to me that’s what it connotates; “goal” just seems more positive and attainable.

So what are my goals for 2014? Here it is in no particular order:

  • Stop procrastinating
  • Be closer to my faith
  • Create a happier and healthier home
  • Take better care of myself
  • Start writing again
  • Take a photography class
  • Read more books
  • Travel

I’m a chronic procrastinator, it’s something I’ve struggled with all my life. Which is why I bought a planner after going without it for years; hopefully it will help me stay on top of things.

My enchanting planner

My enchanting planner

Aside from praying daily, going to mass on Sundays and visiting St. Jude church on a weekly basis, I want to cultivate a deeper faith in God. Last year I faced so many challenges to the point that I wanted to give up. It was my faith, however wavering, that helped sustain me. I bought this book as a daily devotional to better understand the word of God. Alongside that, I’m also doing Life Makeovers on a weekly basis to help me minimize negativity and focus on the positives. In the process I hope to emerge happier and inspired, which in turn would translate to how I interact with others, especially my family.

My companions for 2014

My companions for 2014

This next one is probably on everyone’s list – losing weight. To be fair, I’ve already lost 20 pounds, but I still have 15 more pounds to go. My goal is to walk TTH, do Zumba MWF, do exercises at home daily, avoid soda, pork and beef. I still have to start with walking and Zumba, but the rest I’ve been doing it for several months now. I also hope to encourage my husband to diet and exercise with me – it’s more fun if you’re a team.

For this year I also want to go back to writing (hence this blog post) and take a photography class. I’m still looking for courses tailored to my specific camera, but once I’ve narrowed down my search I’ll definitely register and start clicking away.

Also on my list is…books, which I dare say, I’m off to a good start. I’ve read 2 books so far and I’m currently on my third one 🙂

First book read for 2014

First book read for 2014


Second book read for 2014

Last but not the least, I want to travel this year. Where to? I don’t know yet, but definitely somewhere we’ve never been to before.

So there you go, those are my goals for 2014. Care to share yours? Sound off on the comments below.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius

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