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A New Year of Change

shutterstock_148069883This past year has been CRAAAAAZY!

So much has happened in the last 365 days and everything that I had known as my “LIFE” this time last year has changed.
I live in a new house in a new city.
I have a new job and have already received a new promotion.
I have new friends and new social circles.
My daughter is graduated and in college and has new friends and a new boyfriend.
Even my car is different!

Some changes were dramatic and forced upon me with tears and anger, but all seem to have happened for the better. Money has been really tight for us this past year but I think that is because of moving and this crazy world we all live in.

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This year will be me taking control of my life and my decisions.

I don’t believe in making resolutions as much as I believe in making new goals for myself, and the start of the new year seems like a great time for self-reflection and making changes in our lives for the best.

So without further adieu….. My Goals for 2014!


  1. I am going to start walking again. I never felt more centered and happy as I did when I walked every day. Starting out small I would like to at minimum walk 2-3 times a week.
  2. I will ride my bike more. I love that bike and she has been way too lonely lately.
  3. I will make more meals at home. Healthy and fresh meals! I am going to try and eat out only once a week. If you know me, you know this is hard!

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  1. I am learning yoga this year! It has been on my list for awhile and it is happening this year!
  2. I am going to read a new book a month but would love to get time to read a book a week.

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  1. I am going to work on paying off all of our medical bills and then start tackling my student loans. This will give me so much peace of mind!
  2. I am going to cut our bills down and get rid of the extra things that we really don’t need. Simple is best!


  1. I just received a promotion that started today! I am the new Web Designer at my company. I want to take as many classes and read as many design books and trade magazines that I can to further my graphic design and web design/development skills.
  2. Get more involved with work related activities and networking.

My favorite design sites are and DesignTAXI.


  1. I want to keep up with a sketchbook like I did in college. I know it will be tough but I want to get to where I am sketching everyday. I think this will not only further my drawing abilities but will help me grow as an artist.
  2. I will learn how to use watercolors. I love how free spirited and dreamlike they are.
  3. I will start collaging and art journaling. It looks like so much fun and such a cool effect!


  1. I will blog more this year! I am going to start by writing a blog post a week and then see what writing style works best for me. I don’t want to feel like writing is a chore.
  2. I am going to write more in my personal journal. Keep track of the wonderful thing going on in my life this year.


  1. I am going to spend more quality time with my family.
  2. We will go on trips to places we have never gone before.

So that’s it…. the list isn’t long but I believe it will help me on the road to happiness and peace of mind.


Do you make New Years Resolutions?
Do you have any special goals for this year?
What major changes did you have this past year?

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  1. Wow, you really did have a lot happen in 2013. You are an amazing woman! I love your goals for 2014. I am looking forward to watching you cross them off week by week. I am trying to read and sketch more…and walk more. It seems like little things, but they really start to add up, don’t they? Good luck to you and Happy New Year!

  2. I love your goals! I try to self-reflect around this time too. Plus, I like writing them down so I can see what was important to me and what I accomplished a year or two from now.

    1. You are definitely more likely to accomplish goals if you actually set them. Plus I just love ticking thing off of a list!

    1. Thank you! One of your goals this year should be starting a blog…… someone should so build one for you 🙂

  3. I don’t make resolutions, but I too make goals!

    Also I like yoga, but I LOVE Pilates. Food for thought. 🙂

    Good luck to you and congrats on all of the new!

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