Five on Friday: New Years' Goals

The first Friday of the New Year is here, yay! I thought today I would mark the occasion with a few goals I have in mind for 2014... maybe not an actual resolution, just some things I'd like to focus more on in the year ahead.  Linking up with the gals today for five on Friday! 

Here is what is on my mind today and for the new year.

one. Spending more time on me and the little things.

I'm the world's worst at making time for a pedicure or an hour at night to do my nails... or spend an hour after work reading a good book, or getting my hair done... or take time to sit and have a makeover at the makeup counter just because. I always looked at those things as a waste of time in my 24 hour day... boy was I so wrong. Maybe it's 30 or maybe it's the rush of the holiday season, but this new year I am taking some time to smell the roses and enjoy some little things in life that everyone should. I already have my next pedi on the books for 4 weeks and a new book waiting for me at home!

two. Relax.

If you are anything like me, it takes a lot for me to sit on the sofa and watch TV while not multi-tasking... or sit down and read a book when their is laundry that needs to be done and dishes to be washed... but this year, I'm making the extra effort to just sit sometimes. I noticed this on New Years' Day, when dinner was done the dishes were washed.... and there were lots of chores to do, but all I really wanted to do was sit and do nothing. So I did. Then I started getting fidgety.  I started looking for something to do while I was relaxing. Who does this, I asked myself? That was my sign. I need to slow down. Take a time out and focus on me.

three. Taking time

Maybe this resonates with my first two goals... but time. I am always rushing from one thing to the next, always running behind because I try to do too much in too little time. I am always thinking about what I have to do next, instead of enjoying my time with what I am doing at the moment. I realized over the break that it's ok to not always be ahead and not always be rushing around. You can get just as much done and not stress if you just give yourself time and be realistic. I'll be there in 10... let's be real, I'll be there in 30. No shame. 

four. Organize.

I have so many "projects" on my to-do list that I haven't even thought about in over a year... ordering or wedding album, finishing our china and silverware, using the last of our wedding gift cards, organizing photo albums for each year, making that t-shirt quilt I have always wanted... updating my iPhone to the new operating system. Yep, still on the to-do list... and the list goes on and on. My hope this year is to get organized and get this stuff done. I know if I am ever going to do it, the time is now.  I've already started on my photos and order a new phone to start fresh. I am going too get organized this year.

five. Fun.

The hubs and I have pretty busy jobs.. and very busy social lives... volunteering and organizing and giving. I just want to be sure we remember to do what we do because it's fun... not because we feel like we have too. I am starting to cut back on my civic engagements and focus on the ones I love... if you're giving to many, you're not giving enough to a few. I have learned this the hard way over the last year. Here's to asking myself, "Is this fun?" before everything I do. If not, I think it is time to evaluate.

Cheers to 2014 and a very happy weekend ahead!! 


  1. Great goals! I love the fun one most, we all need to have more fun.