2014 Goals

2014 Goals

This year I’m taking a bit of a different approach with my goals. I’m not categorizing them or focusing on any particular area of my life I just want to make a nice little list of things I am excited to do.

I want 2014 to be the year of pursuing peace, joy, rest and fun. I’m not “choosing a word(s)” I just really gave some thought about what I want next year to FEEL like and those were the ideas that kept invading my brain.

I don’t want to set out to do anything that doesn’t make me feel giddy with excitement.

I’m well aware that life isn’t all about cultivating the superficial, but this year I kind of want my goals to be. I truly believe the rest will fall into place.

One of the things you may notice is that there is not a single, solitary food or fitness goal. It’s been at least 10 years since I haven’t had either of those on a list. And do you want to know the craziest thing? I don’t even feel a little bit anxious about that.

Even without specific goals I plan on 2014 being the year I get my food and fitness mojo back and fear not I will continue to write about it all here. BUT HOW WILL YOU DO THAT WITH NO GOALS, HOLLY?

I have a feeling that I just will. And a bigger feeling that I don’t yet know what that looks like for the year, so I just want to sit with that intention and see what happens. I think the reason that I feel so calm about it is that great food and fitness mojo (good eating, regular exercising, NOT stressing so damn much) seem to co-exist most often when I am pursuing peace, joy, rest and fun. So let’s see how that works in 2014, eh?

If you want to see what else is on my list, here is a little peek:


Read 40 books
15 of which you already own, please.

Keep a quote blog
Inspired by this, I’m going to just add this to the random tidbits that I already post on my tumblr.

More lunch dates with friends
Lunch is the perfect get together! You can do it on a weekday or a weekend, you don’t have stay out late, it can involve drinking or non-drinking, and most importantly YOU GET TO SEE FRIENDS.

Paint my nails more
Because I like when they are painted. And also it forces me to just sit still and not multitask for a good amount of time WHICH I NEED. Nail painting as therapy. :)

Take Buster on more walks
It’s a toss up on who enjoys it more — me or the dog! Plus — THE FITBIT IS WATCHING. :)

Take a trip with my mom
Just us girls!

Find a TV series to watch with Garrett to replace the void that finishing Dawson’s Creek has left (WEEP!)
We watched all 6 seasons of Dawson’s Creek last year and it was silly, lame at times, epic and hilarious. It was also really fun to share. We want to find another series to make our way through together this year.

Get regular about meditation
I don’t need a book or an app or a lesson. I just need a practice. This is so hard.

This probably sounds weird, and I’ll get into it more in another post, but in the past few years I have really culled many areas of my life down to the bare necessities in an attempt to weed out crap I don’t need. It’s been liberating and awesome. So now that I have a better idea of the “things” that are meaningful and that I enjoy using (necessities AND creature comforts), I want to make sure I find the Holy Grail versions. In short, this requires buying things. A few sampling of the list:

*****Find the perfect pair of high end aviators
To replace my old, awesome, cheap ones that I broke. Sob.

*****Replace bedroom and living room rugs
They have seen better days/no longer match.

*****Buy a bed frame
Because you aren’t in college and haven’t been for almost 10 years.

*****Buy a new refrigerator
Because it would make all of my adult dreams come true.

Redecorate the guest bathroom
Because it seems like an easy place to start and my mom said she would help.

Find a non-cheesy, non-trite way to display photos in our home
Because I love framed photos but I’m not really a “Live Laugh Love” frame kind of gal.

Get better at buffering
This idea spoke to me in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

Host a family get together
Maybe a BBQ? A Holiday?

Less Coffee // More Herbal Tea

I know, I know. But it is for the best. My adrenal system has already written me a thank you note for even considering it.

Send a god damn Christmas Card
It’s not that hard.

Brighten up my workout attire
Because this really resonated with me.

Explore some different clothing brands
I buy a lot of clothes from Gap, Target, Kohl’s. I feel like I’m kind of a slave to the seasons at the same stores. I want to actively pursue some different brands this year.


I’m sure there will be more and I will continue to update this as a working document. Regardless I’m looking forward to documenting the journey here. Have you posted goals for 2014? Leave me a link to yours!

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8 comments to 2014 Goals

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution.
    January 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

    What an awesome list of goals! Although my goals list is chock full of fitness related stuff, it’s really refreshing to see one that isn’t! There’s only once season, but if you haven’t watched Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23 yet, it’s totally worth it, and would be an EXCELLENT follow up to Dawson’s.

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    January 2, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Love this post!! Buffering is one of my favorite life-saving tips, I do it daily NMW!

  • Beth
    January 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I love the nail goal! I’ve thought the same thoughts – despite what I think, I am NOT too busy to sit still for 15 minutes and give myself a quick manicure.

  • Theresa
    January 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my gosh I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this post, mainly because I swore I would have written the same exact things! Okay except for the bed frame which then I laughed out loud when you referenced college! Best wishes for an amazing 2014!

  • Sara
    January 3, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I laughed out loud at the bed frame one! My boyfriend just moved in with me and brought along his “man” bed frame, huge headboard and footboard but I love it. The first night we got it in the house and setup I said “I feel like such an adult with this big bed frame!” I totally get what you’re saying.As for clothing brands, I know Gap and Old Navy are really similar but I am LOVING on Old Navy’s tall clothes lately, so cute and functional plus I’m an amazon I need tall clothes. As for photos, I buy the cheap simple frames at Target, Walmart, the Dollar Store wherever I find them. Put one picture in it and arrange them in groups on the wall or on my coffee table. Little cost, they can easily be reused, they look simple and clean, plus they have the added benefit of no cheesy quotes!

  • Maureen
    January 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Have you seen Gilmore Girls? One of my favorite series ever!

    Love this post, I am still mulling over my goals-and I enjoy hearing about other people’s. Yours are all great-and I love the link about the goal of dressing like a jelly bean!

  • chrissy
    January 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I recently bought a canvas and Im obsessed with it. Its a great way to display pictures in a really cool way! :) not very cheap… but then you don’t have to get picture frames. I have 3 all black picture frames from crate and barrel. I like them because they match and I have them all on the same wall. They aren’t cheesy or cheap looking. I think some people overdo pictures around the house. keeping it simple is the way to go. and in reply to another person-gilmore girls is awesome! but its not really a guys show, my husband use to hate when I would turn on the reruns on ABC family. have you watched mad men? I started it last year and had to catch up with so many seasons but it was AWESOME!

  • Rachel @ Pain-Free Kitchen
    January 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Awesome list! I really like the idea of a quote blog. I keep quotes I find on pinterest but sort of do it haphazardly. And it doesn’t include quotes from books I’m reading. Maybe I can start keeping track in a journal. God knows I own plenty of them (which I keep buying because they’re pretty and then never use).

    I also applaud reading more books. Jake is a book fiend. He proudly boasted he read over 50 this last year. I made it to 18. And that’s including cookbooks. Keeping track on Good Reads.

    My goal for 2014 is to “just do it.” After losing my job back in October, I’ve actually be scared to try again. I need to get over that, stop over-thinking everything and just apply. My first attempt was this morning when I finally applied to BlogHer.





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