I've never felt right about New Years resolutions. There's something so definite, so ominous about them, and not in a positive way. As though something terrible will happen if they're not kept. Or, at the very least, I'll not be well thought of. There is so much pressure to hold to them that once you break them, there's no point in picking the resolutions back up.
However, it is the start of a new year, and there is the desire in my heart to fill it with good habits and positivity. Because breaking a resolution feels so final, I have decided to set goals instead. Goals feel less final, goals mean practice and effort and mistakes and trying harder and picking up again, even if I fall off the bandwagon. So, here are my goals for 2015:
1. Make a concerted effort to get out of the house at least twice a day. Currently, that would be Bean and me taking a walk during the day while Bear is at work, and then a walk for all three of us in the evening. Barring a torrential downpour in freezing temperatures and tornado sirens, there is really no reason why this can't happen. As spring approaches, hopefully we will have a small herb and veggie garden out back for our daytime outdoor time.
2. Make a meal plan weekly. We have gotten really good at cutting our food budget, but this can still be improved. Meal planning will hopefully lessen the amount of food wasted (like the eggplant that sadly ended up in the trash because I forgot it was there. So long, eggplant parmesan *tear*), as well as save money.
3. Spend less time on my phone and more time with my family. It's so easy, especially with smartphones, to get caught up in games and Facebook updates. I don't want Bean to grow up thinking that electronics trump family. We have already made it a rule that phones are put away at mealtime and on family walks, and Bear and I are discussing other phone-free times.
4. Do a craft or other project once a month to home-ify the house. This house was a bachelor pad for years before I moved in, and I was pregnant when I moved in and had little energy to beautify it. I will be hitting up Pinterest for simple, inexpensive projects, as our budget is pretty tight currently and we are hoping to sell the house this year and I don't want to invest a large amount into something that isn't a more permanent space. I also want to document these projects here, so this goal also falls into my second category.
5. Keep it personal. This started as more of a journal of sorts, but I quickly became concerned about numbers and "getting my blog out there." But that isn't what it's original purpose was. I have an approval-driven personality that I am trying to overcome, so I'm going to stop concerning myself with traffic and focus on content.
6. Post 2-3 times a week. I still plan to do product reviews and recipe reviews, so this should be managed easily enough. Also, I'll have my monthly home-ifying project post.
7. Find my crochet niche and create a stock. Most needle artists around here do things like hats and scarves. I enjoy making these, but there's only so long one can use these throughout the year, and not much of a market for them. I still plan to make them, but I have discovered a joy in amigurumi (stuffed crochet toys) and nursing/teething necklaces. I also need to make an inventory specifically for the holiday craft shows at the end of the year.
8. Create an indoor workspace for photo-taking and photo-editing. I prefer outdoor photography, as most of my experience has been in natural light work, but I've had a sweet friend offer use of her lighting equipment, and I've been wanting to become more skilled at using studio lighting for a long time. Also, weather often makes outdoor photo sessions difficult, so I want a backup option if rescheduling isn't possible. I'd like to have a space dedicated to work rather than editing while sitting on the couch. Not that I can't edit there, but I'm easily distracted and it takes me longer if I'm constantly picking up the remote to flip through Netflix options.
Do you prefer goals or resolutions? What are some of yours for 2015?
I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a big year in the Cozy Den, but in a good way! I'm tingling with the excitement of it all!
Mama Bear of one Baby Bear, Bean, who both love Papa Bear, and live in a crafty, gluten-free cozy den.