Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year's Resolutions: Better Late Than Never

I hope everyone’s 2014 is off to a great start so far! Since my family was here visiting from Christmas through last week, I’m just now getting back into the swing of things after an amazing holiday in New York City and a wonderful time introducing them to some of the DC area’s best museums and landmarks.

Even though we’re already a couple weeks into the new year, I figure it’s better late than never to share a few goals and resolutions. And really, any time, new year or not, is a good time to set goals for improving your life, right? 

Here below, with the help of a couple simple prompts I discovered via fellow bloggers, is a quick look at several of my goals, along with my chosen "word of the year."

A Bad Habit I’m Going to Break

A New Skill I’d Like to Learn
Cooking more healthy meals

A Person I Hope to Be More Like
My Nana

A Good Deed I’m Going to Do
Donate on behalf of causes I support

A Place I’d Like to Visit
New York City’s Metropolitan Opera

A Book I’d Like to Read
The End of Illness by David B. Agus 

And many others, as well. As of right now, I have 98 books on my “To Read” list. During 2012 and 2013, I read 20-25 books per year while taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I hope to continue that trend by getting through at least 20 titles this year.

A Letter I’m Going to Write:
One allowing me to reconnect with someone I've lost touch with over the years

A New Food I’d Like to Try:
Crab sushi

I’m Going to Work Harder At
Believing in myself

A Project I'd Like to Finish
A final draft of my first novel 

I'd Like to Spend More Time

I Want to Eat More
Fruits and vegetables

I Want to Wear More
Colorful clothes and jewelry, instead of my usual neutrals

A Class I'd Like to Take
An online writing seminar via Writer's Digest

Word of the Year

Did you choose a "word of the year" or set goals for 2014? 


  1. I love this...I also like the idea of word of the year and love your word too!! Mine would be stronger!! I might steal this one of these days!!

    1. Thanks, Mrs. Pancakes! I love your word choice, too! That one could definitely apply to me, as well. You should totally do this if you have a chance. It's a fun way to make resolutions!

  2. I love this way of setting resolutions. Good luck with everything this year!

    1. Thanks, Ghenet! Good luck to you with everything, too!

  3. What a great approach to resolutions!

    1. Thanks, Kate! This was definitely a fun way to do it!

  4. Excellent New Year resolutions! I think the photo saying is so very true. all you need to do is try!

    Wow that is a coincidence that you meet that person a year from the day you met them! And they got you a job offer!

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    1. Thanks, Tallia! I agree that having the courage to try is key in reaching a goal!

  5. What a great, positive and healthy set of resolutions.
    I'm curious about the crab sushi - is there raw crab sushi? I've tried lobster, but not crab!
    I'm also going to try to exercise more and learn more healthy meals!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

    1. Thanks! I think the crab in the sushi I've seen is actually cooked, but that's a great question, because I'm not 100 percent sure.

  6. i shared these blank on the blog, but plan on filling them in maybe once a month?

    1. I love the idea of filling them in once a month, Elle!

  7. Great way to make resolutions for the new year. I haven't really made resolutions this year. I am just going to try to have a better year than last.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    1. Thanks! Having a better year than the last is definitely a great goal!

  8. I LOVE the idea of a word of the year! I think mine would be OWN. :) Wishing you luck in all your resolutions, Heather!

  9. Very neat idea- i like the concept of this goals list and it totally seems doable!! I think my word this year is mommyhood

    1. Thanks, Laura! That is definitely the perfect word choice for you this year! :)

  10. Great resolutions! No word for us this year but we love reading about what different friends are choosing. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. Awesome resolutions!

    You would love crab sushi. It is so, so good!

    I love your word for the year ... I'm thinking mine is going to be Adapt.

    1. Thanks, Faith! I love your word of the year, too!


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