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Goals, Resolutions and More – My 2014 Outlook

Oh, hi. Remember me? It’s only been a hot month since I’ve got around to being on this little thing called a “blog.” Seeing as it’s the final day of January (and a whopping FOUR months until the big day!), I figured it’s time to set and share some goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. 2014 is a big one – becoming a home owner and wife are no small tasks – but there are a few other things I’d like to accomplish before December 31.


  1. Learn to control my temper: Honestly, this should have been a goal back in 1992 when I turned 3. I’ve never been great with emotions – I wear them on my sleeve. It can be good – I’m a generally happy person – but good Lord, when you get me worked up, you might as well call a cab and head out. Mentally, I shut down when I’m unhappy with changes, and that’s not a good way to live. I want to take time to listen, digest and discuss changes, before my blood pressure rises.
  2. Set two hours of time out per week to improve my health: People always say the more detailed your goal is, the easier it is to accomplish. I may not be able to hit the gym 3 days a week or skip the mid-day Diet Coke, but if I can spend an hour cooking a fresh meal, walking my dog or improving my posture, I think I’ll be alright.
  3. Spend an hour a day on personal development: I’m blessed to be in an industry that is constantly changing, and to succeed, I need to be on top of the latest trends. I think 4% of my day can be dedicated to reading about the latest advertising trend or sweet puppy dog video without putting a wrench in my whole day.
  4. Stick with plans: I’ll be hitting the dreaded quarter-life milestone later this spring, and losing touch with friends is part of the territory. It’s too easy to call off dinner plans for Netflix or skip my fiancé’s hockey game to watch Pretty Little Liars, but friendship is a two-way street, and I’m devoted.
  5. Savor the moment: In today’s digital landscape, it’s too simple to share your latest and greatest moment. How many delivery room photos are uploaded to Facebook per hour? But some things are meant to be cherished before being shared, and I want to take advantage of that. I’ve got some amazing moments coming up, and for once in my life, I’d like to keep them to myself before letting the rest of the world in.

What are you looking forward to in 2014? Have you kept the resolutions you’ve already made? Let me know! 

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