The Adventure Starts Here: Happy New Year - 2014 Resolutions

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year - 2014 Resolutions

Happy New Year!  We had a nice relaxing night spent in.  While we didn't have any exciting plans, we did have a blast having a little NYE photo shoot.  I think the last one is hilarious because it looks like we all partied a little too hard.

With a new year beginning, I like to take this time to reflect on the past year and come up with some goals/resolutions for the new year.  

1.  Live a healthier life.  I'm sure this is on everyone's list, and I'm no different.  I don't want to just lose weight, but rather focus on being healthier in all areas.  I want to try new healthier recipes, replace sodas with more water, eat more and a variety of fruits and vegetables, and be more active with Noah.  I really enjoy taking walks with Noah, and while this may be harder in the winter, I want to make the effort.  So on days that aren't freezing, I want to bundle us both up and get outside.  And worst case, go to the mall and walk around while window shopping.  I also want to start doing yoga again.  My goal would be 3 times a week.  I figure I can do it during Noah's naps or when Chris gets home from work.  

2.  Foster my relationship with my husband.  It's easy to let the relationship with your spouse go by the wayside when a baby joins the family.  So this Christmas, I got Chris a gift to ensure we spend more time with each other without Noah.  I got him a Year of Dates.... which I will be writing a post about soon.  But basically I planned a date for us to go on each month in 2014!

3.  Continue to grow and learn with respect to my blog.  I want to come up with more creative ideas for 2014 blog posts as well as improve my Photoshop and photography skills.  I have a lot of fun writing the blog and only want to get better at it.

4.  Learn new things.  I've always been the kind of person who liked school and learning new things.  At the moment my interest is in photography, therefore I'd love to keep getting better at it.  Currently I do shoot in manual, but I shoot JPEG and not RAW.  I'd love to start shooting RAW and get Lightroom for my computer.  I know it would take a little time to learn how to use it, but I've heard there are some good YouTube videos out there that I could at least start with.

5.  Live within a budget.  This is easier said than done.  This year I definitely want to become more involved with managing our finances (I used to be super involved before Noah was born) and really set a budget and stick with it.  We plan to rent a bigger place soon, and with that comes a larger monthly payment.  As a result, we need to find other areas in which we can cut back on.

6.  Continue documenting our life.  Currently, I use Becky Higgins' Project Life to do this.  I'm a digital girl and create all my pages using Photoshop and then print a book using Shutterfly at the end of the year.  I find that it helps me enjoy the little things in our daily routine and I love looking back at past years' books.  I am also making books that are specifically about Noah and his growth.  I figure that when he's older I will give them to him for him to keep.

So there you have it.  Nothing too crazy or extreme and pretty doable if you ask me :)  I have a feeling 2014 will be a really good year!

1 comment:

  1. Great resolutions! We are always trying to do more too. I do yearly books from shutterfly and we love them!


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