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My 2014 Intentions

I’m sharing my 2014 Intentions.

I don’t know if anyone is like me, but every year I make resolutions (you can read last year’s here), and nearly every year I fail to follow-through. It’s pretty depressing, and I have absolutely no one to blame but myself. I want 2014 to be different, beyond all else, I’d love for this to be the year that I stop making excuses.

So in an effort to stick to this overarching goal, my theme for the year is (just like Nike), Just Do It!

2014-IntentionsWithout further ado, my 2014 Intentions:

Grow My Blog – Baby Doodah is slowly but surely growing in readership, but I need to put more time into the behind the scenes organization. This includes, completing my editorial calendar, getting a notebook (or a great app) to keep with me always to keep track of ideas that pop into my head at a moments notice.

I want to continue writing consistently, since July I’ve been writing about 5 to 7 posts a week, and I really want to keep up with that. I feel so great when I sit down and dedicate time to writing a post, it inspires me to write more. What better way to keep blogging, then to dedicate myself to writing AT LEAST 30 minutes a day? Nothing! So that’s what I’ll do.

Stop being obsessed with the numbers! Right now, I’m so concerned with how many views my blog gets each day, that I am checking my stats constantly. I recently read a tip that you should check your stats once a month, and take that time to, instead write great posts. I’d like to adopt this philosophy.

Work on my focus and time management, in regards to my blog. Right now, every time I sit down to write, I think of everything else I need to do, and it overwhelms me. If I’ve sat down to write, I start flipping through email, or reading one of the many bookmarked sites I have, and the last thing I work on is the blog post. I’d like to have dedicated time to do emails, write, and read things I’ve bookmarked – if I stick to these dedicated times, I believe I’ll gain some serious focus.

I am also considering a few new blog series, but for now, they’re still in development, so I can’t share anything more about them. 😉

Take My Health Seriously – I need to stop futzing around with my health. I’m extremely overweight, probably in the morbidly obese category, and that needs to stop. I want more children, and I am just not at a weight that I am comfortable with. I put myself, and the future child in so much danger being so high in weight. Honestly, there is no better motivation, than losing weight so that I can be around a long, long time for my children. I am going to be taking part in the Genetix Program (more to come on this in future posts), and I’m hoping it will help assist in the motivation to get healthy, once and for all! I need to wrangle in my eating and start breaking a sweat in the gym.

Focus on ME – I am a person who is always concerned with what others think of me, and I struggle when I feel like someone doesn’t like me or is thinking negatively about me. I need to stop, what is most important is what I think of me. There are times when people’s opinions are important, but other times I worry unnecessarily. I need to work on changing this, but I’m not quite sure how, research is needed. Of my intentions for the year, this will likely be the most difficult.

Those are my 2014 Intentions, I’m keeping it to three so that I can truly focus on them, and accomplish great things.

Your turn!

What are your 2014 Intentions? Let’s keep each other accountable!


My Resolutions

For the past five or so years I’ve said I wasn’t going to make any resolutions because I never keep them and figured what’s the point but I’ve decided that I want this year to be different. That’s not saying that the past 5 years haven’t been amazing, they most certainly have (getting engaged, getting married, having a beautiful baby) but I want to also do some things that are solely for me. Things that will lift my spirits and make my life feel fuller.

1. Be Happier

This is kind of a catch-all for a lot of things so I’ll kind of give a run down. I want to be more content with the things I have and to stop yearning for the things I don’t. I don’t expect this to one day just up and stop, I expect it to be work but I’m willing to work on it, I just need to figure out where and HOW to start. (Advice is welcome.)

I also want to be happier overall, it is no secret that I’ve been suffering with depression on and off since Emmett was born, so I want to tackle that and get my moods under control. I don’t need to be obnoxiously happy nor do I expect to never have a bad day but I want to feel happy the majority of the time, not down, like I have been lately (Again, if anyone has any advice, books or articles, please share).

2. Invest More Time In Me

I know that eating better and working out will make me feel better so I need to take the time for myself and for my family to make my lunch or get in a workout. There is nothing stopping me but myself and I’m sick of that being the reason. By investing in myself I will make myself feel more whole, I’ll also be a better mother and wife.

3. Stop Mourning the Past

I struggle with this beyond anyone’s imagination. I try very hard to live in the moment but even when I do I struggle with moving forward when big momentous things occur because I can’t seem to let them go. I’ll relive them over and over again or mourn the fact that they are over and it needs to stop.

Let me give you a for instance, I had a really hard time transitioning Emmett out of his newborn sized clothing. Eventually I did it and he started wearing his 3 month outfits BUT I can’t bring myself to box up and store his newborn clothes, they’re still sitting on his dresser, just waiting, because I am mourning the fact that my small baby has progressed on. The better response is to celebrate his health and growth but I struggle with this (obviously).

So what are your New Year’s Resolutions? And if anyone has any advice or books they’d recommend reading, please feel free to leave a comment below…I am open to anything.

Here’s to the most amazing 2013 possible!

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