This year, instead of making New Year Resolutions like I have so many times in the past, I am making New Year Goals. The word “resolutions” had never really worked for me. It implies that last year you didn’t measure up and now you have to “fix” everything that is wrong with your life. I just think that line of thought is overly negative and critical in a non-constructive way. Instead, I would like to feel that I did the best I could in all of my endeavors, and while they might not have turned out the way I thought they would or I did not get to all of the ones I wanted to, I don’t have to beat myself up for it. The word “goals” has a better right to it, and makes it seem less like punishment and more like encouragement.
2014 was a year of big changes for me, with moving a thousand miles away from the only part of the country I have ever lived. It was a year of upheaval, feeling unsettled, and chaotic and stressful at times. As with any life-altering event, there were some growing pains and adjustments, some of which we are still experiencing. But along with all of that was excitement, wonder, and lots of adventure as we navigated our new environment and our new “normal”. So I expect 2015 to be an extension of that as we continue to become acclimated to our new home, meet new people, make new friends, and experience new things.
Some of my New Year Goals are a little weird, even if I do say so myself, but I think it’s always a good idea to sprinkle in some comfort-pushing items for a well rounded year. Most of it is along the lines of what I think of every new year; eat more healthy, exercise more, work on our financial health – the same things most people put on their list as they are areas we can all pretty much improve upon. So without further ado, here is my list of New Year Goals:
Do a 3 or 5 day Juice Fast – So I would really love to do a 5 day juice fast, buuuuuuut, I know me and I have read how hard this is to accomplish and not lose your sanity. I will start with a 3 day goal, and if I think I can push myself further I will extend it to five days.
Try Oil Pulling – I literally just learned what this is. I had read the term a few times last year but didn’t know what people were talking about until I read a post on Design Mom yesterday about her experience trying it. I am very intrigued and oddly drawn to this idea, so I am putting it on the list of things to try!
Make Kombucha – I tried Kombucha a while ago at an event and thought it was really tasty. I was intrigued by the health benefits of it, but was turned off by the price of buying it in the health food store. The woman handing out samples mentioned making it at home, and I sort of filed it back in my mind as something I might look into someday. Well, as fate would have it, I received an email from Brit + Bo with a link to a post on making your own Kombucha using their DIY kit. What I love about the kit is that once you make a batch you then have the starter necessary to keep making more. As they say on the box, “One brew kit equals a lifetime of brewing”!
Exercise at least 3 days a week. – Again, like I mentioned above, this is something I am always trying to improve upon. With work, kids, life, etc. it can be hard to force yourself to fit this in. My past experience tells me that once I get into the swing of it, keeping it up becomes easier. But, it’s getting into the swing of it that is hard to do! Since our new neighborhood has a gym in it, literally a three minute walk from my house, and I can access it any time – I am hoping this helps me get this one checked off the list.
Start a new blogging adventure! – I am not going to go into a lot of detail here, but there is something in the works for a new website/blog that I will be sharing with my amazing and beautiful sister. Hopefully we will get this off the ground and running in the next few weeks!
Get more freelance graphic design projects/clients. – When I left my 9-5 job to be at home with my son it was always a goal to try and replace that income with graphic design work. Anyone who has been a work-at-home-mom knows just how hard it is to attempt a full-time job while, well, having another full-time job taking care of your kids. I dont want to say its impossible….but, it’s pretty close. At least it is impossible unless you want to work yourself to death and schedule out every single last spare second you have. I just am not good at that- I need more spontaneity in my life! But, to my credit, I think I have done a good job balancing work and life. After a year and a half of being home I was lucky enough to secure a job being the Art Director of Vermont Bride Magazine, which was huge for me! It allowed me to work from home and provide a steady income every month. It was not even close to replacing my full-time salary, but it was something and it was enough. As the kids have gotten older and I have matured a bit, I am starting to feel like I can try and expand upon my workload. So, I want to focus on building Kuerth Creative and building relationships with other professionals, to be involved with more projects and hopefully increase my take-home monthly pay.
New House Projects – This is by far my most exciting goal for the new year. It actually is many goals, but all of them have to do with our new house (!) that we are closing on in less than a week. Since it is a new house there are no “fix-it” items that need to be addressed, but there are some things we want to do to personalize it to us and our needs. They include;
- Build a firepit for the patio. We could have paid extra to have this done for us, but I think we can build one for less. And it will be a fun family project!
- Customize the garage. Ok, so this is really a goal for Matt, but I want to help him make the garage the perfect place for all his toys and tools.
- Make the dining room a craft room. I am SO excited about this idea! The house has a formal dining room, but rather than have a room we hardly ever use, we have decided to use this space as a family craft center. I am still working on the details of how it will all come together, but it will be a space for all of us to use for a multitude of crafty endeavors.
Day trips exploring the Carolinas. – We have discovered so many things to do in the greater Charlotte area, but I know there is still so much we have not experienced. Besides festivals and events we missed because we didn’t move here until September, there are lots of attractions nearby that I would love to explore this year.
- Chimney Rock Park – This is a park about an hour away from us that has mountains, hiking trails, and a waterfall.
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – I wanted to visit this attraction a few times this past year, but it just never materialized. They recently opened a new area geared towards kids called Lost Hollow that sounds absolutely enchanting.
- Asheville – We might have to make this a weekend trip as it is a couple of hours away, but from everything I have heard, Asheville is a charming and funky place to visit with lots of great food and stuff to do.
- Charleston – Also a weekend trip idea, it would be great to get down to this coastal city and visit the beach!
- Fishing on Lake Wylie – We haven’t had a chance to spend a lot of time on Lake Wylie, but I imagine this Summer will have us there a lot. It seems like fishing is a big deal around here and I think it would be fun for the boys to try.
Whew! Wow it seems like a long list when I see it all typed out like that! But, as I mentioned in the beginning, this is why I am choosing to call them “goals” rather than “resolutions”. These are just a list of things I hope we do this year, and I can reference it periodically to get ideas of stuff to do. I hope that all of you are being kind to yourselves with your list for 2015 and don’t sweat it if the year doesnt turn out exactly as you planned. What matters is that you gave it your best, focused on the things that really mattered, and forget the rest!