Hello, 2014: Plans + Goals for a New Year

planning materials for 2014

Setting goals for the year ahead.

I’m not normally a New Year’s resolution type of gal. I don’t sit down on New Year’s Eve and think of all the things I’d like to do differently in the year ahead. Whenever someone asks what my resolution is, I never have a good response. To me, resolutions are hopes for improvement. They’re made when you want to change your habits or your lifestyle. And whenever I tend to make any, I tend to break them two weeks later.

But New Year’s has always appealed to me because of the blank slate it brings. When the calendar pages flip back to January, I can’t resist imagining all of the moments that will take place over the upcoming 365 days. Since I’ve always been a planner, I’d rather go through my year with measurable goals rather small resolutions.

Let me be honest with you. For 2013, I planned to have a year full of progress by completing a Happiness Project a la Gretchen Rubin. Instead, 2013 became the year of worry. I spent too much time focused on what (I thought) I was doing wrong with my life and not enough time thinking about how I could change what made me unhappy.

It’s safe to say that I am fully prepared to close the door on 2013 and open up to a fresh start.

So when the creators of Brown-Dudley popped up in my inbox asking what my New Year’s resolution would be, I thought long and hard about how I wanted 2014 to be different. Here’s my overarching hope for the year:

“…to simply enjoy the present…I’ve realized that there’s no amount of worry that can change tomorrow and there’s no amount of regret that can change yesterday, so my goal is to smile more in the here and now.”

While I’m working on finding a little happiness in my day-to-day, here are some of the goals I plan to accomplish in 2014:

  • start writing a book
  • apply to graduate school
  • read (at least) 30 books
  • complete more arts + crafts projects
  • re-design + expand this blog

There’s no time like the present to get started on the things you’ve been wishing to do for so long. That’s my mantra this year: just start somewhere.

What are your goals for 2014?

* Pictured above are these great worksheets that I’m using to plan out this year’s goals:
goal planning sheets via kory woodard.
big things worksheet via kaleigh somers.

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14 comments

    1. I’m totally ready to tackle some big projects that I’ve been putting off lately. When the new year rolls around and you feel like you have a fresh start, nothing can hold you back! Thanks for the worksheets, girl; they are phenomenal! :)

  1. Hi Sara, Love your “Overarching hope” I definitely need to incorporate that in my life. Good luck, Aunt Merrie

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  2. First off, your blog looks amazing. Not sure if these changes are recent, but I am loving it!

    Second, your photos are always so beautiful! I love your Instagram/blog pics…so inspiring!

    Third, what do you want to go to grad school for?!

    1. Thanks, Jess! I’m really glad I re-designed my blog over the summer, but I’m currently thinking of tweaking it even more… I think there are some improvements to be made so it feels more like me.

      And thanks for the compliment about my blog pictures/Instagram! Learning to take better quality iPhone photos has been fun.

      As for grad school, I’m still not 100% sure. Ultimately, I’d love to get a master’s in English (either literature or creative writing) because it’s always been a dream of mine, but I’ve recently been contemplating becoming certified to teach. There are so many decisions!

    1. I’m still not 100% sure. Ultimately, I’d love to get a master’s in English (either literature or creative writing) because that’s always been a dream of mine, but I’ve recently been contemplating becoming certified to teach. There are so many decisions!

  3. Hi Sara! I’m totally with you on worrying less in the New Year and focusing more on the present. I definitely get overwhelmed thinking too much about the future. Looking forward to seeing new updates on your blog this year! Happy 2014!!

  4. I just posted my “new year” blog post today and I was scrolling back and reading posts I’ve missed from the people I follow and you and I pretty much have the same view on New Years resolutions in our first paragraphs lol. I love the idea of just living in the present and I hope that you achieve everything you hope to this year!

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