New Goals for a Brand New Year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I, like practically every other American, tend to make a list of "resolutions/goals" to keep myself on target and track--and of course I am jumping on the blogging bandwagon so you can keep me accountable! My last year's post looked something like this:
So, how did I do?
1. Master Copperplate Calligraphy. I mastered my own "style", yet my side business took a backseat to other events. For those asking, yes, I will pick this up again--perhaps a side job on maternity leave?
2. Complete Another 1/2 Marathon...fail. I didn't do it, though I did workout beyond belief for our wedding and am still keeping up with exercising to help cope with pregnancy weight.
3. Save More Money..success! This initiative is one that I couldn't do without my financially-savvy husband. That man loves his Excel spreadsheet I tell you.
4. Learn to Use my SLR Camera. Semi-pass. I use my Nikon a lot more, yet when I am out and about, my little point-and-shoot seems to do its job. I have a feeling with Caroline coming, this little gadget is going to get used a bit more often.
5. Read More Books. I did it!! I read 1 book each month. This is the most I have ever read {without having to like I did during college} and I am so happy--I feel like I turned off the television a bit more and spent quality time with entertaining books instead.
As for 2012, my list of potential achievements to abide by look something like this:
1. Volunteer more. With joining Junior League, I want to do more in the community and I am excited to get my placement this spring...doing for others feels so good!
2. Lose the baby weight. I know I'm still pregnant, but I'm already promising myself I will lose it all--positive thinking I tell you! I was in the best shape of my life when we got married and I want to get back to that place...not to mention with vacations and parties already in the works for my girlfriends tying the knot, I do not want to look like the "mom" ;)
3. Get back in the kitchen. Nothing makes Jeff happier than a home-cooked meal. He loves it when I get excited about cooking, and I seemed to have lost a little bit of that this past year. I want to try out new recipes, bake more, and use my KitchenAid mixer.
4. Don't over plan/schedule my time. I am constantly on-the-go and I desperately need to learn how to say no. I wish I didn't care so much about people pleasing. I need to not feel guilty, for I know I need some downtime, too.

5. Start my own business. This is something we have talked about the past few years, yet it's never seemed like the "right" time. Well, they say there is no time like the present...so 2012 will be when we hit the go button. More details to come, but I'm so excited to get the ideas set in stone and dive in head first on another life adventure.

So, are you like the rest of us and make resolutions? What is motivating you this year? I'd love to hear what you're planning to accomplish in 2012... 

- 25 Comments

  1. Great goals! I was so worried about losing the baby weight, but I nursed and it literally fell right off. I weight about 10 pounds less now than I did pre-preg. I think a lot of women are like that. You will love Junior League! ~Andrea

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  2. I love these resolutions. You can totally achieve them! So excited to hear about the new business venture. :)

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  3. As for your goal of saying no, Caroline is a great excuse! Plus, you will be so tired and so in love with her, you will just want to hang with her anyway :)

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  4. I love all of these goals!! Learning to say "no" to over scheduling is SO hard! Also, I have lofty goals of one day starting my own business too! :)

    Happy 2012, Natasha!

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  5. Congrats on accomplishing some things last year... Even semi:)
    Since you've read so many books, do you have any recommendations? I'm running out of good things to read.
    Lena

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  6. Love this list! I'm stealing a few for my own!

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  7. Great list! I second the commenter above who said that Caroline will be a great excuse to start saying no more - it's very true! I use Eli as an excuse to get out of things all the time :)

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  8. I wouldn't worry about being on the go to much, seeing how everyone I've ever known that has a baby, their social life or even trips out of the house comes to a screeching halt the first few months they have their newborn! :)

    I DEF think you should start your own BUSINESS! You are SOO talented Natasha! I could be your first customer? You could design my wedding invitations in that gorgeous handwriting of yours!!! :)

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  9. Great goals!! I think starting your own business is SUPER exciting!! Can't wait to hear more details!! :)

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  10. You have some great goals and I'm sure you will achieve each one!!!

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  11. Isn't it always great to write down your goals/resolutions, helps keep you more accountable :)
    I know you can achieve them all...you are definitely a go getter!!
    What an exciting year 2012 will be for you. Sounds like you have lots planned this year besides baby Caroline coming :)

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  12. Yayyyy for starting a business! I can't WAIT to hear more!

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  13. Ooo. Starting your own business sounds awesome. Can't wait to hear more about it. :)

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  14. Wonderful goals! Starting your own business sounds awesome! I hope you accomplish each goal!

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  15. Good luck with your goals! I can't wait to see what your new business entails.

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  16. I really want to make a difference. It's something that I have said since I was a little girl and this year, I am putting my words into actions. I am walking the Avon walk this year, possible going to run the 1/2 marathon for Team in Training, Working with a few non profits and a few other things! I am so excited! The fact that I have already signed up for these things make me so happy!

    Check out my blog at: hanlonfamily2.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm so excited for you and the prospect of your new business! I can't wait to hear more. And I'm proud of you for reading so much this year...I failed miserably on that front. Maybe 2012 is my year for the books! :)

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  18. Great goals! You'll be fine losing your baby weight. It's surprising how fast it just falls off in my opinion and your so fit now and you have a little one growing in your belly.;)

    This is a bit off topic, but did you go through someone to design your blog or did you deign it? Looking to revamp mine and I love the look of yours.

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  19. I love your goals for the year! I can't wait to hear more about what your new business is going to entail! That is very exciting! :)

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  20. Love all your goals and we have a similar one in mind! I am sure you will accomplish all of yours and more...you deserve it!

    Liesl :)

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  21. I love your goals!

    I've been following your blog for a few months now and I truly admire your always positive attitude. Thanks for being one of my favorite blogs!

    Happy New Year!!

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  22. It sounds like you were very successful in 2011. It sounds like you have some great goals for 2012 and I can't wait to hear more about your business!

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  23. What wonderful goals for the year. I hope you are having a fabulous day.... love your blog and I am your newest follower. xo

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