Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014!


I realize I am a little late to the party - but Happy 2014! It feels as if I just got used to writing 2013 on everything and now we are changing again. Such is the life of all of us as busy people I guess. But there is just something refreshing about a new year and being able to attempt to start over. However, just because we want to start fresh, doesn't mean that we should forget all the great things that happened. 
I didn't start this little blog until July of last year. I really didn't imagine that I would keep up with it this long, or have more than 10 followers - you guys are awesome! My favorite thing that happened in the year 2013 was getting married! Married life is the best, and besides my twin, my husband is my other half! I loved our wedding day!
My sister got engaged, I started this little internet space, our puppy turned 2, and it marked 1 year working at my job on the critical care unit. 2013 was truly one of my favorite years - 2014 has a lot to live up to!
I am not one for making resolutions, as I believe that our lives can change in an instant, and the resolutions we made may no longer be applicable. I believe more in goals, that can go along with us where ever our lives take us. My goal list isn't exhaustive yet, as I am still thinking of things I want to accomplish, but these are my important ones!
1. Continue to post regularly on my blog, and grow my followers! I think every blogger has this goal, but its obviously a great one! You guys have been amazing readers, and your comments always get me so excited! 
2. To post more outfit posts! For some reason, this will require a lot of courage for me, but I love to shop. I was surprised my clothes didn't make more of an entrance into my blog, but the thought of posting my style on my blog makes me nervous for some reason!
3. Be more consistent with reading my devotions! I don't do this every day currently, and I know it's something that will get missed here and there as life gets in the way, but I want it to be much more consistent that I have been. If you don't have the book "Jesus Calling" you should get it. It's a great book for everyday! They even have an app for it that is fantastic as well!
4. Join a church! This will actually happen this month, so I will be able to check this off my goal list early. We're excited to actually belong to a church in our own city instead of the ones where we used to live with our parents. 
5. Be more kind spirited, and leave some sparkle in the world! I think having a job in the ICU can at times harden your heart, or "toughen" it up. Some days, I find myself forgetting to be patient and compassionate in those cases where it is so hard to be a kind person all the time. I want to work on this, and be my best self as much as I can be.

I have some fun, more impractical goals as well!
6. Throw the best bridal shower for my sister! I love party planning so I can't wait for this in April!
7. Not to cut my hair! Except for trims. I am trying so hard to grow it out!
8. Work out more consistently! I am not going to set a day number per week to work out on this one, I feel like that sets myself up for failure. But I definitely have a ton of room for improvement!
9. Get my house in order! I have 2 rooms that are half redone. I want to finish those up!
10. Get a dayshift job! As much as I really do love working night shift, we are getting to the point in our lives where we are thinking about starting a family, and we are getting tired of being tired all the time when we visit family or have to be up during the day to get things done. I love the night shift part, but it has a ton of downfalls that I am getting more ready to give up!

Here's to hoping we can all meet our goals this year! What are your goals or resolutions?
PS I'm linking up with these fabulous girls!

58 comments:

  1. Great post, can relate to most of your aspirations for 2014, especially the not cutting hair, had mine chopped in July and it will take forever to grow back :(

    Linzylabellevie x

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    1. It takes so long to grow out! I hate that!

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  2. Congrats on your great 2013. Can't wait to see 2014!
    www.wearflowersinyourhair.com

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    1. I'm exited for this new year! Good luck with your resolutions!

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  3. I agree...a year of being married is the best kind of year :) haha One of my goals for this year is actually to cut my hair! Do you have a specific devotional that you use?

    And I can't wait to see outfit posts! You will totally rock them!

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    1. I read Jesus Calling - I really like it!

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  4. Happy 2014! May the new year bless you with many wonderful things and memories!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  5. Happy New Year! Love the resolutions, especially to post more outfits on your blog. I also love the photo of your wedding! Beautiful.
    xo Dina
    http://www.sweetestsomethings.com

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping to get the courage up to do those posts!

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  6. What a lovely 2013 you had! I'm in love with your goals for 2014 as well! I love the "leave some sparkle in the world." Wouldn't life be so much more fabulous if everyone had that goal?! I love it all! Thank you so much for linking up with us today girlie! xo

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    1. It would be awesome if we all left mere sparkle! So glad you hosted the link up!

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  7. Thank you so much for joining us today!! Your wedding dress was gorgeous - congrats on an amazing 2013! We are in search of a church too... there are so many in our area but we still haven't found one that fits. I can't wait to see your outfit posts, they will be amazing! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks! It took us a while to find a church that was a good fit for us too. So glad you hosted the link up!

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  8. I feel the same way about fashion posts! It does take courage right? I feel like such a dork posing for single shot views of my outfits! How do I get over this? :-) Great list! The night shift is killer girl I give you credit!

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    1. I do too! And I'm so picky about pictures! Well have to get over it together :)

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  9. I love the verse "Be Still and know he is God"--it is one of my very favorites! One of my goals is to be more consistent with my devotionals as well!! Love you goals for the year! You can do it :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. I love that quote too! Happy New Year!

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  10. Good luck with your goals! They look like great ones.
    - Catherine

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  11. We share a lot of the same goals for the New Year! I'm like you, I feel weird posting outfit posts...even though I get compliments on my outfits. Good luck with all of your goals!

    Xo, J
    http://www.georgiapeachmommy.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope I get better at those posts! Thanks for the well wishes!

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  12. Happy 2014 and good luck with your resolutions!!

    Mili from Call me, Maeby

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  13. HAPPY NEW YEAR! You have some great goals set for 2014! Cannot wait for yo to follow along!
    It took me 2 years to finally post outfit posts!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one! Happy new year!

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  14. love your list of goals! i still need to make mine, but i'm definitely looking forward to starting fresh in 2014!

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  15. I definitely don't know how you do the night shift stuff....Definitely admire you for that, and I totally get why you'd be ready for a change! I totally get what you mean about posting your style! I can't wait to see some outfit posts this year!

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    1. It has positive and negative aspects - I hope get up the courage for outfit posts!

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  16. I want to grow my hair out too (I have extensions in. Shh)! Hopefully we both can!

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    1. Haha glad I'm not the only one with this silly goal!

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  17. Becky! I love all of these :) And I agree with you about resolutions vs. goals.

    Also!!!! If you are looking for devotionals, Beth Moore is giving away quite a few ebooks for free until January 10th!! If you haven't done a Beth Moore study or devotional before, it is amazing!! You will love it - I promise!

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    1. Ooo thanks for the idea! I'll check it out!

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  18. Happy New Year! I'm not a resolutions kind of girl, so I am just hoping to make 2014 the best year ever!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife,com

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  19. Ohhhhh, I can't wait to see some outfit posts!! It's a little scary at first, but I bet you will grow to love it. It's fun to dress up & share!! You got this and all the other things for 2014!! xoxo

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    1. Your blog is one of the few that makes me want to do outfit posts! Happy new year!

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  20. Hi there! Visiting via Jayda's blog so I thought I'd say hi. :) I read "Jesus Calling" as my daily devotional this past year and it was great!

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    1. It is one of my favorites for sure!

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  21. Happy new year :) May 2014 be the best year yet!

    dontcoralwithme.blogspot.com

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  22. Happy New Year!!! Outfit posts are always fun. I have never fully done it because I am literally too scared but bloggers who have, have been doing a fabulous job and I think you will, too. And have fun putting together your sister's bridal shower. It'll be a blast - no doubt!

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    1. I'm nervous about it too! Happy new year!

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  23. Wishing you good luck with your goals for 2014…i'm sure you will do great!! I think growing followers and continuing to write worthy posts is a top priority for all of us!! Happy 2014!!

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  24. Those are good goals! Happy New Year :)

    You can enter to win a $100 giftcard to Lululemon by visiting my blog!

    www.truesoulandspirit.blogspot.com

    -A

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  25. Happy New Year - best wishes to you in 2014!
    And splendid resolutions! I'm also going to try to exercise more regularly and focus on my health. Good luck! :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. I think that is a popular goal for this year! Hopefully we can both stick to it!

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  26. Happy New year dear !!! can't wait for your outfit posts :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  27. Best wishes to you in 2014! Taking down Christmas decor is always so depressing - I usually keep mine up for a couple weeks, lol! xx

    http://www.somewherelately.com/

    Brooke & Meggan

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    1. I know - it always makes the house look so much worse!

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  28. I actually really struggle with posting pictures of my style as well. I am so concerned that I'll be made fun of for something I wear. Can't wait to keep following along to see what 2014 has in store for you! xoxo

    champagneandsuburbs.blogspot.com

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    1. Same here - I need to work up enough courage first!

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  29. What amazing goals! I'm popping over from the linkup. :) My hubby and I got married this year, too! I'm with you about style posts. I was thinking about posting one soon, but I'm a little nervous. :) Hope you have a great week!

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