Those Pesky 2014 Goals…

In years past I’ve tried to do the whole “resolution” thing at the start of the new year… only to have found myself flailing and floundering in the hopes of picking up the habits I hope to change. I never seem to have the right “game plan” (for lack of a better phrase) and always am seeing myself as trying to change my habits into the generalized ideas of eating better and working out more… without any real plan or goal in mind. Well, other than the goal of just trying to lose weight.

So here I am with 14 goals to start 2014. At the end of the year, I hope to assess each one and say that I was able to complete each one. Because if I do, my life will be much richer for it.

Presenting the goals:

  • Walk, elliptical, (maybe) run, or bike a combined 1,400 miles.
  • Do 14,000 squats.
  • Do 14,000 crunches.
  • Try 14 new, healthy recipes.
  • Write 140,000 words to develop my fiction writing further.
  • Publish an average of 14 blog posts per month.
  • Make 14 things from my Pinterest boards (not recipes.)
  • Mail 14 cards or postcards (via Postcrossing) per month.
  • Accomplish 14 things from my 101 in 1001 days list.
  • Give away 140 items.
  • Treat myself to 14 “Julie” days to pamper myself. (hair/mani’s/pedi’s)
  • Take a daily selfie.
  • Spend 14 days (or partial days/nights) with my nephews.
  • Read/Finish these 14 books I already own.

The Gifts of Imperfection (Brene Brown)
Plan B (Pete Wilson)
* The Me I Want to Be (John Ortberg)
* Start (Jon Acuff)
* The In-Between (Jeff Goins)
* Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul (John & Stasi Eldredge)
* Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain)
* Anything (Jennie Allen)
* So Long, Insecurity (Beth Moore)
* One Thousand Gifts (Ann Voskamp)
* The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)
* The Fire Starter Sessions (Danielle LaPorte)
* Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect (Connally Gilliam)
* Let Hope in (Pete Wilson)

I also have a bonus item… to review the list 14 times each year (or every 26 days.) So I am putting a reminder in my phone for each of these 14 dates to review (and probably blog about) what has been done, what is going well and what I need to do better at.

I’m pretty excited to see where this is going to take me. I have a feeling that even though I’ll have lots to do with this, I’ll also be blessed in ways that I can’t even imagine.

What are you doing to start your new year right? Are you planning it out yet?

*If you purchase one of the books using the affiliate links above, this will provide pennies to help pay for this blog. :)


  1. This is a great idea and well executed theme, Julie! I’m not big on new years plans, because like you said, vague ideas never seem to find their way to being completed.

    This does have me thinking, however, what I could do for myself. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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