Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Goals

I am not one for New Year's resolutions because for the most part these mean creating high reaching unachievable goals that last for about a week.  However, the end of the year and the beginning of another is a great time to take a look at your life and figure out how you want to be a better person at the end of the year than you are right now.  While I am not one for the typical resolution I am all about developing small goals that actually can happen in the new year.  So I present to you my 2014 goals.

For a side note, I got these topics from a secular vlog and adapted them to my life (i.e. removed "kid" goals and added blog and spiritual goals).  I allowed myself up to 3 subcategories after each of the 8 categories.

1. Faith
a.  The ever present, increase my prayer life.  I highly doubt this goal will go away until the day that I die.
b. This past year I have gotten better about opening my Bible and diving in.  I want that to increase even more this year.
c.  I think this one is the most measurable and important.  With my graduating coming in May and the ease of daily Mass at Franciscan coming to an end I want to make sure I don't lose weekday Masses in my life.  I know they won't be able to be a daily thing but I do want to make sure I do strive to go to a weekday Mass at minimum one day a week.

2. Fitness
a.  Continue running.  Running has been less frequent with the cold snowy weather but I want to make sure it doesn't halt.
b.  Increase the speed of my running.  Since I began, running has just been about being able to run a few miles.  Now I want to make those miles faster.
c.  With that I want to train to run 5k races well not just finish them.

3. Nutrition
a. With a time without a meal plan looming in my future I want to make sure that when I begin being on my own for good I create good habits.
b. With that lack of meal plan I also want to budget the amount of money I spend on food and be smart about it.
c.   This is a constant thing in my life but I am always (sometimes more purposefully than other times)  trying to increase the amount of fruits and vegtables I consume.

4. Friends and Family
a.  Love my family and friends selfishly.  Easy to say, hard to do.
b.  As I graduate and leave the consistent social life I have had for the past 5 years I want to start off my life as a college graduate making new friends.
c. Pray for my family constatnly

5. Financial 
a.  Again with this graduation thing, I want to start managing my own real money starting with good habits that include saving and spending wisely
b. I do not want to have any credit card debt.  Student loans I will have and I think I am ok with car loans but credit card debt will not be acceptable.
c.  I want to pay above minimum payment on my loans.  I know this may not be feasible right away but I want to start working towards that.

6.  Home
a.  As I create a home for myself post graduation, I want less clutter.
b.  With that new place I want to make sure I create a purpseful sacred space which will help with number one point a.

7. Fun
a.  Enjoy the last semester of college, I don't think this will be hard
b.  Travel.  If there is a wedding I wan to be there.  I haven't seen a friend for a while, lets road trip.

8. Blog
Here I Ama.  This isn't something that can be forced but I want more good friendships through this blog world.  I have already been blessed with the beginning of so many and I want to cultivate those and accept any others I am blessed with.
b.  I want to have more purposeful blogging.  What would I want to read, let me create that here.  I want to make sure what I post here on this bloggity is really reflecting the image that I am and want to be.

So there you have it, my goals for 2014.  Please help hold me accountable to them.  I look forward to reporting back to you with much success this time next year.  I would love to here any goal creating going on over at your blog so please leave links in the comments.
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  1. Hi Natalie! I'm hopping over after seeing your comment on Jen's blog :-) I love finding blogs of young Catholic women like myself! I just started a goals link up and would love if any of you ladies want to hop on over so our posts can all be in one place and we can encourage each other. I've been writing monthly ones to keep myself on track and plan to do a link up each month. If you're interested, hop on over so we can all encourage each other!

    Here's the link to that post:

    1. I will have to check that out too!

  2. Love these! Great format too. Love you nat <3

  3. Wow, girl! Look at you. These are some amazing goals! :) And, yes... we do have some very similar ones. I will most definitely be praying for you. I will check in with you, too!

    Seriously... I am so impressed by your list. I feel like I need to go back and add to mine. But, I think I will get discouraged. ha. There are a few more things that I am going to work on, too. But, the ones that I put on my blog are easier for people to hold me accountable, ya know?? Anyway! Excited for you!

  4. Great goals! I've been dealing with clutter all day, so that one stuck out for me. I wish you luck in that grand battle, and good for you for starting earlier than me - hopefully you'll have far better results!

  5. Love your goals! 1.a. really is so true. That is a constant goal! This year, I decided on a very solid and simple "pray every day" goal.
    Check out my 2014 goals if you're interested :)

  6. These are awesome goals!! I LOVE them!! :) I think it's cool you are preparing for the transition from graduation to on-your-own life...these seem like wise goals for that. :)