NYE 2014 {not your mama's resolutions}

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Two Thousand Thirteen.  You were good to me.  Even when you were bad, you were good.  I cannot believe another years has passed.  It's a total cliche thing to say, but time flies, it always wins, it can be a son of a bitch.  But not always. Time can be good, it can be a blessing.  Time means more days and more hours to spend with those you love doing what you love.  For all the days I wish time would stop, that it would freeze my kids in the moment, I'm so glad that it doesn't.  You can't grow if you are frozen.  You can't live if you are stuck.  You can't love if you can't move forward.  Two thousand fourteen will be my thirty sixth year.  It will be another year to start fresh.  Another year to plan and set goals.   Another year to live, each moment, to it's fullest.  And it will be another year where I write all about it.

Alli at simply alli, is hosting a link up today.  Here is the prompt that she has provided to get a jump start on some goals.  Perhaps you can call them resolutions.  I think I'm going to call them ideas.  I'd like to think that if I call them goals or really great ideas for 2014, I can complete each and every one.  

A bad habit I’m going to break: 
Procrastination.  And not washing my face before bed.  I know, right?

A new skill I’d like to learn:
Last year I was totally game to learn to knit.  Still haven't so I think I'll stick with knitting.  Any good tutorials out there?

A person I hope to be more like:
Honey in faith, Diana in motivation, Jill in kindness, Becca business skills and Alissa in blogging social media skills, and Ashley for blog and word inspiration.

A good deed I’m going to do:
More random acts of kindness.  They really turn your whole day around.

A place I’d like to visit:
Somewhere with the Hubbs.  Somewhere with the kids.  Somewhere with my bestie.  It doesn't have to be exotic or far from home, just a little get away.

A book I’d like to read:
Pride and Prejudice.  I have never read it.  I know.  How can I love books and have never even cracked this one open.

A letter I’m going to write:
To an old friend.  To say hello when they would least expect it.

A new food I’d like to try:
Kale.  I know I'm paleo and all but I have yet to conquer my fear of kale.

I’m going to do better at:
Minding my temper.  Patience.  Using my words.  Asking for help.  Taking a breath.  Being me.

I really liked those prompts by Alli.  They bring a different meaning to "resolution".  Last year I participated in "Seven Things".  I've decided to review them and then pick seven new things for 2014. Here is how I fared last year.

Seven things: 2013/2014

Learn:  How to knit.  Everyone is doing it, and I love scarves way too much not to try.
 Nope.  Didn't do it.
Learn for 2014:  same.  I still want to learn to knit

Start: Running.  Again.  I stopped and have regretted it every day. 
Time to lace up my trainers.
Nope.  Tried and tried, but just couldn't get back to it.  Maybe this year.
Start for 2014: working out in general.  Moving.  And maybe some running too.
Stop:  putting off my freelance/book dream.  Seriously what am I waiting for. 
The worst they can do is say no!
Nope again.  I did send off some work for contests and submissions but they were all rejected.  Still trying to work on that book dream though.
Stop for 2014: Procrastinating on this writing thing.  
Well to stop procrastinating on most things.
Take a vacation to: a blogging conference, writing conference or both.
Also Disneyland with the kids would also be awesome.
Elevate.  It was amazing!
Take a vacation for 2014: Anywhere, but mostly Vegas again!
Find: and make the perfect roasted chicken
Did it for the Resolutions Challenge.
But haven't made it again!
Find for 2014: The perfect flats for work.  
It sounds very boring but I'm going to need them.
And also a fancy handbag.
Try: to put my laundry away when it's washed. 
I know, but seriously these things are made to be broken.
You don't even have to ask.
Try for 2014: to be more patient with my oldest.  To not lose my temper and my mind so easily with her.  
To show my love more than my temper.
Be (more):  Inspired.  
I was very inspired in 2012, and I think it made all the difference. 
I want to keep that spirit and be inspired by
words, art, crafts, people, music, everything.
Now this I did.  I was inspired by so much and so many people in 2013!
Be for 2014: Be inspired.  Be happy.  Be in the moment.

Happy New Year dear readers and friends.  
I look forward to spending 2014 with you.  
Let the ball drop, let the bottles pop, and embrace 2014!

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  1. Hey Megan! Thanks so much for your support and for linking up with me! I appreciate your support as always! You must try KALE!! It's tasty! I've only made kale chips, but I really liked them :) Go for it girl! You only life once :) I hope you and your family have a wonderful and blessed 2014!~ go get it! xoxo

    1. Thanks for hosting the link Alli!! I had so much linking up with you in 2013. And yes. I've gotta try kale!! Xo

  2. i'm so bad about washing my face before bed every night, too. i totally gave in and bought simple's cleansing wipes so now i have no excuse. ;)

    1. I've gotta get some wipes! I don't wear make up all that often so as I type this I realize I've already broken this "resolution"! LOL Awesome! Happy New Year!!

  3. I have yet to read Pride and Prejudice or watch the movie. I think I shall do that also. lol :)

    1. Robin, I have no idea why I haven't in all these years. It's like I think it's too challenging or something. Which is probably true since currently I'm reading "Paddle Your Own Canoe", by Nick Offerman who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec! Thanks for reading!