Wednesday, December 31

My Goals for 2015

This has been one hell of a year, folks. I've had one of the best years of my life - working hard in school, learning how to be a (kind of) real life lawyer, getting to see J more often, getting engaged, going to Vegas for the first time, living with both my cats again, finding an amazing roommate, and spending lots of time with my family!

At the same time, I'm really excited to jump headfirst into 2015... not that I have a choice, haha. It's going to be another difficult and stressful year, but this year is the year that J will graduate, move to New Hampshire with me, and I'll have my first law job in Concord! I'll also become a 3L this year, which is WILD!

Some people don't like making resolutions, but it's one of my favorite things to do! I love new ideas and organizing my life, so resolutions or goals are kind of my thing. :) So, check out my goals for 2015!

  • Start a new 12x12 project
I loved doing my 12x12 project SO much this last year, and I couldn't wait to do it again this year! However, with one significant twist - I can read whatever 12+ books I want to! I had to change the rules this year for my own sanity. I get really, really attached to book characters. Maybe this seems super nerdy to you, but I developed a strong attachment to Anne of Green Gables, and when I don't read the book enough, I miss her like I miss a friend. Same thing with Harry Potter. And the Watership Down rabbits, haha. I miss my literary friends, so I needed to do something this year where I still challenge myself to read, but I have the option of reading those books for my soul! I'm hoping to read a few I haven't before, and I'll still be posting about the books I read, like I did this year!

  • Notice when I'm gossiping
True story: I hate gossiping and I feel like shit whenever I do it... and sometimes I find myself still doing it. This year, I really want to notice when I'm gossiping. I really think that when I notice I'm doing it, it'll be easier to stop myself from doing it. After all, accepting that you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right?

  • 30x30 yoga project
I want to start a yoga project for myself sometime this year where I do 30+ minutes of yoga once a day for 30 days in a row! Partially this is a physical health-related goal, but it's also a soul-related and mental one - I want to see how I change during those 30 days, or if I do at all! It's no secret that I love yoga, and I would love to really work on my practice this year. During this project, I would do yoga every day for 30 days, and post (either every day, a few times a week, or once a week, depending on the factors of that particular month) about my experiences.

  • Give away 200 things
This is something I've done for the past two years, and something I think is really important to do. I throw out things that are perishable or gross, and donate everything I can. This project is good for assessing the things (in my closet, for instance) I really love and need in my life, and letting go of the things that are no longer serving me or are needed more elsewhere!

  • Have a law school book club meeting
I half-started a ladies' law school book club last year with the goal being to read more and drink more wine, and naturally we never chose a book or met. Thankfully, my friend Christina is an uber-babe and jump started us (or at least her and me) a few days ago, so what I really want to do is actually participate and have a meeting! We've already chosen our first book (Not That Kind of Girl) and I can't wait to talk with her about it! :)

  • Make blogging calendars each month
One thing that I learned from A Beautiful Mess's Blog Life was that blogging is immensely easier when I actually make a schedule of what I'm going to post and when. It's easier to write when you're excited about what's to come, and it's so much more helpful to keep on track! Last year, I starting scheduling around this summer, but fell off the wagon during the school year. I've already scheduled January and February, and I'm really going to try to keep up this year!

  • Find and cook two or more recipes each month
I'm a creature of habit, which means I'm really good at (and happy) cooking the same three recipes over and over again, haha. They're super healthy, mostly vegetarian, or easily made vegetarian. And moreso, they're super easy to make... but I'd really love to expend the recipes that I know by heart and teach myself a few more classics! I have about ten cookbooks at home that I literally NEVER use, which is so sad! Why have cookbooks if you're not going to use them, you know? I also got J two cookbooks for Christmas, and I'm hoping he finds a use for them!

  • Make my bed every day
I'd like to start making my bed every day a habit. Even if my room's a mess, I think I would feel better coming home after school every day to a clean bed. Plus I've heard people have better and more productive days if they make their beds in the morning. No idea if that's true or not, but I'm going to find out for myself!

  • Physical fitness goals
I have a great gym membership that I don't use nearly enough, so one of my big goals for the next year is to do morning workouts five times a week at the gym when I'm in Concord! It's an ambitious goal for me, but something I really, really care about doing. I already eat healthy 90% of the time, and I would really love to get out some of that law school stress at the gym and tone myself up more than I am now. Plus, I have 8:00AM or 8:30AM classes Monday through Friday this coming semester, so it's not like I have the option of sleeping in anyway. I'm a morning person, so I might as well make use of it!

I don't want to wear myself out and the last thing I want is to start an unhealthy habit, so my goals here are just that - goals. I'm not going to beat myself if I don't go to the gym all the time or don't quite meet my  goals. I just want to give myself more of a balanced life, and I think these fitness/physical health goals will be really good for me!

  • Reward myself when I reach my goals!
This is something I'm super excited about too, even though it's more of a promise to myself than anything else. Sometimes, just posting that I did something is a reward in itself, like when I could post about each book I finished in my 12x12 project this past year! I also want to give myself small rewards throughout the year, like if I make my bed every day for a week (lame, I know, but still fun for a reward, haha). I haven't come up with a list of small rewards yet, but I was thinking of things like $5 to spend on iTunes or a box of those Hostess Christmas tree cakes I'm obsessed with, haha. Small stuff, like the ladies at A Beautiful Mess suggested!

I'm really, really excited about these goals for the next year! All-in-all, I have ten goals of various levels of difficulty. It seems like a lot when they're listed out like this, haha. I think my 12x12 and 30x30 projects will be the easiest for me, and keeping up with my physical health and making my bed  will be the hardest. Is that weird, haha? Making my bed has always been contrary to my nature, as well as hanging up my towels. But aren't the best goals the kind that change your bad habits?

What goals are you thinking about making for this next year? Which ones sound harder than others to you? Do you hate it when people make fitness goals for the year (honestly, I usually hate it - I'm a hypocrite)?


  1. I love the gossiping resolution! I made that one a couple of years ago and with practice, I've been pretty successful. I don't think anyone can ever stop *completely*, but you can stop yourself more than 90% of the time. While every once in a while I do pass something on (*sigh*), and I never judge the people who do tell me things, gossip tends to end with me. It's my way of ending unnecessary drama.

    1. Thanks Steph! :) I totally agree! It just doesn't seem worth the "fun" that comes from spreading things around. And even though I don't think gossiping is a huge problem for me, I've had a tougher time of it in law school. Sometimes it feels like I'm in high school again, haha. You can hold me accountable if you catch me doing it (if you want)?

      xo Madie