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2014 Goals and Resolutions


I made goals earlier this year, steering away from waiting for the typical January driving force that pushes us into starting over and making all kinds of promises to ourselves.  I made a HUGE list of all that we want to accomplish in our home, and believe me, this was not a “to be completed in 2014” list.  That would be amazing, but impossible when we both work full-time and we like to do things like eat and sleep.  So I’m making a specific set of resolutions for myself and the blog.

Consistency 2014

Yesterday I shared with you my one word for 2014 – consistency.  This is going to play a big part in how I make resolutions, you see, because I want to accomplish them all – that’s part of being consistent, no?  So let me share with you in more detail some of the things I’d like to accomplish.

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2014 Personal Resolutions

  • spend more time with family.  I really should make it a point to call my parents more often and I’d like to make an effort to spend even more time with them.
  • invite more people into our home.  I LOVE the idea of entertaining, but the thought of preparing for it and being the perfect hostess paralyses me.  Remember when I wrote about being a better hostess?  I need to take my own advice and just BE one!
  • take better care of myself.  I mentioned this briefly yesterday, and I need to listen to my body more.  I feel like I’m pretty good at that, but there’s room for improvement and I can certainly use some help in the beauty department!  I’m not exactly great at keeping a routine.
  • invest more into my friendships.  It can be easy to become a reclusive person and the comforts of home are far too tempting sometimes – I need to say ‘yes’ more to being around people.  As someone who strongly dislikes talking on the phone, I need to make greater efforts to reach out to those dear friends who don’t live close enough for regular visits.Instagram Collage - The Learner Observer
  • apply a few ‘band-aids’.  This means rather than waiting until we can spend large chunks of money on projects around the house (like our main bathroom that needs new tile and vanity), spending small amounts to put a band-aid (like with paint and new accessories) on it until the big project.  Do I sound crazy?  Ok well Young House Love calls this “Phase 1” Projects, and they make a great case for why they are beneficial.
  • appreciate my home more.  After taking down the Christmas decor it felt like I was seeing my house with new eyes.  You may remember the photos above from recent Instagram posts… Well I have been looking at our home with a new perspective and I like it!

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2014 Blogging Goals

  • plan.  So simple, so important.  I often find myself wanting to have a real schedule on a real calendar, but I usually fall short.  I did use a very specific plan for my 31 Day posts last year and it worked SO WELL!  Now I need to keep that up the rest of the year!  I’d like to post 3 times a week, every week.
  • learn.  This year I want to learn a few things to make my blog better.
    • Photoshop: I have limited knowledge.  I’d like it to be less limited.
    • Sponsorship: how it works and how it can work for my blog.
    • HTML: because coding is oh so important!
    • Graphic Design: for better graphics in my posts, on my sidebar, and in a potential future newsletter.
    • Photography: because I need all the help I can get!
  • quality.  Bring it up and make it my focus for every post, even if that means breaking my 3 posts per week goal.
  • High:Low Series - The Learner Observermore High/Low.  I’ve said before I want to make this a monthly series, and I will!  I will also create a better logo for it!
  • collaborate.  Working with other bloggers is so rewarding and so much fun, and I want to do more of it!
  • attend another blogger conference.  I know I’ll attend Blog Podium again, but I’d ultimately love to attend Haven to meet some of the American bloggers I have come to love and admire!
  • revamp my sidebar.  This is broader than it seems because it may include the sponsorship thing.  I’d just like to redesign it a bit to make it cleaner and with more quality images.

border 2 blackI think that’s all I have… and it’s probably more than enough because I just know more things I haven’t planned for will come up, as they always do.

Oh and in case you’re curious about last year’s goals, I did manage to accomplish some, like finishing the studio (posts to come soon!), sprucing up the basement washroom, and improving kitchen storage, which turned out to be my 80’s wall unit turned hutch.  Yet to be completed: landscaping, painting my desk and figuring out the entry.  But those WILL all be completed this year.  It’s already in the works!


Now excuse me as I go print out this blog post and pin it up all over my house so I don’t forget everything I just planned!

What are your goals and resolutions for 2014?

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  • Reply Dannielle

    I definitely need to learn about HTML this year as well. It scares me so much haha xx

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    January 7, 2014 at 8:49 am
    • Reply Thalita

      I’ve already had a few “oopsies” on the blog thanks to trying to change HTML when I have no idea what I’m doing… it IS scary!

      January 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Krista @thehappyhousie

    My goodness I feel like I could have literally written those personal goals myself. And your blog goals are super applicable too. I am coming up on my one year blogiversary in February and am feeling I need a redesign! ahh…. so much on the list. I like consistency as a word – I chose focus – meaning get out of my HEAD and stay present in the moment… as well as focus and get one thing finished before I start another (20) projects!! Hard to do:) Good luck with all your goals Thalita!!

    January 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      That’s pretty amazing that we have such similar goals!

      Ok…wait a sec… you have been blogging for less than a year?!?! That’s crazy! I never would have expected that. You are so knowledgeable and you have so much going on! Needless to say, you have accomplished a LOT in a short amount of time!

      Focusing on the present can be so hard sometimes, right? And I have the SAME problem with having so many projects on the go. I made myself start and finish one project before moving on to another and it felt amazing! Now if I could just do that again….

      All the best to you, Krista!!!

      January 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Midsommarflicka

    LOVE all your goals!
    Especially the blog-ones. I also think often “I want more” but then there’s still the problem I’m on and I would need to change if I want to change more than just some CSS and then I’m also responsible if I crash the whole thing… so it’s probably not going to happen!
    And the design?! Yeah, I change that every few months, like it just happened two days ago ;)
    But I’m SO excited to see what you’re doing!!

    But the “invite more people”, “invest in friendships” & “take care of myself” – this is totally happening in my life as well!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    January 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Yes! I second Haven! So we can meet in person, and then talk about collaborating together, and how we both have reclusive tendencies, and crafting, and diy, and YHL, and all those other great things :)
    Or maybe I’ll just have to figure out a way to get to CA this year!
    Also, I love your blogging goals. I also want my posting to be more consistent, as well as my visual & verbal content quality. I feel like I half-ass things sometimes. I got a weekly planner for Christmas and I am LOVING being able to write down project ideas and a physical posting schedule.

    January 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      HAHA Yes we need to meet and talk about ALL of those things!!! Hey, we’re not THAT far from one another, so it’s not entirely out of the question :)

      Consistency is hard with me in ALL areas of life, so this is just another one to add onto! Planning can be life-changing, and give you a little accountability, too… at least it does for me!

      January 13, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Dan R Morris

    We’re bringing Blogging Concentrated to Toronto this year! Hopefully we’ll see you. :)

    January 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      That’s great news! I checked your schedule online. Definitely hoping to attend! :)

      January 13, 2014 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Raven Corwin, aka Meggie

    It may sound common, but the “For Dummies” books are actually quite helpful (read: easy to follow). The have one for blogging and another for WordPress specifically. Also, Photoshop, HTML… I think they have one for EVERYthing. If you have time, your town recreation department, or community college may also offer adult courses in PhotoShop. As always, looking forward to seeing what you do this year :)

    January 11, 2014 at 1:31 am
    • Reply Thalita

      That’s great advice!! I never would have thought of that! I definitely need Photoshop help! I just enrolled in an online course. Fingers crossed!!!

      January 13, 2014 at 11:16 am
  • Reply April @ Money Pit Love

    A very inspiring list of goals, my friend. Your commitment to spending more real time with friends and family really resonates. As bloggers extraordinaire, we all spend so much time behind our keyboards that it’s easy to become disconnected to the “real” people in our lives. I love that your making it a priority to reconnect!

    January 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Yeah the screen can take over sometimes, and that ain’t right. You know when my dog starts pawing at my typing hands it’s time to let go!

      January 14, 2014 at 10:36 am

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