Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 goals

I've never been one for setting goals. It's just never appealed to me. But for some reason (drinking the new year kool-aid?), this year I want to write out a few things and see how I do.

- Read more. I set my Goodreads goal at 20 which is about 16 more than last year and still seems pretty attainable. We'll see, though.

- Take Duncan out for at least a 20 minute walk every day, barring bad weather or working past dark. It's good for both of us and helps with my whole fitbit 10K steps thing.

- Take more pictures. If you follow me on instagram, then you know I just got a DSLR and I want to learn how to use it. Any good resources to send my way? I'm going to attempt a project 365 but we'll see how that goes...

- Do something with said pictures. I got really into the idea of a smashbook last year and never used it after the newness wore off. I should change that.

- Acquire a taste for red wine. We're going to Napa in the fall (!!!) and I think only drinking white wine will lessen my enjoyment of the whole experience.

- Cook more. I hate it, but it's time I tried a teensy bit harder. Baby steps.

- Organize my work stuff better. I always have scratch paper and multiple notebooks going with all kinds of notes about projects but I got a new planner and a matching moleskine professional notebook with a cool set-up that I'm hoping will help me stay organized. And if not, at least they're pretty, right?

Planner is Sugar Paper for Target and the layout is exactly what I needed... They came out late October and are only sold in stores so I might have gone to three to find this. The Moleskine was purchased with a Container Store gift card. I'll let you know if it was worth the cash.

I'm excited. These are all things I want to do, so I hope I can stick with them. Any tips?

19 comments:

  1. Good luck with the goals! I'm not a red wine fan either. Of course I only discovered not even 5 months ago that I like some white wine. Napa sounds like a great time!!

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  2. let me know about moleskin. when i flipped through one, it was just a regular notebook/planner with a nicer cover?? am i missing something as to why a regular notebook would cost so much? i do like the feel of the cover though....

    as for cooking - find a few easy recipes to work on and once you get the hang of it, you'll actually find you LIKE being in the kitchen! personally, i love crock pot recipes; they're so easy and you don't even have to do the hard work :D

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  3. I think this are all manageable. Goodreads really helps with book suggestions so you always have books you want to read. I am all about notebooks with notes everywhere. I tend to be more a white wine person too, I am slowly liking some red wine.

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  4. I do a planner and corresponding notebook too. I switched to a Plum Paper planner this year. My notebooks are invariably from Target.

    For a good part of the year, every day is dark when I get home. Wrangling three dogs for a walk in the often freezing dark is not super fun. I'm going to try to be better about getting them out more though.

    To start simple in the kitchen: season chicken and bake, steam broccoli, roast sweet potatoes. Sometimes I think people think meals need to be a huge production when really they don't. If you start with basics, maybe it'll be less intimidating/hateful?

    I was a white wine person then a red wine person and now I'm back to white again.

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  5. I saw those planners at target and totally swooned! I really love my plum paper but in all honesty the $7 walmart planners worked just fine for me for years. I had a target planner several years back that I SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY LOVED SO SO MUCH but they stopped making it and I almost cried. Look at you being all pretty in pink!! Good luck with your reading goals!! I love how our fitbits get us to spend more time with our dogs, ha. I always tried to walk bailey before, but now it's a non-negotiable!

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  6. Blogger keeps eating my comments. GRRRR.

    I need a pretty planner for personal stuff, ebates just sent me a Target gift card but Hobby Lobby has cute planners too. Decisions, decisions.

    I've decided to focus on photography not writing, if my name is going to lead people to something I want it to be beautiful pictures. Still fun but a lot less personal.

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  7. I got one of those Target planners as well!! They didn't have that pretty one at mine, I got a white one with gold dots. I am interested in hearing how your professional notebook goes too!

    I read about 20 books last year which is probably the most in my life. I really enjoyed it and hope to continue on with that this year! I already have one knocked out!

    For cooking, I really started enjoying it when I had a plan. I sit on Pinterest Sunday mornings sipping coffee find what I want to make, write a list and add items to my Cartwheel app if there are any and then go to the store. It has become routine for me and I love it! I also have about 10 recipes that are my go-tos if I dont feel like finding new stuff, or didn't have time to plan it out. I keep those in a note on my phone so if I am at the store without a list I am prepared.

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  8. I didn't make a list of goals but if I did cook more and read more would be on it!!! Red wine definitely was an acquired taste for me. Napa sounds awesome. It's on my list of places to go.

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  9. I definitely support trying red wine as it really will enhance your Napa experience! I was a pretty exclusive white wine drinker when we went there and now am much more into reds (cabs and pinots are my favorite) and now can't wait to go back!

    I am a seasonal wine drinker...whites in the spring/summer, reds in fall/winter.

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  10. These are all great goals! I'm a white wine person, too, but I totally agree you should dip your toes into trying red wines to up your Napa experience! I am so jealous -- Napa (and California in general) sounds like so much fun. I've never been to Cali at all.
    Good luck with the fitbit! Duncan will really appreciate the time outside. :)
    I haven't even started thinking about my 2015 goals... but I do remember I failed terribly at some of my 2014 ones. Oh well, since I still accomplished some, I still consider it successful!

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  11. These are good goals - haha I love that you have "acquire a taste for red wine" while mine is "cut down on weeknight red wines". Once you acquire that taste it's hard not to drink haha!

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  12. Good luck with your goals! I have a Good reads account but I have never updated it. Oops! There is a photography blog I follow with great tips called DPS photography school. They have simple tutorials.

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  13. I got a DSLR too and I really want to learn to use it better. I actually might sign up for a DSLR boot camp class put on through our community education program. There might be classes in your area! I also really REALLY need to get organized at work. I always write things in all different places and stash things when I am "organizing" only to realize I have no clue where I put something. The struggle is real... good luck with all your goals!!!

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  14. Yay for the DSLR. But tell me more about this Moleskine. Do the hard backs comes with stuff to fill out? I just read another post about that Day Design planner blah blah. I need a journal/note keeper/doodle pad. I think.

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  15. With you on the wine... I started making the switch last year. Start with sweet reds. If you can get your hands on Bernhardt Valentine - start with that. It's sweet, not dry, or mulchy tasting. I am horrible with photos. I take them... but then do nothing. I need to work on that! And with you on cooking. I hate it. And that will never change. Haha! Good luck with the goals - you're rocking the fitbit so far!

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  16. You are going to Napa...so awesome!! You have to branch out. Start with some lighter reds maybe like pinot noir or malbec and then move to heavier ones like cabs. Also look for descriptors that maybe are more fruity (if that is what you like about white) and then move into more complex ones. I think wine tastings are a great way to learn more. I don't know I've also been a I want to try all the new things kind of girl :) I love, love my DSLR but I have been slow in getting off auto :) I'll email you later some resources I found. I finally bought a planner this year too.

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  17. One of the goals I set for myself late last year was to read more. So far I've been doing pretty good! I am on my third book in 4 months (not good for some standards, but good for me!).

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  18. Ooh! You should try some sweet red wine. It's delicious! :)

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  19. i don't know anything about DSLRs, but I am trying to cook more as well :) and yay for reading more!!

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