Out With The Old, In With The New

Oh how I love thee.
I am totally one of those people who eats up the whole
 "Fresh start-Clean slate-Time to start new" biz.
There is something refreshing about a new year.
It is a time to concentrate and focus on all the things you should already be doing
{but aren't} that will create a better you.
Or in my case, a better me.
Do I think it is kinda crazy to "wait" until a new year to start practicing good habits?
But do I use the excuse of January 1st being just around the corner during the whole month of November and December to procrastinate starting something I should already be doing?

Anyhow, I took a solid five minutes and compiled this list the other day.
2012, I hope you're ready for me.

1. Read the entire Bible with the help of this little tool:
I started 2011 with the same goal and somewhere around March started slacking off.
Lord, if you are listening-please grant me the discipline to actually complete all 12 months, not three.
Or two and a half.
2. Drink More Water
And by more water, I mean drink primarily only water.
Yes, I will still have my coffee or tea in the morning.
But no more caffeine after 12 pm.
Insomnia, you can kiss your sweet self goodbye.

3. Limit meat intake to two times per week.
Because every time I see a person who looks amazing {or hear somebody say they feel amazing},
 I google their name and it comes back
Now hear me out, this is going to be hard.
We're talkin' real hard.
I love myself some meat.

4. Create an amazing space for my office.
I want a room where I feel inspired.
A room that I feel is all mine.
I'm thinkin' a little somethin' with this set-up:
 and these colors:

5. Host a "Second Annual" Clothes Drive.

6. Become more of an Organized Blogger.
Right now I have no rhyme or reason to my madness.
And it drives me absolutely nuts.
I want to schedule posts in advance, have one spot where I have all my sponsors information, etc.
Thankfully, I have this baby on the way to help me do just that:

7. Move my booty
30 Minutes.
5 days a week.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

8. Become more "Un-plugged"
I don't think y'all understand how addicted to technology I really am.
It's pretty much disgusting.
I am not sure of how I attempt to do this, but I'm going to assume a good start would be to stop spending four hours straight every evening on my Ipad.

9. Learn more about photography.
For a long time now, I've enjoyed taking pictures, but have never taken the time to "learn" about  photography.
Aperture, Shutter Speed, Blah Blah Blah..we're about to become good friends.
10. Be Intentional With Money.
I more so mean, be intentional with giving money to those who need it.
I would love to see my husband and I give on a monthly basis to different people who could use it.

11. Think about babies.
Please note: This does not say "Have" Babies.
Just simply start thinking about them.
This homegirl isn't gettin' any younger ya heard?

 And because I want to have at least one resolution I know I can stick with--
12. Take more baths, Get More Massages, and Buy an Iphone 4s.

Cheers to 2012.



  1. I like a clean slate too. Yes, also need to be a more organized blogger. And I like your idea of giving.


  2. Love your goals Erin. I posted mine on Friday; we have a few similarities :) My fav's are #12 {naturally} and then #11. But gesh, that whole limiting meal intake to two times a week, good luck my friend. I am a meat and taters kinda chick, and I hate veggies... so basically I would whither away & die with out it. lol. Happy New Year!!

  3. I love #10!! I found your blog through The Daybook a few weeks ago and I love your writing style! We are becoming much more intentional about our money, too...giving more and spending less...all while we're in the process of our adoption and fundraising! :)

    Hope 2012 is amazing for you!

    Lindsey :)

  4. I also have a resolution to learn more about photography! I just got a new camera and can't put it down! I found a good link to learning all that computer jargon and such. I'm also doing a challenge, that I found on Pinterest, to get me taking pictures. If you are interested, you can find those links at my blog http://atimeforeverythingjewelryblog.blogspot.com. Happy picture taking and Happy New Year!

  5. I like your goals! Notice I said goals. I hate the word resolutions. Even though they are the same, goals sounds so much less...i dunno...restrictive.

    I also always say I want to learn more about photography. One of these years it'll happen.
    Good stuff, Erin!

  6. loving this list....i can TOTALLY get on board with #12 ;)

  7. You can totally go mostly veg. Once you get a few weeks under your belt, it will become second nature. I don't eat any meat at all.

  8. #1-I have an Erin Condren Life Planner and I love it. That baby goes everywhere with me.

    #2-I feel like giving up most meat might be hard but very beneficial!

    #3-can't wait to see more photography! Would love a tour of your home... from what I've seen of it so far, you've got great style!

    #4-so excited you've decided to be more intentional with giving of money! husband & i are trying to do this too!

    hope you have a great 2012!

    Fairdale Diaries

  9. #1 will be my main priority for the year or trying to make it that way!

    Hope you have an amazing 2012!

  10. I love your new years resolutions!! all of them to be exact.. I wasn't going to make any resolutions, but I read yours and wow, it makes me think wow I need to really think about my goals for the year.. I got a few... but yeah.. the one I agree with the most is a space of your own.. I need one of those... :-)

  11. Ooh you have some good ones!!

    I wanna eat less meat too...but it's gonna be hard!!! Grrr

    This years goal was to eat at least one fruit and veggie daily....I totally failed on that. But it seems doable still, right?

    I hope you stick with the bible one at least! :-) that and going unplugged more often sounds like I'll try more of.

    Happy new years!

  12. I just ordered my Life Planner, too!
    I can't wait until it gets here - I'm such a planner nerd ;)

    Your blog is so fun!
    I'm adding you to my daily reads list over at

    Happy New Year!


  13. It is taking all my self control to not by one of her life planners. I've already bought three planners this school year because I liked the way the others looked, but this one just looks incredible too. I love organizational stuff. haha


  14. I love your list. There are a lot of great goals here.


    P.S. I just got my Erin Condren planner, and I am in love with it. So far, it is great for blog organization.

  15. love your goals. and the bible reading plan looks awesome!


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