Best year yet

31 Dec


Seriously, how is 2013 almost over already? Waaahh! I love this time of year because the holidays change up my normal routine and I get to see more family than usual, take some extra days off of work, and look back on all the things that happened over the past year.

Last year, I sat down and made a list of 25 things I wanted to accomplish in 2013. Looking back over that list, I’m quite surprised that I did indeed complete quite a few of them even though, like most people out there, I haven’t looked at that list since January. That’s the problem with resolutions–we quickly think of a few because it’s the thing to do, but then forget all about them after a week.

The number one resolution I had in 2013 was to start a blog, which I did manage to pull off. And check out the new blog design! I am so excited to show it to you. It took a ton of Googling and a lot of tutorial watching, but here it is. There’s still some things I’m playing around with, but eventually I had to tell my perfectionist self it was ready to show the world since social media is always a work in progress. While giving the blog a makeover, I also created official Small Stuff Counts profiles on facebook, twitterand pinterest, and I could really use some followers on them (hint, hint). I’ll give you a full tour of the new design soon (yeah, I know your life would go on if I didn’t, but I’m going to anyway :) )

Anyways, back to resolutions. Most people get excited and rush into setting a few new year’s resolutions just because it’s the thing to do. But what good are they if you don’t put some real thought into them? Why not spend some time reflecting on what you REALLY need and want to accomplish in the coming year.

This year, I’m not making a huge list of resolutions. When I looked back at last year’s list, I realized it was mostly bucket list items like be in a studio audience, learn to play guitar, become a Zumba instructor, etc. So I’m now using the iWish app to track all of those bucket list items instead of scribbling them down year after year.

This year, I’m making a 2014 action plan that focuses on five areas of my life: personal growth, relationships, health and wellbeing, financial goals and career development. I had a little extra time on my hands over the weekend and an itch to design, so I created a worksheet to help focus my thoughts in each of these areas, and I thought I’d share it with you to use. goal printable and use your favorite sharpie to fill it in. It helped me reflect on 2013, and set goals for 2014.

2014 goal worksheet

Now I’m concentrating on breaking each goal up into a couple actionable steps that I can add to my regular routine to help me stay on track. For instance, I want to spend more time traveling in 2014. But David and I don’t have a lot of vacation time and we’re also trying to build our savings, so we’re going to start by challenging ourselves to visit all 99 Iowa counties. Some of our free weekends will be spent road tripping to parts of the state we haven’t spent much time in before. Another goal I have, like I’m sure many of you do, is to eat healthier and exercise more. So I’m breaking that down by setting a specific amount of minutes I need to exercise each week. That sounds manageable to me, and hopefully I’ll end up losing a few pounds by sticking to that weekly goal.

All in all, 2013 has been a year full of blessings. It was our first full year of marriage and we’ve been blessed with great jobs, wonderful friends, healthy lives, and so much more. We’re hoping to make 2014 the year we start a business together and it’s torture not to be able to share the details yet. I really hope things will pan out and I can share some good news with you on the business front in 2014.

Lastly, thank you to you, my readers, for being absolutely amazing. In the couple months that I’ve been blogging, I’ve learned a lot about myself and learned a lot from you. Thanks for reading, and know that your comments and messages mean the world to me. Here’s to 2014, the best year yet!



One Response to “Best year yet”

  1. Rosario Tapia December 31, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    To whom it may concern:

                  Thank you for all the reminders of all the good all days of your life. You have not yet experience that life to be wonderful to me. Working hard and learning is not fun!  On those years, that I have to work hard and learn things on my own.  Which I enjoy better – experiencing the nature around me, non-the less being called sputid also – people enjoy seeing me that way.

                   I quest that’s the blessing I will say to myself when things go wrap because they are greedy and stingy and self-centered.


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