2014 Resolutions

In 2008, I made 17 goals and completed 14.

In 2009, I made 17 goals and completed 7.

In 2010, I made 20 goals and completed 14.

In 2011, I made 18 goals and completed 13.

In 2012, I made 17 goals and completed 12.

In 2013, I made 16 goals and completed 8.

That’s an average of 17.5 goals a year. In the last 6 years, I’ve always had my goals mostly drafted up by November of the previous year. After ending such a long relationship, I’ve unmarried myself to so many projections of my future that I feel pretty rootless right now. It surprises me that I’m relearning who I am because one of the biggest facets of my personality is that I’m very goal driven. This free floating existence I’m living right now is surprising me.

This year, I’m going to strive towards only five. I hope to learn how to relax and how to breathe. I will channel the butterfly and see what pretty flowers I land on with the space I cleared out.

(In 2014, I resolve to go to Greece, visit four new states, save some money for parents’ retirement gift fund, pay down almost one half of my student loans, and read fifty books.)

photo credit: Thomas Chen Photography

  • Have you considered reading Danielle LaPorte’s “The Desire Map”? She offers a different take on goal-setting you might like. It’s less focused on the specific goals and more focused on how doing things makes you feel.

    • I’m about 100 pages in! ;) One of my 50 books this year.

      • Oh sweet! I’m curious what you think about it when you’re done. I really liked all of it, from Danielle’s writing style to the exercises she asks you to do. Now if I could only alter my routine to accommodate the changes I want to make… :)

        • breethethingsweread

          Sounds like an interesting book.

        • She follows me on Twitter. I need to read some of her stuff.

  • breethethingsweread

    Fantastic! Major life changes always cause me to re-evalutate how I’m living my life and what changes need to be made. From a former avid goal setter, taking a step back from goals is very freeing and allowed me to realize that I need some goals but not as many as I used to or the pressure I used to add to myself.
    Good luck in relaxing. Its a fantastic feeling.

    • Thanks Bree! I feel less stressed about my goals for the first time in a while!

      • breethethingsweread

        I think you need it. :)

  • Those are some great goals! I’m excited to see you accomplish them this year. <3

    • Thanks sweet friend! I see you got a job so kudos on your employment goal!

  • Those are still some pretty ambitious goals! It’s good you’re resolving to relax more too! Good luck. If you liked to see my 2014 goals, I wrote a post about a week and a half ago, and also I’m doing a giveaway today that may interest you!


    • Thanks for coming by! Excited to follow you on instagram and read your blog. :)

  • Excellent goals Linda!

    • Thank you, friend!

  • Ashley J

    When goals become burdens, it’s time to leave them behind :) I like this idea of a free existence. Do share your secrets ;)

    • Change something major in your life and then see how you feel about everything else in your life. ;)

  • lisasyarns

    That is a good set of goals! The Greece one is exciting! :) I usually set about 4 goals for myself as they tend to be big things that I work towards all year, and historically I achieve about 3 of 4, which I am happy with. Here’s hoping the year to come is a great one for you!

  • Great goals! :-) Sounds totally doable. Start planning your trip to Greece!!!

  • I feel a 100% completion coming on.