2014 New Year’s Resolutions

Portsmouth 2014, courtesy of TheDailyPortsmouth.com


Time for my 2014 New Year’s Resolutions. In a previous post I wrote about keeping our lives in balance by keeping the many aspects life in balance:  work and career; home and family; friendships; personal wellness: physical health, mental health, spiritual health; recreation and leisure, etc.  I like to categorize my resolutions to make sure I cover all these aspects.  I also try to give some specifics rather than just general resolutions (“write one letter a week” rather than “stay in touch”).  So here goes:


Work and Career:

  • Learn the basics of coding and learn to build a website either through an on-line tutorial or through a physical class
  • Post at least twice a month on my professional blog, Grace’s Rantings  (oops, it’s been 5 months!!  I just had to take a quick break from this list to write a post!)
  • Update my website

Home and Family:

  • Train my new puppy
  • Paint my downstairs bathroom (I’ve had the color picked out for 2 years!)
  • Paint my basement steps
  • Visit with my (grown) children at least every 6 weeks
  • Take Kelsey to NYC over the holidays


  • Get together with at least 2 friends each month (this is a recycled resolution from last year and the year before, but I love it, and I know that by making it a resolution ensures that I get it done.)
  • Write 52 letters in 52 weeks. (Another old resolution, but I found that when I wrote it down as a resolution in 2012, I did it, when I didn’t state it as a resolution in 2013, I didn’t get it done!)

Physical Health and Fitness:

  • Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week, preferably more!
  • Move my dumbbell weights up  from the basement and do at least 4 sets one exercise them daily!
  • Participate in the annual Yoga Mala
  • Run a 5k in under 24 minutes and/or a 10k in under 50 minutes (I never got to these last year)
  • Run a 10 miler or half marathon in 2014 (or better yet, one of each!)
  • Bench Press 4 reps at 75 lbs
  • Continue to eat a vegan diet, be more diligent about processed foods and restaurant food
  • Continue to cut out (or at least cut down on) use of plastic
  • Floss my teeth daily

Mental and Spiritual Health: 

  • Don’t fret over or complain about issues; either act to change it or accept it — this is sort of an ongoing resolution, but one worth repeating!
  • Be grateful every day, keep a gratitude journal!
  • Study more about the Law of Attraction and other philosophies
  • Meditate daily

Hobbies, Leisure and Organization (yes, organization is a hobby of mine!):

  • See all the movies nominated for the Academy Awards Best Picture (This was a resolution last year too, and it was fun to achieve!)
  • Consistently blog 2-3 times per week on personal blog.
  • Finish Kelsey’s High School scrapbook (she graduated in 2007!)
  • Organize my vegan recipe book
  • Clean out unused items around the house (electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, make-up)

OK, now off to have a Happy, Healthy and Productive New Year!




  1. Love your list! I stole your “good things” jar resolution for 2014. =) I also made a resolution to run the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach this year. Maybe you could come down and run it, too! I have a spare bedroom!

    Also, I created a page that’s sort of a link-up of all the bloggers posting resolutions on their blogs this year. If you know of any others, send them my way, so I can add them to the list! http://www.thecoastalchicster.com/2014-resolutions/

    • I certainly will, and I joined in on your friend Nicole’s link-up, it should be interesting to see what people come up with!

  2. Happy New Year, Grace, and best of luck this year accomplishing your goals. I recycled some of mine from years past too. CHEERS TO 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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