For the past week, I have seen numerous blogs and articles stating that only 8% of the population that make new year’s resolutions actually stick to them. What a downer!
That negative kind of thinking is exactly what gives resolutions such a frivolous reputation. Then again, most people don’t truly sit down to think about their plan. Goals don’t just happen by wishing. You have to know what will get you there.
I have made four goals for the year of 2014:
1. Healthier lifestyle
2. Organized home
3. Less social media
4. More art
Numbers 1 and 2 have been on this list since college. However, back then, I phrased them as “lose weight” and “be clean”. I wasn’t specific enough! I didn’t have a plan! So really, these were just lazy goals with lack of creativity. How boring. So let's change that, shall we?
Emphasis on the word “healthier”. This does not happen overnight. I’m not going to be able to go completely vegan because, by day three, I’m sure I’ll break and binge on cheese. My dad quit junk food overnight, but let’s be real, I’m not that awesome. My dad is a superhero. So knowing who I am and being honest with what my weaknesses are, veggies will begin to replace junk I don’t need. The FitBit will play a much larger role in my daily routine (sure it’s a fad, but hey, it gets me up at 4:30am when nothing else has). Weekend outings will be more frequent. Home cooking will actually begin to happen! Just typing this already sounds intimidating, but when each day is planned out on paper, the anxiety diminishes.
Plus, for each mini-goal I reach, I will treat myself. #TreatYoSelf2014 (This was inspired by an episode of Parks and Recreation. Quite possibly, my favorite so far).
For every five pound/2 inches loss:
New workout apparel
For every 10 pound/4 inches loss:
New workout gear
For reaching my goal by April 1:
New Summer wardrobe!
Believe it or not, I actually started on this last year! Well, December 30th. I got a two day head start! Yay!
Pinterest has been a huge help on this little dream. Everyone wants an organized home, but when you look at that mess on your desk, pile of laundry on your bed, and cardboard boxes of who-knows-what, all you want to do is walk away and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Not this year people! I have begun major clean up, and the number one help has been actually throwing things away. No more “I could use this someday” or “but I love memories from high school” – NO! I followed this pin on how to really clean up your space. How simple is that?
Less Social Media
This was triggered by a statement my son said. “Mom, can you turn off your computer?” Man, did that make me want to cry. What the heck is wrong with me?
I had to take an honest look at the way I lived my life. Checking my phone, checking my computer – my eyes were on some sort of screen practically eleven hours a day (this is counting work hours). Social media is relatively new, but it has completely taken over our lives. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a villain. It can be incredibly useful, but one needs to limit how much time is dedicated to it. I just hate that it took my son asking for attention to realize that I’ve been addicted.
I’m not disappearing completely, especially since social media is incredibly important for the blog and my Etsy shop. However, I did deactivate my personal Facebook account. Not forever, just for now. I have lived without it before, so it will be nice to have a few more hours in the day without that distraction.
…and style! I love styling, I really do. Bargain shopping is a lovely hobby I adore. Still, many, many fashion bloggers do it so much better than I do. Perhaps I would be up there with them, if I had more time for prep (seriously, it is not easy), so as a creative blogger, one has to ask themselves: what makes me different? What would people get from my blog that they can’t find anywhere else?
Naturally, I go to my art. I am so very grateful to sites like, Etsy, Spoonflower, and Society 6, that allow me to showcase my work in various forms. I am most excited by the prospect of designing my own t-shirts. I can illustrate whatever I would like and have it put on a shirt! The handmade scarves might still appear on the blog, but probably only when showcasing a new items in the Etsy shop or Society 6 site. The Cozy Reverie blog is an organic being; constantly changing with whatever life (or my mood) brings. Hope you are still in!
So that’s my plan! Wow, that was a lot longer than I thought. I hope to come back to this post in April to see how much I actually have done and how much more I will have to do. Who knows? Maybe I’ll add new goals for the summer!
In 2014, I will be part of the 8%!
I draw, make, and occasionally tell a story.