2014 Intentions

I have never been one for new years resolutions, in fact I have rarely made them.

When reflecting on 2013, and looking ahead something felt different. So this year I want to try something new! I want to be intentional with goals, and resolutions. I want to focus on things that are important to me: My health, my family, my job, and my dreams.

I want to set myself and my family up for success with my intentions, and make them something we can achieve through the support or each other. I want them to be something that brings us closer, and something that will never be seen as a burden, or something I/we "have to" do.

After a lot of thought, and reflection my 2014 intentions.

Happiness and Health & Prosperity
This is a broad intention, but done so purposely.

2014 is the year that the Mister and I are going to focus on us as individuals, and on our family. To some that may sound selfish, and maybe it is, but it is not meant that way. 

But truly The Mister jokes that I have a "helium hand," meaning if someone asks for a volunteer my hand just rises ready to take on the role. This year, I plan to reflect on my volunteer roles, and work to take some commitments off my plate. Not only will this allow more time for myself & my family. I will allow me to be more focused on the roles I keep on my plate.

The year of our health..being playful with our meals, our fitness routine, and our me/us time. Life can be busy, but with proper planning and commitments we can work to ensure we enter 2014 healthier in mind, body and spirit.

2014 will also be our first full year as the Riley's. Taking time to discuss our goals, and future plans, and a developing a financial plan that will allow us to achieve those goals thru budgeting and saving!

Live Simply and Surrounded yourself with those you love
I am not naive to notice that God removed some individuals from my life in 2013. I was naive to at first to chase after them. In self reflecting, I know that individuals are removed from your life for a reason, and it is up to you to continue to the direction of your dreams... Both confidently, and with those you love by your side.

My goal in 2014 is to ensure that I carve time out to truly spent time with family & friends. To intentionally plan dinners, trips & get togethers that will allow us to embrace the time we have together, and create wonderful memories.

My goal is to embrace the simple joys in life... the handwritten card, the moments spent snuggling in bed, or wrapped up in a favorite book. To embrace the moments and the memories they create, and to reflect upon past moments, and ensure they are documented to share with future generations and loved ones.

To pursue my passions & those the mister I share 
Travel, something the mister and I are both passionate about.

One of the sayings I heard this year, and have repeated often is:
"travel is the only thing one can spend money on that will make you richer" 
- Author unknown
As one travels their eyes are opened to various cultures, & all that it entails... history, food, people, and ways of life. One would be naive to think that travel does not expand your mind, and allow you to think differently. In fact, I fully believe I am the person I am today in part due to all of the travel I have done.

2013, was an amazing year for travel, and allowed the Mister and I to visit new destinations both domestically and abroad. With a planful approach, we look forward to new destinations in 2014.

I love my job, and in 2014 will celebrate 15 years with the company. It will also be my first full year in a new role. I set personal and professional goals... more on this in an upcoming post.

The blog... Blogging has become a creative outlet for me. I enjoy chronicling my life, and the life the mister and have created together.
 In 2013, we celebrated our wedding, and worked to create our home. In 2014, I  look forward to chronicling our adventures... from new recipes, to party planning; traveling to decorating, and all of the fun along the way.

This year, I am looking forward to being more intentional with my blogging.....
I look forward to capturing the moments we have created together, and sharing opportunities for my readers to do the same.

I look forward to reaching out to fellow bloggers to gain insight and partnerships.

 I look forward to continued work with partnerships with vendors, and creating new partnerships.

As I read over my 2014 intentions, I am excited to start the year with a plan and a focus. But also excited it is not a to do list, that will add additional stress or workload. I am excited to embark upon another year, and do so with amazing friends, family, and my mister by my side.

Do you have 2014 goals, dreams, or intentions? How to you approach new years resolutions?

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