January 6, 2015

I mentioned earlier this week in my post about my travel wish list for the year that I don’t usually make goals or resolutions on January 1. I am still usually in Christmas vacation mode on January 1 and so I can’t think about things like eating better or getting organized!

But I think this year I should give it a shot. One thing that I have always struggled with is just living in the moment, and being more intentional about how I spend my time. I feel like I can get so wrapped up in things that just don’t matter and they end up wasting so much time and energy.

I thought that writing down some ways I can try to accomplish that in 2015 could help inspire me.


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So, this is my list of reminders/goals to inspire me to just live in 2015.

write every day


do one thing at a time (stop multitasking)

read good books

explore as much of this island with Nick as we can

travel often

 take better pictures

meal plan & be more adventurous in the kitchen

send more letters

be a better wife/sister/daughter/friend

visit my family

I decided not to set a lot of specific goals about how many times I want to do these things because I know I would be just making up arbitrary numbers. I would have no idea whether or nor they are realistic. I know myself, and if I set very specific goals like that, they would start to feel like work instead of inspiration.

So, I will print out this list and work towards becoming better person, towards being more mindful of how I spend my time. As the year goes on I hope this list will inspire me in ways I may not have thought of in January. When I look at it, I hope to be reminded to get out and explore, to read that book that I have been meaning to get around to, to write even when I don’t know what I want to write about. I will be reminded to send my mom a card just because I love her, to call my best friend, to go out with Nick on a weeknight, to try out a new recipe even if it looks too complicated. My hope for 2015 is that this list helps me live in more the moment instead of spending all of my time glued to my phone or worrying about things that just don’t matter.

It’s a lot of stuff but a year is a long time and I hope that this list will inspire me this year to just live.


What are your goals for 2015? 

Happy New Year!!

9 responses to “My inspiration for 2015”

  1. Melanie says:

    I love this list! I need to unplug a lot more. Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • carolann says:

      Hi Melanie! Especially since I started blogging, unplugging has been hardest for me too. We’ll see how it goes and I really hope I can learn how to detach, at least a little bit!!

  2. I like these! I think “unplug” would be the hardest for me – as bloggers, we get so engrained in our technology don’t we (though I’m still hopeless at most of the techy stuff!) I decided to try and meal plan a bit more a couple of years ago and was so pleased to find that it ended up causing much less wastage, eating a bit healthier and saving money that I could put towards travel instead 😀

    • carolann says:

      Unplugging is absolutely the hardest for me too! Meal planning is so great – anything that lets me save money for travel is worth it! I sort of fell off track with it towards the end of the year but now I am hoping to get back on track.

  3. Holly S. says:

    I printed out my goals as well and hung them right next to my calendar in my kitchen – so I can always see it in the morning after breakfast and remind myself to do those! I think all your goals are great because they are just reminders of how you want to live your life, and that’s awesome!! I like the one about stop multi tasking–I do that too much. And write letters–I’ve started sending cards once a week to friends who I’m thinking of and I love it!

    • carolann says:

      I feel like I am always doing so many things at once which makes it hard to really get anything accomplished!! I love the idea of writing letters every week 🙂

      • Holly says:

        I know it’s only 4 weeks into the New Year, but I haven’t sent 4 letters yet–I don’t want to lose that goal!! But it’s still on my mind to at least send something to people when I think of it, instead of waiting til there’s a reason to 🙂

        • carolann says:

          It’s okay Holly! Keep it on your mind and whenever someone comes into your heart, that is the right time to send a letter! It’s okay if you send 4 in one month and 1 in the next… the most important thing is that you are thinking of people! I am just realizing that I have only sent 1 card so far this year, even though I intended on a lot more.

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