2014 Resolutions Revisited

19 Jun

Well, we are halfway through June already and I thought it could be fun to look back at our goals that we set at the beginning of this year and see how we’ve done with them! To read my post from January , click (https://thestartofagoodlife.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/2014-resolutions/ )

My Goals for this year:

~Get Health Back  -I have been more active (in large part due to my OH) in this goal. Doctor’s appointments, essential oils, listening to when my body says ‘stop!’ and trying new diets to see if they help. Sadly, I am still in the ‘slump’ that I have been in since last October, but the small glimmer of hope I have  is that even though they are still bad daily, I do seem to have a good portion of the day relatively-pain-free and have enough energy to be productive. Although, these past two days do not follow that pattern. So, while I have not made the progress I had hoped and prayed for I am clinging to the silver linings that I see. 

Travel – Aside from some trips to Portland or Eugene, this hasn’t happened at all. I do have plans to go visit my friend and her darling little girl end of next month though and am really-very-super excited about it!

Get in Shape to run a 5k – I must admit, that just this week I have laced up my running shoes, grabbed Lady’s leash and headed out for a walk. With the nice weather settled in, I decided I’d better get this goal going. I haven’t started running yet, gotta break the new (from the clearance rack!) shoes in and get Lady ready for more intense exercise. Since she’s 9 this summer and used to only random bursts of activity, I want to be careful in how quickly I get her running with me. 

courtesy of Laughing Tree Photography

courtesy of Laughing Tree Photography

Start Writing Again  – this one has been touch – and – go since January. But since I signed up for the Camp NANOWRIMO that starts in July, it should pick up quite a bit. I was able to focus for a bit today and worked on a story that I’ve got going. 

Become a better Housekeeper  – I think I have – mostly. The chronic pain makes it hard to keep it where I want it, but I feel like I have grown some in this area. I think part of that too, is just my attitude about it. Sometimes it can still get a little negative, but if I am able to think of it as the way that I contribute – since I’m not able to go out and work – it makes it easier. Plus, when I am just feeling awful but the dishes are bothering me, the OH steps in and does them. So nice. 

Figure out Niche for Blog – I think  I have, overall. I was thinking I would find a specific topic – baking, cleaning, writing, etc… – but I enjoy, and have heard from a few of you, that you enjoy the variety of topics. So, the continuation of this goal is :  get  a  blog button and recipe helper. Improve Photography. Improve Traffic. From what I’ve been learning, it looks like I’ll have to pay to upgrade my blog in order to do most of what I want to do on here, so, once money is a little less tight and non-existent, I’ll click that ‘upgrade’ button!  Speaking of which, I have recently gotten on Google+ – check me out under Laura Waxman! 

I have also added a few goals recently :

Start a morning routine   (I’ve started writing one out, once I finish it, I’ll share it with you!)

Send something special with my OH each week (notes, letter, baked treat etc)


How are you doing on your goals for this year? Did you completely forget about them? Or have you already fulfilled all of them? Please leave a comment below to share!


*To check out more photography from the seriously talented Viktorija – check out her website!   http://laughingtreephotography.com/

26 Responses to “2014 Resolutions Revisited”

  1. Amberly June 20, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I love that you’re looking at these halfway through the year 🙂


  2. christenwypy June 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    It’s good that you are following up on this. It means you are closer than you think to reaching your goals!


  3. ruthyanntaylor June 20, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    such a good idea to revisit goals and check on progress…it would’ve helped if i had actually set goals this year! lol


    • booksnbakery June 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      I’ve always made them and then promptly forgotten about them! So this is huge progress!


  4. Amby Felix June 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    I like being a lifestyle blogger and talking/sharing about so many different topics that I’m passionate about. You don’t need a niche to be great at blogging. Well, that’s what I believe at least! ^_^


    • booksnbakery June 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks! I feel like so many blogs that I run into/ love are focused on one topic but i’m just too sporadic-minded for that i think. ha. Thanks for the encouragement!


  5. Rebekah June 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    My big goal for this year was to get in shape. I abandoned it like I typically do and then something sparked in me in April, I’m down 21 lbs and feeling amazing. Love the idea of revisiting your resolutions halfway through the year!


    • booksnbakery June 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

      That’s awesome! Good for you! And in only a few months too! That reminds me that I’m supposed to be an encourager/accountability for someone and I’ve completely forgotten lately! thanks for reminding me =)


  6. Starr June 20, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Great to see that you’re checking in with yourself and revisiting your goals! This is a key to success!



  7. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) June 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    What a great idea, I need to revisit my resolutions!


  8. Caity @ Where The Heart Is June 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Very cool to come back 6 months later and look at your past resolutions! Looks like you’re making good progress 🙂 and by the way, how are we ALREADY halfway through 2014??? I’m still in 2012!


    • booksnbakery June 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      I know – it is CRAZY how this year is going by, and honestly, I really don’t think it’s going to slow down at all for me…. =)


  9. L June 21, 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Kinda forgot about mine at this stage but since I did say I was not gonna really set any I am not feeling too guilty


  10. Taneja's Bride June 21, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    Wish you luck in reaching all your resolutions! ❤


  11. Leanna Ranieri June 21, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Love the idea of setting goals and having them out in the open!


    • booksnbakery June 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      It’s scary but it is certainly motivation to keep working toward them!


  12. Jessica June 22, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Great idea to follow on these and looking back on your goals!


  13. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes June 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    It’s great to track your progress on your goals at this halfway point. 🙂


  14. Ashley June 22, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Love these goals! Good job so far 🙂


  15. ashleyzieglerr June 23, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    I love that you revised. what a good idea!


    • booksnbakery June 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks! We’ll see if it helps me keep working toward them. =)


  16. kristinethefoleyfamblog June 25, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Love the idea of doing a half way check point! How is it halfway thru 2014?!?


    • booksnbakery June 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      I know! there’s no way it’s already practically July! geesh. =)


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