Friday, January 3, 2014

New Beginnings....

Happy New Year!  A new year brings renewed hope, renewed resolve to make positive changes in your life, and many times new beginnings.

For 2014, I am kicking off this new endeavor! I am also focusing on 5 key goals.

The general theme of my resolutions is DE-CLUTTER my life so that I can prioritize and focus!

1) I am going cold sheep, which means that I am not buying any new yarn and using stash for my knitting projects for the whole year. The only exception is knitting events/retreats, as I generally limit myself better when I am buying yarn in real life.

2) Continue to train and find time for physical activity: running, biking, swimming, hiking.  It clears my mind, and invigorates my spirit.

3) No more soda and instead opting to drink more water.  Articles like this: 10 Reasons To Give Up Diet Soda show that all the diet soda I was drinking is bad for me.

4)  Systematically, relentlessly, continuously remove clutter from my house.

5) Embrace my love of words! Read whether books or audio-books. Blog at least twice a week.

Do you have any new goals and new beginnings for 2014?


17 comments:

  1. Hello! I found your blog from your instagram and it looks like you've got some good goals for yourself! As someone who did something like your third goal a few years ago, I have a tip. If you find drinking only water gets boring, there are tons of herbal/floral/fruity teas, many without caffeine, that can be a nice alternative for when you want something with flavor. If you find one you really like, you can make a whole pitcher and keep it in the fridge for iced tea as well.

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    1. Thanks for giving my blog a try and for the sage advice! I will definitely give the teas a try, and possibly even individually bottle them up. That way I can imitate the grab something quick allure of soda.

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  2. I, too, saw this on IG. Great goals. I have joined the No Sheep in 2014, and plan to just use my crazy amount of yarn to work on projects. I also plan on completely organizing my "craft room" or "crap room" as it is sometimes affectionately referred to. Here is to 2014!!!

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    1. Thanks for giving my blog a try too! I don't have a cra(p)ft room, more of a cra(p)ft pile LoL I will be cheering you on as well!

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  3. I am a big fan of yours and wish you much success with your goals! This is my new favorite blog!

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    1. Thanks Dianna! I have always appreciated your support and am glad you found me here =o)

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  4. Hi Megan, I think I saw your tweet about your blog. I like your goals. I made some for myself. I am using the word 'strength' as my goal word this year. Strength for pursuing health, helping my soon to be 14 y/o son enter high school and to organize and destash from both Rav and my son's eBay acct. I hope it's the year of sweater knitting but will just enjoy my hobby and be happy for it. I look forward to interacting on your blog as the year goes on.

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    1. I think human nature is to start off the year with enthusiasm, and then it slowly fades. Let's cheer each other on!

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  5. Good luck with your goals! My goals this year mostly revolve around finishing things.

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    1. Let's do this! Finishing is such a great feeling!

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  6. Congrats on starting your blog; your wit and clever writing style are already evident! And your goals are inspiring. I am trying to embrace the former me this next year, as I have many interests and habits that have gotten buried in my mama-hood and married lifestyle. Once upon a time I was an athlete and professional, and I realize that my children don't know this about me -- time to loop back around to these aspects of myself and integrate them into my current knitterly, nurturing self. I look forward to your blog! And I've enjoyed your podcast and knitting retreat skills (or skilz as the kids say). : ) Julie/Lighthearted

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    1. Julie, Thank you SO much for your kind words! I enjoy the writing process and am glad that what I have written resonates with you =o) I too hope to model for my children what an adult with interests looks like, while also taking good care of them and reveling in parenthood while it lasts. It is a tough balance, but a fun challenge. =o)

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  7. I started on a declutter resolution this past summer! There's a thread in my podcast's Ravelry group (Knitting Go!) about the Give-away a Day. I decided that every day for a year, I could find 1 thing to toss, give away, or sell. I decided to do this AFTER husband and I cleaned out the kitchen, so some of the really obvious stuff was already gone. I've kept up well with that for almost 6 months now!
    I'm also stashing down, minus special, in-person events (and prizes and gifts! I will never say no to a yarn gift! Especially now! I should tell husband that...). I'm also going to try to knit from my library.
    I don't know if it is the New Year or what, but I've resurrected my old blog again too! www.rycrafty.com

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    1. Heather, I am so glad you resurrected the personal blog, you are now in my blog roll! What a great way to declutter, and thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Hi Megan love the blog I'm decluttering also I am part of Heathers group and thread I've purged over 100 items already bout to hit the craft room / office this week. Found out bout the blog via the podcast so glad to have found it....can relate to something you share in each post.... Think that's why I enjoy y'all's podcast so much I can relate....

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  9. Great goals! Mine are Knit and Fit. Knit sweaters that fit and look good, and get fit so my sweaters fit and look good. And as always, knit out of the yarn room whenever possible.

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