My 2014 Word, Plans, & Goals

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R   2014 !

Hey everyone!  Ringing in the new year has come and gone without much "hoopla" from us, except for going out to dinner at one of our faves -- BJ's.  And we did that pretty early, mind ya!  I'm still stunned that "2013" is now in the past.  Except for a few months -- July, August & September -- this year has just flown by!  Is this what happens as you get older?  Please say it isn't so!  Well, I guess it is what it is and now we move on.  Christmas 2013 has been packed away for another year, all the while The Man kept asking "Are you having as much fun taking it down as you did putting it up?' and "Is there any of this "crap" that you want to get rid of?"  Well, "NO and NO!"  Enough said!

During the three days that it took me to dismantle Christmas, I did do a lot of reflecting on my hopes and plans for the new year, and thought a great deal about what my "word for the year" would be.  It takes me awhile to decide on my word, because I truly want it to be a word of value to me.  You can read HERE about how this idea got started for me.  Anyway, I finally decided on my special word as I was vacuuming up the last of the glitter and faux snow.  Drum roll please.......

My 2014 word is S I M P L I F Y!  I think I will need lots of reminders scattered around to keep me on track for this one. 

As for plans and goals, I have quite a few.  

Mine and our (including The Man here) plans include:

Adding easier access storage in different places in our home (some of that has already started-YAY!).
Adding some outdoor lighting in our backyard.
Redoing our entertainment center and fireplace area in the family room.
Removing the carpet and adding hardwood to my craft room.
Finish and post my "House Tour."
Take a couple of the trips that are on our Bucket List.

My personal goals include:

Take better care of myself, both physically and emotionally.
Make gym-time as important as blog-time.
Connect with out-of-the-area friends more often via phone and cards.
Be more generous with my time to those who are the most important in my life.
Begin my "daily journaling" a.g.a.i.n.!

I hope all of you are looking at this brand new year with excitement and joy over what wonders it may have in-store.  I know I am!  I truly love New Year's Day!  For me, it's the day for setting up new calendars with important dates (like my birthday.....lol) and hanging them in strategic places, setting up my new planner, watching some football, calling a few very close family and friends to wish them "Happy New Year," and having a great meal with my "one and only!"

How will you be spending January 1, 2014?


  1. Simplify is a perfect word to choose, it can apply to so many aspects of life! Happy New Year Carol-enjoy 2014!

  2. I want things to become more simplified here too. Great word choice... I hope you can complete your want to's and that this year is filled with the Lord's love and watchcare for you and your family. Happy New Year and Blessings!

  3. I'm hoping to finish getting the Christmas decorations put away today, and my husband and I will call his mom to wish her happy birthday!

  4. Happy New Year, Carol. Your goals and aspirations seem attainable and I love the word Simplify. GREAT concept- one I could certainly use myself- xo Diana

  5. Happy New Year. An awesome word "SIMPLIFY." I haven't chosen one yet but I'll do some thinking on that. It seems like the older we get the faster these years slip by save for the summers in Arizona! :)

  6. I really like your word for 2014 and your goals! I'm determined to organize and donate this year. We have so much we don't use and we need to donate to those in need.

    Happy New Year!


  7. I'm determine to get things in order & keep them that way this year. We shall see....

  8. Happy New Year, Carol!

    I've been simplifying my life for years, which has allowed me to enjoy a 'less is more' attitude, both in my living space and personal space, enabling clarity and beauty to shine in both realms.

    Wishing you all the very best with your new year goals and aspirations, and may 2014 be filled with health and happiness!


  9. I like your word for 2014! I think it's a good one. I could relate to the need to make gym time as important as blog time too. LOL! I spent New Years Day taking down Christmas decorations outside. It was a nice day so it was the perfect day to do it.

  10. I love your word, Carol! I have a sign that says SIMPLIFY over my bed and every time I walk in or by my room I am reminded of how I want to live! I have been simplifying my style for a while now...it's been very freeing! Good luck on your quest and all the best in 2014!!

  11. I think your word is perfect! I haven't decided on a word to commit to yet...I haven't even finished my list of what I would like to accomplish. I am trying to be realistic so I don't get frustrated in a few months. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  12. I had to giggle at your "NO" and "NO".. been there. Love your idea of a word for the New Year, since I don't make resolutions. Your plans remind me of things I need/want to do.
    Have a great Sunday,, and a great new year.

  13. Loved this post, Carol! Looks like you know exactly what to accomplish this new year. Your word is perfect. Wishing you and your family the best in 2014!

  14. Carol
    I like your word for 2014.
    I've been working on simplifying.
    I have to say it is a process......

  15. Well, January 1 has come and gone, it's already the night of the 5th and I've just barely put Christmas away. I did choose my word for the year, Health, mostly on the spiritual side, it's been a tough couple of years and I must allow God to become my center again. I love your word for the year, it would be my word for the rest of my life. Anyway, I'm hoping to connect with you, the holidays and family illnesses kept me close to home the past couple of months. Looking forward to watching you meet your goals for the new year. God Bless!


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