Sunday, January 2, 2011

20 Goals for 2011

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I know a lot of people try and stay away from the whole New Year's Resolution craze, and I'm usually the same way (I think goals should be made and worked on year round!), but every year I still can't help but make a list of them to accomplish over the next twelve months.  Goals sound so much better than resolutions right?  I am just such a fan of the whole idea of positive change, and I love the idea of a new year in the same way I love Mondays- a fresh start and a time to regroup and try again.  This year,  I thought it would be fun to really think through these goals and put them out into the universe.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to work on and improve upon over 2011, and it was surprisingly hard to actually narrow it down to twenty goals total, including both personal and blog goals.  Twenty is still a huge number, but 2011 is going to be a big, exciting year and I hope to stay focused and positive, working towards these.  Plus, they're more like overall life goals that just happen to fall on the dawn of a new year, so maybe twenty isn't so crazy after all. ;) With that they are, some big, some small.

1) Be sure to make special "us" time a priority.  I feel lucky to be in a marriage that doesn't take much effort; it's always been very easy to keep the spark alive and be happy, and I believe that because it's so easy to just be us, it's important to make sure I am giving our relationship my all and never get lazy.  We are coming up on seven years of being together, and now that Henry is here, the dynamic of our little family has totally changed and it's important to still focus on us as a married couple too!

2) Quality over quantity.  The beauty of this goal is that it's applicable to every aspect of life, and in every aspect it covers, it's totally perfect!  I specifically mean this though in a couple of ways: one, with my friends and two, with my wardrobe.  As far as friends, I've been living this rule for awhile and it's made me really happy, so I am taking it even further in 2011.  I used to be the kind of person who had a lot of people I surrounded myself with.  In a way, I almost stretched myself too thin and in effect, would come across as flaky because I just couldn't give my time equally to all the people I chose to have in my life.  And with this came me keeping people in my life who were toxic.  I had so many "friends," but not enough friends.  Note one is with quotations, one is not.  A couple of years ago I starting purging my life of all of the toxic people in it.  I never broke ties with anyone, but I just allowed the friendships to kind of drift in their own way.  I let go of those who were not people I wanted to surround myself with; girls who only gossiped and talked badly about one another, people who made me feel bad for being me, etc. etc.  You have no idea how freeing it is to let go of negativity in your life, be it your own thoughts or people.  It's amazing.  And with this new and open space in my heart, I was able to focus on the people in my life who really mattered, both family and friends.  Now instead of twenty people I call my closest friends, I have just a handful.  But that handful happens to be the nicest, kindest, best-hearted group of human beings I know!  Quantity isn't important, it's the quality that matters, and I feel very fortunate to have the friends that I do.

And on a more materialistic note, this year I will be focusing on the same mantra in my wardrobe.  I'm looking to really build up more quality than quantity in my closet.  I gravitate towards both ends of the spectrum, but in this next year I'm looking forward to more so "collecting" things that I can wear for a lifetime, and finally start building a wardrobe I can get more use out of over a longer period of time.

3) Take more photos. In 2010 I kind of fell out of my habit of taking photos everywhere I went.  One of the main reasons is because I felt like a chubby-faced, bloated pregnant girl.  Which I was. hahah. (seriously, I swear I gained most of my pregnancy weight in my face). But anyway, it makes me a little sad to not have as many photos of Hank and me from last year.  You can even see the difference in my blog, and that bums me out.  So, I am getting back into the habit of taking daily photos and documenting our life the way I always have. I may even join my friends Vanny and Lindsay in a 365 photo project. Maybe.

4) Be a better far-away friend.  It's easy to be a good friend when you're in the same place- regular hangouts and girl time are simple!  But since most of my friends live far away, I'm looking forward to utilizing all of the wonderful modes of communication that are right at my fingertips!  This includes letter-writing, iphone face-timing, video chatting, you name it. Who wants to Skype?! ;) 

5) Focus on keeping my family healthy.  This means: planned dinners, continuing to cook most of our meals at home, food shopping and prepping snacks and proteins on Sunday night for the week, encouraging Hank to continue staying active through running and the gym, taking Henry out for daily walks when the weather gets nicer, and overall just being the healthiest family we can be.  On a personal note, I am going to be putting my focus back more on clean eating and I am REALLY looking forward to getting back into one of my favorite fitness activities, weight training, now that I am about to be cleared from my doctor.  Can't wait. I'd also like to incorporate a lot more outdoor fitness in my routine, be it hiking or biking outside.  We live right by some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the state and I can't wait for this snow to thaw so we can get to it!

Blog goals -

6) Meet my blog friends in person!  This year I am working on planning a Phoenix area blogger meet up for late winter or early spring.  I think it will be so fun to meet all of the faces I've come to know through this blog, and also some I haven't gotten to know yet!  I'll post more about this in the upcoming months but the idea is definitely in motion.  There are also so many non-AZ blog friends that have become some of my real-life friends too, and I seriously cannot wait to meet them.

8) Get back to doing outfit posts on occasion.  I like doing these types of posts every once and awhile and now that I'm feeling like my normal self and enjoying my day to day clothing I would like to share "what I'm wearing" now and again.

9) Continue feature posts.  I know there are a million wonderful tattooed people out there (email me! haha!) but sometimes I have this fear that I'll run out of them to share in my Tattoo Tuesdays.  I'd be sad to end this feature one day but I hope that day does not come in 2011!  I also have a ton (probably 20+) "Slice of" features lined up and ready to go with more coming in all of the time, so I am looking forward to keeping that up too!

10) Stay true to me, and continue to write thoughtful, meaningful posts.  My most favorite posts of mine are beyond the day to day writings and updates.  They're the ones that I really take the time to write, the ones that I pour myself into.  I want to make sure I keep writing and creating things that I am proud of, and never lose sight of why I started this blog in the first place- for me!

other goals for everyday, shorter but not smaller...

11) be kinder to myself- I do not have to be perfect.
12) make new holiday traditions for our little family.
13) be in the now- enjoy the present more.
14) keep sight of want versus need.
15) start and finish decorating our house.
16) loosen up a bit. have more fun. laugh louder.
17) go on more family day/mini/weekend trips.
18) master the art of making soup!
19) learn to just relax without always doing something.
20) continue working on my huge "to-get" tattoo list.

Whew that was a lot, but alright 2011, I'm ready! Let's see what you've got.


  1. These sound like amazing goals. Especially the 'be true to myself' one, I really like that. I would so attend that meet-up if I was still living in AZ, even though I'd probably be the youngest but it would be fun!

    Also I personally love people's day to day blogs more than anything. ;)

    Hope you had a good new years!

    The Sweetest Life

  2. These are absolutely wonderful goals, Danielle. I especially love "Quality over Quantity." Clearing my life of toxic friendships has been something I am also working towards.

    Happy New Year to you and your little growing family!

  3. great list of goals!

    it's inspiring.

  4. O agree making soup is like making meringue you either get it or ya dont, hence a great goal of a skill to "master".

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  6. Quality over quantity with friends rings true with me; I've let some people slide this year and it has been a big relief.

    All the best for 2011 to you and your family. x

  7. I love all of the goals that you have set for yourself .

    We haven't really talked before but I'd love to talk with you sometime and get to know you. You seem like such a great person.

  8. Great list. I especially appreciate the nod to cleaner eating... That's my big 2011 goal. I've always drifted in and out of paying close attention to what I put in my body-I want to make doing so a lifestyle this year!

    I recently purchased Sophie Dahl's cookbook: Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood and Appetite. It's acting as fabulous inspiration. I recommend picking up a copy as you start your meal planning this year. (You will especially appreciate the fabulous personal essays she scatters throughout the book.)


    All this is Grace and Charm

  9. Sounds like you've got some wonderful resolutions - all completely do-able and well-intentioned. Happy 2011!

  10. I loved reading your resolution list. This is the first year and lots of years my boyfriend and I are making resolutions and I'm really excited.
    My resolutions are also more "A guide to live by for 2011" as opposed to "Get These Done By the End of the Year."
    Can't wait to see what 2011 brings for you.

  11. Dani this is a super great list.
    I totally look forward to seeing you accomplish these!

    Heres my list!

  12. Love, love this!! These are such amazing goals. Very inspiring! <3


  13. Good luck with your goals, what a great list!
    Your photo was taken at the Stephansdom in the center of Vienna! Where I celebrated the new year :)
    Happy new year!

  14. cheers to this, pretty lady!

    happy 2011 to you and yours.

  15. Love your list! I've been on a soup kick lately and it feels like something has finally clicked with it. Soup can be done so many good ways. Happy New Year to you and your family.

    My Goals List for 2011

  16. Great list! Good luck in the coming year :)

  17. love your goals and so want to meet in AZ~

  18. i've also been doing a photo 365 project! i started the day i turned 23 (last march). you can check it out here: :)

    these goals sound great! i love seeing people put importance on their relationship. good luck with all your goals!


  19. I love your goals :) As I get older, I begin to realize the importance of friends vs "friends" and when I surround myself with those who gossip, I start to gossip too. It's so terrible, but I'm going to try to eliminate negativity in my life. Thanks for always being such a thoughtful blogger. I love reading.

  20. i've recently stumbled upon your blog and i love it! i used to live in arizona and i don't know if you'd remember, but we have been introduced a time or two. i love see somebody so happy and positive in life, it's really inspiring! a few of our goals for the new year are similar and i wish you the best of luck!

  21. Thanks for sharing Danielle. You're always so thoughtful in your posts and I can't wait to see you look back on 2011 and see all you have done.

  22. So many wonderful goals! I can definitely add a few of these to my own list! :)

    Love your blog, lady!

  23. Love your goals. I cleaned my life of toxic friendships and a toxic workplace last year, and feel all the better for it!

  24. i love how you elaborated on each one... these are all very wonderful goals. i agree so much with #2 also. My husband says about friends...'the more the scarier', ha ha. but its true in a way. my little handful of good quality friends are so much more to me than all the 'friends' i had before as well. love this. you explained it perfectly. and inspiring list missy, thanks for sharing!

  25. lovely goals! happy new year to you and your adorable family! :)

  26. Great goals Danielle! I look forward to seeing you accomplish these through the year. You are a true inspiration. So positive and uplifting!

  27. I love some of those goals - in fact it has inspired me to come up with 5 of my own - I'm going to write them in my diary and review them next year! If your blog friend meet ups ever cross the pond be sure to let me know!!

  28. Danielle.. I still havnt made my list. & I too never took lists too seriously. But it is always nice to have your mind set to making changes for the better. Thanks for the great ideas on what I can do to make my new yr that much more enriching. :)

  29. Wow I starting reading this post and thought, wait a minute, these are my goals!! That's amazing. Well, except my baby has four legs and fur ;) But I love that you're such a positive person. Sometimes people make me feel obnoxious for being happy and optimistic ALL the time. But who needs those people! Thank you for sharing your blog. I appreciate it.
    Oh! And I LOVE soup!!

  30. you are one of the greatest friends I got to know better in 2010. Yeah for growing friendships and ichat ;) in 2011. xoxo