Bring it, 2014: Goals for the Year


February is the new January for goal setting, I hear.

I know. I said I wasn’t going to do this. But then the internet exploded with everyone setting amazing goals for the coming year, and I started getting itchy thinking about my lack of direction.

Turns out I really can’t function without goals, even if my highest aspirations for any given day are “take shower, feed baby, do…other stuff?”

And so with my trusty planner in one hand, my Powersheets in the other, and a clutch of multicolored pens scattered around me, I set to work.

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So far I am a big fan of the Powersheets. I found them through Modern Mrs. Darcy, and I really like the high-level approach they lead you through to set your goals for the year. You start with a lot of exercises about your overall life vision and gradually focus in on goals that will support that vision.

Sounds simple because it is, and you could absolutely do it without the Powersheets. But I’m a sucker for paper products with pretty branding and inspirational quotes printed on them, so, there you go.

Anyway. I have five goals for the year. They seem vague, but where the Powersheets really shine is in the monthly/weekly/daily goals that support your overarching goals for the year. I really, really need those checklists to keep me on track; otherwise I get to the end of the month (or even the day, let’s be honest) and only managed to keep up (barely) with the super exciting daily stuff, like diaper laundry and cleaning the cat box.

I started off with a summary about each goal in this post, but per usual I have so much to say that I didn’t want to subject you to such a mammoth dissertation. So for today I will tell you what my goals are in general, and then we’ll discuss them further this week.

I know you are absolutely dying to find out, so let’s go. The five things I will be focusing on this year are:

  • Legacy planning
  • Happy (husband and) wife, happy life
  • Write, write, write
  • Gorgeous, dahling
  • Memory makers

I know, it makes no sense! But bear with me and all will become clear. Sort of.

I also chose a word for the year, and that word is PRESENT. This came very easily to me, since I find myself trying to do five things at once, all the time, and not doing a very good job on any of them. I also obsessively check my phone. Like, every minute. I have no qualms about seeing what everyone on Facebook is up to while Natalie is nursing, but when she and I are hanging out and building block towers, it might be good to just pay attention to her and her excellent demolition skills rather than seeing if anyone else has liked my status in the last 30 seconds.

(Hey, while we’re here, let’s shamelessly segue to the fact that Happy Helmraths is now on Facebook! LIKE MAH STATUS.)

Now it’s your turn. Did you set goals for the year? Does your year have a word?

B-b-b-bird bird bird. Bird is the word.

151 Responses to Bring it, 2014: Goals for the Year

  1. Ann February 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I have a word for this year – LIGHT. I am moving out of the darkness into the light of a happy, healthy life.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      Ann, I LOVE your word. I feel like there’s so much you can do with that and any number of directions you could take it in terms of setting goals. Or even just holding onto that word without any other goals – it’s powerful!

  2. Abbe@This is How I Cook February 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    For a long time I might have thought my word was survive. Now I need a new word. You have me thinking on it. Hey, thanks for reading about George. Love those stripes!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Hi Abbe! You’re very welcome – it was a beautiful post. I give my cats a lot of crap on this blog, but I love those furballs so much and I’d be lost without any of them. They’ve kind of taken a backseat to the baby lately, but you’ve got me thinking that I should feature them a bit more often (in a positive light!).

  3. Angela @Little Apple Tree February 11, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    My word for the year is Nourish, both nourishing my family with really good food, and also nourishing us with family activities and getting outdoors more (whatever the weather). I do week to week planning but I can’t conceive of planning a year in advance!


    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Angela! I love all those ideas about what Nourish means for you and your family. We definitely get in a rut with menu planning and we eat faaaaaar too many “emergency frozen pizzas” (crap, we forgot to defrost the chicken for tonight! oh well, let’s just have pizza). One of my small goals is to try a new healthy recipe at least once a month so we can add some more to our repertoire.

      I added your blog to my feedreader and I look forward to following along with your adventures!

  4. Bev @ Blogging Inspiration February 11, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    I’ve been seeing more and more people choosing a word for the year and I really like that idea. I should probably get busy and pick a word before too much more of the year passes by. (Maybe my word should be “Now”) :)

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:05 am #

      There’s no time like the present! But I also believe very strongly that it’s never too late to choose a word for the year, even if you don’t decide until December :)

  5. Kyomm (Vow. Move. Live.) February 11, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    No, I don’t have a word for the year but I told myself to focus on my strengths this year… I am trying to… everyday..

    Can I just say this? “LIKE MAH STATUS” <<<<too cool!!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      Haha thanks! I am way too corny for my own good so it’s always nice when someone appreciates that strange sense of humor.

  6. Kita February 11, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    My word for this year is focus. Focus on what needs to be done to have a better life. Present is a good word because time goes by fast. Stopping over from SITS

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Kita! I like “focus,” I think that’s in the same vein as “present.” Same idea of filtering out the things that really don’t improve our lives all that much so we can pay attention to what does. Good luck!

  7. Becky Smith February 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    I love the idea of using one word to encapsulate your goals for the years. “Present” is a great choice; it’s too easy to run past the golden moments in pursuit of the urgent.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Becky! That’s exactly it. And really, is something so terribly important happening on Facebook that I can’t put down my phone for five minutes? Doubtful. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Raquel @ Organized Island February 11, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    I am a fierce beliver in goals! My word this year is Priorities. I also love your colored pens – that is so me as well. I LOVE planning and list making. Happy to have found you via SITS. Following on Instagram too! Good luck with your goals – love your word!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:11 am #

      Cool, I followed you back! I love finding new friends to connect with on Instragram.

      Making lists and setting goals and whatnot makes me absolutely GIDDY with excitement. Way more so than actually, you know, doing the stuff I said I was going to do. That part isn’t quite as fun but I suppose it’s necessary :)

  9. Alexa February 11, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I am going to check out those powersheets. They look neat! My word for 2014 is “new” reminding me that I can start each day fresh. #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Hi Alexa! The Powersheets are really neat. I was a little hesitant at first, because I think that if you were so inclined, you could absolutely figure all of it out by yourself without spending the money. But so far they’re great and more importantly I am USING them – otherwise, no product, no matter how pretty, is going to help! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about the Powersheets if you’re considering getting them (as far as I know there’s no affiliate program, so I am not trying to persuade people to line my own pockets!).

  10. Storm - February 11, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Ok, how cute is that power sheet planner!? NEED TO GET ME ONE!! I’m still working on my word(s) so thanks for the inspiration! xox

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Hi Storm! You’re very welcome – glad I could provide some inspiration!

  11. Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Fantastic post, Alexis! I too, am a sucker for paper and pretty branding, so will be checking out those powersheets…I could use a goal reminder in my sight to keep me focused. And my word for 2014 would have to be “grateful”, so I can remember everyday to be grateful for my wonderful life!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Thank you, Suzanne! For me having a reminder of my goals RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME (literally – I took the monthly overview page out of the Powersheets and put it on the cover of my binder) is essential. If it’s out of sight for even more than a day or two I kind of forget what I said I wanted to do. And the, surprise, it doesn’t happen!

      Gratitude is a really powerful thing – that’s such a great word for the year!

  12. aimee fauci February 11, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    I vowed not to set goals this year for the knowing that I never stick with them BUT I have not had DP since January.. so I am going to try and make it a goal to keep it up 😉

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi Aimee! That’s a great goal – good luck!

  13. Amanda - A Cookie Named Desire February 11, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    It’s funny because this is the first time I am doing resolutions and goals this year too. My word is FORWARD. I feel like I’ve been stuck in this rut not doing anything to change my life so this is the year I work toward that and make those important strides to change things around.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Amanda! I can relate to that feeling like you’re treading water and not making much progress; that’s definitely one of the reasons I set goals this year, too. I know I left a comment on your blog but I’m really glad to have found you through SITS; everything on you blog looks soooo delicious!

  14. Wendy Bottrell February 11, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    My word or theme for 2014 is “Triumph” – success, victory, win. I like the idea of legacy! Thanks for sharing. Best Regards, Wendy (Visiting from Sits)

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      Such a strong word – I love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. All Talk Entertainment February 11, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    I actually start my new year on my birthday every year. I look back and see where I’ve come in the year and what needs to improve and what needs to stay the same. I don’t set words but if I had to I would go with “health”. A much better one this year. Last year was a bit difficult with some strife and I refuse to let that come into my life for the rest of this year which renews for me in Sept. Stopping in from STIS.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      This is the first year that I have not done my goal setting for the first of the year, and I have to say, it has been SO freeing to not feel like I need to have everything figured out just because it’s January 1. I LOVE the idea of using your birthday! Mine is in January so it really wouldn’t help too much, but that is such a great idea! Here’s to your health – may your year be a great one!

  16. Eirene February 11, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Go for it! God Bless you :)

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Hi Eirene! Thanks for the encouragement – every bit is appreciated :)

  17. Brandi February 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks for the link! <3 #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      Hi Brandi! You’re welcome – thanks for stopping by!

  18. Nikki February 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Poppin’ by from the SITS Girls tribe love campaign, so glad I did. Needed this boost! Thank you for sharing!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi Nikki! I have always been a bit of an over-sharer so I’m glad that occasionally it’s useful for someone :) Thanks for the visit!

  19. Jenniemarie @ Another Housewife February 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Love that legacy planning is part of your goals for this year! It’s part of my tag line, ‘Leaving a legacy one memory at a time…” Love the idea of having a word for the year. Not sure what mines would be. Probably ACT! I am notorious for planning, planning and more planning but get overwhelmed and never act. Good luck with all your goals. (Stopping by from the SITS Challenge)

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      Hi Jenniemarie! That’s such a great tagline! And yes I am right there with you with being totally on top of the planning but then the wheels fall off when it comes to actually doing the things I said I would. I think the timing of this challenge was fantastic, since now that everyone has seen my goals I feel much more responsible to hold myself to them! We’ll see if that feeling continues :)

  20. Char February 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Oh my goodness, you chose a great word for the year! I need to work on being present too! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Char, thank you! I’m always happy to share – glad you were able to stop by!

  21. Alison Hector February 11, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Powersheets look really interesting, Alexis, and your five goals are on point. My word for this year is “focus,” similar to your “present.”

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks, Alison! At least one other commenter has mentioned “focus” as being their word for the year and I agree that it’s a great one!

  22. Cassi February 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Goals are so much easier to work with compared to resolutions! You’ve selected some great areas to work on this year.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      Cassi, you’re so right about that. I have never done well with resolutions because they always seem so nebulous compared to goals.

  23. AJ February 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Ok, love your writing style, love this post, and your sidekick is pretty cute. 😉

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Thank you, AJ! Yeah, she is pretty cute, I suppose I’ll let her stick around for a while longer :)

  24. Heather @floridafitnessmom February 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    I love your goals! Everyone should have little goals as well as big goals! Anytime is a good time to start them! <3 from #SITS

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Heather! Totally agree. None of us are getting any younger so we might as well start now! Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Amanda R February 11, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    You had me at “mah.”

    My word this year is “breathe.” When I get stressed, or whatever happens, need to remember to breathe.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Haha thanks, Amanda! Breathe is a great word – one of those things you don’t think about too much because duh, of course I’m breathing! But taking that pause before reacting (or overreacting, in my case) is so essential. Love it!

  26. Diane February 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Great goals.I think we should always set some kind of goal, it motivates me :) Stopping by from SITSGirls!

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks, Diane! Totally agree with you – just setting goals is motivating in and of itself. Thanks for visiting!

  27. Adrienne February 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I love Lara Casey! I did invest in the powersheets this year but I love all of her wisdom! I love the word, present. I’m working on that myself.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Adrienne! I only recently found her site and I love it too. She is hugely inspirational! Just watching her video about how to use the Powersheets had me all jazzed up and ready to rock. Really glad I invested in them for myself this year!

  28. Amanda - RunToTheFinish February 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I feel like any day is a good day to set new goals! I love that you found a great system to help break them down too, I think that is often the hardest part.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Amanda! I agree with you, I struggle with making the big goals bite-sized enough that I can actually get my head around how to go about achieving them. Thanks for stopping by!

  29. Akaleistar February 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Present is such a great word to focus on this year!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you! So glad you were able to visit the blog!

  30. Helen February 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    Excellent word for the year! I am terrible with my phone, too, and really need to focus on making more of an effort to put it away. I keep saying I’m going to do it, but then I never quite get around to it.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Helen! If it’s not an addiction, it’s darn close. Makes me think I should set firmer boundaries around phone use, but like you said – I never get around to it. Maybe this year, though! Good luck to us both with that!

  31. amy February 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    I need to organize myself better – so i can achieve my goals this year! I’m already finding myself slacking a little

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Amy! No worries, there’s plenty of time to course-correct and catch up, or even change your goals a little bit. Any progress is great!

  32. The Winey Mom February 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    My word(s) for this year are : DO IT. I love to plan and make lists and get organized. But following those plans and lists has become a challenge lately, so I will focus on making do-able plans and following through!
    Great post!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      Sing it, sister! Planning comes easily to me; follow-through, not so much. Go go go! I’m rooting for you!

  33. Aisha Holley February 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Those are really great goals! I did set some goals for myself and for my kids. Just simple because I don’t want to feel sad if I can’t do them. #sitsblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Aisha! I’m a big fan of simple goals and that’s really great that you involved your kids! Best of luck to you!

  34. Anthea February 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    I laughed at the February is the new January but yes! And I just decided this week we (my hubby and me) need to do our LWAT or whatever they’re called nowadays. Really. Will have to look into the online options at least!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Yeah, same here – legacy planning is a BIG goal for me because I’m completely overwhelmed by how much is involved. Plus it’s never fun thinking about what happens after you’re gone! Sobering, but essential. Good for you for getting on it!

  35. Laina Turner February 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

    It’s totally the new January. #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Totes magoats. :)

  36. Amy Ruiz February 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Oooh! I’m going to have to check out those Powersheets. I love finding new ways to organize and set goals. It’s always nice to have something to help you focus and figure out what it is you need to do and want to do to achieve them. #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Amy! That’s exactly how I felt about the Powersheets. I’ve tried a ton of different systems in the past and so far this one is definitely working the best for me. I’ll absolutely be doing a follow-up post in a few months just to give an update how they’re working out!

  37. Becky February 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    I haven’t technically set any goals for this year. I’ve thought about some, but they are in the back of my mind. I definitely need to sit down and write them out though – it’s always nice to have a plan to get to where you want to be! I’ll be checking those Powersheets out for sure!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Becky! It’s good to have a plan, and I also think it’s great that you’re letting those ideas roll around in your mind for a bit before putting pen to paper!

  38. Colleen @ MommieDaze February 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m trying to focus on writing more too. It isn’t easy to find the time with the kids and house. But I’m trying to make time. #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      I struggle to find the time with only one kid – I imagine that time management skills get a little better (out of necessity) with more than one? Please say yes even if it’s a lie :)

  39. Rachel @ OOGIAH February 11, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    I think it is a great idea to get the year going and see what your goals should be centered around then!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks, Rachel! The holiday season is really fun and exciting but it’s also totally draining for me, so it was nice to recharge and really think about my goals before making any firm commitments. I’ll definitely be doing this again next year!

  40. Alyssa // Runway Chef February 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    February is definitely the new month to set goals, or at least that’s what I keep telling myself since I’m still finalizing mine for the year!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Alyssa! There’s no time like the present, or so they tell me :) It’s never too late! Other clichés! :) Best of luck with finalizing (and achieving) your goals!

  41. Angela @ The Southern Fried Bride February 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    So happy to come across your blog through SITS. Thank you for sharing inspiration in this blog post.


    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Angela, thank you so much! It’s motivating for me to share my goals and so I’m always thrilled if anyone else finds the process useful or inspiring!

  42. Alecia February 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    I’ve never heard of powersheets, but I’m going to have to check them out. I have my goals set for this year, but they could always use some adjusting. Thank you for sharing.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Hi Alecia, you’re very welcome! If you have any questions about the Powersheets, feel free to let me know – there’s no affiliate program that I know of, I’m just a happy customer.

  43. Katrina @ Enchanted Savings February 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Love the idea of powersheets. I don’t any words for this year but my goal is to lose more weight. And to spend more time with my daughter and less on the computer.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Katrina! Those are great goals! I think spending less time on the computer (or in front of any screen in general, like my phone) would be really great for me as well. Definitely working on that this year. Best of luck to you!

  44. Amee @ February 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    The colored pens and goal setting planner really caught my eye. Right up my alley! Do you have fun washi tape too??!! And then I saw Natalie and her adorable little folds. Her little face is so cute and those squishy cheeks!! Sigh. I really do love my teenagers, but their cheeks just aren’t so squishable anymore. My word for the year, btw, is Faith. I even have it on a bracelet that I got solely to remind me. Thank you for sharing! #sitsblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      I am very sad to say I have NO washi tape. Something I need to correct immediately because I’m sure my life is suffering because of it.

      I think if my mom had squished my cheeks when I was a teenager I literally would have died from embarrassment. I admit I quake in fear when I think of Natalie as a teenager! I know they have many redeeming qualities, but “no squishy cheeks” is clearly in the minus column :)

  45. Gabrielle@MamaGab February 11, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Yep, my one word is Discipline. I totally get the issue with being present. I often check my phone while nursing, but I’m working on leaving it alone during school time or play time with the kids. #Sitsblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Gabrielle! Yep, that’s exactly where I’m at right now. It’s such a terrible habit and I’m ashamed to say it’s SO hard for me to leave it alone! I absolutely need to break that habit, though, because I don’t want Natalie to feel like she is competing with my phone for my attention.

  46. Lora @ Crazy Running Girl February 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Colored pens make goal-setting so much more fun. :)

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      “A color-coded life is the only life worth living.” Somebody famous said that, right? No? Ok, nevermind :)

  47. Alison @ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades February 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    I did set some goals in January, but most of mine (okay all of mine) are totally blog related, like increasing traffic, etc. Yours sound a lot more fun and fulfilling over all aspects of life. Maybe I need to re-visit mine since you did mention that February is the new January for goal setting….Thanks for sharing! #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      I have a lot of blogging sub-goals that fall under the “writing” goal, but I have trouble visualizing exactly how to go about increasing traffic, subscribers, etc. But the one thing I can control is the frequency of my writing, both on- and off-line, so I decided to focus on the process rather than the outcome, if that makes sense?

      I’m excited about some of my goals and excited to FINISH others. Drawing up a will is not super fun but it’ll be good to have it finished :) And I think that any time is a good time to revisit your goals!

  48. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner February 11, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    I’m still working on some goals – kind of seeing what the year brings… thanks for sharing #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Deb! That’s a great way to approach goal setting, since who knows what life is going to throw at us? Best of luck to you, and thanks for stopping by!

  49. Amanda Long February 11, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of planners and goal setting. thanks for this great post.
    Blessings From Amanda @

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Amanda, you’re very welcome! And thank you for the visit!

  50. Allegra Sinclair February 11, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    February is the new January? Love that! I decided at the end of last year that I wasn’t going to make any resolutions or big yearly goals. (I may have to re-think that after the first quarter.) Instead, I decided I just wanted one theme for the year–a focus on health. Every decision could be made based on whether or not it would be good for my health. January flew by with great movement on the one focus but I’m jealous of your Powersheets so I may have to jump on ’em. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Allegra! I’m definitely a big “goal” person myself, but I LOVE your theme for the year. “Health” is such an amazing theme because it touches basically all aspects of our life, which makes it an amazing decision-making tool. I think it takes a lot of the guess-work and willpower out of the equation. “Will this make me more healthy or less healthy?” That’s usually pretty easy to answer (even if we really want the answer to be something different!) Thanks so much for commenting!

  51. Amber February 11, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    That is a fantastic word! It’s something I need to work on myself, being in the here and now rather than going through the motions while constantly thinking about other things that I have going on. That and not taking on so many projects all at once :) #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      What, being in the here and now? (as I’m juggling holding the baby and writing a blog post and trying to make a weekly menu and talking to my mom on the phone at the same time).

      I have no idea what you’re talking about :)

  52. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas February 12, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Goals are important to have, but don’t let them stress you out. I made a few myself and I’m not doing too bad on them, but not 100% for sure. Good thing it’s only February. My word for the year is Commitment. I want to work on keeping the commitments I make to myself. I’m pretty good at keeping them to other people. #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      Hi Kathleen! You’ve hit the nail on the head. I do struggle with setting goals that push me, but aren’t so ambitious that I freak out or get really discouraged about not making progress on them. I also agree with you about keeping your commitments to yourself – those are SO important, but, like you, I find that my personal to-dos often get pushed to the bottom of the list in favor of more urgent things I’ve promised to other people.

  53. anne fassnacht February 12, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Powersheets sounds magical! I love making goals. Last year I made too many specific goals.This year I made them vague so I can adapt them at the end of the year. I love the word Present. I haven’t picked a word for the year yet. I think I will let one come to me and make that a mid-year thing. Looking forward to hearing more about your goals. #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Anne! Been there, done that – get to the end of the year and revisit my goals only to find that half of them are irrelevant. I really like your idea of waiting til a word comes to you, maybe in the middle of the year. Because really, a year is a long time – and whose to say that the word you choose in January would still be a food fit in June? You’ve definitely given me food for thought!

  54. Alyssa February 12, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    That you so much for this post! I’ve lost motivation this year and it’s only the second month. I’m glad it’s never too late to set a resolution.


    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Alyssa! Nope, never too late! Best of luck with your goals!

  55. Nancherrow February 12, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    I didn’t choose a word or list for 2014. I mean, if you don’t set any real goals then you can’t technically underachieve, right? But I like your list a lot. And it’s doable! Stopping by your delightful blog from #SITSBlogging!


    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Alison, thanks for stopping by! That is very true about not setting goals. Aim low! :) I kid but I think it’s definitely a difficult thing to set goals that are motivating, but not so far out of reach that it’s discouraging.

  56. Marie Rossiter February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Thank God for #SITSblogging because without it, I wouldn’t have found you and your site! I have been feeling scattered and unfocused lately. Recently, I can relate with Nancherrow’s comment about not setting goals because I don’t want to feel like I’m underachieving. I already feel this way too often. However, after reading your post, I think having a few concrete goals may be exactly what I need to get me going in the right direction! I am bookmarking this post and will be making my own goals! Thank you for motivating me!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Marie, thank you so much – that means a lot to me! I hope you’ll come back and visit soon, since based on yours and some other comments I am putting together a goal setting resource and linkup post, where we can all take a peek at other people’s goals and hopefully inspire and motivate each other!

  57. Amanda February 12, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    LOVE this! I’m a goal person and your goals were just perfect!!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you, Amanda! I’m a goal person too and I always love reading what other people are doing. Figured it was time to put my own goals out there!

  58. Jennifer February 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    This year my words are hustle and focus.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Ooh, LOVE those words! They are awesome by themselves, but together? You’re unstoppable!

  59. Angella February 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    I haven’t picked a word for the year, I can’t think of one that seems worth noting. I do have a list of goals, and plan to stay on track to accomplish them. I’ve never heard of Powersheets, but I am a geek for printables, and have my goals and all that printed and stored in a little 3 ring binder. Having a to-do-list on paper helps me stay on track. Checking things off keeps me motivated. :) #SITSblogging

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Yay printables! The folder of things I have downloaded to get myself organized is absolutely embarrassing, especially considering how few of them I actually use. I’ve tried a bunch of different apps for to-dos, but in the end, I always come back to pen and paper.

  60. Alissa | February 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    You had me at planner and multi-colored pens. Yes and Yes! I do have a word this year, RESILIENT and a few goals too.

    Good luck with your goal to be PRESENT! It can be a tough one.

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      I would be interested to know if there are any people who are big goal-setters who really dislike planners and colored pens. My guess is no :)

      I love “resilient”! Really great connotations with that one. Good luck!!

  61. Sarah E. White February 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    My word was supposed to be grow, but it’s been such a crazy year already I’m thinking calm might have been a better choice. 😉

    Love your multicolored pens; my calendar requires at least four!

    • Alexis February 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

      Another commenter mentioned that she had two words, so you could always do both — finding calm WHILE growing? I like how those two words work together!

  62. Jenn February 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Love it! I’m on a big goal setting kick lately so this sort of thing has been fun for me to read lately! That just had me thinking, I wish I knew of a goal setting link up where I could read everyone else’s and get future goal inspiration! Anyways, good for you (you can do it!!), and your desire to be more present is something, I think, we should all work towards! :)

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:09 am #

      Ok you are brilliant, a link-up like that is a fabulous idea! Let’s do it! I have never set up a link-up before but I’d love to host (and give you full credit for the idea, of course!).

  63. Rachel Keeth // Lavender & Honey February 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I actually set myself New Years Resolutions this year, though they are more goals so that I won’t stress myself over it if something comes in the way of them. I also find I hardly get anything done in the day without a to-do list. Having Lyme disease also makes that even worse than it usually is for me. Thankfully I found the OneNote app for Windows 8 is greatly helping me today. I’ve learned though to be thankful for being able to get anything done, so I also put “small” things on mine, such as “take a shower” and “take my pills”. It helps though, and I find it encouraging to check everything off.

    Coming over from SITS Girls–meant to comment yesterday!

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      Hi Rachel! You will get no judgment from me about putting things like that on your to-do list; “take shower” is on mine pretty much daily! I’ve heard good things about OneNote and I’m so glad it’s working for you. I had several apps that I was trying to use for my daily to-dos, but in the end I accepted the fact that I am a pen-and-paper kind of gal and the technology was actually getting in my way. It’s SO satisfying to check stuff off, whether it’s digitally or on paper!

  64. Ashley February 12, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

    I did set a few small goals for myself this year involving exercise and organization. My word for the year is Simplify!

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Simplify is a fantastic word; I had considered that one, too. Best of luck with your goals!

  65. Mez February 13, 2014 at 12:52 am #

    I love this. I need to start February goals!! Maybe March though now! I’m definitely checking out what you’ve recommended. I’m so glad I found your blog! Mez from Listen Sookie xx (SITS comment love.)

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Mez! Thank you! I’m not gonna lie, I was freaking out a teensy bit at not having figured out my goals until quite recently. But then I mentally told myself to get a grip – February/March/whenever is better than never!

  66. Alli February 13, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Those are fabulous goals. I’m a big believer of putting the goal/vision out there in order to accomplish it! Good Luck.

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Hi Alli! It makes such a huge difference, right? I find that I have to keep my goals front and center – if I can’t see them on a basically daily basis, I forget all about them. Then I get to the end of the year and I’ve accomplished…not much. Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by!

  67. Brandy @ MommySplurge February 13, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    my year doesn’t have a word yet! mostly because we haven’t done our yearly plan yet. my husband works out of state and he’s finally coming back in april. we’re just sitting tight until that happens!

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Hi Brandy! I’m so impressed that you and your husband do a yearly plan! My husband is amazing and a very motivated guy, but he’s never really been one to sit down and write out goals. He is just not quite as neurotic as I am :) That’s really great that you guys work on it together!

      • Brandy @ MommySplurge February 14, 2014 at 11:17 am #

        Well I guarantee you he wouldn’t do it of his own accord :) We get someone to watch the kids and i have a chart, etc. The important thing is to include all areas of your marriage and save the fun stuff for the end. Keeps them motivated :)

  68. Caitlin February 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I love your goals! And I love love love your blog, period!! I’m seriously obsessed! I so love your witty writing style!! So glad I found you!! {We’re in the same SITS comment love tribe!!}


    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Ohmygosh, thank you so much!! To be perfectly honest I was a little on the fence about participating in the SITS challenge, because I was afraid I’d get 75 comments that all said “great post!” But I am pretty much in love with everyone and so impressed at how dedicated and thoughtful you all are in your comments! I’m very behind in my comments and haven’t made it around to your blog yet but I’m looking forward to stopping by and saying hello!

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Also for a split second I read your blog name as “Apron Strainers and Bibs” and I was very confused. What, pray tell, is an apron strainer? Then I clicked through and it all made more sense :)

  69. Alma @ A Conquered Mess February 13, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    I love your dedication! You know, with things as crazy as they’ve been for me lately, my goal should be to set some goals lol. Good luck on your journey and may you accomplish everything you set your mind to! #SITSBlogging

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Alma! Hey, we do what we can, and I think it’s really smart to consider how much you have going on in your life when you’re thinking about goals or just what you want to accomplish in general. I definitely have a hard time walking that line between pushing myself just enough that I get things done, and completely stressing myself out because I’m taking on too much. It’s a work in progress :)

  70. Amanda February 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    I love how people are choosing a word to live by for the year. I need to do this…maybe March will be the new January. 😉

    Amanda // Happily Ever After

    • Alexis February 14, 2014 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Amanda! Heck yes! March, April…December :) Honestly I feel like there’s so much less pressure if you’re setting goals anytime other than January 1. And it really doesn’t matter when you start, as long as you are working towards your goals!

  71. Angela Gilmore February 14, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    My word for the year is de-clutter; that is my one big goal for the year. I need to just get rid of half of the stuff in my house! I love your list, you’ve actually motivated me! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      De-clutter is such a good one! I definitely have packrat tendencies and I always feel so much better when I can drop off a bunch of donations at Goodwill. It’s just taking the time to sort through everything that’s so tough, ugh!

  72. Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D. February 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Showering, yes showering is good. And writing too!! #SITSgirls

    • Alexis February 16, 2014 at 9:48 am #

      Aim low, that’s my motto :)

  73. Shannon Gosney February 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    Whether you set your goals now or later, having goals is a great thing. Hat’s off to you girl! :) Nice to meet you. #SITSBlogging

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