2014 Word of the Year | Family New Year’s Resolutions

I’m forever grateful for 2013. My business took off here in South Korea in a way I didn’t think was possible. I’m fairly successful at keeping my life straight by using this planner (which is AH-MAZING, that link will get you $10 off and they offer free shipping for military addresses). I’ve found myself a little more busy than I would like. I really dislike the glorification of busy, so don’t feel like I’m saying, “Oh my goshhhhh, I’m so busy. It’s fabulous.” Busy is good, but busy can also mean that you’re missing the “good stuff”. Instead of focusing of small personal resolutions, I figured I would do a family New Year’s resolutions list. I want to build a happier and healthier home. So my word of the year for 2014 is “SIMPLIFY“.

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I’ve done the ridiculous resolutions that I fail at once February comes around. A couple failed resolutions from the past:

  • Cut out all processed foods
  • Work out 3 days a week at the gym

Um….. yeah. I suck at goals like that. I need something broader. Something easier. Something that makes sense for me and my family. Therefore, must simplify all the things!

Areas I’m simplifying in 2014:

  • Home Decor
  • Organization
  • Money Management/Retirement
  • Meals
  • Business
  • Possessions
  • Social Media

Home Decor:

I’ve already started the transition to a more neutral palette in our home. Color is wonderful, but I’ve found that it makes things difficult for me sometimes. Finding the perfect bright pillow in the right shades or a blanket that matches the artwork I’ve hung up are a few examples. I’m welcoming shades of cream, taupe, black and gray with open arms and keeping the color limited to artwork and small accessories. The nursery and V’s room will stay as is.


My method of organized chaos is becoming…. chaotic. I need to make things simple for both my husband and kids to understand. If I’m the only one who can find what my husband is looking for, then I have a problem. Everything will be labeled. Everything.

Money Management/Retirement:

My husband and I have goals of retiring early and owning at least one vacation home. We’d also like to take at least one epic vacation per year. We take small weekend getaways pretty often, but we’d like to add other countries to our list. This takes a lot of dedication for a couple living on a military and small business paycheck. I’m guilty of small frivolous spending and he spends big bucks (rarely). It starts to add up to a smaller than we’d like savings and retirement account. We need to make a simplified budget and stick to it, no matter what. Hoping to come up with a monthly printable for you if we come up with something that works.


2013 was a crappy (pardon my language, but it’s true) year in regards to cooking at home. I used to pride myself in the awesome meals I made the first two years P and I were married, but having kids has turned me into one of the worst cooks. It’s back to meal planning and freezer meals. I half attempted meal planning, but it was hard to sustain having to use the internet as a source. I’m making it easy and going to go back to the good ole days and using recipe books and tried and true meals. Any and all cookbook recommendations are welcome!


This is another area I’ve already started to simplify a couple months ago. I simplified my logo and websites and got new business cards made to match my new branding. The next step is to simplify what products I offer and my hours/availability. My family comes first, but that hasn’t always been the case in 2013. I let my photography business rule how much time I spent on the computer and kept me away from making memories with my littles. I need to sit down and make a plan for both the business and blogging.


It’s time to reduce our possessions and keep only what matters and makes us happy. This is definitely a family New Year’s resolution. Clothes and baby related items will be donated to local orphanages and women’s shelters in need. Everything else will be either sold, offered for free or recycled. I especially am going to be mindful about making unnecessary purchases. I’m a total sucker for home decor items, so this is going to be a tough one for me.

Social Media:

I’m going to start setting specific times for when I use social media. I find myself getting sucked into the vortex that is social media. It’s time to step away from the iPad for me and the phone for my husband. We have different vices when it comes to social media. Instagram and Facebook for me. Reddit and Kakao chat with his hockey buddies for him.

 What is your word for 2014? Have you thought about family New Year’s resolutions?




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  1. 1

    I can’t believe Erin Condren ships free to APO’s now. That’s great! When I ordered in November, they wanted to charge me $25 to ship my planner. I ended up sending it to my mom and having her bring it when she came. Happy they changed!
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    I love this. Skipped resolutions this year because I couldn’t face another failure. I may still have hopes of success if I adopt a New Year’s Word instead!

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    Maria, these Goals were BEAUTIFUL> I know that you are set to have an amazing year. The organization bug has bit me too, and we are on our way! A few cookbook recommendations: Any of the Cooking Light series, I adore The Best of Cooking Light, as well as Jamie’s Food Revolution (I cook from that at least 2x a week) and perhaps even ask your loved ones. I had everyone send me a recipe card for my birthday one year and it was amazing inspiration!