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Our team resolutions post from last year was a huge hit, with both our readers and us. What we found is that through defining and openly sharing our goals with each other, we became more accountable to see them through. (We also took inspiration from each others’ resolutions, and added a few more ideas to our individual goals.) We’re back again this January with a new set of resolutions for 2015. This year our team wants to travel, cook, put our devices down and get in the moment… what personal goals would you like to add to our collective list?
Take more weekend trips.
“I’m a little too accustomed to the comfort of my own apartment for my weekend retreat. I’m definitely feeling ready to explore the world in 2015, one small weekend trip at a time!”
— Jessi Afshin
Start using my cookbooks.
“I would like to start using all the beautiful cookbooks I have around the house instead of depending only on blogs or pinterest. There’s something so real about a book and I love getting the pages a little dirty with smears of flour.”
— Kate Stafford Weaver
Nurture my spiritual life.
“I’ve realized that when I neglect my faith, I totally lose sight of the bigger picture and end up getting lost in the day-to-day grind of sleep/Instagram/work/Instagram/sleep (don’t tell me I’m alone here!). So, after a couple of years working an all-encompassing job where I was constantly in survival mode, I’m trying to work spirituality back into my life. I signed up to have daily Bible verses e-mailed to me every morning, I pray every night before falling asleep (either alone, or with my husband), and try get my butt to church every Sunday. The spirituality-to-Instagram ratio is still pretty pathetic, but even a few minutes a day of pondering my beliefs makes a huge difference in my sense of well-being.”
— Tara Thompson Rasmus
“My husband and I love the wildness of the Texas Hill Country, and this year I am bound and determined to pick up on the weekends and head out with just our dog, sleeping bags, and no set plan.”
— Molly Kendrick
“I was so inspired by Kelly’s ‘Back to Ballet’ story from October. I studied classical ballet all the way through college and then really just stopped dancing entirely after that. It’s a part of my life that’s been missing for a long time, and I feel ready to head back to the barre in 2015.”
— Jenn Rose Smith
Become a morning person.
“This year I hope to become a morning person — it’s not that I stay up super late, I’m just an impressively deep sleeper! Step one will be strict implementation and observance of a 10 o’clock bedtime, which means no more binging on TV, books or podcasts (insert sad face). Here’s hoping for more productive mornings in 2015!”
— Chanel Dror
“I hope to continue my regular rendezvous with my French conversation partner.”
— Kate LeSueur
Make art every day.
“This year I’ll make art every day. Although, realistically, I should probably rephrase this to ‘make art most days.’ It can be easy to get swept up in the day to day of life, but artists I look up to all say the same thing: you must practice every day. This can be just sketching an idea or painting a quick color study in your journal, but take the time to do something.”
— Kelly Colchin
Practice daily meditation.
“This year, I’d like to work on being more mindful. With a busy work schedule, it’s easy to constantly asses and worry about the future, but it often doesn’t bring any good. I’ve been using a meditation app (Headspace App) to meditate and practice staying in the moment. I hope to keep this up daily!”
— Julia Gartland
Learn aerial silks.
“I took an aerial silks class towards the end of 2014 and loved the challenge — admittedly, my flexibilty and strength could use a little refinement so silks is on my list of things to tackle in 2015.”
— Kelly Krause
“When I’m working, focus on one project at a time. When I’m with Phoebe, turn work off. When I’m having a conversation, give the person I’m talking with my full attention.”
— Camille Styles
Find a mentor.
“I’ve felt so inspired reading the articles on female mentorships here. It can feel intimidating to ask for help or advice, but my goal is to focus on cultivating those relationships this year. ”
— Cristina Cleveland