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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

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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

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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

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Go camping!

“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

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Take ballet.

“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

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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

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Learn french.

“I hope to continue my regular rendezvous with my French conversation partner.”

— Kate LeSueur

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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

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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

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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

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Stop multitasking!

“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

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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

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9 comments
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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | January 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Love these resolutions! My goals for 2015 are to become a morning person, get back into yoga, and to enjoy cooking and plan my meals better.

    I wish everyone much success with their resolutions!

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

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    Ella | January 2, 2015 at 9:46 am

    These (as well as last year’s) are wonderful resolutions. I’m choosing to stop procrastinating when work needs to be done, learn to network better, learn how to use my DSLR better (beyond video!), and DIY more things/make more art projects. Thank you for sharing these inspirations – best of luck to everyone!
    http://www.youtube.com/sparklesandsuch26

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    Diana Preisser (@diannapre) | January 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I was looking for some motivation/inspiration and this is the best I could’ve find. My resolutions for this year are: spending more time with my family, do more yoga, keep discovering my cooking skills, put 60% of my money into a saving account, learn italian and make small trips with my boyfriend wherever the wind takes us.

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    Maya | January 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Julia, I share a resolution with you; I also plan to make meditation a huge part of my life this year! I received a year’s membership to Headspace as a Xmas present, and I LOVE IT! Cheers to a great year and a mindful new us!!

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    Charlotte | January 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I love all these resolutions, but the ‘go camping’ from Molly really inspired me! Being out in the natural world refreshes and recharges me like nothing else. I resolve to open my eyes to the beauty of nature in 1015.

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    Lula Belle | January 3, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Some of these resolutions really resonate with me especially using my cook books more, taking more weekends away, reading more often, only doing one thing at a time. Also I’m going to regain a better life balance that provides time for me.

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    A Broad at Home | January 5, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I’m also trying to work on my spiritual life and am so happy to see I am not only! It’s really important to me, yet seems to be one of the first things I put off. I would love to make it more of an intentional focus of mine. I also want to find ways to give back more charitably and meaningfully. Big goals for 2015 and beyond! Best wishes for the new year : )

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    Molly Bridget | January 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    The ballet post really inspired me also, especially as a former competitive gymnast! I’m going to sign up when I return to school in a couple weeks. I, too, have plans to recharge my spiritual life and reallocate more time on that front than the Instagram/Facebook feed one.

    Overall, my goal is to face fears with excitement and less stress. I’ve found that life becomes stagnant when you stay in your comfort zone. In 2015, I want to live outside of it more while still honoring my sense of self.

    http://bridgetsowndiary.blogspot.com

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