Inspiring Tidbits


Goal and Wish clipboards by Decoy Lab

As a fresh year stretches out in front of us, list-making mavens everywhere sharpen their pencils and scribble down gads of lofty goals. Although I often feel these ambitious scribes are my kindred spirits, I’m currently attempting a different approach to New Years resolutions. Sure, I’m still a firm believer in writing out goals along with concrete plans for achieving them, but I engage in this kind of obsessiveness year-round and I figure New Years is a good opportunity to think a little more deeply about what I want before diving into the logistics of getting it.

There is something so invigorating about the fresh start a new calendar year brings after all, so why not take time to ponder all the wonderful and not-so-wonderful parts of our lives while envisioning the best-case scenarios for the clean slate ahead of us? For me, this is not so much about self improvement/career advancement as it is about life enrichment. As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I really want out of my precious off hours and family time, and asking myself what simple changes I can implement now that will make my quality of life better. The answers I’ve come up with thus far are: spending more time with my husband, eating more vegetables/less blood-sugar-spiking foods, and doing what’s right for me instead of worrying about what others think. There’s a great expanse between identifying these potential changes and putting them into practice, but I’m content to ponder the crisp, new year in front of me a little while longer before I dive into obsessive-list-making land.

Psst: You can find these cute clipboards in the Decoy Lab Etsy Shop, which I discovered via Oh So Beautiful Paper…Are you making long goal/wish lists this year, or are you swearing to only a few resolutions? Have you been asking yourself the question I’m pondering: what simple or complex changes can you make now that will vastly improve your quality of life? Leave a comment.

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  • Reply Jennifer January 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

    My one “resolution”, as stated at the dinner table NYE, is to worry less.

    I think it just about covers everything 🙂

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté January 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

      That is a very, very worthwhile resolution. I will now be humming “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” all day. 😉 Happy new year, my dear!

  • Reply kristina January 5, 2012 at 12:39 am

    jennifer ~ i love these cute little notepads ~ i haven’t made any concrete new year’s resos quite yet… and i’m not so sure if i will… sometimes the pressure is too much to take haha! i’m more of a “general” new year’s resolutions girl ~ you know, eat healthy, spend more time off of the laptop, workout, stay positive = all that good stuff 😉 😉
    xoxo, kristina

  • Reply Laine January 5, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I like your approach. I have a bunch of stuff on my list that I want to accomplish. My biggest is training and trying out for Roller Derby (that’s my big personal one) and professionally I just want to keep moving forward!

    • Reply Jennifer R. Coté January 5, 2012 at 11:32 am

      Oh my goodness, I’m so excited to hear that you’re training/trying out for roller derby, Laine! That sounds so fun, and I think you’re so brave for wanting to skate in the ring. (I must admit, the idea of skating and bashing into other girls scares me a little, so you’re now my hero.) 🙂

  • Reply Anna January 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    We had very similar thoughts (& I see very similar goal drives) this year and all other years! I constantly have goals/lists/to do’s etc and this year also stopped and thought about changing it from goals to something out as I have so many of them right now. True to my word and similar to you I started to think about what else I could do for enrichment instead of standard “exercise more” or “go on an adventure”. What I came up with instead was to work on my values and the standards in life I will accept – & what a fun and amazing exercise it was and how well its working so far. It took me half a day of brainstorming and leaving my pad and going back to it but I figure with a strong and clearly identified set of values, if I stay true to them all year and with my decisions then goal accomplishment should come second nature.

    I adore your blog Jennifer – you know that though – I’ve had some time off blogging over Christmas break to just focus on family, friends and fun and yours has been the first one ive visited back and you of course never disappoint. I’m posting today (finally!!) the award you so kindly bestowed on me back in December so I hope I do it justice.

    Hope you & the hubby had an amazingly beautiful and enriched Christmas & New Years


  • Reply Anna January 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    p.s another gorgeous little quote I read that you might enjoy as much as I did (I just saw the ‘don’t worry be happy’ comment was, “everyday, when you wake up and your feet hit the floor, look down and be grateful and excited your above it” – such an easy way to start your day feeling incredibly happy & blessed I thought! x

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