2015 Dreaming

I know this is so behind the times (considering we’re halfway through January), but I took some time this past weekend to dream and plan for 2015. Following in the footsteps of  the lovely blogger behind The Orange Slate, I picked a word for this year-one single word to guide my year.


Revel. verb. To enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way.

At several points in 2014, I discovered I had packed my life so full I didn’t have time to enjoy myself. I didn’t have time to spend with my family. I didn’t have time to be active. I didn’t have time to cook. After I wrapped up one big project, it seemed another was right on its heels. I came to this conclusion:

When I’m working so hard I don’t have time for the things I enjoy–things that matter to me–I am too busy.

Thanks to Donald Miller’s Creating Your Life Plan (goes away forever tonight at midnight! If you want in on the action, make it happen.), I realized I had too many roles–too many different areas of responsibility. I was so widely spread, I couldn’t do anything with excellence. This made me feel frantic and constantly behind.

Over the course of a few months, I dropped a couple of freelance gigs–the things that were adding the most stress and cutting into what would have been free time. As I did, the fog lifted, my life gained clarity, and I realized 2014 was also a year of great contentment. I love my life–what I’m doing, where I am, the people I’m near. I’m incredibly and immensely grateful. I declare 2015 a year of reveling in that gratitude!

Down to the details! What do I want to DO this year?

1. Travel. We have a couple of trips planned for the coming year, and I’m excited to see new parts of the world.

2. Photography and writing. Take a photography class to improve my picture taking skills. Along with it, write more-in my journal as well as on the blog. This goal is all about documenting the memories we’re making in ways that are meaningful to us.

3. Dutch! One of the new languages on duolingo.com is Dutch. I’d like to spend less time aimlessly scrolling on my phone, and re-deploy those minutes into practicing a new language.

4. Financial goals-save, save, save! Finish our house down payment account, save for a new-to-us vehicle, and keep adding to our Roth IRA.

5. Take vitamins. Boring, but I want to get in the habit.

I wanna know: Did you pick a word for this year? What goals do you have for 2015?

2012 Goals

New year. New grace. New gratitude. New goals.

Bring it on!

Adventure and travel:

  • Hike Knobstone. Memorial Day weekend.
  • Roll my kayak. Kyle has already been conscripted to teach me. Just have to get the boat to Northern MI, or talk him and Darcy into coming to visit.
  • Camp/backpack at least 4 separate weekends. Even short trips to close by destinations make for a wonderful reprieve from reality.
  • Travel to North Dakota.
  • Jump off a cliff.


  • Triathlon. For real. I have my eye on a couple in late spring/early summer.
  • Food. Continue to eat, grow and preserve lots and lots of real food.


  • Practice generosity.
  • Build and stick to a reasonable budget.
  • Take more pictures of the people I love.
  • Secure gainful employment for the fall.

I hope that 2012 will be a year full of adventure, happiness, restoration and celebration!

I wanna know: What are you hoping for this year?

2011 goals

I’m big on goals. I firmly believe that if you don’t set goals for yourself, you won’t accomplish what you want in life. Without goals, you won’t grow or change. And then you’ll be bored. And that possibility scares me.

So, for the past few years, I’ve made goals for the coming year. Here they are for 2011!


  • whittle away at my 101 in 1001 list using real, quality food
  • finish a triathlon


  • save $x and start funding a Roth IRA
  • gratitude: write it, express it, share it
  • memorize Beethoven sonata and Bach prelude/fugue

Adventure and travel:

  • skydive!
  • backpacking trip somewhere new (Knobstone Trail?)
  • learn how to roll my kayak

Bring on 2011!