Dec 30, 2013

Making Things Happen in 2014: Part Two


  • I love taking the time to get outside on weekends, especially going hiking with my husband and our dog. It's funny that an activity that is essentially free can give so much! Sitting here in the cold of winter, I realize how important it is to take advantage of those longer, warmer days. I'd like to start going outside more in the evenings after work or even just taking a 30 minute stroll on the Greenbelt during my lunch break.
  • Looking back on the list of things that worked, 98% of them do not like back to material objects, but rather to experiences! I think this is definitely telling me something! Spending time with family, friends, and learning things on my own is what sticks out most from this past year. That blouse or knick-knack? Not so much.
  • I can accomplish big things! It's easy to be hard on myself or get frustrated when things don't get done-- but looking at this list, it is impressive as to what I have been able to accomplish! This is the stuff that matters, the things that should be celebrated, and at the end of the day, push me forward. 

  • It's important to put more focus on my husband and I's health. Eating out is not only financially expensive, it is expensive in other ways as well. When we eat out, this food is usually eaten quickly and doesn't give us a chance to come together and talk about what is going on in our day. Not to mention, it is also much less healthier than cooking at home. Does this mean we should give up eating out completely? No, but I think it should be done in moderation and be reserved for a treat, not convenience. 
  • Deleting Facebook has been one of the best things I could have done for getting things done, but I still think I can improve. Truthfully, I think this goal isn't just about social media, but rather the time I spend behind the computer. Working, learning, paying bills, and the occasional bout of entertainment is fine, but there is definitely more to life than browsing the internet. (Hence there's a reason they call it browsing or surfing, not getting things done with the net. :) )
  • Exercise and waking up early are two things I do really well when I have someone or something holding me accountable, or in many cases, literally waiting for me! But I realize that my health shouldn't have to depend on others.  I need to reflect upon how I can integrate this stuff in my schedule for me!
  • Exploring new places
  • Bright colors
  • Listening to awesome, positive music
  • The great outdoors
  • Spending quality time with my husband
  • Inspiring/encouraging others
  • Playing with my dog
  • Cooking a new recipe
  • A great, motivating talk
  • Really "getting" something I learn
  • Beautiful art and designs
  • Blue skies
  • Making connections between the things I learn & do
  • Chatting with friend and enjoying their company
  • Brainstorming
  • Knocking out chores
  • Completing a hard workout
  • Helping people
  • The smell of rain and nature
  • Making & Creating
  • Trying new things
  • Truly relaxing
  • Learning new things

I've created a Pinterest Board bursting with items that make me feel full, energetic, positive, passionate, and make me want to accomplish BIG things! Check it out here!

If you'd like to participate in "Making Things Happen in 2014," check out Lara Casey's blog here! When blogging or posting on social media, be sure to include the hashtag #makeithappen2014, so everyone can follow along! (Also, all of the lovely graphics in this post were created by Lara! Thanks Lara!)

Here's to making the things you want happen! 

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