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My ONE New Year’s Resolution

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I wasn’t going to do a New Year’s resolution post. Mainly because I had planned on not having any New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Each year I do it, and each year I feel like a failure.

Allow me to revisit last year…. It was that time again! Time to pretend I’m someone else and that I’ll magically accomplish all of these goals. For 2015 I decided that I was going to go through this massive cookbook I’d had for a couple years and create a list of all the recipes I wanted to cook. That’s pretty foolproof. All I had to do was try a few recipes! False. In a year, I managed to cook one.

Needless to say, I wasn’t too excited about having New Year’s resolutions this year, but a funny thing happened. Houston and I were on our way home from having dinner together when he turned to me and asked me what some of my goals were for the New Year. I prattled off a list of things that had been floating around in my mind; spend time with God, go to yoga classes, expand my Kristen Finds Vintage business, make time for family, cook more (heh), research herbalism and essential oils, explore outdoors, read, and journal. He nodded quietly and then said, “How do you intend to do each one?” I stopped. I didn’t know! That’s not part of New Year’s resolutions! They’re just supposed to magically happen!

After taking time to consider what Houston had said, I thought about why I don’t do all of the things I have on my list. I’m always in a rush. I say yes to so many things that I pack each day full and don’t take the time to evaluate whether I’m accomplishing the things I truly want to accomplish. It’s then that it hit me. I don’t want to rush through my life, and I don’t want to live my life in a rush. I’m only 25, and I don’t want to spend each New Years recalling a list of goals I didn’t accomplish from the year before.

So for 2016, I only have ONE New Year’s resolution: to not live my life in a rush. I plan to accomplish this by managing my time more wisely and by intentionally setting time aside to do the things I want to do.

It’s been a week already, and so far I have DIY’d a cork board for my office, gone to yoga two times and am trying PiYo today, have done my devotions every night, journaled twice, and have time scheduled for my family.

I feel peaceful and intentional. Here’s to 2016.


Any body have some good or failed New Year’s resolutions? Feel free to share them in a comment!



  1. Are you kidding me. My post for tomorrow has a similar theme!! I love it – learning to live slow and not rush around and do everything and live under that kind of pressure. I definitely put a lot of pressure on myself to do a bunch of things, and it’s just not worth it! So I resonate deeply with this post. I love that you’re taking the time to do things intentionally, and I’m drawing so much encouragement and inspiration from it. Thank you for posting!!

  2. Danie Danie

    I am so proud of you! Keep it up c: and send me your crafty pictures.

    I’m stealing your resolution. I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the things to get done and things I want to be doing. Prioritizing and time managing are my new resolutions!

    As for failed resolutions? All of them. Ever.
    Except… Remember when we resolut-ed to be more eco friendly? Those few wonderful weeks in the house? I feel that was adequate enough time to be a successful resolution.

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