Hello 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014
I intended to have this post up on January 1st.  But our whole house has been sick and not much as been accomplished over the last few days.  There are dishes piled in the sink, laundry still needs to be done, and I should be back at work.  Instead we have been breaking Kleenex use records, getting in lots of snuggles, and trying to get better.

Despite starting the year off not feeling so great, I plan on making 2014 a great year for our family.  In a few short weeks we will have a one year old to keep up with, Corey is working on growing his new business, and I am determined to focus on being a better mom and wife than ever before.

I don't usually make resolutions because I know I won't keep them.  But I am writing down my goals for the year in my planner so they are always there for me to see and I am putting them out here for you to see.  So feel free to help keep me accountable.  Maybe if all of the internet (or the few people that check my blog on occasion) can see what my goals are, I'll be a little more motivated to work hard to achieve them.  So...without further ado, here are my goals for 2014.

1.  Organize/Decorate/Clean.  We moved into our house in July of 2010.  We have lived here for 3 1/2 years, and every room still needs some kind of organizing.  Drawers and cabinets need to be gone through, things need to be trashed and donated, and just about everything needs a permanent home.  There are also curtains that need to be hung, art to put on walls, and rooms that need to be pulled together.  This seems like a pretty daunting task, and I don't expect that our house will be 'done' by the end of the year (is a home ever really 'done'?), but I do plan on making this a priority.  I also need to streamline my cleaning routine.  Fewer and simpler cleaning products and a weekly schedule should help making house cleaning a little easier so the house stays relatively clean at all times and we have more time together (#3.)

2. Simplify.  Everything from products we buy, to the things set out on counters and shelves, to my to-do list.  Buying less at the grocery store and fewer clothes and accessories should help us save a little money and eat a little better.  Displaying less will help keep things tidy and relaxing to look at.  Simplifying my to-do list will help with #3. 

3.  Quality family time.  Corey has been working a lot lately (at least over 70 hours a week) and will continue to work a lot for a while, so the time we have together as a family is more valuable than ever.  I want to spend less time in front of the TV or on our phones and computers and more time unplugged.  (We are strongly considering cutting off the cable.  One less bill would be a plus!)  Cullen will only be this little for so long.  I want to spend more time playing and reading with him and soak up every minute of that little boy's life.  Corey and I also want to make time for more date nights.  Even if it's renting a movie to watch after Cullen is in bed.

4.  Be more consistent with blogging.  Even if I don't have a ton of readers, I love having this blog as a way to document our family.  I love bloggers who get more personal and really let you get to know them.  I want to be open and honest.  I am going to share things I would want to read; this blog is for me after all.  (But I hope you enjoy it too!)

Looking back at that list, it seems like a lot to expect out of one year.  And I know I am not going to be perfect at any of these, but I am going to do my best.  I will try to update you on how I'm doing throughout the year.  And I welcome accountability; please ask me about these at any time!

What are your goals for 2014?  Any resolutions this year?


  1. Love your blog and your goals. :) happy 2014!


  2. Courtney you are the best mommy and wife ever! Work full time, cook marvelous meals for corey, make all of cullens food! I love you very much and Im so proud of you! You are everything and more I hoped and prayed corey would find in a mate! Love ya Mama#2


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