Okay, Okay...Here are my Resolutions...


So you all are getting me so nostalgic with your resolutions...I didn't want to do this but I guess you are forcing me now... ;) Okay, so I am not super into the whole resolutions things but I do love a good set of goals. I think part of me doesn't want to make resolutions that I can't follow through with (so TYPE A) and also everyone makes resolutions...and I don't like to be like everyone (well except for you, because you have amazing ideas...yes, you...girl reading my blog). But who am I kidding??? I am so left out right now that I am three days into the New Year and I haven't posted any resolutions...So here ya go...


1. Study: I haven't really "studied" since I graduated from college...and I am really missing it. Sometimes I just wish I could stay up all hours of the night writing a 30 page paper...What you don't dream about that? Well, okay, maybe not writing papers...but I do miss reading and really studying for the sake of gaining new information. So my goal is to hit the books once again and give my brain a little more mental stimulation.


2. Continue with my weight loss goal: I have been losing weight since July, slowly and steadily, and have been successful in weight loss for the first time in my life. I have lost just about 35 lbs and am going for about 10 more. But not just in regards to weight, I am learning to have better eating habits and am being sensitive to what my body needs (less wheat and dairy!).


3. Craft, craft, craft: Ever since I started blogging this summer, I have been inspired by so many awesome bloggy friends with some great projects. I have a giant craft folder saved on my computer that I would really like to tackle.


4. Save money: Because well, let's be honest, it is just weeks after Christmas and I am B-R-O-K-E! I am sure it will even out eventually...but I want to be less consumed by the consumer world. I want to live more modestly and be a good steward of my money.


5. Blog good blogs: I want to inspire ladies to use the resources they have to make life more beautiful. I hope to share some frugal and fashionable ideas like the ones that I have been so encouraged by.


6. Digital Scrapbooking: I am ready to declutter and use my time on other crafty projects...so my plan is to ditch the ol' paper scrapbooking. I have been doing it since the 7th grade and I need a break! I have become more savvy with the computer and hope to save some time, money, and sanity by doing it digitally. More about this to come in a future post.
7. Love better: I can always be doing this better...but I want to remind myself to be more patient and sensitive to those around me. I want to be a person that makes feel really believe they are cared for. I want to be less selfish and love more sacrificially.


2008 was a good year...I had a lot of life changes go on...graduated college, in a step of faith--quit my job and pursued independent work, lost some serious weight, learned to sew, became more crafty, started blogging...it has been good and it is amazing to see life unravel in ways I never imagined. I am so blessed and am excited for what this New Year brings. So there you have it...a little New Years nostalgia. I can check this off of my New Years resolution list now! ;)


33 comments:

  1. *hugs* Visiting by way of SITS!

    I am hopeless at arts and crafts but would love to be better, so your blog is really great to stumble upon. Your list of resolutions is so realistic and "simple", but doing all those things will have such a positive impact on your life.

    I have been reading a lot of non-fiction lately -- I think a love of learning is an excellent trait to have, and sometimes I miss the stimulation and challenge of being in school, too.

    Cheers!

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  2. You have an amazing blog!! Happy New Year!

    I hope you'll pop over to see me soon ~ I've got an amazing jewelry giveaway starting today!!

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  3. Ashley,

    Your resolutions are wonderful... and TRUE.
    Studying gets in your blood and it feels so good after you accomplish something great.

    I have thousands of dollars of paper scrapbooking goodies. I really got into it. And now I am with you...I need to de-clutter. Perhaps I should do it all on the computer though I am not as talented as you. That too might be something I can learn.

    I do want you to know YOU inspired me this year. I totally fell in love with your black and white chairs and tried to copy... Mine did not turn out as fantastic as yours did. I enjoy seeing your many wonderful projects and learning from you.
    I look forward to 2009 and to seeing what you will be creating and doing.

    Happy New year!

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  4. You have great goals set forth! They will enrich you life in so many ways. I'm with you on the reading to learn. I am going to read some nonfiction on history.

    You should start a bookclub. It is the best thing I have ever done. We read AND have fun. And share ideas. It is the closest thing to college I have done in a long time.

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  5. I love your resolutions.. I have to admit, I am jealous. You have and will continue to inspire and others inspire you.I have some goals to set as well and hopefully the New Year will bring much joy and happiness to all.

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  6. I really want to do more digital scrapbooking and crafting too. I think I could do so much cool stuff with my stories if they had digital scrapbook illustrations. I used to be the editor of a children's magazine where we made a craft every week, and I miss it. I just always feel so guilty when I do something artistic b/c I was always told to be "productive" growing up...

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  7. those are great goals! i, too, have a crafty file on my computer.

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  8. You will LOVE digi scrapbooking. I don't think that I could ever go to paper again. Althought lately I've noticed I'm more about "getting the page done" then actually making it pretty. I'll have to work on that!

    Umm... could you do a tutorial on how to reupholster things? I really would like to know how to do that!

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Happy New Year! Your blog looks beautiful!!
    Blessings,
    Megan

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  10. Very good resolutions - Good luck to you. I have just started the digital scrapbooking and I am enjoying it. It does seem to take up a lot of time though. I sit down and start working on a page and 2-3 hrs have gone by before I know it.

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  11. Congrats on being Saucy! I think your blog is beautiful.

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  12. Congrats on being Saucy this week. Your blog has lots of fun things.

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  13. great to read! Now if I can only get around to mine!congrats on being a "saucy blog"!

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  14. Hi Ashley ~ congrats on your Saucy feature & happy 2009!

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  15. just found you from SITS. I am SO BAD at all this stuff but have so much respect for real crafty people!

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  16. Those are some awesome goals.
    Congrats on being Saucy.
    Just set your mind to and you'll be able to accomplish every single one of those goals.

    Write them down somewhere where you'll see them everyday. :D Thats what I do.

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  17. omigosh...i just spent 30 minutes looking at all the amazing things you have done on your blog!!

    you definitely deserve the SAUCY award =), and you are now officially added to my blogroll!

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  18. Congrats on being saucy. I'm new at SITS! You know...I miss the whole studying thing, too. But -- I get a bit of it in with homeschooling my Kindergartener! I really LOVED college, and there are days when I miss all the assignments and such. I know...CRAZY! Happy 2009!

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  19. Cute blog Ashley! I love your resolutions. I have many of the same. Crafting and digital scrapbooking and weight loss. It looks like you are well on your way with them all. I'll check back to see what tips you can provide for scrapbooking. Have a great day!

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  20. Here from SITS. You know, I came by just to check in, leave a quick comment etc. but suddenly I was 3 pages deep into your old posts before I knew what was happening!
    I'm a crafty gal too and I'm in post-holiday withdrawl without a project at hand. Enjoy your week!

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  21. Congrats on being Saucy! You have a great blog, which I plan on visiting regularly! :-) I love your resolutions, especially the one about studying. I have been feeling the desire to learn lately, too, but I haven't committed to anything yet... we'll see what this year holds!

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  22. I'm in from SITS. I think your blog is great! Congrats on being Saucy!!

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  23. Hello! Your resolutions keep the simple things in check but can make a whole world of difference every day:0)
    Thanks,
    Shanna

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  24. Stopped in from Sits...Congratulations on being a saucy blog!

    Loved your list!

    marlene

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  25. Congrats on being Saucy! ;) I'm new at SITS, and have been having so much fun checking out your blog! I'll be back...often! ;) Love your 'goals' for 2009 - very attainable! :)

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  26. Found you via SITS - WOW, your blog is beautiful!! I love the layout!

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  27. Happy Saucy Sunday, fellow Saucy SITSa! I'm totally loving your blog - the little I've read so far. Can't wait to come back and soak in some more.

    Gotta run and return comments to all my SITSas who've visited so far! So fun!

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  28. Stopping by from SITS. I totally agree about the crafts. It's hard not get inspired by the amazing crafters in blogland!

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  29. congrats on your saucy blog!!!!

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  30. Hi, I found your site through SITS.

    I love your study resolution. I am one of those crazy people who loved school and I haven't really studied since college. I'll have to ponder that one.

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  31. I just love your blog- had to let you know your resolutions are great. I'll be back.

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