new thoughts for the new year

north carolina white christmas

my parent's front yard, christmas day 2010

what is it about a new year that gets you thinking about changes? i like to think that my eagerness to make changes is not because of the resolutions hype, but because it's only natural to feel like it's a new beginning. a fresh slate. a natural time to reflect and what worked in the previous year, and what didn't. so naturally, i've been giving much thought to this next year, the goals that i have and things that i want to do differently. i read just yesterday that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. so alas, i'm planning! there are several things i've been reflecting upon, here are just a few.

goals for 2011:

- get focused. because i find myself doing so many things that don't directly pertain to my big picture. it's time to dive head first into the dreams that i have, and see if i can accomplish them.

- start saying no. at least a bit more frequently to the things that consume my time but don't feed my goals.  this will only be a way to feed and support my goal #1.

- get on top of our finances. make a plan and name every dollar before the month begins (as i'm ultra-motivated by my latest read, total money makeover).

- put God first. in my time, my day, our finances, and in every way.

- start painting more.

- learn adobe illustrator. just learn it, bonnie!

- be better at communication. it seems now that all of my dear friends are spread out across the states, from boston to bend. it's my number one goal to stay on top of being there for each of them and growing our relationships.

- get my read on. that's right, start going through the stack of books i've collected that i want to read.

and here are some BIG events coming up in 2011!

- we'll be moving to santa ynez, california with my husband's job come march/april!

- david will be doing an iron man on may 9th in st. george utah (that's my crazy amazing husband)!

- we hope (finger's crossed) to get another doggie, so toaster has a friend. we have our sights set on getting a belgian tervuren, as that was my first dog!

now it's your turn!

what are your goals for 2011? any big events coming up?

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  • It’s so lovely to read all the posts that my creative friends are writing about their goals here and there. And I enjoyed yours too Bonnie!
    I believe that sharing goals we also share inspiration and motivation with others.
    Hope you spent joyful and relaxing holidays
    Hugs from Italy!

  • Great list Bonnie!
    My goals are quite similar to yours, especially #1. I want to spend this year keeping my “eye on the prize”, moving out of the idea/daydream phase and into the “make it happen” phase :)
    Happy new year!

  • I have finished applying to graduate schools so now I’m playing the sit-and-wait game until I hear back from them in the spring! I don’t want to get too excited, but wherever I decide to go, we will have to uproot and move far away from where we have lived most of our lives – It will be fun, exciting and I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!

  • sounds like a wonderful plan for 2011 … i’m so excited about the year ahead as well. Yay wonderful for california not to mention you got it right first time … hubby is crazy! hope you had a wonderful holiday season. xx

  • These are wonderful goals. I really need the “saying no” one to my list. Thanks for sharing. I just posted mine over at

  • Welcome to my neck of the woods! I live about an hour and a half away from Santa Ynez.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for 2011. I’m not quite done pinning them down. :-) But, I love the clean slate a new year makes me feel like I have!