Happy 2015! Resolutions vs. Plans of Action

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post for 2015! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I am endeavoring to get back into blogging on a consistent basis after having the month of December get totally away from me for numerous reasons.



To help me get back on track, I have once again joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I plan to follow one of the daily tips sent out to refresh and reinforce the habit of daily writing and blogging, although I do plan to begin the rest of the month’s posts BEFORE midnight, since this New Year’s Day has been extremely busy! 😉


Appropriately, the January 1st writing prompt was to discuss resolutions, plans, and goals for the  new year. Even though I’ve already missed one of my goals to the first day (getting to bed at a reasonable hour!), blogging daily is another, so even though it’s after midnight here in Maine, I’m still counting this as my first post for the month and will do another later on (several hours from now).


I tend to stay away from discussing  “resolutions” because the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions” has become the brunt of many jokes, particularly with the notation of how many people don’t keep them for more than a few days–or past January.


Instead, I am working on a plan of action with manageable objectives to reach goals. I even call my “To Do” list my daily “Plan of Action.” It may just be semantics, but since words have power, I prefer to choose the words wisely and strategically.


SO … as hubby and I were sitting here watching the NYC festivities of New Year’s Eve on TV, thankful we were here instead, safe and warm in our PJs and not out in the cold and the crowds… I composed at least a partial list of changes to make in 2015:


Manage my time MUCH better

Initiate and maintain greater productivity

Meet deadlines consistently

Blog regularly and consistently

Keep up with housework, including decluttering and simplifying

Balance freelance work with sewing



Market/advertise my home-based businesses MORE

Update blogs and websites for my home-based businesses

Organize – organize – organize

Take time to read and absorb all the workshops and tutorials I’ve paid for and not benefited from yet

Interact with more bloggers and reply to comments left by readers

Try new things I’ve been putting off, like wool felting and rug hooking

Finish projects from my UFO (UnFinished Objects) piles

Take better care of myself, including eating right, exercising, and getting more rest (after tonight!)


That’s it! 🙂  Actually, that is probably the short list, because I think each of those items likely includes multiple “baby steps” as I strive to accomplish them.



And that quote about sums it up–changing what I can change, one step at a time, from the inside out, beginning with my attitude.


How about you? If you celebrated Christmas, did  you have a nice holiday week with your family? Do you have any special goals for this new year of 2015?



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9 comments to “Happy 2015! Resolutions vs. Plans of Action”

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  1. elly stornebrink - January 2, 2015 Reply

    I hear you and agree with you on your take on resolutions. However, I am beginning to wonder if goals don’t seem somewhat like resolutions too! 😉 I have a different take or plan: http://www.xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2014/12/out-with-old-in-with-new_31.html

    Good luck in achieving your goals in 2015. By the looks of your list, it seems like you will be quite busy! 😉 <3
    elly stornebrink recently posted..2015: Here I Come!

  2. Amanda Thomas - January 2, 2015 Reply

    I combated the “resolution” feeling by starting early. I got started working towards my big goals in November, though I am challenging myself to blog at least 5 times a week every week. We’ll see how it goes.
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  3. Karen Marie Kedzuch - January 2, 2015 Reply

    You have some lofty goals for this year. I have one word I am focusing on for 2015. JOY! After spending a year with Determination as my word of inspiration and a very tumultuous year I am planning on giving and receiving more joy. I can see you have a drive for success. I do hope that somewhere in your goals is time to stop and rejuvenate as you achieve your goals.
    Wishing you all the success you dream in 2015,
    Karen Marie
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  4. Francene Stanley - January 2, 2015 Reply

    Like you, I’d much rather be sitting inside my warm house with my husband than out in the cold celebrating the coming year. I appreciate each day with him. Who would have thought that when I fell in love with him 26 years ago, I’d feel so companionable right now?
    Francene Stanley recently posted..Is cancer the best exit from life?

  5. Sophie Bowns - January 2, 2015 Reply

    Yes- I have a few resolutions:
    1) Be more postive
    2) Try to get something ‘published’ (even if it’s just in a local magazine. I can’t aim too high!)

  6. Heather - January 2, 2015 Reply

    In 2013 I made the resolution to write for my blog once a week. I did better than that. For 2014 I did not commit to such a goal, but I still had 38 posts, which is more than 2 a month. My only goal or resolution for 2015 is to lose 20 lbs. I know what I need to do; I just haven’t done it. I’m not sure what my motivation will be to get me there, but I’m hoping to find it.
    Heather recently posted..A Year of Grace

  7. Snarky Momma With - January 2, 2015 Reply

    Hmmmm, did you sneak a look at my list of things that need to doing? Because yours looks an awful lot like mine. Aside from the business and sewing bit, of course. Great post! Great writing! Easy reading, wonderful voice!

  8. Jenn - January 2, 2015 Reply

    Last year I chose one word instead of resolutions. That one word was my focus for the entire year. Everything I did was done with that one word in mind.

    Looking back, I see how it affected my life.
    I’d like to do it again this year, but haven’t sat down to decide if I want a new one or not.

    Last year’s was Family.
    Jenn recently posted..1 Year Plan – Month 1 Prep Plan

  9. Michelle Westbrook - January 5, 2015 Reply

    The Ultimate blog challenge looks interesting. A month ago, I decided to write daily and it has really helped me blof more consistently.

    I create lists ALL the time! I usually have an ongoing to-do list and from their I create a weekly of daily plan of action also.

    Thanks for linking up with the New Year Resolutions & Goals #linkup. Your post has been shared to StumbleUpon and Pinterest 🙂
    Michelle Westbrook recently posted..7 Resolutions For a Happy New Year {Link-Up}

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