New Year | New Goals

I’m not big on traditional resolutions, but I’m all about jotting down a list of achievable personal and professional goals at the start of each year to motivate myself to make the most of it. 2016 was the year of prioritizing a happy work/life balance for me, and I want to continue that positive momentum into the new year while challenging myself to try new things, be more present, and invest more time in my favorite people and hobbies.

I love a shirt dress. This one is from m.marie, but you can find cute alternatives here, here and here.

Here are the personal intentions at the top of my list for a happy and healthy 2017:

  • Stretch my creative muscles. Whether it’s making DIY artwork for our home, dusting off the ol’ DSLR to practice photography, or finally taking the knitting classes I’ve talked about for years, I’d love to explore new creative outlets this year. I find I’m most content when I’m in a focused zone of creativity; plus, the more I practice other artistic projects, the more I’m inspired in my design work at the flower shop. Win/win!
  • Make time with friends and family a priority. It seems like we’re all busier than ever these days, but I hope to get weekly dinners with my parents back on track this year, and to spend lots of nights with my best friends wearing sweat pants, drinking wine and watching ridiculous reality TV.
  • Put down the phone and pick up a book. I was pretty good about reading in 2016, but I definitely wasted a lot of time watching YouTube videos and mindlessly scrolling through Facebook and Instagram; time that would’ve been much better served with my nose in a book. I’m not swearing off social media or grounding myself from the Internet (obvi) but I hope to be more mindful about my screen time in the new year.
  • Bake a new recipe each week. I love spending time in the kitchen cooking meals or baking sweet treats — it’s a sure-fire way to turn off my racing thoughts and relax — but I don’t do it often enough. Sundays are designated lazy days at the Lennox house, and my mom bought me a KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Christmas, so get ready Pinterest, it’s about to go down.
  • Get outta town. C and I haven’t traveled anywhere in years, mostly because our small business makes it difficult to get away for more than a few days, but also because I’m a house mouse and nervous traveler. I know it’s important to get away and share those experiences together, so I hope to make a few trips this year to explore new places and get out of my comfort zone.
  • Say “yes!” more often than no thank you.” When an opportunity arises, I can think of ten ‘what-if’ scenarios to immediately talk myself out of it, and I miss out on a lot of relationships and experiences by letting those doubts and anxieties get the best of me. I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic this year (highly recommend) and loved her view on learning to live and work alongside your fears: to acknowledge their presence and appreciate their purpose, but refuse to allow them to control your life. She says, “It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.”
  • Work on my fitness. Ugh, I hate exercise. I’ve always thought of it as a chore, so I need to find a fun [preferably outdoor] activity I enjoy to release stress and keep my body strong and healthy. Maybe this is the year I find my inner yogi, take up jogging to join my step-dad in at least one 5K per month, or find local places to hike with C on the weekends.

Here’s to a new filled with courage, creativity, and lots of good vibes with a great big dose of grace while we figure it all out. Happy 2017, y’all!

{Wearing :: BB Dakota dress via m.marie (SIMILAR here) + BAGGU Canvas Backpack + old Isola sandals (TRY these or these + Cole Haan sunglasses + Bourbon & Boweties bracelet}

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  1. 1.12.17

    Great goals focusing on what is important! I must try that book. Listening to music is on my list too as it’s hard not to be happy when your favourite songs are on 😀 One of my other new goals is starting a blog .. tee hee .. let’s see how it goes!

    • 1.12.17

      So true about music! I’d love to discover more great indie music this year.

      Best wishes on your blog journey! It has always been a great creative outlet for me, and hope it’s one for you as well. :)

  2. 1.10.17

    Good luck

  3. 1.8.17

    Good luck!

  4. 1.6.17
    solomon2017 said:

    Good Goals, and looks so good with your selected wearings.

  5. 1.5.17
    justwil2016 said:

    Excellent goals for the new year Keira! Off to a great start!

  6. 1.5.17
    rose24 said:

    I think your goal explanations were terrific! I also wish you luck on achieving them. I also agree that if your workout is fun or different it will be less dreadful. Good luck, and please check out my blog! -Rose24 xxx

  7. 1.5.17

    My goals are almost the same. I want to focus on writing and reading, and more on the things that I want to do rather what I have to do.
    I hope you’ll achieve your goals. Happy new year!

  8. 1.4.17
    Jo Morano-Espiritu said:

    Love this article! PS. I love the dress! I have the same one in olive green :) Happy new year!

    • 1.5.17

      It’s so comfy! Now I feel like I need it in olive green, too! ;)

  9. 1.4.17

    I have similar goals to you! I’d love to read more in my spare time then just waste time on Instagram.
    I loved Big Magic as well! Super inspiring :)

  10. 1.4.17
    Abigail said:

    Great goals! Happy New Year! My goal is to do a yoga video every day.

  11. 1.4.17

    Write everything down and keep it with you. Even if you’re not thinking about it, you’ll surprise yourself the next time you look at your list!

    • 1.4.17

      I love this! A family friend keeps a jar in their home, and every day the family writes down something good that happened to put in the jar. They read all of the entries from the year on new year’s eve. Such a great way to remember the year.

  12. 1.4.17
    mariel said:

    Good gools and good vibes from brazil

  13. 1.4.17
    Sesala said:

    Very nice outfit! :)

  14. 1.3.17
    Vanessa.C said:

    I think setting goals is much more effective than resolutions. The exercise part is pretty important, it took me a while to find a form of exercise I enjoyed doing all the time :) Happy New Year

    • 1.4.17

      What’s your favorite way to work out, Vanessa? I’m looking for any fun ideas! :)

      • 1.4.17
        Vanessa.C said:

        I’ve tried a bunch of different types of exercise over the years and my favorites/the only ones I don’t dread doing are spin and boxing. If it involves music its much easier for me, it might work for you too :)

        • 1.4.17

          Yes to music!! I thought about finding a local zumba or hip-hop class, even though I’d be straight terrible at it. At least it would be fun and not a typical “workout” routine.

  15. 1.3.17
    Nedgma said:

    I think your approach to exercising is right – you absolutely need to find a way to make it enjoyable and easy, because then you will not skip it!!

  16. 1.3.17

    Great goals and lovely outfit!! <3

  17. 1.3.17

    I am not big on resolutions either, but I kind of love the idea of setting general life goals. And I kind of love your list. I told my family that I wanted to find that balance between exhaustion and boredom but couldn’t quite specify how to do that, some of these specifics may be the answer! Cheers to a new year!

    • 1.4.17

      Cheers to more balance in 2017! It is possible, I think it just takes practice to break bad habits between overworking and procrastinating to find a happy medium. I’m so happy you found a little inspiration in this list, Erin! Happy new year!

  18. 1.3.17

    Happy New Year & I have some of the same goals that I want to accomplish in 2017.

  19. 1.3.17

    Great goals! Love the look, the shirtdress and backpack are cute together!

    Happy New Year :)

  20. 1.3.17

    These goals are brilliant!
    I am trying to put down my phone (and the mound of books I have to read for university) and find time to pick up some books I actually want to read – hopefully I get to do this! I saw a girl on here read 100 books last year which is motivation in itself!
    That shirt dress is gorgeous too,

    Happy New Year :)
    Ella x

    • 1.4.17

      Happy new year, Ella!! I would like to read at least two books a month this year. I’ve been reading at night to fall asleep instead of watching TV, and it’s a great way to unwind and get in a chapter or two a day. I also like to keep whatever I’m reading in my bag, in case I get a few minutes of downtime during the day.