Daily Threads: And My 2011 Goals

{sweater: belk | blazer: LC | skinnies: tj maxx | boots: steve madden}

I've never been one to make new year resolutions. When I have, I never get very far with them. I feel like sometimes they can become so epic that conquering them becomes intimidating or unattainable and you give up all together. I'm also not a fan of the fact that such emphasis and pressure is placed on setting these resolutions on Jan. 1st.   This year I am focusing on goals. Goals that are achievable and that improve my life in more than one way. So I bring you - my goals for 2011.

1. Get a job!
This is self-explanatory, but it's my reality. I need a job. I've had an incredibly difficult time finding a job in my field since moving to our new, small town. I know there is always more that I can do and I am daily going to be searching for the job that I'm supposed to have. 

2. De-clutter.
Now, before you go making judgments about what my house, closet, or office may look like, let me state that I am not a hoarder, by any means, but I know I have things here and there that I could get rid of. Throughout the year I plan to tackle rooms, closets, drawers, storage, and whatever else needs to be tackled. I've always wanted to do this and taking the whole year to focus on each room individually sounds achievable!

3. Organize. 
Which rightfully falls behind de-clutter. After the de-cluttering process takes place, mission organization comes into play. Being organized is one of the best ways to improve your life (in my opinion) and if I can when I thoroughly and successfully tackle the de-cluttering and organizing, I will be one happy little girl. 

4. Be more active. 
Between school, our wedding, and re-locating last year I had very little time to think about exercising - and even less time to actually exercise. While it isn't my favorite thing in the world, I understand it's benefits for making me a healthier (and subsequently a happier) person. Whether it's being on the treadmill while watching the television or taking Maeby on long walks/jogs, I will make an effort to exercise in some way, shape, or form throughout each week.

5. Try at least 50 new recipes.
This equals out to almost a new recipe each week. I really enjoy cooking. It's not only a way to fill your belly and nourish your body, but it can also be a source for creativity. I get into ruts where I generally just cook what I know. There are a hand-full of recipes that I can whip together - and husband loves them, but it eventually gets old (to me) and I want to try new things.  I'm not looking to try the latest gourmet French cuisine, so don't expect that, but I am looking to surprise our taste-buds once a week!

6. Recognize a reason to be thankful each day.
Life can get so busy and hectic that we forget to take note of how blessed we are. Small or large, it doesn't matter, there will always be something within the day to be thankful for. Taking the time to recognize whatever it may be will really bring my attention to what matters most, how blessed I truly am, and force a bit of humility on me. I plan on documenting these daily by journal and sometimes on here. 

So these are my main goals throughout the year that I will be working on. I have several others, but they aren't as significant. And I'm sure that as the year passes, I will acquire other goals I would like to accomplish. Here's to a new year, a fresh start, and improvements within all of our lives! (I just raised my glass. Don't be rude, raise yours too.) Hear, Hear.


kimmie said...

What good goals! I really need to add organization and de-cluttering to my list, but it's not really attainable for me, so it'd be one of those pointless resolutions. I'd probably be able to keep the place clean for about 2 days and then go back to being cluttered/messy/disorganized.

Good luck with the job hunt!

Michelle Schraudner said...

I love your goals! I definitely need to start trying more new recipes too, I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut lately.

Unknown said...

I'm cooking 50 new recipes too! I have the same problem of cooking the same thing over and over again and James (my husband) gets really excited when I cook something new!

Good luck with all of your goals! They are all great ideas and totally attainable!


No Guilt Fashion said...

Great goals. I hope you reach them all. Lately, I've really like the color mustard, and your shirt is the perfect shade. It looks great with the jacket.
No Guilt Fashion

Ashley J said...

Your goals sound a lot like mine Linley! Maybe we can tackle them together and read all of them...baby steps!

Ashley J said...

I meant reach all of them...sorry!

Tyra said...

number 5 was one of mine/ours too! great minds think alike!

p.s. see you soooooooooooon. smheeeee!

Lilly Style said...

Great goals, I'm totally with you on 2,3,4...and 6 is a great one!
Love our outfit and the picture colors!

Unknown said...

Best of luck with the pursuit of your goals!! I am working on creating my own for 2011 this month :).

LOVE the outfit - the color of that sweater is gorgeous!!

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Liz said...

Those are great goals and similar to mine! I definitely need to organize my life and be less cluttered. And I should really get a job too!

And I'm in love with that mustard sweater. Gorgeous!

BryanaEllen said...

Goodness I loooove those boots!!

Taylor Renee said...

Good luck Linley! I just posted my 2011 goals the other day ... seems like they may be easier to keep when they are written down for the world to see!



Rin said...

Good luck on the goals!

By the way, I'm having some serious hair envy and am completely in love with your hair.

Unknown said...

I really should make #5 one of my goals too, when I cook I always make the same things over and over. And good luck with the job hunt!

PS I love that blazer!

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Anonymous said...

You look amazing. The photos are stunning as well. I love that mustard turtleneck. I also really like the idea of finding something you're thankful for each day. I didn't really make a resolution... Never too late, right?! ;)

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Ramsey said...

LOVE everything about this outfit!!! The mustard, the blazer the boots...fabulous! And your hair, LOVE that too. Best of luck with the 2011 resolutions. Take it easy girlie, you will be awesome!!!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Hope you achieve all of your goals Linley! Love your outfit!

Janna said...

Hi! I just found you through either Kendi or Jewelscapes and have been perusing your past posts. You have amazing style! Glad to have found you. I'll be back :)

Kileen said...

great outfit and great resolutions!! i love how you cuffed the sleeves outside of the jacket. the pop of yellow is simply wonderful!

and you should post the recipes that you try! i'm always looking for something new to try too.

Unknown said...

this is one of my favourite food blogs - http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/ - there's a great mix of main dishes, plus sides and desserts!

thedemuremuse.com said...

first thing's first: i think your outfit is amazing. much like the leopard print cardigan, you are making me fall in love with the mustard sweater and blazer combo. now that it's 2011 and i can shop again, i am quite tempted to dive into the world of colored sweaters!

i definitely hear you on the de-cluttering and organizing front. good luck with the job hunt, too!


Lynzy said...

Just stumbled onto your blog and I just adore it! I am making 52 small resolutions this year, one per week. Smaller resolutions will hopefully be more attainable :)

xo Lynzy

kristine [kristine. or polly.] said...

You are adorable. Your outfit is so classy and I love the pop of mustard! Such great goals! Love #5, I think I should try that, too.

Kristine. Or Polly.

Stefanie said...

The color of your sweater is perfection with that blazer!

In Kinsey's Closet said...

You look absolutely beautiful! I really love this look. The boots and blazer are great, and the background is amazing too.

Angel said...

Very good photos :)

Raving Fashionista said...

Love these resolutions! I think I may need to borrow a few for myself.

xo www.RavingFashionista.com

Molly Page said...

Sounds like you've got a busy year ahead!! These are some super goals.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

elle said...

those are really great goals! keep it up! it's good when one person has a dream, vision--it's fulfilling. a man without a dream or a vision can't live. great blog so far. today, it's my first day checking it out. wish you the best.