and so it begins… yet again…

Happy new year, Reader!

I’m super excited for this new year. While I was excited (I think) for last year to begin, I can’t say I was quite this excited. 2014 was a great year for me for so many reasons. This year, though, feels like it’s going to be even better. And I don’t even know how that’s possible, but I think it just might be!

If you recall my post several days ago, you’ll remember that I laid down a list of new “intentions” for this year. Let me be frank: I don’t know if I’ll make it through all of them. BUT BUT BUT – I have good intentions to make them happen. So, now that we’re both a day (two for me!) into the new year, let’s lay out what needs to happen/things that need to start this month based on this list:

1. Bake a cheesecake from scratch. (Monthly Goal – January)

I’ve already been hunting on Pinterest to find a delectible recipe to use… My mouth has been watering. I’m thinking this needs to happen, like, this weekend or next… The sooner the better.

2. Start investing in one woman’s business a month through (The Life List – #13)

I got on Kiva’s website the other day and started making a list of women that I wanted to begin helping and investing in. There are so many, but I really feel compelled to help women working alone, especially young women. I am super excited about this one.

3. Write one letter a month to someone meaningful in my life and mail it to them.

This was an idea my aunt gave to me in response to one of my earlier posts when I started making the 2015 intentions lists. I love it! I bought stationery yesterday to start the project off right.

4. Take a photo every day of the year.

I started yesterday! Most of these will make it to my Instagram account, which you can see along the right side of the blog… All of my daily photos, I’ve decided, I’ll post en masse at the end of each month. If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, look for shops4shoes!

5. Keep a jar of “memories” from good days throughout the year. At least one thing should go into the jar per week.

Still need to get the jar and some “pretty” paper to jot down my thoughts on. But I’ve got one good thing already that happened after the turn of the new year! Project in progress…

6. Blog at least eight times each month. Find a weekly “thing” to post.

Here’s one down, seven to go. Still trying to decide on that weekly “thing”… Posts this month I plan to bother you with include A) revisiting the “most Christmas-y classroom decorating,” B) getting “inked” for my birthday last year (from the Life List), and C) letting you know how that cheesecake comes out.

7. Try one new recipe a month that I probably pinned two years ago on Pinterest. Write about it.

Time to start scouring the Pinterest boards for something sufficiently “chicken-y” to make. Yum yum!

8. Start setting three to five monthly goals and post them on this blog the first day of every month.

These are to follow all the crap you’ve just finished reading.

Whew! That’s a lot to take on just in one month! Most of these are starts to monthly projects and single acts, though, so I don’t really have justification to feel too overwhelmed. (Honestly, let’s face it. If I can’t do this, we can all agree I’m lazy and a goal-setting failure.)

As for #8 above, I’ve chosen four more goals for this month to work toward:

One) Attend the monthly womens’ book club in town that I’ve been meaning to get to for the last two months. Even though I’m not a big fan of the book I’m about to finish that they will discuss, GO. I need friends… Like, for real.

Two) Read 2 books of my choice that are unrelated to aforementioned book club.

Three) Run 30 miles.

I’m still fighting a cough that has lasted almost a full month… This is going to be tough, but I’m determined to get started so I can be ready for that marathon in April!

Four) Limit coffee “out” (like at my beloved Starbucks or before school at a neighborhood place) to weekends only.

This will be my biggest January challenge, Reader. I love me some Patty McFatty caramel macchiatos…

Well, that sums up the lists. I’m so eager to cross things off that my fingers are tingling with anticipation (literally, I’m that excited). I’m counting on you to hold me accountable, Reader. Feel free to prod and pester and ask, “Hey, Krissi, did you do that thing, number (insert number here) from your January lists? Did you? Did you?! DID YOU?!?!”

Just like that. Pester away.


Good luck with your goals this year, Reader! Share below what you’re working on (or planning to, anyway). I’ll be cheering you on!


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    • Thanks, Dan! I think if I make an effort with good-looking paper and a decorated jar, I’ll be more likely to keep that intention on track! :)

      Good luck with your goals, too!

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