Dismondy September 2015-80

Photo by Burlap and Pearls Photography


It’s that time of year to start thinking about what changes I want to make in 2016. I am a huge believer in the power of intentions. I take plenty of time in December to reflect on the current year happenings and to make a plan for the up-coming year.

You can read about our reflections on 2015 here.

There a couple different ways I go about creating resolutions that I will go into details below. I also created a form you can print and fill out for you and another appropriate for school-age children in my TpT Store.

You will find that sometimes I use the word resolution and something I refer to these intentions as goals. A resolution is something that you are always working towards—and a goal is something you know you’ve obtained. For example-I want to lose 10 lbs. is a goal. I want to eat well and be healthy is more of a resolution.

Word of the Year: Play

My past words: 2011: Peace 2012: Balance 2013: Grace 2014: Grow 2015: Content

This idea came from the work of Ali Edwards who created a workshop she runs each year called One Little Word to help creative minds focus on living out their “word” each month through out the year. Watch this short video for inspiration on choosing your word!

This year I want to find more time to play with my kids instead of clean the kitchen–time is flying by and I feel I’ve worked through a lot of challenges working from home (I have work time that seldom interferes with kid time) but now that all my kids play together, I find that I am doing household chores and letting them play with each other. I want to spend more time getting down to their level (like I did with my first daughter). Same with my husband–you will see our couple goal (below) is to find more hobbies together. We don’t like to sit and watch television each night, we are busy bodies and like to be productive. Whether I am crafting or he is working on home improvements or at times we are both working on our computers. But there needs to be a healthy balance between work and play and I think it’s something we can always continue to work on.

More on my word of the year from the past can be found in this post.

Business Goals:

I won’t bore you with the details of my business goals for 2016 but I will share how I structure them. Thanks to a paid mastermind that I took last January with Natalie Eckdahl, I created two push goals for my company. Two very big and quite scary goals that I wanted to obtain by the end of 2015. I am happy to report that I met BOTH of these goals this year and it wasn’t without a lot of work backed with courage and support from my Mastermind group!

I then break down the year into Quarterly Goals. I make a list of different actions that have to take place each month to work towards meeting that quarter’s goal.

Last, I sat down for about an hour and mapped out my business strategic plan. Thanks to a friend and colleague of mine, Katie Krimitsos, founder of Biz Women Rock, I was inspired to get my mission, vision and much more down on paper for 2016.


Back when we were preparing to get married in the Catholic Church, we were required to take marriage classes. Something I learned from the therapist running our private sessions was the importance of setting goals in three categories: personal, family and couple.

This year’s resolutions:

Personal: Write in my One Line a Day Journal five times a week!

Family: Plan a fun activity or outing for all of us each Friday. Friday Fun Day (Thanks Nat for this idea!)

Couple: Finding a sport or hobby we can enjoy together (so far we have puzzles, boating, listening to music, concerts and monthly date nights)

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