2014 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! While I am aware that it is officially midJanuary and perhaps past the time of New Years Resolution posts, I decided to give myself a couple of weeks to let my goals for the year percolate before I typed them out. Now, I am ready to share them with you!

OJ_OLJ_01-17-2014_010As you can see, it is a pretty thorough list, but as I explain in the accompanying video on OLJ (shown below), I like to think of these lists not so much as do-it-or-die resolutions, but as a general goal framework for the new year.  January is a time when I tend to do a lot of reflecting.  Thinking about my past year and all of the ups, downs, and turn-arounds I experienced provides me with an opportunity for goal setting.  The items I listed above are things I’d like to be considering as I step into this new year filled with possibility.  I do not yet now what the year holds for me, but dedicating some time to considering what direction I’d like to start in seems to set me down the right path.


I’ve been listening to Jason Mraz’s Love Is A Four Letter Word album a lot this past week as I’ve been ruminating on my 2014 goals.  It’s one of my favorite albums of all time, because I find the music so uplifting and the lyrics so inspiring.  The song Living in the Moment in particular strikes a chord with something deep within me.  I strive to live in the moment and am in constant pursuit of inner peace.  These can be particularly tricky endeavors for a bonafide worrywart such as myself, but the journey is rewarding in itself.  This path feels right to me right now and I think that’s kind of what life is all about, at least to me: finding and following the path that feels right and trusting that the journey is the destination.

If you’d like to hear me share my 2014 goals in my own rambly way, check out this video:

I’d love to hear some of your goals for the new year if you care to share.  I’m so excited to be sharing my journey with you this year.  I wish all of you a happy & healthy 2014!



33 thoughts on “2014 New Years Resolutions”

  1. HI JEN! It’s Katherine! I hope your holidays went well and your two-week vacation from the Internet was enjoyable and relaxing. My holidays went well — my cousin’s wedding was a totally fun and enjoyable experience! Despite the awful weather and ice-storms, everyone arrived safely there. I just wanted to give a few thank yous. 1. On behalf of my cousin (he’s a guy) and his wife, my aunt, my aunt in-law, and my grandparents, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR your Thanksgiving videos, your brunch planning videos, and your wedding planning video. They were very detailed, useful and informative. 2. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for helping me with my packing endeavours for the holidays. I ended using both the 15″ and the 18″ packing folders and it worked out great. I’ll admit that it was a bit of a tight squeeze to pack ALL of my dress clothes in the 15″ so I packed my “wedding dress” and accessories in the 18″ and that worked out. 3. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the advice on my cuticle issues. I showed your information to my 15 year-old sister and she told my mum. I ended up receiving the Dior stuff that you had recommended in my stocking! I absolutely love how moisturizing it is! I’m a little concerned after I run out of it, what are your recommendations for any drugstore-effective cuticle cream and oil? Anyway, have a safe and happy new year and I can’t wait to enjoy the year with you! Love, Katherine

    1. So happy to hear my videos helped you here and there. As for the drugstore alternatives for cuticle care, maybe someone reading this can provide some tips?

  2. Great goals for 2014! glad to see some crafting and knitting and music coming up!!! That sounds like fun. And I know what you mean about taking time for yourself, being good to yourself, is not selfish.

  3. Hi Jen, Great video love hearing about you’re Yearly Goals for 2014 I love the idea for your weekly vlogs. Oh and one thing (totally off subject) what are the colors or number of the YSL rouge volupte shine? Thanks

  4. Hi Jen,

    I enjoyed your video! I love your optimism and your spirit is contagious.

    I failed to create a resolution for this year, but I’ve spent some time thinking about it recently. It’s reassuring that you’ve just posted yours! Gives me some permission to think about it more this weekend.

    I love your, “prioritizing the pack”. So, so important and totally rang true for me as well. When we’re, or I’m, busy it’s so easy to take advantage of those who love you and lower them on your priority list. That is definitely a resolution worth borrowing.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  5. Dear Jennifer,

    I wish you, Don, Winnie and all your families a happy new year. I really enjoy videos and thank you so much for sharing with us. Additionally, thank you for being such a good content creator, for me its inspirational.
    One of the new year resolutions is to learn to put up your own website. I am not an expert, but from what my brother explained, actually, you can transform your wordpress into a website like structure. According to him, it is easier than html. Of course you still need to code and write all that jazz, but I thought to share this idea with you since html can be a pain :/
    Good luck and best wishes for any projects you will be working on.
    Take loads of care

  6. Hi Jen, loved your video. Seems like so many people this year made it a goal to drink more water, haha. I’ve actually set my phone alarm to sound every couple of hours to remind me throughout the day that I need to drink and it’s actually been going pretty well. Best of luck with your goals this year, can’t wait to see some of your knitting projects 🙂

  7. Hi Jen! I really enjoyed your resolutions video! I love the opportunities at the beginning of a new year to look back and reflect and try to make changes and improvements.I think you have set a lot of thoughtful goals for yourself, and I hope they will be rewarding for you! You have a nice balance of things to learn and grow and making time for things that you enjoy and bring you peace. I am also looking forward to your updated planner videos. I got an Erin Condren Life Planner for Christmas and it has really helped me stay on top of things so far in the first few weeks of the new year. We are expecting our first baby in April, so one of my most important resolutions is to re-evaluate our finances, which we have started on by keeping a transaction register, applying for a low interest rate credit card to do a balance transfer from a card with a high rate, getting new insurance, and looking into refinancing our mortgage. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Happy New Year Jen! These are fantastic goals for the year. I am happy to see that you are going to work on implementing a “work schedule” because it is soo soo important to make sure you have a limit of the amount of work that is being done during the day. My goals for this year are very similar to yours so I am super excited to keep watching your videos and follow your blog.

    Have a great day:)

          1. thank you i am not able to find that arrow on my computer would you mind inserting it here in the comments so i can copy and past it that would be greatly appreciated 🙂 thank you very much for all your time !!

  9. Hi, Jen. Thanks for sharing this. I like the ideas of goals and framework instead of resolutions, and your list is so organized and comprehensive–I’m inspired! I thought I might recommend a book to you–one of your goals is “progress in social situations.” I have related so much when you’ve shared your struggles with anxiety, especially in social situations. A friend referred me to http://www.katestefans.com, who does life/health coaching for emotional eaters (thats me!) that are also “highly sensitive people” (also me!). Her blog is a great introduction to the concept, but “The highly sensitive person” by Elaine Aron was also really helpful in progressing beyond my anxiety. Thanks again for putting yourself out there, I look forward to your blogs and videos. 🙂

  10. Jen, I believe this is your most inspiring post/video yet! I love how you share your approach to being a life-long learner. This is something I’m always trying to figure out how to be on top of having a busy job and other personal obligation. Keep doing what you are doing!

  11. Hi Jen,

    Thanks for sharing again! I found this video really helpful and inspiring. I’ve just finished my studies at University and I’m feeling a little lost. I am having trouble deciding what direction to take and what to do next. You’re right, while a fresh start or a new opportunity can be exciting, it can also be really overwhelming (especially for those of us who suffer with anxiety)! This video inspired me to sit down and just write a few ideas for things I would like to do this year. But it also helped me realise that these ideas are just guidelines and it’s okay if I want to change my mind or if I don’t quite accomplish something I had hoped to.

    Wishing you, Don, Winnie and the rest of your family a very happy and healthy 2014!! 🙂

  12. I’m still working on my 2014 Resolutions and Goals. I wonder how you feel you did with your 2013 resolutions. I suck at really following through with goals and I really need to change that. Have a great day!

    1. I didn’t film a 2013 recap video this year. Overall I felt I really met most all of my goals with the exception of the music category. Totally blew it on that one! Hoping to make more time for music this year 🙂

  13. Hi Jen

    Love your resolutions. I am a bit like you in the sense that I make quite a few resolutions…well, goals, things I’d like to work on and then usually break them down further! There is a blog post with my resolutions on if you would like to read them…not as detailed as yours and I have just started a new blog as my old one was playing up, but feel free to have a read!

    Will look forward to listening out for your updates! Last year my 30 before 30 list helped me to stay on track….will have to think of some other motivation this year!


  14. Sing it sister 🙂 Just finishing up the video. I have been wanting to comment on this post. I LOVE your new year’s resolutions. The part about not letting work take over is so true. Also, the seasonal vacations I think should be mandatory for everyone. There are so many over-worked, stressed-out people (I am a recovering one of them) that need help with recapturing their own me-time. You are so very inspiring to me. You have reminded me to take more baths and I too find crochet to be so peaceful. Over my own me-time break in recent weeks, I have picked up my own crochet hook that had been abandoned for far too long. thank you so much as always for the inspiration and happiness you spread around the world!

  15. Hi Jen, I have been following you for quite some time but don’t think I have ever left a comment before but after this post I felt a strong need to let you know I think you are amazing, I love your attitude towards life. But the main reason for my comment is to thank you for introducing me to Jason Mraz what a lovely song “Living in the Moment”. Thanks Jane

  16. Hi Jen,

    Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all you do for the benefit of others. I have learned so much from you and you continue to inspire me. Although, I do miss your daily vlogs, I completely understand how that schedule just cannot continue. I don’t know how you did it as long as you did. I think the once a week vlogs are a nice compromise. I think your an awesome person and here is to a successful and happy 2014! Shari

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