2015 Goals

Happy New Year!  Every January I like to take some time to continue my goals and aspirations for the new year.  I prefer to think of them as goals as opposed to resolutions, because they are things I want to work on without feeling too pressured or overwhelmed by them.  I also try not to be too specific with my goals, preferring broader ideas to precise objectives.  In this way, I find that my attitude towards my goals is positive and I feel excited about them.  It’s important to me not to “over plan” and leave room for my life to flow in a natural way.

Here is what I have outlined for my 2015 Goals:


As you can see, I have broken down my goals into 5 main categories: Social Life, Home Life, Healthy Life, Work Life, and Personal Life.  Within these categories, I have outlined several points I’d like to focus on over the next year.  A lot of these have been on my lists in years past because they’re things I like to think about and continue working on from year to year.

I go into more detail about my 2015 Goals in this video:

I would love to hear about some of your 2015 goals if you care to share!  I hope that this year brings you good health and happy memories.  I look forward to sharing with you!


* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *


49 thoughts on “2015 Goals”

  1. Great goals Jen! Your sharing at the beginning of the vlog about anxiety and being kind to one another is very touching and many of us do understand how these pressures feel. I do admire your courage to forge ahead with cohesive goals and willingness to share with your viewers in a forthright and honest way. Whether its overwhelming to know, or comforting to know, there are many of us who benefit from your content and wish you the very best in 2015!

  2. thanks for sharing! I love your categories and goals instead of resolutions. Feeling inspired to write some of my own.

  3. Hi Jen, This last year I could see changes coming in your video’s / life. I could see it was better for you. When it is all said and done, that is what matters. Your husband and you come first. (and Winnie of course). When we think of “me time” it is very important not to forget that or we get out of balance. You talked of balance. You are getting a good start on that by writing down your goals. I know you will do well on that because your are a disciplined person.
    I was your age when I began writing down the next days to do list just before bed time. You are right, it clears the mind.
    I have noticed that each New Year is like “Spring” or rebirth, new beginnings, of learning new things for you. It is your time of growth. ( like a butterfly )
    I know a lot of people who just stay the same and do not have that inner drive to do or be better. They may have lost it or never had it, I am not sure. But it is sad.
    I look forward to see what 2015 brings. You do make a difference in a lot of peoples lives. You have many gifts.
    My one goal this year is not to be afraid to be more available to family and friends and get out of my comfort zone (my house)

  4. I love your home-life goals. We are on the “less is more challenge”, too. As you said, purging is so freeing! The 80/20 rule is a great way to think about eating clean. Never heard it said that way before, but I like!! Except chocolate is exempt, right? 😉 Ah! That’s totally my weakness. Happy 2015, Jen!

  5. Happy New Year Jen! I can really relate to your goals, mine are quite similar! I loved your video (I always love your videos

  6. Your goals are inspiring and a lot of them are quite similar to my own. I have a strong feeling that 2015 is going to be a great year for me and I hope it is for you too! Making me time a priority is a big one. It’s so easy to give to your job and your family and a whole host of other areas until there is nothing left for you. Part of my goal list is kinda your fault…it involves a LOT of organization projects around my house. So thanks for the inspiration! Cheers to a happy, healthy 2015 for the both of us!

  7. What a sweet video, Jen! I honestly appreciate how honest and open you are in your videos – it certainly takes a significant amount of courage to do this I am certain. In 2015, please allow yourself to take breaks from YouTube whenever you start feeling even slightly overwhelmed – and I don’t say this only so you would be mentally rested and able to come up with creative ideas for videos and such, but rather because I want to know that you are happy, because after all, everybody wants and deserves to live a happy life.
    I am saddened to hear that last year was difficult for you, but as C. S. Lewis said, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” 🙂

  8. I love what you’ve done. I have a very busy year, this year. I am keeping track, with 2 calendars (1 home/1 work) an organiser, in my bag, my mobile and doing a to do list, everyday x

  9. Hi Jen! I really enjoyed your video. I think you addressed the negative side so beautifully and gracefully. You have such a sweet and understanding personality. Your goals are impressively thought out! I’m so inspired to dig a little more into setting goals for myself. I’ve been wanting to write what I think is called a “mission statement” for my life, which sort of goes hand in hand with goal setting. I am a new fan of yours. Thank you for taking the time to share your life and what’s on your mind in such a genuine way! 🙂

    1. Love the idea of a mission statement. Taking time to think about what your priorities in life are is always time well spent IMO 🙂

  10. Thanks for sharing Jen! It takes a lot to be open with the world, and I’m so happy you choose to share with us! We’ve missed you– hoping the 2015 changes are good ones! 🙂

  11. Uh-oh…I went to your FB and well…I was wondering if you could attach some cookies to your posts. Not too many, you know. New Year and all but maybe 1.5 cookies. I still have those meatballs, or whatever was in a red sauce the other day. on my brain.

    But, seriously girl, you are doing fine. I had a whole bunch of things I want to say/post etc. but I think you figured it out and will continue to figure it out. It was nice visiting with you this morning. A bit after I started watching I was like oh,’It’s time for a cuppa.” So we had tea together which was sorta funny cause as I was drinking my nice hot tea in my Emma mug, your throat started itching or something I was like Oh, she needs a good cuppa. I have so many tea questions. Yes, I am clueless about it. Java drinker here but I need to cut it out so tea it is.

    Um…so if I may chime in, I am thinking Camel for the bag. I don’t really spend time on FB but I like seeing snow. Snow and cookies and bags…Oh My!

    Take good care of yourself. So excited planner stuff is coming up, which means I need to get my act together in time for your next post.

    But, seriously if you can just like text or e-mail me a couple cookies, would be so grateful. But, just like 1.5 cookies. Okay, new Fitbit…gotta move.

    Happy New Year!!!!

  12. Oh Sorry…had more to say. But regarding bags, I feel blue is you. I know you love blue but blue feels like you now and Camel feels like the direction you may be going in, if that makes any sense. But I think you will get both. The two together are the color of my new headsets.

    And Galavant. I don’t know if you will like it. On ABC on Sunday (the first 2 episodes aired last week) but it’s well…unique. If you like it you guys may get a chuckle out of it. Or, you will find it to be very silly.

  13. Hi Jen, Happy New Year from Australia 🙂 This is probably an incredibly random question, but do you carry a water bottle in your bag when you go out? I’m also trying to drink more water this year (I have a slight (ok major!) diet coke addiction), but I’m more likely to drink water if it is cold – but then I find it makes stuff in my bag wet. Can you recommend a water bottle that doesn’t get condensation when it has a cold drink in it? Or if you have seen any water bottle holders around? Thanks so much and I hope you, Don and Winnie have a wonderful year.

    (And regarding the start of your video, I have never suffered from anxiety, but in the past I have suffered from severe clinical depression – the number of people who made comments like ‘you don’t have anything to be depressed about’ was astounding. It made me feel worse because I knew there wasn’t anything in particular in my life to be depressed about, so then I would feel guilty that I was feeling depressed when there were other people worse off than me).


    1. I tend to keep water in my car but not carry it in my bag. I’m not sure about what good purse water bottles there are out there but if anyone else wants to weigh in feel free!

  14. I love the way you set goals rather than resolutions. I think that resolutions sets one up for failure.
    Five years ago I gave up soda for Lent. And did it the next year and the following too. Now it just is not a part of my life and really has not been since about post Lent year two.
    The whole idea of small changes works for me and it sounds like the way you want it to work for you. Might I suggest you make maybe one in each category as a priority for your personal success.

    I’ve done blogging and podcasting. This year is my time to try weekly vlogging. You are one of the first I found on You Tube and you have inspired me. The first vlog is in the can just 50 or so more to go for the year.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Utah. Nothing is better than the winter in Rockies.

  15. This is so great, Jen! I love the organization and set up. I may consider this for next year.. but this year my love and I decided to make “Rememberlution Jars.” You may have seen it from buzzfeed. The idea is to write down your special memories and stick them in the jar to read on New Year Day 2016. I already have some great memories this year, so I’m looking forward to filling up my jar! I have a picture on my instagram, @dimplesandpearls, if you want to check it out!

    I hope you and your family have a great year! I look forward to seeing and enjoying your posts. Please give Winnie extra love from me.


  16. Have you started on a planner line? Also do you have a video showing your different pocket binders, the material, size comparison, pockets inside, etc.? It might be interesting to see one if you have several binders.

    1. No, I’m not designing a planner at this time. It is a dream of mine tho! As for my planners, I really only have one pocket that I use and that’s my Mulberry. I have a kikki.K one I shared in a review post that I might sell in an upcoming charity auction.

      1. Thanks for the link. I have one pocket binder and am looking at some to perhaps buy a second one. The size is so convenient and I probably will not revert to a larger size binder.

  17. Great goals and thanks for sharing. I’m aiming to look after myself a hell of a lot better in 2015, I’ve already joined a gym and committed to at least 2 sessions a week, with yoga practice in between. I’m already feeling the benefit and find myself having more energy throughout the day. I’m also trying to make a point of spending more time with friends and family, organising outings and taking time out to just hang out and catch up, it doesn’t always have to be for a special occasion! I really want to up my organisation this year, especially with my blog AND I really need to start worrying less about things like housework and washing – turns out the place won’t fall down if I go a day without putting the washing on!

    Good luck for 2015!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  18. Hi Jen! Happy 2015! I hope that you’re enjoying your time in Utah and I’m very looking forward to hearing all about your experience at AltSummit. Looking back for me, personally, 2014 was a year of curveballs, one after another all year long, but it was also a time of growth for me, as a person, especially with my relationships with both my family and friends. I’ve been through a lot, between moving cross-country to a new city, and starting college for the first time and especially, starting my very own blog and YouTube channel! I wanted to personally thank you for all of your wonderful and very sweet advice that you’ve given me throughout the year! I really appreciated it! I’ve learned so many things from watching your videos and reading your blog posts! You were right about the anxiety and stress and bullying, and such and how important it is to find ways to cope and talk things through with people. I have a Learning disability and also, suffer from social anxiety, which makes it difficult for me to be more assertive with my thoughts and feelings, and especially with my communication. This past Christmas Holiday, I finally decided to launch my first blog-website, and I decided to start off with using the Weebly blogging Platform, as it seems the easiest to use, for a beginner. I love writing and sharing my talents with others, and starting my own blog and YouTube channel seems perfect! It would mean the absolute world to me if you would go and take a look at it, and maybe even write a lovely comment!
    Here’s the proper link to my blog-website: http://klsmgypsytraveller.weebly.com and my YouTube channel name is 4languageschicka! I hope that you enjoy them! Thanks Katherine

  19. Way to go Jen! Quote of the Day for you: “The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” ~Eckhart Tolle

  20. Hi Jen ! I have watched your videos and read your blog for a long time. You have helped me learn to manage my anxiety so much and that I will forever be grateful for. I also tried this method of goals and not resolutions which makes it easy to feel like you don’t disappoint yourself because as you may know living with anxiety makes ya kinda feel like it’s the end of the world if you don’t accomplish something. Well just a BIG thank you for allowing us all to have look at your blessed life and all of your happy moments. Do what makes your life happy and fulfilled we loyals will always be there……

  21. I just recently started watching your videos over the past six months and it has motivated me to start organizing my home. I just finished watching your new years video and I too suffer from social anxiety and all the struggles and triumphs you can go through. Your goal list helped me see I not only have to give time to my physical surroundings but my insides (spirit, mind, body) as well! Thank you so much for your inspiration and ideas and I look forward to your 2015 videos!!

  22. Hi Jen! I am so grateful for the inspiration on my own “goals”! As a corporate world manager, I’m plagued with the racing mind at night you described. I love the tip on “planning” or, for me, maybe journaling into categories about what I just can’t stop thinking about before bedtime to squash those racing thoughts. I also love the idea of mind-body harmony and really listening to your own body and nourishing both equally. This year I won’t think of me-time as selfishness, yet a necessary part of living! Here’s to a very successful and productive 2015, thanks for the inspiration and motivation!


    Susan W.

  23. Happy 2015 Jen! I love your YouTube channels and blogs. As a therapist and social worker, I appreciate your positive outlook! There is definitely plenty of negativity out there and if we all focus on the positive…the world would definitely be a more loving place! I did want to suggest a great magazine that you may enjoy also- Mindful Magazine (mindful.org). If you haven’t already, check it out!! I always find articles that are helpful for myself and my patients/clients. Thank you for the great videos you have provided in 2014!! I love “all things organization” and besides my Filofax, now am using an Erin Condren life planner and notebook because of your reviews! I love your goals and wish you and your family a blessed new year. “The simple act of being mindful has the power to change everything.”

  24. Hello! Love your videos! I was wondering what you do with all of your photos? How you organize them or if you happen to scrapbook? Would love to see a video on that if you do!

    Many blessings to you and your family this year!

    1. I wish I scrapbooked still! Never seem to make the time for it anymore. I keep my personal photos stored on iPhoto by month. All blog photos I keep in folders organized through Adobe Bridge.

      1. Okay. Thanks so much! It is challenging to find the time for Scrapbooking for sure. I discovered Project Life by my scrap idol Becky Higgins and still find it challenging because it’s so simple and I’m used to spending hours on a page, so it doesn’t feel complete enough, lol. Craziness. Definitely a hefty goal of mine this year to just use her simple = done mentality.

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