New Year’s Resolutions vs. Goals

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What does a new year mean to you? I’ve never been huge into celebrating New Years Eve and I’ve never been one to create a long list of resolutions for myself. But there is something distinct about the closing of one year and the start of another. I’ve been sitting here this morning, having my coffee and thinking about 2014 in its entirety. For me, it was a great year. I wouldn’t mind if 2015 was similarly good to me and my family. When I think of the upcoming year, I see a blank slate, filled with many opportunities.

As I said before, I never make resolutions, however I do make goals. What is the difference? Read the definitions below:





To me, a resolution would be something I’d come up with that I want to change about myself or my lifestyle. If I didn’t live up to that, then I’d have some sort of guilt or regret for not holding up to myself.

Now, a goal is something I hope to do but if I don’t, then hey, maybe next year 🙂 In the past, my goals have included: travel more, go camping (I really dislike camping) and get together with friends more often (sad when you have to schedule that, but hey, life with little ones can make it hard to be social).

Maybe it’s just semantics, but I see a distinct difference between the two words and one makes me feel much more at ease. So, for 2015 I have come up with a few GOALS…

1. Read one book a month, a non-children’s book that is. <—- That shouldn’t be too hard, right?! Well, I think in 2014, I read maybe three books in their entirety. It’s hard for me to fit in that type of uninterrupted time in any given day, but I’m going to work hard to make that time because I really like reading and I’ve missed it since I became a mother.

2. Take a walk every day that weather permits. I always feel so good after a walk, yet it’s something that rarely crosses my mind, especially in the wintertime. My daughter suggested we go on a walk after dinner the other night and I tell you, it was the best walk I’d been on all year. It was cold, but we bundled up and we let the Christmas lights dictate our path. It was great and I want more of that.

3. Be better to myself. It seems like every day is crammed full of work, house chores, shopping/errands, play dates and more work, but I rarely find time to do things for myself. I was sick a lot in 2014 and I think a big part of that is because I run myself too thin. I stay up too late working on jewelry orders or watching a movie with my husband, even though I’d rather be sleeping. Well, in 2015, I’m going to try and keep my 10pm bedtime and get the rest I need, because without my health I really have nothing.

4. Make it to the North Shore this summer. It’s stunning up there and I haven’t been in 14 years.

5. Can 50 quarts of pickles and 25 pints of pickled jalapenos. My 2014 goal was 50 quarts of pickles too, but I think I only made 27 quarts…

6. Blog more. Work was so busy in 2014 that I put the blog on the back burner and I apologize for that. I would like to post much more frequently in the coming year.

That’s all I have so far, but I’ll probably come up with a couple more goals throughout the day.

What are some of your goals or resolutions for the coming year? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear!



21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie Dimino
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 15:07:05

    I LOVE the “GOALS” idea!!! I’m going to do the same, since as you said, it doesn’t sound quite as “harsh” if you don’t make one or two of them! As a mom, I have a few of the same goals as you for 2015- I definitely want to make reading books more of a priority…I’ve collected so many good reads, but never seem to find the time to fit them in. Also love the idea of a walk everyday that weather permits, so I might “share” tha goal as well!!
    Thanks for such great inspiration , and Hapoy, Healthy New Year to you and your family!


  2. MinnesotaFromScratch
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 15:11:54

    Thanks, Laurie! Great to hear we have some shared goals. Maybe we can encourage each other throughout the year! 🙂 A Happy, Healthy New Year to your family as well!!


  3. Uplifting Families
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 16:50:58

    These are great goals to have. I know that if I worked full time that I wouldn’t have time to blog too.

    I have read more over the last few years. I love ebooks, it makes it so much easier. I read them on my phone.


  4. Amanda
    Dec 31, 2014 @ 20:24:54

    I try not to make resolutions either because they usually don’t last past January. But I strive everyday to be a good mother, wife, friend, etc. I’m hoping 2015 will bring health and happiness to my family and close friends!


    • MinnesotaFromScratch
      Dec 31, 2014 @ 20:28:05

      Yes, I agree. Something about resolutions seem to never last past January. I like that you are aware daily of what you’d like to better about yourself. I hope 2015 brings you health and happiness as well!


  5. wrightbrittany
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 07:30:48

    You are so right! There really is a distinct difference eh? I just wrote up my 15 goals for 2015 and already feel more positive about them then previous years, when I was stuck on the whole “resolutions” thing. Best of luck to you and Happy New Year 🙂


  6. Mama to 5 BLessings
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 08:54:49

    Great post! One of mine is to loose pregnancy weight, it was mine last year too and I failed!


  7. Jessica Beal Harlow
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 09:22:51

    I completely agree with the terminology of goals vs. resolutions. I have lots of goals for 2015…organization, prioritizing, and making sure to spend quality time with family more often…without the distraction of technology!


  8. censie
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 10:09:16

    I make goals now. I am not a fan of resolutions! lol


  9. Stephanie Keeping
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 13:25:21

    I love the goals idea! Mine is to make healthier choices and to get more organized.


  10. Regina
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 13:45:15

    We don’t do resolutions. Sometime more like goals or bucket list to do for the year. No disappointments and goes at our pace.


  11. Tingting de Rimarti
    Jan 02, 2015 @ 22:59:44

    I stop giving myself resolutions, because I always end up not following it.


  12. Stephanie Alo
    Jan 04, 2015 @ 00:57:59

    Such cool insight. Thank you so much.


  13. toxict15
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 13:11:29

    I am more goal oriented and less resolution as well


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