Bring It On, 2015!

Every year, I do resolutions. I keep with these pretty well until about mid-spring, then begin to forget. I’ve tried being specific, and I’ve tried being general. Neither have really worked. I’ve also used the excuse of being a busy college student or full-time worker. So, this year, I’m doing something different.

If you’ve followed this blog a while, you know that I love The Happiness Project and have wanted to do my own for a long time. Well, I’ve decided that this is the year to do it. But, before we get into that, let’s review this year’s resolutions…

Resolution #1 Improve in my daily scripture reading

I struggled with this the first half of the year. But, since Rhys was born, I’ve done great (except the past two weeks of vacation). I just use the first morning feeding–the peace and calm–to read and reflect.
Resolution #2 Continue blogging at least 4 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri, and on weekends)
For the most part, I’ve done pretty good with blogging at least 3 times a week…until busy weeks came up or when I was sick.
Resolution #3 Cook at least one new meal per month
I did really poorly with this because of the chaotic-ness of being pregnant, moving, teaching, and being a mommy.
Resolution #4 Read at least 1 book for myself each month
I read a few books this year for myself…definitely more than last year!
Goal #1 Have my baby in July and recover quickly
The birth went without a hitch! Although I feel like I physically recovered pretty well, my energy was significantly lagging.
Goal #2 After having the baby, get back to my regular weight
Umm…I lost half the pregnancy weight…but I still quite a bit to go. True, I’m currently the average weight for my height, but I miss my old weight.
Goal #3 Reach 200 followers on the blog (or at least 150!)
I wish! I tried–I networked, I redesigned, etc. etc. But, at least I’m over 100!

This year, I'm going to do my own happiness project and have monthly goals, rather than year-long resolutions.

My Word for 2015:
Motivation–This will require the word I had previously–patience. But, I have a lot of goals and hopes for this year. To be able to accomplish them all, I need to stay motivated. There will be different motivations–being a better mom, wife, Mormon, teacher, self, etc. I am doing this for myself. I am doing this for others. I want to improve and expand. I will have to remind myself each month why I am doing what I am doing. 
My Prerogative for 2015:
I want to become the woman I’ve always dreamed of being, the one everyone looks up to, the one that can only be complimented and have nice things said of her. I have plenty of examples: family members, friends, church members, blogger friends. I want to be more like them. And, as cliche as it sounds, I want to be this type of woman from Proverbs 31:10-31. I want this for myself, so I can be proud of what I’ve accomplished this year.
My Overall Goals for 2015:
1) I want to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and Mormon.
2) I want to end my last teaching year with a bang.
3) I want to improve my physical and mental/emotional health.
4) I want to have time for hobbies and talents, and create new ones.
So, without further ado, here are my monthly priorities and their sub-goals.
January–Grow My Blog
I want to seriously grow my blog. Not for income. I never expect to make anything over two-digits a year with the blog. But, out of pride and friendship, I want to. 
Sub Goals:
– Organize all my info with a planner, binder, spreadsheet (post calendar, groups, link-ups, sponsors, etc)
– Learn how to and implement scheduled posts on all my social media platforms
– Redo my Pinterest boards
– Be more active in blogging groups
– Reach out to bloggers and create 1 linkup and 1 giveaway
– Understand Google Analytics

February–Magnify My Religion
My religion has always been part of my life, but I want to be better and not take it for granted.
Sub Goals:
– Daily personal and family scripture reading with a scripture journal
– Daily personal morning and evening prayer, as well as daily family prayer
– Read an General Conference talk once a week
– Hold a full FHE every Monday
– Participate in church at least once every Sunday
– Find at least two times to perform charity or service to someone else

March–Improve My Health
Since the early fall, Rhys has been cranky when I would take him on runs, and then it got cold, and I got busy with school. I used that as an excuse to stop working out. I also because to excuse the quality and quantity of what I ate. No more.
Sub Goals:
– Run and exercise at least 5 times a week
– Try new types of exercise, such as kickboxing or yoga
– No sugar this month
– Try 1 new veggie recipe
– Try 1 paleo recipe
– 1 green smoothie a week

April–Learn My Camera
I got a Canon E05 T5 Rebel (at least, I think that’s its official name). I want to learn how to use it, as well as editing my photos.
Sub Goals: 
– Participate in (or even create!) a photo-a-day linkup on Instagram
– Do a fashion-post with my own photo skills
– Read all the manuals and watch all the instruction videos for my camera
– Explore picmonkey more and do the free-month trial

May–Sell My Lesson Plans
Every single unit I have taught, whether history or English, I have created a full-blown unit plan for (that’s just how I was taught, as well as being a Type-A). Well, most are on my computer, pretty unorganized, and a lot were lost when my school laptop died the blue death last year. So, I’m going to redo them and format them all professionally and upload them to my Teachers Pay Teachers shop. I’ve already sold a handful of lesson plans and projects, so I can’t wait to put my full unit plans on.
Sub Goals:
– Organize my classroom binders to make sure they have full copies before I leave
– Redo all my unit plans and format them into PDF’s
– Upload and update my shop

June–Organize My Home
It will have been almost a year since we’ve moved in. Rhys will almost be a year old. Seasons will have come and gone. I’ll need to reorganize a bit and will need to rescrub deeply!
Sub Goals:
– Deep scrub the entire house
– Organize all cupboards, dressers, closets
– Organize the household files
– Do a Deseret Industries (like Goodwill) run
– Reevaluate budget

July–Explore My City
There were a lot of things Justin and I never saw or did in Provo and we regret it. So, I want to explore Salt Lake County and get to know it’s history more.
Sub Goals:
– Go to the library once a week
– Have a picnic twice, in different locations
– Visit one new place (aquarium, park, museum, local restaurant, historic site) per week
– Visit the Community building and try to get involved
– Go to Bear Lake for the Morrell Family Reunion!!

August–Strengthen My Family
This month will be my 3rd anniversary. Rhys will also be 1 year old in July, and more cognitive.  I want to focus on my nuclear family. But, I also want to try my best to strengthen relationships with my parents siblings, in-laws, and other relatives.
Sub Goals:
– Plan a small anniversary
– A date a week (doesn’t have to be spending money)
– Visit the temple once with Justin
– Have sibling dates
– Have deep and honest conversations with my other relatives
– Do learning games/adventures/activities with Rhys every day

September–Hire Myself
Since I won’t be teaching after the first week of June, I still want to help earn some sort of an income–some play/date money for the family. I currently have one student I tutor on Saturdays–I want more. I also want to start selling something–maybe Scentsy. I think since I will have time, also learn more about and sign up for blogging campaigns and affiliate programs.
Sub Goals:
– Find a sell-from-home job and learn all there is about it
– Join blogging campaign sites and participate in campaigns
– Join affiliate sites and learn all there is to it
– Learn more about couponing and money-saving skills

October–Improve My DIY and Cooking Skills
I felt pretty impressive with DIY skills this December and I want to improve. I also want to explore more the recipes. So, this way, I can get ahead of the curve for December (and have a lot of posts to share for the Christmas season).
Sub Goals:
– Finish and mail off my ornaments for the Morrell Ornament Exchange
– Create a festive banner or decoration for the Fall season
– Create Rhys’s Halloween Costume
– Make a new recipe a week
– Handmake one new Christmas decoration

November–Write My Book (NaNoWriMo)
This month is NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month. The last time I participated in this was when I was in high school. So, I really want to this year and think I will have time, especially when Rhys is sleeping. But, you know what they say–you have to read a lot to be able to write well.
Sub Goals:
– Read and finish a book per week
– Complete NaNoWriMo

December–Enjoy My Holidays
I want to end the year on a good, enjoyable note. Rhys will also be old enough to begin to comprehend the season. So, I want to go all out.
Sub Goals:
– Buy and watch old Christmas movies with Rhys
– Do Elf on the Shelf with Rhys
– Decorate the house with the family
– Visit Temple Square and see the lights
– Post all my DIY stuff on the blog
– Do Christmas cooking with Rhys and make plates to give to neighbors
– Host a Christmas party

Now, just because a month is over doesn’t mean I’ll give up on and forget the previous goals. And just because the goal hasn’t come up in the year yet doesn’t mean I won’t try to work on it. But, this way, I have one main thing to focus on each month to improve myself and my life. These will also help me to have patience. I’m pretty excited for this year!
What are your goals or priorities for 2015?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. You have amazing goals and I truly believe that if you want something enough, if you put in the work, you can achieve so very much!

  2. Patience is a good one. It's a good thing i picked my word before i started reading everyone else's. I'm so inspired by what everyone else picked. Thanks for linking up!

  3. I love, love, love that you have a monthly focus! I think having that set focus can help so much with goals and actually keeping them. Exploring is so fun! I wish I would have done that more when we lived in Salt Lake. Since you're in the Salt Lake area you should try out Lone Star Taqueria. They have the best nachos ever. I may even make a 40 minute drive every now and then to get some. They are that good.

  4. Wow, I am so impressed with how you split your goals into monthly chunks. I hope you continue to share your journey as the year progresses! xo

  5. Wow! I am very impressed with how organized and planned out your year is! That is awesome! I feel I'm organized, but nothing like this! 😉 Love this! #NYNB

  6. I really like the idea of having a monthly goal with smaller sub goals within it to help you know if you reached it. Thanks for the idea! 🙂
    Also, there's an in-home sales job I think you'd be interested in. Check out Usborne Books and More online. If I had the personality and desire to get into sales, that's the one I'd pick. 🙂

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