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Happy New Year! I know it is April Fool’s Day, but I have decided to change it to New Year’s Day instead and launch my resolutions. I am three months late, but it is never too late to make some changes and do what you need to do to become your best self. I can’t ignore my past, but I feel like the start of 2014 has been a whirlwind rollercoaster ride I never wanted.  So let’s pop some bubbly and cheers to a fresh start (and to Lara Casey for inspiring me to do this in the first place)!

Part 5: Set Good Goals


I followed Lara Casey’s advice to Review and after reading through my first four posts, I changed a few things. As I was writing these goalsetting posts I felt like I was all over the map, but reading them now there are consistent themes and hopes through out. While I needed to edit, I do think my resolutions are a clear reflection of everything I worked on in this series.

I deleted my Pinterest vision board.  It never came easy to me when I was making it and I realized I would never look back on it for motivation. Instead, I am using my Pinterest board full of quotes as I already glance at it for inspiration whenever I need it. I also changed my 2014 word to “Today” simply because “Day” never really sounded right, but it holds the same meaning. And as much as I love the song I chose, it also never sat well with me for this. Instead I am going with something a little more upbeat and fearless: Sara Bareille’s Brave.


With all this in my mind, below are my goals for 2014. (Note that I have not included a career category as that is something I choose to keep private and I have already set those goals for the year with my manager at work). My wonderful friend Kyla gave me a tip that sometimes you have project goals and sometimes you have maintenance goals. I would refer to my radical goals as project goals and the ones below as maintenance. They are all small pieces that will add up to big change in my life.


  1. At least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  2. Reach my happy, healthy target weight of xxx lbs.
  3. Starbucks will become a Friday (or extra special occasion) treat.


  1. Every Tuesday clean and dust the apartment.
  2. Every Wednesday go through mail, papers, etc.
  3. Every Thursday pay bills and review budget.


  1. Pay off my VISA and then continue to pay off at the end of  every month.
  2. Save $xxxx into my Rainy Day fund.
  3. Reach YNAB’s Rule Four so I am living on last month’s income and not paycheque-to-paycheque.


  1. Try one new dinner recipe and one new dessert recipe each month.
  2. Craft one new DIY project each month.
  3. Blog post three times per week.
  4. Read two books each month – one for book club and one for me.


  1. Connect with one BC friend and one MB friend each week.
  2. Send one letter, postcard, email, picture, or note to family or friends each week.
  3. Renew and strengthen my faith.

Part 6: Make it Happen

I am committed to reviewing my progress and updating you, my dear readers, on all of it every three months. So in the last week of June, September and December I will post a review of my dedication to these goals and along the way I will share the things I learn like fun DIY crafts, good books, or delicious recipes.

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How are your New Year’s resolutions going three months into 2014? If you don’t make resolutions are you currently having success with any goals you have set for yourself?

Back to our regular programming and the home stretch of my 2014 #Goalsetting series under the guidance of Lara Casey.


Part 4: Get Radical

What legacy can you pass on?

This is bittersweet to think about since spending time with all my family in the past week has shown me the laughs, loyalty and love my Grandpa left behind with all of us. He was always ready with a joke and he loved to sit down and handwrite letters and cards to all of us, especially reminding my sisters and I to “stay positive”. I could only hope someday not just my children, but also my grandchildren, will know how much they were loved and miss my presence the way that we all miss his.

So with legacy, I want to keep it simple and focus on two things:

  1. Love notes: Every week I want to sit down and handwrite a letter, paint a picture, or pick out a special card to send to family or friends. I want to make them smile and let them know I think of them often. I am so grateful for the support in my life, I want to make sure I never take it for granted and let people know what makes them so special to me.
  2. Remember: When starting this goalsetting series, I paused to reflect on what worked and what didn’t in 2013. In much the same way, I don’t feel like I can create a legacy without remembering where I come from. It was nice to spend time this weekend flipping through old black and white photos of my grandpa and his parents. At Christmas time I went through our family photo albums and it is time to put those pictures up in my place.

What is my radical?

The things that have felt so impossible, but I know I can achieve in 2014…

  1. Start and maintain a healthy lifestyle, reach my happy weight: I have struggled with my body image/self-esteem/healthy habits for years. Awhile ago I managed to follow the Weight Watchers plan, attend the gym regularly and lose quite a few pounds. But as I got closer to my elusive goal, I became more extreme with my habits so when I finally did get to that all-important number, I couldn’t stay there. It was not sustainable. This time around I know how to be better and with simply work to focus on, I have the time to take care of myself.
  2. Erase my outstanding debt (and don’t let it creep back up again!): It really isn’t that much left, but with all my bills every month I always end up paying myself last or just using the leftovers for my VISA. I need to make this a priority and not only pay it off, but then remember to do that every month so that by December, I have a zero in that account.

Song for the year: Wish For You – Faith Hill

This has always been a favourite of mine, but since I decided to make my 2014 word of the year “Day” and I have a new guardian angel, it especially feels right.

A setting sun that paints a tie-dyed sky
A feather bed, an ancient lullaby
A kiss good night from one whose love is true
That’s the kind of day I wish for you

The faith of knowing deep inside your heart
That heaven holds more than just some stars
Someone’s up there watching over you
That’s the kind of day I wish for you

What would be your song for 2014?

Continuing with my #Goalsetting series for 2014 thanks to the inspiration of Lara Casey


Part 3: 2014 Vision

What is your 2014 vision?

This seems like such a BIG question, I have struggled to answer it. Even with the additional questions Lara phrased, I wasn’t sure where to start. I kept relating back to this blog post I wrote last summer when I had yet to arrive in Winnipeg. My first six months I was so busy just getting set up and trying to be successful at work that I wasn’t really living. When everything slowed down, I forgot that maybe the whole point of moving here was to learn to be okay with myself in “the empty moments”.

So my 2014 vision is to establish a healthy, functioning and fun day-to-day life. To learn how to build structure in my life that works for me when there is none. To eliminate stress from places it doesn’t need to be. To give myself a solid foundation for the future. For so long I have focused on my career (this sounds silly coming from someone who just started working, but I was pretty intense in school) and now I want to give myself a year to take care of me: mind, body and soul.

What are you saying NO to in 2014?

  • Worrying: No one knows this better than my family, but I stress over the big and the little. I try to remind myself a lot that I finished my degree and no one can steal it from me, I have a job that can pay all my bills, and it is just me to take care of, BUT I still get all riled up over unnecessary things in my day-to-day.
  • Gizmos and gadgets: I come home way too often and binge-watch tv on my laptop instead of picking up a book. I text like crazy, but never actually send any of my friends a card. I type out my thoughts and don’t pick up a journal to just free write and doodle.
  • The sweet stuff: There is something at my office we like to call the “United Way 15″ and it is so true. Everyone complains about all of the candy, but it keeps showing up at our desks. And I’m not any better when at the end of a long work day, I pick up take-out instead of spending time in the kitchen.
  • My VISA: That baby is getting tucked away deep into my wallet so I forget it exists and can erase my debt.

What are you saying YES to in 2014?

  • The unexpected: I think part of what has made my time here so fun is everything I am learning about myself in this new city and new job. I want to say “yes” to more things that are not typically me and see what I discover.
  • Lists: I was such a “let’s write everything down in my agenda and check off all my post-it notes” kinda gal in university. Not having class assignments anymore has made me think I don’t need to do this, but I love that kind of stuff and it works.
  • All the feelings: Life is going to be easy and hard and I sure as hell don’t have it figured out. I need to live it and love it and accept that some days I just need to cry. I don’t think I have really had a problem with this before (I wear my heart on my sleeve), but it’s a good reminder. And I think it also represents my desire to re-explore my faith.

My word for 2014 is:

Day. While brainstorming I went through: present, mindful, simplify, health, build, and calm. My vision for 2014 is about learning to live everyday and not just looking forward to the next big thing so it only made sense to give myself that reminder. “Day” lets me know that every 24 hours I have a chance to build on my goals. The most important thing is to not let the days pass me by and instead tackle them one by one.

What is your word for 2014 and why?

I can already feel my mood changing the last few weeks! Just getting my apartment cleaned up, knowing I am on my way to something better with this goal-setting, really connecting with friends here in Winnipeg, and speaking up at work about the learning I am interested in – I’ve found my happy place. I had a wonderful time in BC when I was back for Christmas, but it was confusing. I felt like I had lives in two provinces and didn’t want to compare them, but I was. When my flight landed back in Winnipeg though, something inside me said I was home. And my mindset has shifted since I have been back. All this to say – I am becoming fired up about life. And so on to round two of #2014Goalsetting…

Part 2: Get Fired Up

What did you learn from what worked?

  1. Taking big risks are worth it (when you trust your instincts and ask for advice and support from your friends and family).
  2. I am more independent than I ever thought I was and it really is not that scary to venture off on your own.
  3. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, but the unexpected can be a more-than-pleasant surprise. (I never planned to move to Winnipeg or go into event planning, but I am now so proud to live here and event planning is showing me skills and interests that I never realized I had).

What did you learn from what didn’t work?

  1. I need a little structure in my life to help me complete daily tasks (financial planning, cleaning, meal prep, and exercise,).
  2. While it is normal to “let go” a little from people when you move away, I have realized how important it is for me to stay in touch.
  3. I need to give myself a break and not rush life. It is normal to feel lost at this stage and when I do become overwhelmed, I should speak up. Others have been here before me.

What fires you up? What are the things that light your soul on fire?

  • Getting crafty with décor and gifts
  • Trying new recipes in the kitchen
  • Rocking out on the dancefloor
  • Taking the time to reflect through writing
  • When books and my imagination become entwined and I’m the main character
  • Going for drives, turning up the music, and singing loudly
  • Movie and popcorn nights all curled up on my couch
  • Chatting with friends about our dreams for the future
  • Reading news stories that interest me and spark new ideas
  • Hugs and high fives
  • Giggling over way too many inside jokes with my events team
  • Endlessly long phone calls with friends and family back in BC
  • Being a tourist in Winnipeg and discovering new favourite places
  • Does sleeping in count?

What is something in your daily life that fires YOU up?

Last fall, my friend Nicole instagrammed about Lara Casey’s #Powersheets. I really wanted to whip out my Visa card and purchase them, but I decided to hold back. I thought I should see if I can actually follow through with a year of goal-setting before purchasing special sheets just for the occasion (plus one of my goals is financial frugality). Lucky for me, Lara Casey offers a six-part blog series with all her goal-setting tips and you don’t even need the #Powersheets. So over the next three weeks I am going to set my goals and get busy. As she says, ” there’s nothing magical about January 1″ so if I want to start on February 10,  I’m going to.


Part 1: LET’S DO THIS!

What worked in 2013?

  • I followed through on a dream I had for years of finding work as soon as I graduated and moving to a city. This is something I wanted for so long, but it would have been so easy for me to stay in Kamloops and just keep on keepin’ on. I’m glad I had the confidence and trust in myself to take a leap of faith.
  • There were several professional benchmarks I achieved: participating in UWLM’s Public Policy Institute, receiving the TRU Neil Russell Student Leadership Award, finishing school with my best semester ever academically,  and receiving a job offer before my degree!
  • Planning and executing so many events at work (four in four months) – like a Plane Pull! – with only two months lead time. I really jumped into the deep end with my job considering I started right before the United Way campaign season, but I discovered I can be a successful events planner and I love the creative outlet it gives me.
  • I am proud of how I made the effort to explore Winnipeg and get to know the city. I gained a lot of confidence this year just knowing that I don’t let being alone hold me back from attending events.

What didn’t work in 2013?

  • Moving out on my own has definitely made me realize how much stricter I need to be with my bank accounts. While everything is fine and I can afford my life, I did not do a very good job of developing a savings account.
  • Other than my immediate family, I have not stayed in close touch with people since I moved away. I left behind some amazing friends and very special relationships I do not want to lose out on and right now I am letting them suffer.
  • I placed no priority on healthy eating and exercise and that is not what I want for myself.
  • I struggled with transitioning from student life to being a grown-up and felt like I lived in a constant whirlwind of emotions about the whole situation.

Get visual. You can view my Pinterest board here.

Happy Family Day to all my people back in BC! And thinking back to 2013, what was one thing that worked and one that didn’t for you?