Monday, December 30, 2013

Healthy and Happy Twenty-Fourteen

Morning, friends! Since the new year is quickly approaching, I thought it would be nice to share my plan for a healthy and happy 2014.

I am a huge fan of resolutions. I love love love making goals and reaching them - it gives me such a sense of accomplishment and productivity, not to mention a nice boost of self confidence!

For the past couple of years, my resolutions have been same old-same old, and mostly to do with physical well-being. I mean, that's what was mostly on my mind!! Drink more water. Eat healthier (as if I wasn't already eating a ton of healthy food....). Run more (uh, check!).

This year I want to focus on smaller, more every-day goals rather than a couple of big resolutions for the year, and I love this list of ideas from Nutritionella.

Some of my favorites from each category:


Roast vegetables you would normally steam, boil, or saute. I looovvee roasted veggies, so taking a  little extra time to roast some of my favorites will definitely be a good (and delicious) change!

Cook one new recipe a week. I tend to eat the same things over and over and over again - I'd love to browse through my Pinterest recipes and make some!!


Make an exercise date with a friend one day per week. I have so much more motivation, especially on long runs, when I run with a friend. It's a lot more fun to exercise with a buddy, and a great bonding/personal time together!

Try one new fitness app a month. I don't think I've ever used a fitness app except for Map My Run, so this should be a fun change from the norm for me.

Self Love

Read a book, magazine, or write in your journal instead of using phone, tablets, or watching television before bed. Sadly, this one will probably be the most difficult habit to break - my before-bed routine generally involves technology! But I do love reading, and I think this will be very, very beneficial.

Add a new and different blog to your Feedly (Bloglovin for me) each month. I'll admit it - 99% of the blogs I follow are health and wellness. While I love them, I'd like to find something focused on fashion or DIY. One of my faves is A Beautiful Mess!


Enjoy what you love every day. It seems so simple, but is actually a hard concept to grasp sometimes! I think this is a great challenge.

Learn a new skill. Or re-learn, for me. I used to take play piano, and I've gotten very rusty over the years - I'd love to start some piano lessons again!

There's also a few things that I personally came up with, aka without the help of another blogger. ;)


I'm not even so sure how well this will work, but I want to pin NO MORE recipes until I make at least 3 from each food board. I have a ton (like, hundreds) of recipe pins, so this really should not be that big of a challenge. We shall see!


Get stronger. And I mean where I actually notice the strength, not just for muscle tone. Now that I've gotten really into running and cardio, it's time to pick the strength workouts back up. I did them 3-4 times a week over the summer with light weights, and I was actually gaining some nice tone in my arms and shoulders! But then cross country started and I've kind of dropped the ball.

Self Love

Go out with friends more often. It's no secret that I'm quite the homebody - I would rather cuddle up on the couch with a nice book and hot mug of tea than go to a social gathering most of the time. This year, I'd like to start branching out a bit! :)


Start participating in She Reads Truth again. It's a wonderful online Bible study written by really incredible and inspiring women. I need that kind of positive light in my day!

I'd say that this is a pretty awesome list of achievable resolutions! Here's to having an amazing 2014!!!!!

What's one resolution you have for the New Year?


  1. These are awesome resolutions! I might have to steal some(all) of them :) I know what you mean about Pinterest recipes - I keep pinning, but never make any! I can never pick one to make! How about sometime we do a virtual workout - agree on the same workout to do and do it, just in different parts of the country! :)

    1. I know, it's ridiculous how many pins I have!!!! And a virtual workout would be sooo much fun, you should shoot me an email and we can definitely plan something! ( :)