With each new year, I resolve to do better. Since I really struggled with my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, I have decided to revamp my approach to New Year’s Resolutions.
I’m not going to resolve to lose weight or exercise. I’m not going to resolve to finally get caught up on scrapbooking and clean out my file cabinets.
Instead, I am resolving to sculpt a new attitude. Instead of creating a laundry list of of things I think I should accomplish in 2014, I’m taking the advice of one of my readers. I’m going to establish a theme for 2014.
Having a theme for the year will help me focus on improving my life. It will allow me to tackle multiple areas of my life without feeling like I’m chained to a never ending to-do list. It’s almost like creating a mission statement for the year.
The theme for 2014: Less is More
My goal for 2014 is to simplify, and the theme of “Less is More” does this quite well. Examples of things I will try to do less of: less internet and window shopping, less sitting and more walking, less junk food and more healthy stuff, less yelling and more listening, less clutter and more space, less store-bought and more homemade, less screen time and more play time. And I could think of a hundred other ways to show that 2014 is going to be a year where less is more.
The theme of “Less is More” extends to the blog, too.
While I do love a good deal, great coupons, and the occasional freebie, I’ve never been a true “deal blogger.” The commercialism of the past holiday season was off the charts this year, and it really bothered me. My plan is to share less deals with the hope of saving you more money. I don’t want to be part of the marketing beast that tells you to BUY! BUY! BUY! So, I’ll try to focus on the best of the best, and leave the rest to other bloggers.
From DIY projects to creative budgeting ideas, I’ll be focusing on ways that you can do more with less throughout the year.
A new spin on New Year’s resolutions
I’m excited to see how having a theme for the entire year will help guide my actions and decision-making. My goal has always been (and continues to be) to live a frugal lifestyle and to help others do the same, and I think the theme of Less is More helps me accomplish that goal.
I hope you’ll follow us on this journey in 2014.
What are your goals for 2014? Have you considered having a theme for the year?
I don’t usually make New Years resolutions, but have been really craving simplicity over the past few weeks and have been working on decluttering my physical and emotional space. This post really struck a cord with me–thanks!
Christina Brown says
You’re welcome, Robin. Decluttering and simplifying is definitely a big part of my “less is more” mantra this year. I’m just sick of all the STUFF. Best wishes on a Happy New Year and I hope you’ll check in here periodically and let us know how it’s going.
Same here – this post hits the nail right on the head! My 2014 resolution is to not yell at my kids and to be more patient. I am happy to hear you will continue to be more than just a “deal blogger”. That’s why I read you and what I appreciate about your blog!
I agree. I have TOO MUCH STUFF! I am running out of places to put it and have already taken a lot of it to the local consignment shop! Most of it was given to me by various relatives and makes it harder to part with. I could use some good coaching advice!