Friday Round-Up: Resolutions, Habits, and Love

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The end of the year and the beginning of a new year – it’s a natural point to reflect on the past year and to plan ahead for the upcoming year. There’s so much promise ahead of us, right?

P.S. While I decided not to set resolutions per se for the new year and to focus on my one word for 2014, I have decided to set some daily goals – things that I’m hoping will soon become habit. After all, it’s daily action that creates habits. My daily goals?

  1. Write 500 words a day.
  2. Pitch or work on an article pitch. In other words, my writing won’t magically appear unless I actually do something about it and get it out there.
  3. Practice yoga whether it’s on the mat, through meditation or study.
  4. Go to sleep before midnight.

I’m hopeful that by focusing on these daily habits will help me prioritize my time better and help me be clear about #wycwyc. Because when it comes down to it, those are the four things that I want to fill my days with – plus spending time with family and friends.

Before we get to this week’s Friday Round-Up, I would love if you went to check out my two new pieces for espnW – Great Gear to Advance Your Inner Yogi and Resolution Revolution – apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.


Here’s this week’s Friday Round-Up. I don’t know if it’s the fact that lots of people are synthesizing lessons learned or identifying larger themes but there were so many great posts this week.

What Yoga Taught Me in 2013
I love these reflections from Alicia, especially as I start on my teaching path. In particular, Alicia says, “My teaching is a part of my practice – just like my practice is part of my teaching.” <– Yes!

14 Intentions for a Mindful New Year
Caren’s writing always resonates with me. I look forward to receiving her dharma talks in my inbox every Sunday because she has a beautiful way of expressing her thoughts in a way that always makes me think deeply. This post in particular seemed fitting for the start of the new year – we need to expect more out of the Universe this year, particularly when we’re scared and don’t know the way forward. When we do, Universe helps us find a way.

Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.
I love this perspective on goals, resolutions, and systems. If you really want to move something forward, if you really want to achieve your dreams, you can’t just have goals. You have to commit to the process and create a system that will help you get there.

On Being Vulnerable
This post might be one of the best posts that I’ve read by Tracy over at Sellbit Mum. Tracy writes about love, marriage, vulnerability, and all the messy hard parts in between.

Love Is… (Holy Shit, I Have Cancer)
Have you read this post over at Huffington Post? This is an incredible, beautiful story. Love. There is so much love around us. Most days we just don’t open our eyes enough to see it.


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  1. says

    When I first started my blog, it was to be used as a platform to get more freelance writing opportunities. It did just that but last year, I let it slide big time. I didn’t pursue anything. Hoping to get at least a few hits this year. I really enjoyed it. Great articles from espnW by the way!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..14 Goals for 2014My Profile

  2. says

    I really love #wycwyc…I intend on being more mindful of this in the new year. It’s so easy take on more than we can chew because we think we have to. Knowing, you yourself, to do what you can when you can is a great reminder that we are human, and not machines who can do everything.

    Did you hear about Jeff Goins 500 word a day challenge for the month of January?

    I love your daily goals.

    Kierston @candyfit recently posted..Getting Away and #RECIPEFRIDAY: Easy Vietnamese ‘Pho’!My Profile

  3. says

    Can’t wait to check out your new ESPNW articles and the rest of your round-up. I love your daily blogging goals. Before you know it, they’ll turn into habits and just be part of your daily routine. I need to do some more pitch work too. Just need to find a few more hours in the day…without cutting into my much-needed beauty rest, of course!
    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama recently posted..Diagnose and Cure Your Holiday HangoverMy Profile

  4. says

    I’ve been learning that the writing/photography dreams won’t magically happen if I don’t…work. Sigh. I feel like I’ve been tricked! (kidding)
    I did read the Love Is…post. It was wow! Not that wow is an adjective, but I just made it into one.
    Tamara recently posted..Looking Back and Looking Ahead.My Profile

  5. says

    Great daily goals. I need to make one about getting to bed earlier, too. I tried for a few months in 2013 but failed every. single. time. I know I’d feel so much better if I did it.

    I like your goal about pitching or working on a pitch. Please keep us updated on that one. It’s another thing I need to work on but I’m just not sure how to go about it.
    Shana Norris recently posted..Around HereMy Profile


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