2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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I love the beginnings of a new year.  It’s one thing I always loved about the cyclical nature of teaching.  Each August brought a new class, new personalities, new challenges, new potentials, and new adventures. It’s the same thing with a beginning of a new year.  A chance to brush off the trials, hurts, betrayals, and disappointments of the prior year and look forward to the ability to write a new story for yourself.  Earlier this week, Parker and I sat down and created some 2017 New Year’s Resolutions for our marriage but also personal ones for ourselves.  When it comes to my personal goals, I really try to focus on all areas of my life: faith, health, work, friendship, and now blogging.  I’m hopefuly that by sharing them with you, it will force me to actually stick to them (since I am a people pleaser after all).  So without further adieu…

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Cold Shoulder Sweater (c/o Chicwish) || St. Anne Tote (c/o Barrington Gifts)

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

1. Work out at least 4 times a week.  When it comes to resolutions, I’m all about setting goals but keeping it realistic at the same time.  For me, working out at the gym 4x a week is probably unrealistic, so that could even include going on a walk around the neighborhood or a bike ride with my hubby. I will say, over the last two weeks, I have been really good about working out between the hours of 9-11 A.M. Apparently watching Kathy Lee and Hoda on the treadmill is my JAM.

2. Have a quiet time 4 times a week.  I just started the 28 day study of Proverbs with She Reads Truth and it has been so good for me.  This last year has been a trying time for me personally, so diving into the straightforward, blunt Proverbial truths is just what this hard-headed gal needs.

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Poncho (c/o Chicwish and my FAV sweater of the season. Seriously.) || St. Anne Tote (c/o Barrington Gifts) || Booties || Jeans (old, similar) || Watch: c/o Christian Paul 

3. Eat less candy. Ya’ll, you may be laughing at this, but it’s a real problem.

4. Get involved in a women’s Bible Study.  I have already signed up and will be participating in the Watermark Women’s Bible Study on Acts on Wednesday mornings.  Luckily, I have a couple of girlfriends who are doing it too so they can hold me accountable!

5. Put my phone on “sleep” mode by 9 P.M. every night. Before I even started blogging, this was an issue.  And as much as I hate to admit it, I do not multi-task well when my phone is involved (and the phone always wins).  This is probably Parker’s greatest frustration with me, so this is one of my #wifegoals for myself this year.

6. Post twice a week on the blog consistently.  I really should be doing more than 2, but again, my philosophy on resolutions is keeping them realistic.  So for now, 2 it is.

7. Learn the basics of photography so I can shoot some of my own content.  Because my goal is to add more lifestyle verticals to my blog (home decor, recipes, “housewife” product reviews, etc.) I need to be able to snap great pictures on my own time.  Any advice would be much appreciated!

8. Create a community of “blogger” friends.  Besties- I’m in NO way trying to replace you.  I just need some gals to bounce ideas off and challenge me in this new adventure – something that would BORE YOU TO DEATH. I’m EXPANDING, not REPLACING.

Like I said earlier, Parker and I sat down and made some 2017 New Year’s Resolutions (really they are more of goals) for us as a married couple.  I will be sharing those on the blog soon – so keep checking back!

What are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions?  And any tips for helping me stay on track with mine?! Comment below!

Cheers, Erin

Photography by Teri Lynam 


  1. Life. Love. Reality. January 12, 2017 / 05:18

    I love your goals!! I love my blogging community. It is so fun to meet other bloggers and build a great support group in the blogging world. BTW I am also in the Dallas area (McKinney 🙂 ) Have a great day!

    • Erin
      January 16, 2017 / 08:37

      Thank you for the encouragement! I always love meeting Dallas bloggers!

    • Erin
      January 16, 2017 / 08:37

      You are so sweet, Leslie!! We find it super helpful in keeping our marriage thriving!

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