welcome to 2015 part 2: goals

Welcome to part 2! (read part 1 first) Today I’m just going to talk a little bit about some of my goals for 2015. It’s not a long list, but you’ll understand why, I promise :)

at a glance:

1 – make one new habit every month

2 – read at least 12 books

3 – try a capsule wardrobe

4 – complete my 2015 project of awesomeness

5 – make PHOENIXD into a successful and profiting business

6 – do 5 pull-ups in a row

7 – write two blog posts every week


1: make one new habit every month

Here’s the thing. This sounds simple, and in January, maybe it will be. But these habits are going to compound, so in February I will have 2 things to keep track of every month, and by December I will have 12.

Not such a walk in the park.

But I’m actually really excited for these because I am going to use them to make sure I complete my other 2015 goals. You’ll see, I’m sure I will mention them on the blog each month.

For January, I am going to exercise 5 days every week.

Starting this week (yesterday, actually). This sounds like the typical New Years resolution to get fit. But if you read my post from yesterday, you’ll know it’s really just a continuation of the success I had in 2014 of working out for 3 months straight. Because I want to make sure this is a priority, I am making it my January habit. I’ve never before been able to work out that consistently, and I definitely do not want to lose momentum.

2: read at least 12 books

This goal started out as reading one book/month. But I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t lose motivation if I happened to be reading an extra long book one month and it had to overlap. This way I can vary the lengths of my books without fear of not reaching my goal. Of course, I’ll be keeping the book/month idea in the back of my head in order to stay on track.

I’d love to keep you all updated on what I’m reading as well. This month I am working on finishing A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. It’s a 1000 page historical fiction set in 18th century America and the 6th book in a series of 8 (so far).

I’m not sure what my next book will be, but you’ll know as soon as I do :)

3: try a capsule wardrobe

I’ve been reading a lot about it and I think it’s the perfect thing for me. Basically, the idea is you have a set number of clothing pieces to choose from each season (approximately 37). You put all the rest of your clothes into storage until the next season, when you re-evaluate.

I’m not sure when I will end up doing this, but I hope I can find the time soon. I think winter is a good time to start because I have fewer shoe + top options.

4: complete my 2015 project of awesomeness

I’ll be telling you more about this on Friday! I can’t wait to let you in on the idea.

5: make PHOENIXD into a successful and profiting business

This one is probably a given. We wrote an article of our social media goals for the year.

This is my work and I’m going to continue throwing myself into it!

(Update: We’ve since changed the name + vision. You’re gonna want to check out wanderoak.co instead.)

6: do 5 pull-ups in a row

This is the goal that seems like nothing. But behind the simple exterior, there is a lot going on.

In order to do that many pull-ups (yes it’s a lot, have you ever tried doing one single one? it’s incredibly difficult) I’m going to have to be in top shape.

So although this goal itself is simple, it’s going to take a lot in order to get to a spot where it will happen. But I’m optimistic. I was gifted a doorway pull-up bar for Christmas (yes, the first time using it was scary, but I now have trust in it) and it’s going to be instrumental to my success.

I currently can’t even do one full unassisted pull-up. I tried it out last night and guys, today I have some sore muscles that I never even knew existed. This is going to be a challenge.

7: write 2 blog posts every week

Yes, this welcome series is an exception. My blog posts will be going up every Tuesday and Saturday, so you can expect something new on those days.

I’ve never really discussed my goals for this blog. This is kind of the first step to success. Being consistent, that is. As soon as I can accomplish that, I can start to think of the bigger picture. But being consistent will, in itself, help my blog readership to grow.

The goal pretty much accomplishes multiple things at once (a theme of my 2015 goals, if you’ve noticed).


So that’s it – those are my goals for 2015. They are going to really help me ________.  Oh, what’s that, a blank? Yes, I did it on purpose don’t you worry. Because tomorrow you’ll find out what my one little word is for 2015!

I can’t wait to share it with you – my goals were totally inspired by it :)