What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

by Ann Marie Michaels on January 8, 2014

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Happy New Year, everybody! I’m really excited about a fresh start in 2014.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Mine are not fancy… but here they are….

Note: I’m not including any work-related goals — just personal stuff. I’ve been working WAY too hard these past 5 years and I need to do more for me this year.

I’m very goal-oriented and ambitious and tend to work too hard… so for me, I need to set more goals that are about pampering myself and doing more to enjoy life.

So here’s my list…

1. Remodel our kitchen and bathrooms.

I’ve been looking forward to doing this for YEARS. For a foodie like me, it’s crazy that I have not done this yet. I can’t wait to finally have the kitchen of my dreams.

And yes, I will chronicle it on the blog. Stay tuned!

2. Go back to Hawaii.

It’s been a few years since Seth and I visited Hawaii. You can read about our trip here. And read about the food in Hawaii here.

Kate wants to go with us this time — and go snorkeling in the ocean.

3. Get married.

Check! We finally did that — just before the New Year. Seth and I finally tied the knot on Dec 30, 2013 in Santa Barbara at their beautiful courthouse.


4. Take more mini-vacations with family.

Short trips we can go on every 4 to 6 weeks. We’ve been working SO HARD the past 5 years… we really need to take more little trips on weekends. Quick trips we can get to within a couple hours’ flight or drive: Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez (So Cal wine country), Napa/Sonoma (No Cal wine country), San Francisco, San Diego, Mexico, and skiing/snowboarding in Utah and Tahoe. We have a lot of Starwood points so there is no reason not to do it! I also want to do more camping when the weather is nice.

5. Pamper myself.

I’m VERY bad about taking care of myself so I want to do a better job. Things like getting my hair done and nails done every 4-5 weeks, going for spa treatments, take naps, getting my eyebrows waxed and so forth.

I actually have 5 free spa treatments waiting for me at the Beverly Hills SLS Hotel. I got them almost a year ago and never used them. I know… what’s wrong with me?

See what I mean? I NEED to spend more time on ME! Just need to get it on the schedule and take the time!

6. Build my wardrobe.

I lost almost 40 pounds last year so I am ready to shop! It took about 6 months and it wasn’t easy losing the weight, but it was SO WORTH IT. I’m down from a size 16 to a size 6/8. After 6 years of wearing sweatpants since Kate was born, I love dressing up again!

Also, I recently interviewed Carol Tuttle of Dressing Your Truth in a podcast. OMG this is the information I’ve been waiting for — totally life-changing!

I finally know how to dress myself and I feel like a million bucks! Thanks, Carol! (If you know about Dressing Your Truth, I’m a Type 4 with a secondary 1. I used to try to dress like a Type 2 or 1 — no wonder I always felt like people were not taking me seriously!)

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7. Invest in real estate.

This has been on my bucket list for at least 15 years. I want to start with a condo that I can rent out.

8. Read 100 books.

That’s about 2 books a week. I think reading is the best thing you can do for yourself. I listen to a lot of audiobooks which helps me read more. Reading is not only good for you but it’s one of my very favorite things to do.

9. Spend more time with family.

I want to see my inlaws more, go on more date nights with Seth, and spend more time playing with Kate.

10. Exercise regularly.

Continue going to the gym 3-4 times per week and walking and gardening, plus trying some new things like I’d like to do more surfing, snowboarding, and rollerblading. Ooh! And yoga! More yoga!

11. Get a new car.

I’ve been driving the same car for over 10 years now. I’m ready for something new! I’d really love to get an electric car… we’ll see!

12. Donate more to charity.

I especially love Charity Water and the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and Heifer International.

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What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

How about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Share in the comments!

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Laura January 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

This is a great and mostly fun list..which I love! A lot of these things have been on your mind for years so it’s wonderful that you’re going to do them.
And congrats on your marriage …how exciting!
I like that your list includes a possible trip to Utah. We do have the best snow on earth :)


jefferson January 9, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Very nice list..

Buying a new wardrobe can certainly be expensive but it is so worth it when you are shopping because all of your old clothes are too big for you! I recently went through the same thing


shauna reisewitz January 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I’m inspired by your weight loss!! I got a fitbit and at least have been doing pretty well on my steps.. need to journal the food though- for me that is always the hard part!
Did you use the fitbit scale as well?
For me, I think hiring some kind of coach/ expert would help– do you have any recommendations?I like Dr JAck Kruse’s cold thermogenesis stuff- only because I love jumping in cold water. — do you know anyone along those lines?
Anyways- congratulations! You look like you are doing fabulously on all levels! I’d be up for a ski weekend in tahoe (my parent’s place we talked about last year)…


TMC January 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Congratulations on your marriage!

This year I’m going to lose weight eating real food. I’m also going to do everything I can to get to the Wise Traditions conference in Indy in November. Will you be there? I hope so!


Julie January 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

You look lovely in black and white!


Jen January 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

My husband and I got married on December 30, 2006 at sunset, on a beautiful Maui beach. We need to go back too!


Cameron Smith January 21, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Love the post! You’re brave to take on so many big resolutions, go for it! For me, I have two big ones: grow my blog and continue to improve my diet to include even more real foods. Love your blog, thanks.


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