New Years Goals…Do I Have To?



Ok, sorry that picture actually has nothing to do with my title. My husband and I just love Pomelos (really big grapefruit) and these ones are huge! My neighbor has a tree just dripping with them, so naturally we just helped “trim the branches”.

So, I didn’t really want to make New Year’s goals this year, but everyone seems to be setting them. I didn’t want to make goals partly because I’m lazy and partly because it sounds overwhelming. But then I heard a quote that changed my mind…


Do not demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement.”

-Russell M. Nelson

I realized that last year’s goals (I had more than what I mentioned on the blog) helped me grow, improve, and just live better, so I’m forcing myself to make some goals this year. I’m making a list of specifics, but my main theme was inspired by two TED Talks: Less Stuff, More Happiness and A Rich Life With Less Stuff. The latter has a blog at, and I love it. So this year I want to minimize, in all senses of the word.

My husband is already a minimalist. He hates stuff. I’m a pat rack. I love stuff. Mostly I’m just emotional about eeeeverything and can’t let go of things. But I need to purge because storing and having to organize crap that I never use takes time and stress that I don’t want to deal with. It’ll be many months of projects, but I’m determined!

Here a few articles that have helped me learn the art of minimalistic living (and inspired my goals), from The Minimalist blog:

What do you think of New Year’s goals? Have you set any?

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  1. I LOVE pomelos! I used to get them all the time when I was in Asia. I’m also a goal setter, so thank you for this lovely post. I better get to it. Lol.

  2. thanks for the reminder! I definitely need to de-clutter my life a bit. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to hang onto my blackberry from 2007. Or my notes from some of my college classes.

    But what if I need it one day!?! lol.

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