A New Year, A New You

by Stephanie E Posted on January 14, 2011

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At the turn of the New Year, something amazing happens, everyone takes a moment to re-evaluate their lives and plan new goals, ideas and resolutions. I don’t really like to use the word “resolution” it seems to be plagued with failure. So instead I’m just focusing on being a better me, discovering my passion and just diving in to a new improved and happy self.

It took me several years and many jobs to realize how important it is to follow your dreams and passions. As mothers we not only owe it to ourselves but we owe it to our children and our spouse to find our true bliss. We need to show, not tell, our kids how important it is to follow your dreams.

This year I’m focusing on what’s important to me from improving our diet, spending time with family and exploring what my true passions and just taking time to really enjoy life.

So the following are on the top of list for the New Year

  1. Spending more family time together
  2. Cooking healthy dinners and meals for the entire family
  3. Adding a date night once a week just for the hubs and I
  4. Take more pictures but more importantly take more pictures with me in them
  5. Make time for exercise solo or with the family
  6. Take time for me to do the things I love and enjoy
  7. Document the year through pictures and writing

What are you plans and goals for the New Year? Do they include taking more pictures?


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  1. Joey Says:

    I love your articles Stephanie. i still think of the rats in the Christmas Tree!
    My goals/plans for the new year are to stay healthy, keep up with exercises, be happy, take tons of photos of just anything that triggers my mind – be creative about photography. Have fun and laugh every day. AND don’t let the petty stuff get to me.
    Great article!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    I like your goals…. they sound like mine…. :) I would also add taking my camera off auto mode too….

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    I also thank setting goals is important. You have some great ideas and we all need goals to help us be more creative with our lives!

  4. Tiffany M Says:

    Inspirational! Great post! Your list is similar to mine… and now I’m just going to use your list. Thanks ;) Documenting life is always on top of my list for my little guys. Its something new to me these last couple of years. Let’s see if I can keep up on it now that I have two!

  5. staceyd Says:

    What a refreshing approach to resolutions, Stephanie! Follow your bliss is so much more motivatin! I agree with everyone else – I could copy and paste your list right over my own, it’s perfect. Thanks for confirming that others are out there with the same goals as me, and we’re all headed in the right direction!

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Stephanie Elie is a mother of two balancing work, family and business. She is the author of BizzieMommy.com a blog that was recently listed in the Top 100 Websites for Woman by Forbes.com and also listed in the Power Moms 50 by Nielson’s Online. She’s also the Digital Editor for LifetimeMoms.com and a self-proclaimed tech junkie who loves photography. You will never see her without her iPhone or DSLR and computer near by all dressed in her favorite color – pink.

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