Happy New Year 2014

2013 was a great year, and I’m a little sorry to see it go…but I’m always excited about the possibilities that come with a new year. Last year I made 13 resolutions, and only stuck with half of them. This year, I’m going to try and narrow my resolutions down to things that I REALLY want to make happen. Quality vs Quantity, ya know?

So, here they are:

// Read Some Classics. I just made a list of books I’ve always wanted to read. I figured I’d start with ten, and if I get through all of these, I can always read more:

Middlemarch, by George Eliot // Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen // Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens // Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte // Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte // Emma, by Jane Austen // Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott // Tess of the D’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy // Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo // Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

// Do the 52 Week Project“A portrait of my child once a week, every week, in 2014”. This is pretty self-explanatory. I believe it originated with blogger Jodi Wilson (of Che & Fidel), and many of the blogs I read participated in 2013. I didn’t catch wind of it until a couple of weeks in, and since I hate starting in the middle of things I had to wait for the New Year to begin! I take so many pictures of my kids that this shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve.

// Take Some Classes. Any classes, about anything. They can even be free. Now that I am done with school, I am scared that my mind will atrophy. I want to keep learning, always keep learning. I’ve got my first one lined up — Arrow & Apple’s Study of Light photography e-course. I’m really excited to learn more about using available light to take better photos.

// Leave My Savings Alone. I have a savings account that gets twenty dollars put into it every week. I constantly find myself transferring money from it for things I supposedly “need,” but really just “want.” By December 2014, I’ll have $1,000 saved if I don’t touch it.

// Write Lots of Snail Mail. This is something I have been working on for a couple of years now, but I really want to concentrate on it this year. If you’d like a letter from me, please add your contact info to my address book –> click here.

With only five resolutions, I expect to see a check mark next to every one of them on December 31, 2014! I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Day!

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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