My Special Goals for 2011

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I love the New Year. What a feeling of freedom to get a brand new start every 12 months. You can throw out some of the things you started but decided weren’t for you. You can take another stab at those things on your list you never got around to. The sky is the limit at the beginning of each year! It’s a chance to dream big and go for it!

Some people feel like resolutions are a negative thing, but not for me. Resolutions are just another set of goals as far as I am concerned.  And I make goals all the time–every day, every week, every month. And I happen to be great at setting goals, especially for work, and the good news is that I actually achieve most of them.

The thing I love most about my New Year’s Goals as opposed to the everyday kind, is that the New Year’s ones feel like “special” goals to me. So I take extra care in deciding what the “special” things that I want to accomplish this year might be.

So here they are. My very special, thought-out and curated set of resolutions for 2011…

1. Get Healthy–food, exercise, massages, water, yoga, hiking. These are the things that make me healthy and I want to plan them in my schedule and stick to it!

2. Stay Home More–this is a challenge with my travel schedule of the past few years, so when I don’t have to travel, I want to stay home and spend more time nesting!

3. Read more for pleasure-with all the things I read for work, I have a hard time squeezing in books for fun. This year I want to make time!

4.Go on More Bike Rides–and take a picnic too!

5. Host regular cocktail hours–a good excuse to see my friends and I can stay home while doing it.  A win-win for my resolutions!

6.Put all my precious photos in photo books–I take lots of photos but they rarely make it into books. I don’t want to turn around in 20 years and not know where they all are.

7. Do more weekend craft projects–not for work, just for fun! This means getting in my craft room and whipping something up. Or even getting out my sewing and embroidery machines!

8. Experient more in the kitchen–I want to stop making the same ole thing when I cook.  This is a year to be adventurous. Bring on the fresh ingredients please!

9. Take up a new hobby–My parents have a new River house so Fly Fishing is my first choice. Who knows if I will like it but I want to give it a whirl.

10. Tweet More–I love the relationships I have built on Twitter, I want to spend more time there in 2011

11. Spend more time on myself–I rarely take the time to pamper myself.  It’s usually just put on some clothes and get out the door! This year, I want to put more effort into dressing, grooming, facials, and more. I might even get out some of that great jewelry I have and wear it for no special reason.

12. Gratitude–whether responding to blog comments, writing more thank you notes or just giving thanks for my many blessings, there is just no such thing as too much gratitude. I plan on making a special place in my office that makes me want to sit down and actually use more of the gorgeous stationery that I have.

13.Remember I have a choice in my life–I am in charge here and I can decide what I must and must not do. This year, I need to feel less constricted by my ideas and obligations.  I often forget that I do get a choice in whether I take on too much stuff.  And just because I have a GREAT idea, I don’t have to start it today! So this year is for saying No more to the things that just aren’t that important!

14. Be present–be truly present. I am usually looking ahead and planning for the future. But if the present isn’t enjoyed, what good is the future? I want to enjoy the journey more and think about the end result less. 

15. Plan special moments with my daughter that are just hers! No computer, no cell phone, no iPad…just her and only her! This photo is from a great moment spent with my daughter a year or so ago.  I need more of these in my life.  She is already growing up so fast and I want more special mommy-daughter moments. They do more for me than I think they even do for her!

Well there you have it! My special goals for 2011.  Many of these will be a challenge for me so I will keep you posted on my progress. But if I achieve even one or two of these things, I will feel like 2011 is a great success!! I am already making great strides with #3, #10, and #15. Hooray!

What are your special goals for 2011? I’d love to hear from you.

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15 Responses to My Special Goals for 2011

  1. Roberta says:

    Hey Tobi…love all your goals. I’m not a big resolution or goal announcer/maker…at least formally. Instead I set up an “intention” which I feel is more organic in nature and more accountable for me. A long time ago I made a dream album…sort of a bucket list and that is always in the back of my mind and every so often I pull it out and realize that I’ve accomplished something in it. This set my intentions and each year I just try to improve habits and lifestyle for a more purposeful life that is more about the people and less about the accomplishments and stuff. Guess my parents would call it maturity…lol

  2. Debra says:

    You are so ambitious – my list is shorter – and your #15 is at the top of my list – since my baby is 15 and will be heading to college in a few years. But my number #1 goal is the same as always – get and STAY more organized and stop procrastinating “DDD” (the deadly deadline disease). Good luck.

  3. Lori says:

    My goal is to start my design blog (It should be up and running by the end of the month.) and grow my business. My biggest challenge will be balancing those goals with the needs of my family. I have been a stay at home mom for 3 years and this will be a difficult transition for all of us.

    I am trying to really be present when my daughters talk to me. Put away the phone, the ipad, the computer… just as you said.

    You are a great inspiration to me. Thank you and I wish you much luck with your 2011 goals!


  4. Wow!!! that’s a lot for one year–I bet No. 14 includes all of the others. I’m pulling for you (and me, too). Happy New Year.

  5. Tobi says:

    Hi Everyone, thanks for your comments. I am excited to hear about your plans for this year. Yes, I do set lofty goals but I have always found that the higher I aim the higher I reach. And the good news is that several of these are easy and fun! Of course, there are a few that will be a real challenge for me too. Thanks for cheering me on. Fortunately, I view even small improvements as successes so with that attitude its pretty easy to win! Happy New Year to you all!

  6. Heidi M says:

    Wonderful goals, Tobi– yes, spend the time with your little girl! Mine goes off to college in the fall and I’m painfully aware of how fast the time flies. Carpe diem. 🙂

  7. CC Chic says:

    I’ve got to say, I love your goals. And I just said the very same thing about resolutions to my daughter… I make resolutions (set goals) all the time! I often keep them too. I love your goal number 5! Great idea!
    Hope you’ll stop by my blog today! Would love to hear from you. My new Contributing Fashion Editor wrote a great post and I would love to receive a comment from you!

  8. diane says:

    I so relate to #3, read more for pleasure books. I spend so much time scouring design books and mags that I rarely have time for anything else but when I do I so enjoy it. I have always had a hidden fear that someone is going to ask me that dreaded questions, “what books are on your bedside table” and I am going to seem like a real ninny when I cant remember the title of the same book I have been trying to read for a year! and, as the mother of a 23 yr old daughter, take all the time you have to spend with your little one because before you know it she is busy with her own life…so true!! Good luck on your resolutions.

  9. I love your 2011 goals… We have so many in common. Living a healthly lifestyle, family & faith time, being present and giving thanks and the big ones on my list.


  10. Emily Amy says:


    These goals are all so wonderful. I would have to say that my favorite goal is gratitude. It is so important, and in this day and age so many people neglect it. So thoughtful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Kim says:

    Here’s a great quote about gratitude…

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger to a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

    I painted this on a canvas to hang in our house…

  12. Tobi, we sound so similar! I don’t consider them resolutions either – I see them as a fresh set of goals. As a fellow high-achiever, I am committed to spending more time this year on myself, making books of my photos (I’m a digital photo junkie yet never take time to group or print or enjoy them!) and am committed to getting back into my art.

    I miss painting, drawing and sketching – and I see no reason I can’t fill my home with stunning pieces I’ve created. It’s one of a handful of personal goals for the year. (Isn’t it funny how much time we spend feathering everyone else’s nest, but not our own?!)

    I’m going to be more present online AND off and seeking some kind of balance in my often too busy life. Yes, we CAN have it all, but it’s important to enjoy every moment of the journey.

    I think we can do it this year, Tobi!

  13. Tobi – my favorite part of your resolutions is the “slowing down” theme. I struggle with this myself… I try to remind myself that slowing down isn’t about being lazy or doing less. It’s a discipline that takes some practice. I’m happy to see yoga on your list, it will help. Here’s a tip for when you truly can’t make it to a class:

    Try legs-up-the-wall pose for 10 minutes. It’s yoga’s magic cure-all for everything…tight hips, sore hamstrings, that coming down with a cold heaviness, jetlag, headaches, PMS, when you just need a different perspective or some color in your cheeks. If you can just squeeze in 10 min’s before you go to bed or whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, I swear you’ll feel so much better. And, if you do this with a lavendar eye pillow (or a towel) and focus on softening your eyes, your brow, your jaw, your shoulders….you’ll do more to make your skin glow than any amount of facials. It’s magic. I promise. I’m looking forward to more from Tobi this year. Namaste ?

  14. John Kelsey says:

    Tobi, Great goals! I have one suggestion, spoken as a parent who has a wonderful son who is successfully launched in the world. (I don’t want to sound preachy, but you get one shot with your children.) Make your lovely daughter you number one priority. Secondly, as an avid fly fisherman, I strongly suggest taking up fly fishing. The joy and pleasure I have derived from fly fishing – the solitude, the sitting and simply watching and being of the wonder of Mother Nature continually keeps my soul and spirit full. Finally, here’s to slowing down! I’m on my way downstairs for a glass of wine with a few slices of smoked salmon, chopped onion and capers on stone ground what thins.

  15. Tobi says:

    Wow! Thanks everyone for your awesome input and advice! And I should have mentioned, this list isn’t in order of priority. It’s just how they came to mind when I was typing them out!! My daughter is ALWAYS my very first priority and I’m already enjoying many special moments with her in 2011! Happy New Year Y’all.