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Outfit Details
Button Down: Madewell {similar}
Cardigan: Conversation Pieces {free shipping with code “sandy”}
Pants: Lee Jeans
Boots: Hunter
Coat: J.Crew Factory {similar}
Bag: Prada
Necklace: J.Crew
Headband: Anthropologie

Today I am joining in on the #Making2014Count posts hosted by In Honor of Design and another handful of amazing bloggers!  The question I am choosing to answer is…

What is something you want to change, or a goal you want to set for the New Year, and what is your plan for making it happen?

I like that they call it goals or changes, because the word “resolution” never lasts past February for me.  I’ve got a few goals up my sleeve and the new year is a great time to start!

1. Curb my spending. You can probably tell I spend too much by the new clothes that I wear (or Austin wears) all the time. Our house is full of clutter, the boxes from the many packages I get every week are piling up in our basement and it just goes to show how much I spend. I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to go about making this happen and it’s a tough one. A spending freeze for multiple months is probably not the most feasible, so I’m thinking of going the budgeting route. Perhaps average my spending for the last year per month and then try to halve it or quarter that amount each month? Either way, something needs to be done. Also, I want to not spend so much money on the little things (because they add up) and really invest in quality pieces even if they do cost a little bit more. I know that might sound a bit controversial, but hopefully these long lasting things will help in saving more in the end? We need to focus more of our money on new windows for our house, redecorating, saving up for Austin’s college education, saving up for the prospect of a baby #2… and saving up for the end of the year, with all the present buying, mortgage payment, car insurance, etc. hits at once. Plus I have a handful of gift cards that I’ve gotten as gifts, won from giveaways, etc. that should be spent first before spending my own money.

2. Being intentional about blogging. As Austin just turned 2, he needs more and more of my attention, to learn new words, to help him learn new skills like stacking blocks and spools, to help him be a confident little man in new situations. And he’s sleeping later and later these days which means less time for “me” and “blogging” at nights. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not stopping because I know I need this outlet, but I am not going to be so caught up on posting 4-5 days a week just because. But I want to blog because I have something to document, something to share with you all. I’m going to be more intentional.

3. Teach Austin Chinese.  These past few months, Austin had language explosion! He knows so many English words now that we can’t even keep track? We think he knows upwards of 100 already? Is that even possible? And he is learning new ones every day, and it’s just so fun! However, I could probably count the number of Chinese words he knows on one hand and that’s got to change. My parents always spoke Chinese with me at a young age and I went to Chinese School all the way through grade school. Although I didn’t appreciate it at the time, now I do, and I want Austin to learn it too because I think being bi-lingual is important. So my goal this year, is to make sure he knows as much Chinese as he does English by the end of the year! I may need to enlist my Mom to come stay with us again to help us out with this one. ;)

I think I’ll leave it at these 3 for now, if I have too many, there’s more of a chance I won’t be able to keep them all up.  And if anyone has tips on how to achieve these goals or what has worked for you, I’d love to hear it! What are your New Year’s goals?

28 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    Great goals, Sandy!

  2. Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    Great goals! I wish I had been brought up bilingual; I’ve been trying to teach myself Spanish & would love to focus more on that this year.

  3. Darlene
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    Great goals! Im working on teaching/speaking more with my children in Swedish because I definitely agree that being bilingual is super important and something amazing we can give our children!

  4. Kathleen
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    Great look! I love your boots – great choice for this outfit. I love what you did with your hair too. You look gorgeous!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  5. jillian
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    great goals! for no. 1 you could consider trying a 30 in 30 sort of thing, where you only wear 30 pieces for 30 days, i think kendi everyday did something like that and it was really inspiring to see what she could do with 30 pieces — obviously lots of mixing up! :) love your other goals, i LOVE that you want to teach austin chinese! i think my husband will want to teach our children farsi when we have them (which means I want to learn so i know what everyone is talking about!!) cheers to a new year! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  6. ilene @muchloveilly
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    love the outfit – and love your goals. you so go this, girl! we can cheer each other on. :)

  7. nicole
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    I love your cardigan!

    Great goals too. I think teaching Austin Chinese is really important. I wish I was exposed to more languages growing up. It’s so easy to pick them up as a kid!

    X

    http://www.artpoliticslife.com

  8. Annie
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    You look totally adorable…love love love that cardigan! And those are some great resolutions :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  9. Katie
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    i just ordered red boots and can’t wait to get them! love the one about intentional blogging – i want to do that same!

  10. Kimberley
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Obsessed with that Prada, and loving the red Hunters!

    p.s. I need to curb my spending too… yikes.

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  11. Dina Karivalis (@DKarivalis)
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    You look adorable and I think those are some great goals for 2014! I especially love that you are going to teach your son Chinese.
    xo Dina
    http://www.sweetestsomethings.com

  12. lisacng @ expandng.com
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Totally right that a spending freeze is not the way to go. I like that you have concrete financial goals in mind. Having a plan is what works for me. Making priorities & giving each purchase some critical thought has helped me curb my spending the last half of 2013 and will help me moving forward. Good luck! You can do it!

  13. Susannah
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    Your goals are wonderful! I grew up in Taiwan so I learned Chinese at a young age… I’ve forgotten pretty much all of it but I’m still glad I learned. :-) And your cardigan with gingham shirt are PERFECT! :-)

  14. Joyce
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    I will join you on your third goal. I really want to speak more in Chinese with my kids as well (and I am capable because I lived in Taiwan for 10 years so Mandarin is actually my first language and I speak it decently), but when I speak in Chinese, they don’t understand, and I just give up and repeat in English. I wish there was a Chinese-speaking daycare/preschool that they could go to, not just those once-a-week type. Anyway, lets keep each other motivated! Good luck!

  15. Carly
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    That headband is SO cute!

    Carly
    http://www.lipglossandcrayons.com

  16. Carol H. Chien
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    Quite easy to achieve goals 1 and 3,
    just do it, consistently and diligently.
    Happy and successful year of 2014 !

  17. Molly
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    Great goals! I wish my parents had sent me to Chinese school when I was younger; I think that bilingual is important and could be really helpful in the future. Happy 2014!

  18. Roxanna
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    Great goals! I definitely need to work on #1 as well. Rob’s sister has her kid in a Chinese montessori, and her Chinese is ridiculously good for a 2yo.

  19. Amanda
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

    totally adorable of course love! I like the ho pink color and sparkly detail of the headband. Great contrast with the more casual look! And of course, got to have extra sparkle with the necklace :)

    Amanda | feast.fashion.faves

  20. Kat
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    Love those red rain boots! I think teaching Austin another language is such a good goal – he’s at the age where he soaks everything up like a sponge. Happy New Year! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  21. Whitney
    Jan 03, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    Love how you mixed the plaid and polka dot!

    XOXO,
    Whitney
    The Retail Therapist

  22. Krysten
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    Love your sweater!

  23. The Working Girl's Shoe Closet
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    Fab outlook for the new year!! And I’m swooning over the wellies!!! What would we do without Hunter?!!?

    *hearts*
    The Working Girl’s Shoe Closet
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  24. cate @ wild ruffle
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    Polka dots and gingham make me a happy girl. Love this look on you!

  25. thehautecookie
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

  26. Bethany
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 12:28 am

    Such a cute outfit! Those boots are fantastic!

  27. susan
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    These are great goals + attainable ones for sure Sandy. Good luck this year!

  28. A LA MODEST
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

    Ooh, red rain boots! Very iconic. I want them. My new year’s resolution: Say want instead of need something for things I don’t actually need. :) You look cute, and your resolutions are great. I’m debating whether or not I should teach my future child Tagalog (Filipino) because almost all Filipinos speak English. Happy New Year!

    Love,
    Rachel
    http://alamodest.com

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