2015 Bucket List

Today is the very last day of 2014. In a way, I’m a little sad because this year has been so wonderful and I hate to see it end. But alas, all good things must come to an end. And so, we 
feel like putting it out there for the world to see will help to hold me accountable for making every item on this list happen. I intend to update our progress periodically.

2015 Bucket List | The Life Jolie

  1. Volunteer at least once per month- I regret that in my life, I don’t volunteer my time nearly as much as I would like to. The intention is there, but life takes over and I don’t always follow through. This needs to become more of a priority for us, especially because I want A to grow up wanting to give back and feeling the great feelings that come from doing something for others, simply because you can.
  2. Finally make this blog public to my friends and family- up to this point, I never had the nerve to actually let me friends and family know about this blog beyond a select few people. I’m not sure why, but I think it is because I’m so open about some very intimate details of my pregnancy. And yes, I recognize that how truly crazy it is that I am comfortable baring my soul to an internet full of strangers but hesitant to open it up to people that I actually know. But what can I say, I’m quirky.
  3. Travel to a place that I have never been- One thing that J and I have really slacked on is going on vacations new places. Over the years we tend to vacation in the same spots over and over. While this is always enjoyable, especially when there is other family involved (which I’m happy to say there frequently is), I’ve been itching to go somewhere that I haven’t been before. I’m not sure where, and I’m not sure when, but we are already starting to save and research a trip for some point this year.
  4. Have at least 1 date night per month- I’d be lying if I said I was a romantic person. I appreciate the storybook romance that you see in the movies, but I find it way more romantic that J often lets me sleep in when A wakes up early. We also rarely go on dates anymore, as we are homebodies and have some of our close friends as neighbors. But maybe it’s time to change this, especially since I have a long list of very eager babysitters.
  5. Lose 5 lbs- I’m still holding on to 10lbs. of baby weight that has not budged in either direction since my 6 week appointment. And I suck at working out. What can I say, i like food and laziness better than skinny. But I really do want to take off some of the baby weight an 5 lbs. seems more realistic goal. To be honest, this is really more about a lifestyle change than it is about weight loss but have a number will give me something concrete to work towards.
  6. Organize our home- I’m ashamed to admit that out home is very cluttered. It’s clean in the sense that I have a cleaning lady come every other week. But we have a lot of stuff that very quickly piles up after each cleaning. Life is busy and it’s hard to keep up when you have a 6 month old running rolling around. Every time we start something, we get distracted and things keep piling up. We also don’t have a home for everything. So I want to spend this year getting our home completely organized, creating a place for everything and most of all donating and getting rid of things we don’t use (there are a lot, I’m a total pack rat).
  7. Create a will and set up life insurance– These definitely came from my list of to-do’s that I was supposed to accomplish before A was born. But life happens and here we are with a 6 month old and neither of these things set up. These are so very important and both need to happen.
  8. Beef up our emergency fund- because we’ve been slacking on this and it really is important. Ideally, I’d like to have 6-9 months worth of expenses put away. This is of course separate from retirement savings and savings for things we want like trips and other things. I’d also like to actually make and use a change bucket for spare change.
  9. Not eating after 8pm and less snacking- I love to snack, I have an entire overhead compartment at work dedicated to my goodies “the pantry.” So I’ve decided that unless I’m drunk (which is rare, but epic) or pregnant, the eating ends at 8pm
  10. Skype more with our out-of-town family members- They’re awesome and we miss them.

What is your New Years Resolution?

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  • Reply
    January 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm LOVE that you want to open your blog up to family and friends. It is definitely a hard thing to do! I have been blogging since 2011 at my current blog and the only family and friends that know about it is my mom and brother. For some reason it is easier sharing with strangers than thinking about how I will address certain topics in real life with people I know! Good luck :-) I haven't written out all of my goals yet, I am taking it slowly this year and spreading it out over a few weeks. But, I wrote a little bit about what I am planning here http://www.townsend-house.com/2015/01/happy-new-year.html
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      January 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm Thank you for the kind words! I'm totally with you, I keep stalling on sharing it because I nervous. I have no reason to be nervous, my family and friends are all very supportive and kind people. I checked out your post and I'm with you on getting back to basics. Congrats on the new baby and happy new year!
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    Michelle Westbrook
    January 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm Monthly date night is on my list as well! I love the skype idea too! It's something so simple that we can do to stay in touch with people we can't physically see very often. Thank you for linking up to the New Year Resolutions & Goals #linkup. I shared your post on StumbleUpon and Pinterest!
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      January 3, 2015 at 7:37 pm Thank you for the shares :) We are really bad at dates. The funny thing is, when I mentioned the date nights to my husband, he was all, "thats it? Only once a month?" As if we constantly go on all sorts of dates haha. Silly men.
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    Jenny @ Women With Intention
    January 4, 2015 at 10:40 pm Thank you for linking up at our party! As a mom of 5, I highly encourage the date night goal, even if most are at home. ;). The last few years we've been blessed to go to a few different countries as well as vacation spots in the U.S. We are believers in experiences ;) I'm hosting a new link up on Wednesdays at my blog that I'd love for you to link to!
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      January 4, 2015 at 11:14 pm Thanks Jenny, I would love to- what time does it go live? I'm trying to figure out where to go on vacation this year- J has always really wanted to take me to Paris, but I'm not sure that's in the budget at this time...

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