Goals for 2015 That Make Me Stoked For this Year

Alright you guys, here we go again! But first I have to confess that I started drafting up this list of goals at the end of November, because I was just too excited to wait. Nerd alert?  I am just all about goals. But if you're not, and you have another system for getting the most out of life stick to it, seriously. This is just what works for me. For 2015 here are 40+ goals I will be focusing on, chosen from my favorite categories:

Creative Continue to collaborate with brands that I'm passionate about Focus on growth on my blog + social media channels Finish 4 "craft" projects that make my heart happy Grab a sketch pad and pencils and put those suckers to use Participate in 2 courses on blogging or photography -- either live or online

Education Complete 24 Credits towards a BA degree at UVU or similar Become more politically and socially aware Highlight one social or political event +/or philanthropic group once a month Read at least 1 fun book a month

Fitness Have a monthly yoga pass to a studio year round Track lifts yearlong and set goals for squats, bench press, deadlifts, etc Run a 5K with Landon and Paityn If I like the 5K, run longer races *I reserve the right to decide to not keep up with running after a 5K and to not be upset about this* Focus on nutrition and hitting micronutritient goals Learn my macros needs with the help of a coach Complete a cut + bulking phase to completion

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Financial Create a financial plan for 2015 Contribute to our income this year Pay off credit cards and our car; only have school loan debt Shred credit cards, again Start a savings account for our first home, even if it's a silly little amount

Marriage Learn Landon's love language Find new ways to fill his love tank monthly Read 6 books about marriage, love or intamacy this year Have more creative dates and time together

Motherhood Become creative with feeding Paityn breakfast + lunch Post meal idea updates for her monthly Breastfeed our second little one for 18 months Experience a natural + intervention free birth in April

Service Attend the temple twice a month Serve at least 2 hours in the community once a month

Spiritual Read the New Testament cover to cover Make journal writing work for me and a nightly thing Read 6 books that focus on spiritual matters

Travel Explore Utah and appreciate our time here Get passports for Paityn and I Make a travel bucket list

And finally, Happiness of Pursuit Inspired 2015 Goal Take a dream honeymoon inspired trip (Banff, Fiji, etc) with Landon this year and the next 4 years!

My monthly recaps of my 2014 goals can be found here + my year end review of 2014 goals here. Here's to sticking with goals through the end of the year! #knucklesemoji

Making 2014 Count | Year End Review

2013 was an extremely difficult year for me. I did the best I could to stay present through the good and the bad, but without goals to shoot for and guide me through the year it ended up being so much less of a year than it could have been. I can't tell you what a night and day difference 2014 has been. I followed the lead of Kelli Murray and others with choosing a word to focus on and to make 2014 count. I chose growth, feeling the need to push myself and knowing that "doing less" definitely wasn't what I needed this year. (But it may be what you needed.) With the help of this list of goals I truly believe I was able to accomplish things I wouldn't have otherwise accomplished. Resisting tanning beds completely for example was huge for me, and something that I hadn't done for an entire consecutive year since before freshman year of High School. In 2012 and 2013 combined I honestly believe I read 2 books total. In two years. Because of my specific goal of a book a month, I read over 20 this year. And it felt so good.

Here is a quick recap of how I did with focusing on my goals and the idea of growth the past 364 days: My personal 2014 goals ||

Be more comfortable + independent with driving Become more athletic: lifting, running and yoga Have a gym membership/setup all year Be knowledgable of the week’s current events and news Purchase art supplies, sketch in the afternoon Purchase an instrument I can love + and progress with: piano or flute? Read a new book a month Resist tanning beds completely Work on Spanish speaking desires again

Cook dinner for us daily Try a new recipe a week Have electronic-free time with Paityn daily / Love her more Keep a daily schedule ++No soda for the rest of the year Prepare emotionally + physically to have another little one (:

paytin7 Create a desk workspace Invest in an iMac and/or DSLR camera Learn beginner Photoshop techniques and/or InDesign Revisit NASM CPT, become certified by December Publish 52 blogposts a year Register personal URL + blog email

Come to know and love Christ more deeply Finished the Book of Mormon a 2nd time Read the New Testament VT 100% for the next two years

And the few shared goals Landon and I accomplished ||

Get Kyra caught up with Outdoor Gear Move into a cute new place for Landon’s new job Start career in the outdoor industry Earn credit scores of 740+ : the excellent range  Never have more than $150 on a credit card (had this for a few weeks!) Shred credit cards (and then we brought them back out again for school)

I learned that my personal goals meant more to me, than our shared goals meant to us. So we'll have to reanalyze our shared goals and decide what we want to do for those in 2015. Part of the problem for a handful of them was that we didn't expect to move suddenly to Utah to be students again. So the reality of our goal of saving $5,000 for a house for example, turned into going $5,000 in debt to help Landon pursue higher education.

Another problem with some of our goals was that they were too concrete: "ready + pray 365 together" "ready and study 52 talks" with the idea that they would magically become daily and weekly things. When they didn't, we pushed the goal out of our minds instead of rethinking the goal in monthly increments with a fresh start every first of the month.

So learn from us! And be kind to yourself with your goals. Maybe 2014 didn't go how you thought it would, but that's ok. Take some time this week to consider why you didn't accomplish certain goals, and then join in with me with setting a long list for 2015!landonkyra27



"I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential." M. Russell Ballard 

photos from our Growing Love Series, taken by Andrew Faulkner

Christmas Vacation in Alaska

We have had the BEST time spending Christmas home in Alaska with my family. Here's a few of the best moments documented. I hope you're having an amazing time wrapping up 2014 with friends and family.

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Santa Claus House in North Pole, AlaskaDowntown Fairbanks, Alaska

Christmas Morning!

Now that I'm an adult, nothing is sweeter than getting to sleep in (and take a shower!) before starting Christmas Morning festivities.

Compound that with a daughter who's still a little confused about the time change and wants to wake up at 5:30am (oof!) and I couldn't have been happier to take my time getting ready. 

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Though I've gotten to see my family since, I haven't been home in FOUR years. Oh this feels good to be back, and with my two favorite buddies. It doesn't take much to make this girl's day, but almond milk does it every time. And Santa. Santa and almond milk is killing it this month.

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I can't forget her new baby. She is such a mom to her. I being the awesome mom in this relationship already lost the doll's bottle, so my parents swooped in and saved the day.  Merry Christmas you guys! I hope you had a beautiful morning, wherever you are. We'll be enjoying presents, cheese ball + Joel the Lump of Coal till the sun goes down. Which is 2:43pm today, in case you were wondering.

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A Surprise Trip Home to Alaska

Surprise! We didn't go to California for the holidays, and truth be told, that wasn't ever the plan. The real plan I had to keep quiet for a few months now, with the help of my mom, to surprise my sisters and dad. Which was harder than I thought. The closer the trip got I knew there was something we had to get through first -- 6+ hours on the plane with our toddler. More than once I lamented the fact that I wasn't still nursing. I mean, how easy would that be? It sure made flying with Paityn when she was 4 months easy. But I'm not, so this go round we had to get a little more creative, while still relying on food as a distraction. Obviously.

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What We Packed I researched a bit online of tips and tricks and things that are OK to take on the plane with your toddler, and then relied on what we hoped Paityn would love to fill in the rest.

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Knowing we'd need to pack winter clothes we checked two bags leaving room in our carry on to include only things we'd need as we traveled. We brought with us a backpack filled with snacks, a few baby food pouches that TSA thankfully cleared, an empty sippy cup, a book full of stickers and Skullcandy headphones that fit Paityn on the smallest setting and when worn backwards. We also downloaded a handful of Daniel Tiger episodes from iTunes to our phones -- which is just her jam. Then in our hands we carried her favorite baby and stuffed bear, blanket and the Ergo.

Our Experience Wednesday morning we woke early to get ready, grab last minute things and right before we left Landon gave Paityn a sweet blessing to help her be comfortable and calm as we traveled on one of the busiest days of the year. Then off we went to my aunt's house who had saved the day earlier that week and offered to take us to the airport.

From the start of our traveling experience till the end things went as ideal as I could've ever imagined. Getting through security was an absolute breeze -- we didn't even have to take our shoes off! We had the perfect amount of time to grab breakfast and some juice to fill up her cup. We resisted boarding early to minimize the time Paityn had to be stuck in a seat on the plane. When we did board we amazingly found that our trick of booking the window and aisle seat worked -- no one had booked the seat in-between us. Do I get to call this a Christmas Miracle?

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Our layover in Seattle was only an hour or so, but Paityn was spent, having not napped yet. She totally kept it together, but got a little weird. Running around with her tongue out and spinning in circles weird. We just went with it as best we could. Except for those few minutes where I was walking back to our terminal carrying lunch in my arms and she decided to sprawl out on the busy walkway floor and fuss. That was a little stressful.

Our Seattle to Fairbanks flight was my largest concern, it's a solid 4 hours and even makes me antsy. Luckily Paityn passed out in Landon's arms after take off (and after sticking stickers all up and down her arm) and stayed out for the next two hours. She spent the next two happily watching Daniel Tiger on our laps, having some snacks and just hanging out. Have I mentioned it just went ideal? We were so spoiled.

We touched down in Fairbanks a little before 4:30pm and were welcomed by pitch black outside and my mama waiting for us downstairs! On the short drive over we made a game plan of how to surprise my dad and sister -- we decided on setting Paityn on our porch right outside the door, dinging the doorbell then running to hide. From around the corner we got to watch my dad turn on the porch light, open the door, and find Paityn just standing waiting on the other side. So sweet!

I can't tell you how good it feels to be home. We're enjoying an easy Christmas Eve all together, which is just what I hoped for. I'm calling this trip a success so far! But have to make this trip again in another 7 days, so if you have any extra tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

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