Tuesday 5 January 2016

2016 Resolutions and My Word of The Year

I love the fresh start of a New Year.  It is always a nice time to reflect on the past year and look for ways to improve in the coming year.

This year I made a few resolutions.  I love making resolutions and I am usually pretty good at sticking with them.  This year I divided my resolutions into categories.  Here they are:


- Finish the KonMari Method by Marie Kondo by June 30/2016.  I am so excited to really clear out my belongings and hopefully achieve my goal of minimalism.

-  Continue to develop a personal relationship with God through my prayer life.


-  Take a family trip.

-  Build up our savings account.


-  Post on the blog 2 times a week.  Re-evaluate in June/July and see if adding an extra post per week is possible.

-  Post to Instagram 3 times a week.  My Instagram account is my favourite form of social media and I am slowly gaining followers.


-  Go on a date night once a month!

I am very excited for 2016.  I feel like it will be a fun year.  My goals are manageable and I am eager to get started!  I also chose a word for my year.  My word for the year is PEACEFUL.  This world can feel so chaotic and ill-mannered.  It is easy to get caught up in the things that are going wrong in our lives, our communities and our world.  I want to help add to the peace in my life and the lives of those around me.  I do not wish to add to the chaos.  I want to choose kindness and be slow to anger.  I have been really focusing on trusting God in my prayer life and it has given me a great sense of peace.  I will continue to work towards a peaceful life for myself and those around me.

Do you have any goals/resolutions for 2016?  I would love to hear about them!


  1. We seem to have quite a few of the same goals/resolutions for 2016! How exciting.

    Mine are here!

    Happy new year!

    Kayla @ a paper arrow.

    1. Happy New Year to you, Kayla! I will definitely check out your resolutions!

  2. Great goals, Ashley! I love your word as well. Thanks for sharing!


  3. I love your goals and your word! I post to IG usually at least once a day, sometimes several if I have a new post or something else. I've found that the trick to gaining followers is to max out the hashtags (you can have 30). IG truncates all of the posts anyways, so it won't be cluttering up anyone's feed. I think I'm going to post tomorrow on how I edit my IG pics using their edit options.


    1. That would be awesome! I could definitely use some tips for upping my Instagram game!

  4. My husband and I are trying to go on monthly dates too this year. Our first date is this Friday! What a great word for the year. God has been working on that in my heart too. I believe He wants me to have more faith in Him and trust that He is in control even with the chaos all around. Hope you're having a great start to the year!

    1. Thanks, Emily! It can be hard to always remember trust God and stop worrying so much (at least it is for me!), but I have found that my prayer life is helping me do just that. I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who struggles with this at times. I really like the Devotional 'Jesus Calling'. It has been really helpful for me in keeping my focus on God. Hope 2016 is treating you well! :)