I’ve always had resolutions. I don’t always accomplish them, but they’re always there! I’ve never picked a word to represent a new year before, but this year, it kind of just came to me… and its exactly what I need for 2014!

2014's Word of the Year: FOCUS - BusyBeingJennifer.com


Since I’ve started blogging, my New Years Resolutions post is one of my favorite to write. It puts the things I want to accomplish out there and makes me accountable to work on them! This year there is 3 areas that I really want to focus on, and then in each of those areas, I have some resolution type goals.

Focus On Health

First and foremost, I need to focus on my health. 2013 was full of flare ups, flu and cold bugs, and days where I was too exhausted to move. I don’t want to repeat that in 2014! When it comes to all I want to accomplish, my health is pretty key! So focusing on getting my body on a good routine and into much better eating habits is at the very top of the things I need to work on this year. Specifically…

– Moving to a more Paleo styled diet. When I eat like this, my body seems to like me a whole lot more! It’s just a matter of planning, staying on track and making the BEST food choice instead of the easy one!

– Continue to lose weight. I’ve lost, and kept off 20 pounds since October. I would really like to lose at least another 50 pounds (if not more) this year. Making better food choices will be a big part of that as will being more active. There is a gym just a couple of blocks away with a much less expensive membership fee than the one I was going to last year. As soon as Husband is back to work I’ll be getting a membership there and I can’t wait!!

– Getting back to a routine that works. Since my Husband has been home the past 6 weeks, any routine that I did have is totally gone. I need to get back to that “Happy Place”! I sleep better, make better food choices, and accomplish a lot more when I am in a regular routine.

Focus On Growth


I’m sure there are a million different things I could put under this resolution, but I’m thinking specifically about my shop and blog.

Shop Goals:

– Stick to the inventory schedule I’ve created (that way I won’t be swamped when its time for the fall/Holiday markets!)
– Have at least 100 sales through the online shop.
– Be able to donate at least $300 to Reaching Out Romania (read more about that HERE)
– Work on creating Holiday/Season specific items with target launch dates.

Blog Goals:

– Get organized!! This means using my Blog Planner (I have an awesome one from my friend Jac and you can purchase the printable pdfs here), sticking with what I’ve planned in my editorial calendar and writing posts in advance.
– I’ve set some milestone goals for this year and I’m super excited about blowing them out of the water 😀
– Bring in 1-3 more contributors on topics like kids crafts, DIY Projects and Meal Planning/Budgeting (Interested? Send me an email!)

Focus On Memories

When I was thinking about the things I want to do and accomplish this year, one thing that kept coming up was making new memories. It’s not that I didn’t make memories in 2013, but I wasn’t very purposeful about it. I spent a LOT of time alone once Hubby took the over the road job and it seems like a good portion of my year just blurred together. When Hubby was home we didn’t do much. I want to change that this year! I want to go camping, and take long drives on starry nights. I want to hang out with my besties and have sleep overs. I want to FINALLY make it home to visit with family. I want to go on a REAL vacation with my handsome husband… even if it’s just for a weekend. I want to go to at least 2 blogging conferences. I want to go on another quilting retreat. I want to cram as much fun and life and amazing experiences as I can into this year!

When 2014 is over, and I’m looking back on all that I did, said, made, accomplished and experienced, I want to say “WOW! What an Epic Year!”

What is your Word or #1 Resolution for 2014?

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41 Responses to Word of The Year and Resolutions for 2014!

  1. Patti says:

    Dang, girl! That is an amazing list of goals. May you meet them all!

  2. Margaret says:

    I like the idea of picking a word, especially a word like focus. May 2014 be all you want it to be!

  3. Kim says:

    LOVE your Word and your ideas. Can't wait to see it happen with you. Come over and see my Word for 2014 – I made a poster of Words and yours is on it!!!
    KIM http://www.mommieagain.com

  4. Another good word. Still trying to think of mine. Happy New Year Jennifer!

  5. Lindsey says:

    Those are great things to focus on! I am hosting a resolution/goal link up today and this post would be perfect. Come grab the button and link up to meet some great new bloggers =) http://thecraftypractitioner.blogspot.com/2013/12

  6. Great list! I love starting fresh and setting new goals. 🙂 One of mine is to buy my first home with my husband… Good ole adult life. 🙂


  7. Mine is focus too except it is focus on where you want to be and why you started blogging.

  8. I really love how you have a goal of how much you are going to donate to charity! Keeping your mind on others in this type of fashion while focusing on yourself is admirable.

    Good luck with all your goals!

  9. These are all awesome goals, and they are all attainable too! I should write down all of my goals for the new year. I don't really do resolutions but I still have goals! 🙂

  10. mitchypoo says:

    I have similar goals and I wish you well. It's a good thing to slow down and focus and I wish you all the best in 2014!

  11. CrazyRunningGrl says:

    I love your word of the year!! Such a great one and something that I need to do too 🙂

  12. Stephanie says:

    Our family word is purpose. To sum it up, we need to do everything we do with purpose.
    Happy New Year!

  13. Marvelous Mommy says:

    Focus is a great word! I still need to think of a word for myself!

  14. Tracie Trump says:

    Love the choice of Focus, mine is Gratitude! Thanks for the great timely post, very inspiring!

  15. allthatglitters87 says:

    My goal is to be healthy and happy. Get rid of all the negativity!

  16. Jessica says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I love the concept behind your goals for 2014. Happy New Year!

  17. Angela says:

    Focus is a fantastic word and you have set some really great goals for yourself!

  18. Great goals you’ve given yourself. I look forward to seeing everyone’s changes and progress.

  19. I love how you have laid out a plan for everything; something I really need to do. I really think focus is a good word, too! Best to you!

  20. Kathy balman says:

    Focus is a great word! I love all of the areas you are going to focus in!

  21. Focus is a good word for the year. It encompasses many things and will benefit you in all you do.

  22. Crystl says:

    Perseverance is my word for 2014. I will preserve in all areas of my life…health, exercise, reading my Bible, finishing my projects, etc.

  23. Liz says:

    As a classic flitter, I totally appreciate your word. I think mine would be intentional if I were to choose one!

  24. What a great list of goals! I also had a word of the year.

  25. Lindsey says:

    oooh, Focus is a good one. I would try to focus… with my camera! I need to commit to some more lessons.

  26. duchick says:

    Hi Jennifer! I'm a new follower, and love your Word of the Year! I just wrote about mine tonight also on my blog.
    My word is: Balance. So many things in my lie need balancing, from my diet to exercise, to free time to showing others how much they mean to me. Shucks, if I hadn't chosen my word already, I think I might have gone with your word!
    2014 is our year, Girl!

  27. rebecca says:

    Focus is definitely a great goal/word to have. It is far too easy to become distracted in this world. I will pray that you are able to remain focused on your goals and are blessed by an amazing 2014

  28. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I can agree that focus is a great word. Most of our stumbles come from times when we lose site of the bigger picture.

  29. Rachelle says:

    Focus is a great word!! I could echo many of the things you said. In particular, the one about a blog planner!

  30. I am loving these one word resolutions! Focus is a good one to have. I wish you all the best on your endeavors in 2014.

  31. Autumn says:

    20 pounds since October – it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job, Jennifer! I hope that you are able to stay focused on the things that are important to you this new year. What a great target word!

  32. lmc502 says:

    Focus is a great choice for a word of the year. I need some more focus on my blog and making memories, too!

  33. Chrysa says:

    Seriously – everyone has come up with a word of the year – – except me that is! Your word is a great one!

  34. Aubrey says:

    I didn't know you'd lost 20 pounds since October. Way to go! And 50 isn't as big a number as it might seem if you take it in baby steps. After all, it's about a pound a week.

  35. Kecia says:

    Focus is a great way to look forward to the new year. I didn't choose a word for 2014 but I do have a list of goals I plan to accomplish.

  36. sippycupmom says:

    These are some great goals! I don't have a word yet!

  37. Anjanette says:

    I have the using my blogging calendar on my list too. So need to get organized…

  38. kesha says:

    I love this WORD for the New Year! I have several areas I need to stay focused myself! Thank you for sharing!

  39. brett says:

    i'm all about moments. living in the moment. seizing the moment. exercising in the moment. or A moment.

  40. kmanthey2013 says:

    GREAT choice of words! I need to remember it myself. It seems the older I get, the harder it is to FOCUS. I find myself rereading things and asking people to repeat what they said.

  41. […] at the beginning of the year I talked about the things I wanted to focus on, establishing a better routine was at the top of the list. For wayyy too long I’ve just kind […]

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