I Must Confess…My Goals for 2014

Welcome to 2014 truthers! I’m looking forward to another year of sharing our confessions, revelations and truths as part of I Must Confess. I loved seeing the linkup grow during the last year and find homes with other bloggers from time to time. I’m hoping that our awesome little community continues to grow and share the love in 2014 too!

In this vein, thanks so much to the very busy and talented Raychel AKA Ms Mystery Case for hosting an impromptu confession last week. It was awesome to see so many bloggers keen to start the year off right with a confession or two and I could definitely relate to Raychel’s revelation that she’s not that good at picking DVDs…I’m so bad at it I’ve just given up completely now…

I realise I’m late to the whole new year’s resolution post for this year – I even missed my 3 year blogoversary on January 1 (happy belated blogoversary to me!) But for those who have already written down their hopes and goals for 2014, this week’s prompt will be easy peasy for you.

I think we should all share what our hopes and dreams are for 2014. They can be anything – personal, professional, blog or health focused – whatever matters to you. I think it would be great for us all to share them here so we can support each other in trying to achieve them throughout the year.

It is possible to stick to your resolutions – this blog is a result of a new year’s resolution three years ago now and it is still going strong – hard to believe, but true! So never discount the power of a new year’s resolution – you never know how it might just change your life for the better.

As for me, spending rare quality time with my family in New Zealand recently helped me crystallise some personal goals for 2014. It is no secret that I struggle with time management, yet people still marvel that I seemingly do it all. Yes, I do a lot, but it comes at a cost and that cost is increasingly our relationship as a family unit.


My three little bears giving me a big hug on the summit of Mt Rangitoto, Auckland.

We do not do a great deal together as a family. Weekdays are consumed by the daily grind while weekends are spent recovering from the stress of the week. We don’t exercise or go out too often altogether as it seems just too hard with the various demands and preferences of us all. There never seems to be time to play or just be.

We rarely eat together – we have fallen into the routine of the kids eating first and ourselves later, not helped by the fact that it’s rare for us to all eat the same meal. Again, it all seems too hard to deal with after long days at work and at after-school activities.

As a result, life has become a boring, repetitive and uninspiring chore.

Our New Zealand adventure showed us that we CAN change that, if we choose to. That we can enjoy ourselves again. That our family life can be more than just cycling through the daily grind.

Seeing how the kids all adapted to change, how well they coped with experiencing something new and how we as parents actually enjoyed taking those chances with them gives us hope we can start taking those same chances here at home.

So my goals for this year are:

1. Ensure we eat dinner as a family every night. We have started this off well, now that we have finally finished putting all the chairs together for our dining setting! We just need to keep this going so it becomes an entrenched practice.

2. Encourage the kids to try something new each week. For instance I want them to try a new food at dinner or venture out to a new cafe. Just something to continue to push the boundaries and help them further develop skills to cope with change.

3. Do one thing as a family each weekend. It might be going for a walk, visiting the library or venturing on a drive. It doesn’t have to be much, we just need to make the effort and get out there and do it.

4. Find more time for me. I have a gym pass but have not yet found time to even attempt to use it. It’s time to make a commitment to myself and stop making excuses. I owe it to me.

5. Blog with more purpose. For ages I have been taking the easy road and blogging the fluff but I am capable of so much more. I want to write posts with more substance – I just need to take my own advice and make time to do that…

Hit me with your goals for the year. And feel free to rev me up during the year if it appears I am slipping – I will need all the support I can get to make good on some of these goals!

You know what to do. Link up your own confession, share the comment love and join in with the very awesome I Must Confess community!

The Rules…

My Home Truths

– I Must Confess is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for the whole week.

– You can link up something old or new, we’re not fussy around here.

– Feel free to go with the prompt for the week or add your own confession, whatever suits.

– Please go forth and share the comment love – it is bloggy crack after all!

– We’re always open to suggestions for the weekly prompt!


Next week’s prompt – be brave and share some unflattering shots of yourself. Seriously, I can’t be the only one with shocking licence or passport photos…

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16 Responses

  1. A very brief post from me today and gosh I’m not sure I want to go there with unflattering photos next week. Perhaps a blog on how not to take a selfie because I’m pretty good at taking photos of myself that shouldn’t be published. lol
    Mystery Case recently posted..I must confess I’m resolving to be resolution free

  2. Good luck with those resolutions, but as your blog one from 3 years ago is still going strong, it sounds like you’ll continue in that vein! – we do the split dinner thing but we aim to have dinner all together once a week (it’s hard if your partner gets home when 2 of the kids are getting into bed…)
    Glad you enjoyed your trip!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Listmaina – Road Trip Songs

  3. In my tired (3am) state, I linked up an old post. Can you delete the first one.
    Mystery Case recently posted..I must confess I’m resolving to be resolution free

  4. Zita says:

    Welcome Back!!! Look forward to hearing more about your holiday! They are such a great time for reflection and I am glad you have had the time to reflect on your goals for the year, which all sound fantastic! If you haven’t already, check out Fit Mother Hubbard, she is straying a Family Active Day (FAD) through her blog, encouraging families to have I be active day per week! Might be some ideas you can get from them! Good luck and look forward to following your progress!
    Zita recently posted..to set my 2014 goals!

  5. Happy belated blogoversary! That pic of Rangitoto makes me homesick, Auckland is my birthplace. I didn’t stick to the prompt this week but it’s still a confession 😉
    Emma Fahy Davis recently posted..Extreme Breastfeeding: Anytime, anywhere

  6. I don’t really have any resolutions this year – beyond just keep on, keeping on.

    We have always had dinner as a family but now the kids are 19 & 17 it’s become a rarity. Our boy works evenings and Miss 17 is out 3 or 4 nights a week so now it is mostly just me and the hubster, and I must confess we tend to vege out together in front of the telly with our dinner!
    Janet @ Redland City Living recently posted..10 Reasons why I hate having a January birthday

  7. Yes we have started eating together this past year and it drives me to drink almost every night but it’s a good habit and some nights are okay. Must try to get them eating new foods also! Glad NZ was a success. And we’ve just got a SUP so we’re out on the water every weekend now, a HUGE change from last year and loving it – good luck getting your balance lovely – thanks for linky 🙂
    Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me recently posted..Don’t buy into the work/life balance baloney – it’s a myth!

  8. Dear Kirsty, my goal this year is to be a better blogger in respect to joining link ups and reading and commenting. I’ve been trying really hard but am afraid I need to make a list!
    I go back to work next Monday and sincerely hope I can keep it up. So the post I linked up today is a bit old BUT it is a confession. Love your blog xx Pinky.
    Pinky Poinker recently posted..How Fathers Influence their Daughters.

  9. I have certainly set myself some resolutions this year, one of them being to shop a little smarter. I’m also resolving to blog smarter too, whatever that might entail….

  10. Tegan says:

    I want to be a bit more organised with my blog this year and I got myself The Organised Housewife’s blog planner to help with that. So far I have managed to actually have a few blog posts up my sleeve so it’s off to a good start!

    Welcome back from holidays and I’m glad that you all had a great time!
    Tegan recently posted..Onward and Upward

  11. I don’t know if I will be joining in with the embarassing photos next week.. too scared. Mind you I just went and renewed my licence today so god only knows what that photo will look like when it arrives in the mail – no doubt it will be extremely embarassing!
    Toni @ Finding Myself Young recently posted..Living in the moment

  12. lisa says:

    Hi Kirsty, so sorry, I forgot to comment yesterday 🙁 I am so glad your holiday went well-I kept an eye out for you on FB for all the updates..Hopefully this means you guys can do more family things together now…Looking forward to more confessions this year xx
    lisa recently posted..Weeks 1 & 2: Weekend Images

  13. Rhianna says:

    Great goals for the new year Kirsty I wish you all the best in achieving them. May 2014 be filled with fairy wishes and butterfly kisses

  14. Jaz says:

    Your five points are fabulous, good luck achieving them 🙂 I’m all about better blogging this year but also finding me time – I’m trying to work out how to balance it all, so far all I can think is getting up at 5:30 and going to bed at 11:30 lol
    Jaz recently posted..Day at the park

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