2014 Goals

Happy New Year!

If you celebrated last night, I hope you had a great time!

new year = new goals

2014 is going to be a big year for us, and while I’ve made goals for the year (see below), I realize that some of them may need to change according to where we’re at in life.  Only time will tell :)

I divided my goals up according to category, in an attempt to touch on each major aspect of my health and well-being.

I also have more goals than listed here, but I can’t share everything on the blog ;)

My Goals for 2014:

  • spiritual goal:  Read the devotionals Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (each morning, plus journal along with it) and The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer (each evening, plus write in my gratitude journal).
  • health goal:  Long story short, my goal here is to balance my hormones.  They’re all sorts of out-of-whack.  I keep saying I should update you all on this one, and I promise, when the time is right I will, but for now I’m just trying to be patient (yet proactive) about it – plus I need to work up the nerve to share!
  • fitness goal:  Here’s where I’m a little unsure about my goals (see above goal for reasoning), but my hope is to be running some decent mileage again in the near future.  I hope to run (at least) 1 half marathon and 4 smaller races (10k, 5k, fun run, etc.).
  • financial goal:  For the past couple of months, Jesse and I have been reading/listening to/learning from Dave Ramsey‘s advice on living a debt-free life.  We’re currently reading his book The Total Money Makeover and following a strict/specific budget and long-term spending plan.  We have student loan and car loan debt (plus house debt, of course), that we’re working hard to pay off.  There’s a set amount that we’ve planned to pay off this year, but we *should* be, excluding the house, debt-free by the end of 2015!!
  • reading goal:  Read (at least) 14 books.
  • career goal:  The specifics of this goal are hard for me to “assign” right now, but here’s what I do have planned for the year:  complete my work and graduate from IIN, obtain my certification from the AADP, launch my business, and work with (at least) 10 paying clients.  Obtaining my personal training certification is also on my mind, but I’m not sure when that will come into fruition – we’ll just have to wait and see when the time is right for that!
  • service goal:  Be a part of (at least) 5 different volunteer opportunities.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2014, full of laughter and love!

I can’t wait to see what the year brings! :)


  1. Nice goals! Thank you for sharing Dave’s website – we are also working on going dept-free and it sounds like a great tool. I am sorry you are struggling with hormonal issues. Of course, no need to share everything or even anything on your blog, but don’t be nervous about sharing it either…seems like nearly every woman (and many men!) is dealing with out of whack hormones (so am I!), some may not be aware of it, some may want to think it is ‘all normal’, yet it is so common. :) I am sure you are aware of the Woman Code, it is a pretty nice book on hormonal balancing – though the strict approach and her not suggesting much running keeps me away from trying it, I had some friends who had great success with her approach :) Also, the Hormone cure supposed to be a good one. :) Happy new year, Danica!
    Kat recently posted…HAPPY NEW YEAR! Happy 2014!My Profile

    • I actually just heard about The Woman Code recently but didn’t look into it much – thanks for letting me know that others have had success with it – I may need to check it out!
      I think that, unfortunately, you’re right that many people are dealing with hormonal imbalances. I appreciate you being open about it! I hope to have a “looking back/I’ve got things in balance now/here are some ways to balance your hormones” kind of post in the near future so that I can maybe help someone else who’s going through it – patience in waiting for that is the hardest :)
      Happy New Year, Kat! <3

  2. Those are such great goals, Danica!! I break mine down into categories too. Happy New Year!
    Dallas recently posted…my goals for 2014My Profile

  3. Those are great goals! The main thing that I’m focusing on for the new year is moving closer to my work. There are some things that we need to get done around the house before putting it up for sale, so hopefully we can work to get this done and be in a new house by this time next year. Happy New Year, Danica!
    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl recently posted…First What I Ate Wednesday of 2014!My Profile

    • That’s so exciting to be in the market for a new house! It obviously takes some work, but it sounds like that’ll be such a great change for you and your family.
      Happy New Year, Kim!!

  4. Those are some fantastic and very well-rounded goals! Happy New Year!
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  5. I love that you categorized your goals, and your goals in general! I have a few broad goals for this year with sub-goals within :)

  6. Great goals – love how you broke them down! Cheers to the new year!
    mindy @ just a one girl revolution. recently posted…I’m going to #dreambig in 2014.My Profile

  7. I love your goals. They are excellent ones and I know you will do great with them. Aaron and I are also hoping to be out of student loan debt in the next year, maybe two. I should be out this year, but who knows if I want to go back or what.
    Heather @fitncookies recently posted…A Year In ReviewMy Profile

    • Congrats! That’s awesome to know that you’ll be out of that debt in the very new future – such a good feeling, isn’t it?!
      Are you considering going back to school? If so, what for? If you don’t mind me asking… :)

  8. Great goals, you are a girl after my on heart especially with the reading one. It’s refreshing to see someone who reads a lot. I feel like most people our age just don’t do that, meanwhile I feel like I am always attached to my kindle!
    Laura @losingrace recently posted…#YearofRunning13My Profile

  9. I love your goals! Those devotionals you mentioned sound great. I am going to try to be better at reading my bible every day. This is something I always struggle with. I admire how you make time to do a devotional in the morning and a different one at night. I need to become this disciplined.
    Becky recently posted…Surprise, Surprise!My Profile

    • It’s just getting into the habit for me that’s key I guess – I make it part of my routine (I’m a major “type A” person ;) so it just sticks. I love these two devotionals too because they’re short and to the point. I can spend extra time praying and journaling, or if I’m rushed for time (which I know sounds awful, but still…) then I still get a little time with God before beginning my day. It’s like working out in the regard that my whole day is just so much better when I make it a priority! :)

  10. I love this idea for your goals – looking at each aspect is much more beneficial than limiting yourself to one area of life. I’m excited to see where IIN takes you, and can’t wait to talk with you more about it in the future, since I want to take their course and get the certification as well. Happy 2014, Danica! Hope your first day was splendid!
    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted…Guess Who?!My Profile

    • I’d love to talk more about IIN anytime! I’m actually an ambassador as well, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
      Happy New Year, Kelsey!

  11. great list of goals. . .and you are totally right, you have to be in balance with what’s going on in life too!! And hey, it’s all about balance!! Happy 2014!
    Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted…Goals–2013 and 2014My Profile

  12. I love that you have a goal for reading. That’s one I haven’t seen very often and I definitely overlook ! All mine are usually fitness type goals
    Elise @ 9toFit.com recently posted…5 Reasons You Need the New Ab Training Plan & Some Winners!My Profile

    • Fitness goals are important, too, of course! I think it’s the whole “holistic health coach” part of me that is so interested in making goals in all major areas of my life…balance! :)

      • I also love that you included goals beyond the traditional health and fitness ones. I think that being truly healthy means taking care of our WHOLE selves, from our bodies to our minds to our bank accounts. It seems like you agree!
        Katie @ Pick Any Two recently posted…In Praise of Independent PlayMy Profile

        • Absolutely, Katie! I think that while food and exercise are key factors in a healthy life, there are other aspects that also play a major role – spirituality, relationships, career, and our day-to-day environment. Striving for balance in each area is what I believe leads to true health :)

  13. I have to admit the hormone thing is probably what I need to think about too. I finally got to feeling better, but I’m still not producing estrogen…I just got tired of thinking about it!
    Amanda @runtothefinish recently posted…What she hears when you say “I’m Fat”My Profile

    • I think that’s what my body’s not doing too (not producing estrogen/not ovulating)….and to you’re last sentence – YES! It feels extremely hopeless sometimes and I lately I often wonder if it’s worth so much of my effort, you know? Maybe I need to just relax about it and see what happens?
      p.s. you should/can email me about this anytime, girl!

  14. Great goals… now you just have to go get them!

  15. I’m so glad I read this. It’s a great idea to break up your goals into categories. I’ve been thinking about doing something very similar but didn’t think of adding the “financial” and “service” categories.
    When I read your post (I read it last night and didn’t want to try to comment with my phone) I vaguely remembered my family (dad/brother) discussing Dave Ramsey so I asked them about him. They had nothing but good things to say ~ so this morning I ordered the book and the workbook!
    Stephanie@nowirun.com recently posted…Happy New Year!My Profile

    • That’s awesome, Stephanie!! Dave Ramsey also has a free podcast that I listen to occasionally, and Youtube videos. If you’ve never listened to him before, I should warn you that he can sound very harsh and intense sometimes, but he knows what he’s talking about and certainly has valuable information. You’ll have to keep me updated on how everything goes with it!

  16. Those are all great goals and I’m sure you will make them all happen. Happy 2014!
    Brittany @ proteinandpumps recently posted…A New YearMy Profile

  17. I love how you broke down your goals into different categories and those are some great goals! :) Happy 2014!
    Molly recently posted…happy new year! / 2014My Profile

  18. Danica, please don’t hesitate to email me about your hormone situation if you need to open up. You know I”ve been dealing w/ the same situation – so I can completely relate to you <3

    & of course, great goals for 2014. It feel so wonderful once you take your last exam for IIN & get the certificate in the mail. I actually just received mine yesterday & can't stop smiling. Hard work does pay off.
    Jessie recently posted…New Workout & is 14 too Young?My Profile

    • Congrats on graduating from IIN and getting your certificate! Yay! It’s crazy how fast the year goes isn’t it? I can’t believe I’m halfway through already.
      And thank you – I’m definitely going to email you about it! <3

  19. Some really good goals here, wishing you all the success in achieving them. Many of mine are similar – I have my own spiritual, financial, career, health & fitness goals. Hopefully 2014 is a good year, just need to work hard!
    Yasmeen recently posted…I’m Starting My Fitness Journey!My Profile

  20. I just found your blog! I like your goals! Dave Ramsay always gives me a big kick in the butt and I’m currently on an aggressive debt payment plan for my *large* student loan. My husbands will be paid off in a couple of months so then I’ll take half of his old payment to put on my loan and he will put the other half in a TFSA. I love the satisfaction paying off debt gives you!

    For Spiritual goals I am trying to stick to the She Reads Truth plans, I love them!
    Heidi @ Idlehide recently posted…First Week of 2014My Profile

    • Thanks, Heidi!!

      Dave Ramsey definitely gets a little harsh sometimes, but there’s just no arguing with him – he certainly knows what he’s talking about and I definitely trust his plans and advice! Congrats on working so hard to pay off your debt – it really is such a great feeling!

  21. Great goals! i love how you have them broken down :) Happy 2014!!!
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  22. That’s so exciting about launching your own business! I can’t wait to hear all about that! :) Hope your hormone issues get resolved…hormone imbalance can really affect your day-to-day life!

    ps I’m doing a 2014 goals link-up on the blog if you’re interested!
    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted…How to Set Goals [2014 Goals]My Profile

  23. Danica, this is miss dudgeon from HRS. I hope you won’t find this too forward, but regarding your hormone concerns please look into the creighton model fertility care system. While this is a natural family planning method, we work with women/couples experiencing any type of gynecological issues. It’s a natural system, easy to learn and I think it would be a good fit to you and your philosophy of health and life. I’d be happy to visit with you and you can of course google it! :-) your mom can give you my number if you want. Paula

    • Hi Paula!
      Thank you so much for suggesting this…my husband and I took a class this past summer about the Billings Ovulation Method (natural family planning), which I found incredibly educational, and I’m also currently reading the book “Taking Charge of your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. I googled the Creighton Model and will certainly look into that as well! Thank you!!


  1. […] I’m book crazy and have a big stack of books to choose from for what’s next.  I can’t imagine how I’ll ever read everything I want to.  I’ve read 6 so far this year though, so if I keep it I’ll easily surpass my goal. […]

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