2012, The Year of Use: Goals for the coming months.

We are almost one week into the new year and I'm finally getting around to writing down my goals for 2012. Like my fellow bloggers, I have decided to share my goals for the new year in hopes of being more accountable to them.  Last year's theme was, "Just Say No"since I tend to over commit myself. I failed miserably, thanks for asking.  This year's theme is, "Use It, Don't Lose It."
Dress/Earrings - H&M, Scarf/Clip/Bracelet -Forever 21, Gold Bangles - Filene's Basement, Leggings - Target, Sandals - Bloomingdales, Necklace - Gift, Purse - Laila Rowe
1) Use: The numerous cookbooks, and spices that I have used once and then never again. This year I want to get creative and put those books and spices to use.  Don't Lose: All the food I throw away because I'm too lazy to cook dinner after work.  Wasted food means wasted money. We have to stop this.

2) Use: A.C. Moore and G Street Fabrics are my kryptonite, and their scrapbook supplies and fabrics slay me.  Rather than buying supplies for some future never gonna happen project, I'm going to work on actually putting the projects I've bought supplies for together.  Don't Lose: Space, so much storage space.
Sorry for the awful lack of pedicure, I just ran out of time. Fixing this on Saturday! 
3) Use: I keep waiting for Kendi to do another 30x30 challenge, but in the meantime I am going to attempt a shopping ban and really take a hard look at my closet and its contents. I've already purged once in 2012 but if I don't wear it with my new closet rotation system, its out.  Notice I said attempt a shopping ban, let's be real I do not have Laura's willpower.  Don't Lose: Moola, and my mind every time a knee-high boot falls on my head as I try to find something to wear.

4) Use: The yoga package and Pilates/Yoga DVDs I own, and do some core work. I'm training for the Boston Marathon, so I'm running a lot which is great, but I have no upper body strength.  I hate core/back/arm work and for those reasons my body hates me somewhere around mile 20.  Seriously, my back is usually what hurts on long runs.  Don't Lose: another shirt size to being flabby.

5) Use: all the make-up I buy AND wash/moisturize my face at night.  I really want to continue my adventures in lipstick and eye make-up but I have to be better about removing it at the end of the day.  Skinful behavior.  Washing make-up brushes more often than once in a blue moon will also be a goal for the year.  Don't Lose: anymore make-up because it expires before I've touched it.

So what have you resolved to do this year?  Are you sticking to your resolutions so far?  I actually think most, if not all of these goals are obtainable.  Moving things around to host family for Christmas got me thinking about my consumptive ways and got the buy less, use more ball rolling already.  


Court said...

I like that you have a theme! I definitely have trouble eating my fresh fruits and vegetables, before they go bad. I read an article yesterday saying that you should prepare veggies as so as you get home... which makes them more of a convenience food. I'm going to try that.

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

HAHA Cara! You are talking to THE MASTER of Just Say No. That was mine just a couple of years ago. I think I'm a little too good at it now. I love your Use it or Lose it theme. These are good! I have some yoga DVDs and I think a Wi I never use. Gonna try mine. My focus is on ME this year. Doing some things for the inner and outer me. Great post girl! I'll keep you posted on that lipgloss and such. :D


Laura Go said...

Cara, I am totally going to be on a makeup ban for most of the year. I have WAY too much stuff that gets WASTED. and I hate being a WASTER. So yeah, I'm with you on the no wasting makeup and spices! And I am SURE you can do a ban! It only takes will power!

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

just tututiny said...

I didn't make any resolutions this year but I love yours, hope you fulfil them ;)

This outfit is so pretty, I love the hair/feather pin - such a glam look.

Viktoria with a K said...

I love these goals! It's nice to see someone is trying to use what they have. It's a great way to go green!

Jayme and Mendi said...

I need to say Use it or Lose it! Well actually I have started to part with things in my closet that I haven't touched for awhile and it feels good.:-)

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Sage said...

I love these goals! I have so many cookbooks that I rarely use, and I'm all too familiar with being too lazy to cook so I order takeout.

I need to be more consistent with cardio. I love strength training, but I get winded after only a minute or 2 of running.

Please don't wait for Kendi to do your own remix challenge! Callie at Coffee and Cardigans (formerly Unladylike) did her own 30 for 30 without waiting for Kendi's prompt. I love seeing bloggers remix their wardobes because I get so many good ideas.

Maria said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your hair piece!

Maria xx

Marionberry Style said...

What a great resolution theme! I definitely need to join in with being better about using what I already own. And I agree with the comment above that you should start your own remix challenge instead of waiting for Kendi!

XO - Marion
PS - that clutch is gorgeous!

silvergirl said...

that dress is seriously cute!!!
i am on the remove make-up and moisturize before bed resolution as well.
good luck with all of your goals and wow a marathon
can't even tell you how much i hate running lol

Anonymous said...

Those shoes are so cute! And, great nail polish color!

StyleIDnet said...

Loved your dress so.... Perfect! girlie, soft, loved it.

Adriana said...

You look gorgeous I LOVE your outfit! VERY PRETTY :)

Little Petite

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

What a great resolution- it will really help with cutting down costs (I also need to use the food I have/cookbooks because I throw a lot of produce away!) Your resolution from last year is basically mine in a nutshell this year as I am the queen of overcommitting so I need to set boundaries! I love your dress- you look gorgeous!

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

P.S. I too have been anxiously waiting for the 30x30 challenge- I'm hoping it's on its way because I want to get my remix on!

Michelle said...

I'm not too good with resolutions, but I hope you see your through. Also, cute outfit :)
Hae a great new year!

Dale said...

Aww..your resolutions sound great and I like how they're so diverse too from working out to cooking and the makeup experiments too. I hope you have a great 2012. Thanks for your sweet comment. I'm hoping to stick with a lot of goals too and I'm trying to write my goals down in a little journal.


Bonnie said...

I had no idea you were running! That's so awesome. I really miss running -- stupid joint problems. Now, it's weightlifting and dance for me. This is a great way to organize your goals for the new year. Love the theme!

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LINDA said...

Cute post! Beautiful outfit! ♥♥♥


Linda from www.moonon.com

Ella said...

Those cookies look amazing! I may try baking them! Lovely blog, thanks for commenting on mine, I hope you liked it and maybe start following it!



The Sweet Cupcaker said...

I love that dress!!! It looks great on you and I love your theme! I might have to do that myself!

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