Happy New Year & 2015 Resolutions

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Happy New Year & 2015 Resolutions

Happy New Year

Happy first Friday of 2015 friends!  I feel refreshed and ready to make this year the best yet!

New Years 2015 2

I know, I get a little overzealous and ambitious sometimes 🙂

The hubs and I weren’t feeling especially festive for New Years and we didn’t want to be out downtown this year, so we decided to have a low key New Years.  I did put on a sparkly sweater though.

New Years Outfit 2

We were really craving Sushi, so we made reservations at our favorite close by Sushi place and had a feast.

New Years Sushi

We even tried “Sushi Chips” for the first time.  It looks a little funny, but they were so good.

New Years Sushi  2

We then played Wii Dance Party and broke open a bottle of champagne I had been saving for a special occasion.  It was actually a really nice way to spend New Years.  Taylor Swift and Ryan Seacrest are like close friends now.

New Year’s Resolutions


Last year I made a big deal about how setting New Year’s Resolutions was not the right thing for me at the time.  I was basically running myself raged and I didn’t need any more expectations or lists to figure out.  This year, my life is so much different and I feel solid resolutions and plans are good for me.  I have a lot of new projects I’m working on and some goals will help me stay focused.

Blog/ Business

Add a Video Element to Running in a Skirt

Increase Readership by 20%

Find Additional Yearly Sponsors

Find Help for a blog Overhaul and Re-design <— I’ve made a lot of tweaks to my blog over the years, but I am overdue for a complete redesign.  I can’t do it myself so I will need to find help.  Does anyone know anyone good?


Run a sub-hour 10K <—- I know I can do this!  I just have only run one 10K and it was almost four years ago.

Increase Strength Workouts


Update Photo Albums <— I have the big trips done, but not the rest of the pictures

Black and White Photo Gallery Staircase Wall <—- A sad half finished project that occasionally will keep me up at night.  Boo me.

Purge the Stuff <— This is the longest I have lived in any house, so I haven’t had a move to purge my things in the past few years.  I need to evaluate the clutter in the entire house and give away a ton of things.

Closet <—- My closet is out of control and completely overwhelming.  I have too many things that I am not wearing.  I am not a capsule wardrobe person and I like having lots of clothes options, but it is out of control.


Do NOT Overextend Myself <— I have been doing a decent job since August as not over extending my commitments, but I am starting to feel the calendar get much tighter.  I want to get a good grip on this and work on politely saying no to some things.

Work on Making Decisive Decisions <— I can’t seem to make up my mind anymore over anything.  I need to figure out how to get over it and make up my mind!  Does anyone have any suggestions?

I guess If I write them down, I have to do them now right?  It’s an ambitious list this year but I am excited to start getting some stuff done!

Thanks to Jill Conyers for the Fitness Friday linkup!

Your turn!

What are your resolutions?

How did you spend New Years?



By | 2017-08-15T14:04:19-04:00 January 2nd, 2015|Fun, Holidays / Decor, Personal Updates/ Top Monthly Posts|40 Comments


  1. […] closet.  As I mentioned in my New Year’s Resolutions, it is a nightmare.  I’ve started trying to figure out what to giveaway and keep, but the […]

  2. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections January 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I love all your goals! Very realistic and I like how you broke them into categories. If I was setting more goals this year, I would have done it like that too.

    Why does it seem like picture stuff is the hardest to get a grip on?! I also struggle with getting things framed and updating my pics on the computer.

  3. […] is finally 2015 because I can get back in the swing of things and start thinking/working on those New Year’s Resolutions.  Nothing makes me feel more empowered and hopeful on New Year’s Eve than some great ideas of […]

  4. Simone January 4, 2015 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Hi Julie & Happy New Year! I’ve been watching you for years on WLOS and always enjoyed your Pet Pals segment, as well as your weather reporting. I was sad to see you go, but I’m glad to see you are following your dreams. Love your blog, by the way 🙂

    You said you were looking for someone to redesign Running In A Skirt. I have just the person for you, my daughter June. She has a couple of degrees in Graphic Design from the Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale. I’m sure she can accomplish your vision… as a matter of fact, her business is called “New Vision Graphics” http://newvisiongraphics.net/. Her contact information is at her site.

    Good luck in all your endeavors & I will be looking forward to following all your posts in 2015 & beyond.

    Many blessings to you, Simone

  5. Cailee January 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Good for you!! These look like some great goals!! Looks like you had a lovely NYE as well!! 🙂 Those sushi chips look so fun! Happy 2015!

  6. Jaime January 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Great resolutions! I have several…I just don’t have them all written down. I need to get on that!

  7. Amy @ Life to the Full January 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a fun New Year’s Eve, especially the wii dance party! I barely stayed up til 10:30 pm that night watching a movie with my husband 🙂 Any time the toddler is asleep counts as a date night!

    Great resolutions for this year!

  8. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Happy 2015 lady! Celebrating with sushi, you know how to do it! Great goals and wishing you much success with them! Can’t wait to see your new videos you’ll be making!

  9. Blane Sherer January 2, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Glad you and the hubs enjoyed your New Years Eve.
    ( Nice picture of the two of you. )
    I like the variety of your resolutions. I bet you
    will have a Great 2015 ! You have so much positive
    momentum from 2014.

  10. Mary Beth Jackson January 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I like how you mentioned not to overextend yourself- that is so important! cheers to a great 2015!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      It is so important yet so easy to do. Thanks for stopping by today!

  11. Oh my closet need serious help! I also need to purge things from drawers. I always mean to do it but it just doesn’t happen. Good goals!

  12. Nicole @ Fitful Focus January 2, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Great goals! I definitely need to do a house purge… there’s not enough room in my apartment for all the things!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 11:15 am - Reply

      I have the opposite problem. I have a lot of space that I keep cramming stuff in. Way too much stuff!!!

  13. Amy Ostwalt January 2, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I have the same 10k goal! I had it last year too :/ I am going to run the hot chocolate 10k in a few weeks and see where I come in. It’s going to be bad, I haven’t been running though, but you have to start somewhere!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 11:14 am - Reply

      I was going to run the Hot Chocolate, but I have not been running more than 3 miles at a time. I wish that FLAT race was in Feb. There are so few 10Ks in Asheville.
      How slow are you thinking of running it?

  14. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine January 2, 2015 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I love your personal goals because they are things I really need to work on too. I didn’t set goals like that but I really should have! I am the worst decision maker ever:)

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

      I know!!! My Type-A self if currently making a list on how to make a better decision. haha!

  15. Annmarie January 2, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Love that you’re going to add a video element to your blog, that is awesome!!! My blog goals are to get my redesign done (hopefully in the next week or so, my developer is dragging his feet) and also increase readership. Overall just looking to really define my blog better as a brand 🙂

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Thanks Annmarie! It seems like a daunting task, but I’m looking forward to doing it!

  16. Amy @ Run with Perseverance January 2, 2015 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Wow, long list of goals! But, they are specific, so I think that will really help you meet them this year. Love your New Year’s outfit, BTW 🙂 Comfy AND cute is always a win

  17. Tracy January 2, 2015 at 9:01 am - Reply

    I love all of your goals! Short and to the point. Being more decisive is something I’m working on as well. I need to think/overanalyze less, and do more. Even if I have a gut reaction to something I have a hard time trusting it until I’ve thought…and rethought…and thought some more about it. I want to be able to trust myself to make the right decisions. And even if I don’t – most decisions aren’t the end of the world anyway!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 9:12 am - Reply

      I agree! I have such a hard time deciding on things that really don’t matter. I’ve been brainstorming some sort of plan to make this happen. I like you gut reaction idea. That should carry a lot of weight.

  18. jill conyers January 2, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    We had a low key NYE and loved it! If you find a good blog designer let me know. I have plans for a few changes and will need hire someone to help me.

    Yum…sushi 🙂

    I’m looking forward to following and watching you crush your goals!

  19. Kerri Boettcher January 2, 2015 at 8:17 am - Reply

    You are so inspirational. I love reading your blog and have shared it with many people. I am a beginning runner. I have done the Asheville Track Club couch to 5k twice and got addicted. I have done several 5k’ s but the winter puts me in hibernation mode and then I have to start over in the Spring. I am hoping to stay motivated this winter and put myself first. I look forward to your continuing motivation!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Thanks Kerri. They have such a great program.
      It is hard to stay motivated in Winter. I keep running… but you will find me on a treadmill… a lot…. 🙂

  20. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes January 2, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    All great goals/resolutions. The 10K…totally doable as you know…just work on speedwork and you can totally make it happen!

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue! I just need to find a good 10K! There are only a handful in Asheville.
      I just read your review. You are a running rockstar and had such a great year! Love the quilt.

      • Dan Steadman January 2, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

        good 10k coming up in three weeks…Asheville HC10k

  21. Susie @ SuzLyfe January 2, 2015 at 7:48 am - Reply

    Haha, remember that one–don’t overextend yourself! Pick the ones that you know that you can do immediately to get yourself rolling–like the closet. Then build off the momentum! I would love to continue to increase my blog readership as well, but I have a feeling that I would have to make some pretty major changes for that. We shall see.

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

      I would not have been able to make my blog changes without leaving my old job, so I totally understand. It is HARD!

  22. Martha Jones January 2, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos of you and your husband. Have a wonderful New Year.

  23. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 2, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I like how specific you are with your goals! Breaking them down by category too makes them seem less overwhelming. Good luck and I can’t wait to read about your progress throughout the year!

  24. Jenny January 2, 2015 at 5:12 am - Reply

    You are so organized with your resolutions! I love that they’re measurable and not too vague, you will have no trouble checking them off this year. And, champagne at home for the win! We were in the same camp and it was perfect. 🙂

    • JulieWunder January 2, 2015 at 9:05 am - Reply

      I have no problem coming up with a to-do list! haha. I’m ready to start working on them.
      Happy New Year Jenny!

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