My New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

My New Year's Resolutions - Inspiralized

My New Year's Resolutions - Inspiralized

Whelp, it’s that time of the year: the day before the first of the New Year. If you’re one of the many who make New Year resolutions, you’re probably writing them down now.

Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to “#getinspiralized” and take control of my health. I nailed it! I lost about 25 pounds (still maintaining and losing!) and got strong, fit and more confident with my body.

Since I’ve found my stride with my fit journey, this year is going to be all about becoming a stronger, more poised woman (inside.)

Let’s get to those resolutions – and then I want you to share yours with me!

My Resolutions for 2015

1. Be more organized. Whether it’s keeping my clothes in my closet and not my floor or organizing my pantry, I want to be more organized. The more organized you are, the more calm, collected and focused you will be. Keeping an organized space that’s less cluttered and easy to navigate helps zen you out. The clean space is soothing (messiness translates to chaos.)

2. Focus on my daily to-do lists. In the beginning of the year, I always do a good job of making realistic to do lists and then at the end of the day, I write the next day’s to do-list. I want to continue this all year-long. When I wake up in the mornings to do work, I hate when I have to scramble to pull together everything I remembered that I had to accomplish for the day. By making a to-do list for the day and then reviewing it at the end of the day and building the next day’s to-do, I’ll become a much more productive, sane person.

3. Don’t overcommit, it’s okay to not have plans. I’m a victim of over-booking myself and then canceling all plans at the last minute, because I feel overwhelmed. Whether it’s work commitments or dates with friends, I need to focus on what I can handle (especially during the week) and commit to those plans. There’s no point in making plans with people just for the sake of having plans.

4. Be more polished. I’m a big fan of chunky sweaters and ripped jeans, but that’s not exactly appropriate for a 27 year old that’s about to launch a cookbook and become a business woman! I want to focus on investing in my wardrobe and focusing on quality, not quantity. Also, I’m such a fan of dark colors (I blame it on living in NJ/NYC), I want to work in vibrant colors for 2015, because it’s going to be a vibrant year and I’m a vibrant person! It should reflect in my dress.

5. Do things that foster my creativity. Cooking is a very creative task! Sometimes, I get caught in ruts with my recipe development and find myself writing recipes that I wouldn’t even eat (of course, I never actual end up posting those on the blog, but it’s a waste of energy!) I want to attend events, seminars and meet people who are creative and like to talk about being creative. I think it’s important to surround yourself by that kind of energy.

Those are my higher-level resolutions. Here are some things I want to do in 2015:

  • Travel more
  • See more live music
  • Go to live comedy shows
  • Cook from more cookbooks
  • Try yoga (I’ve only done bikram – once!)
  • Be more active outside during the summer (last summer I was inside writing my cookbook!)
  • Volunteer

Well, that’s it! Some of these are very broad, but that’s what incremental resolutions are for. Every month, I like to set myself incremental goals and resolutions. This way, I don’t lose sight of the overall resolutions by setting incremental ones to achieve.

So, tell me – what are YOUR New Year’s resolutions? Write them in the comments and then we can check back throughout the year to hold ourselves accountable! 

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Katherine says:
Ali - I'd love to hear what events & seminars you are planning on attending!! I too work in a field in which creativity and new ideas are crucial, and it would be great to get some new ideas at events! I also volunteer and absolutely love it!
When I find them, I'll be sure to share!
TrainingGal says:
I want to recapture the fearlessness I once had (traveling the world on my own and doing anything that frightened me - e.g. scuba diving when I'd never learned to swim) and reinterpret it into finishing my book and developing my online courses.
Such positive goals - good luck!
walkstar11 says:
Happy New Year, Ali! I love being Inspiralized and got a lot of people on board for Christmas! I'd like to request more vegetarian recipes please. Thank you! Hugs, Noonie
Great feedback, thank you!
Anonymous says:
Congratulations to all your accomplishments in 2014. It has been amazing following you. Wishing you continued success in your personal and professional life for 2015
Joanne says:
For 16.5 years I owned a cafe and catering business, sold it this past June, worked for 6 months to help the new owner, and now I am done! 2014 was a year of many changes...2015 will hopefully be a year of new beginnings, starting a new business that allows me more felixibility with both my personal and professional life (something I haven't had for 16 years), and focusing more on me, physically and emotionally. My biggest resolution will be to move out of my comfort zone...reinventing myself is a good start, but hopefully I will push it further..... Happy New Year, and thanks for inspiralizing me! Joanne
Break through that comfort zone, Joanne! You've got this!
Chelsey says:
You're always so inspiring, Ali! Love this post and your resolutions! I'm trying to be more present in the moment and take up meditation this year! Definitely a challenge for my ever-wandering brain! Happy New Year...I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store!
Bee says:
If you want to volunteer more, I'd recommend checking out a local chapter of WGirls ( They provide a number volunteer opportunities throughout the year along with fundraising events and it's a very relaxed environment with the ability to be as involved as you like. Very flexible! I joined my local chapter last January as volunteering was one of my resolutions and I am so glad that I did! My resolutions for 2015 are to commit to a healthy lifestyle, take classes for things I find interesting and have fun!
Thank you for the information - I'm checking it out right now!
jesusan says:
Wow! I love what you said about being more organized. My husband's idea of organization is chaos to me. I love working on organizing, but then I can't remember where I put things… like in my pantry. You have a great list of resolutions I hope you don't give up totally on your jeans and sweaters, because if you can be comfortable while you're working at home, that's a good thing. My goals for the coming year are to find a way to get the last 10 pounds of my weight off (I'm stuck and have been for a while), and to exercise more regularly - especially weight training. Happy New Year! And I wish you the best in achieving your resolutions.
Happy New Year to you too!! Those are great goals, you've got this!!
Cat says:
That's a beautiful set of resolutions! Inspiring, but even more importantly I think - they are gentle. We women tend to be so hard on ourselves for *everything*. We 'should' be everything to everyone, fulfilling the needs of all our loved ones staying on top of house/job/errands/chores, cooking well, eating well, staying fit....augh! And when we (surprise surprise) can't meet each of those goals 110%, we're experts at tearing ourselves down. If someone came along and said to us all the things we say to ourselves, as cruelly as we often say them, about how we're 'failing' at X, Y or Z....why, we'd call it abuse plain and simple. Gentleness and generosity to ourselves is a vital quality and I admire your courage to focus on quality rather than quantity. Happy 2015! - may it be a marvelous year :) ....I want spiralized apple sautéed in butter and cinnamon with some maple syrup on top I think. Suitably holiday-healthy :D
I couldn't agree more! Thanks, Cat!!
Malainie says:
I made one resolution years ago, which I've kept to the present. That resolution? To never make resolutions! Be flexible, be open, be curious. The one thing I know in my almost 67 years of living, is the older I get, the less I know. ;)
Kelsey says:
I absolutely love all of your resolutions - they seem very attainable without being overzealous. I know I've been like that in the past, and it ends up bringing you down! I'm trying to choose a word for my 2015 instead of a list of resolutions. My blog is called Ramblings of Change, so I'm always trying to make little (or big) changes here and there. So far...I have Authentic, Bold and Vibrant (which makes me love your goal of trying to amp up your professional wardrobe). One overall goal I have been working on since 2014 is blogging - and I think 2015 will be my year to shine!
I will check out your blog! Thanks for the comment and kind words!
laurie says:
Keep with the hot yoga !!! I am not a huge fan of bikram because I don't really have the attention span for the full class -- but there are other types of yoga done in a hot/warm room which can become healthfully addictive -- go every day for a week and you will be hooked !!!
Great tip - I will try that, definitely! There's always 1-week complimentary deals in NYC, I just have to make the effort!
Nikki says:
Thanks for sharing! Those are some pretty big goals for the new year. This year I want to get my well being in check; similar to you last year I want to lose 25 lbs; eat more veg (with the help of your recipes)! I want to commit to weekly yoga and regain some of my strength I feel I've lost. I want to commit to going to bed earlier and try to foster more girlfriend relationships (I'm a wife, a mom and a cop.......only around men 99%of the time and I miss the girls. I want to change the direction of my path in my career. Wish me luck! I look forward to your creativity and your preordered book!!!! Thankyou for your help and good luck!!! Nikki
Those are all amazing goals - just stick to them and you'll accomplish them!
Carol says:
You are truly inspiring !
That's so kind, Carol! Thank you! says: My New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 | Inspiralized

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