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January 2015

New Year Resolutions for Newlyweds

Written by Lindsay Ropella

Well guys, it’s time for the stereotypical New Year Resolutions post.

In all seriousness, I’m not a big fan of these. In fact, ask my husband. Whenever anyone brings up the idea of making New Year’s Resolutions, I tend to silently roll my eyes and tune out.

Why? Because the majority of resolutions made this January are going to be broken before February 1st. We all know it. The problem with the way “resolutions” make themselves out to be created is that once you break them that first time you sleep in instead of getting your butt out of bed to get to the gym, you’re sunk. You might as well stop trying because your resolution has been broken.

And it totally makes sense – why would you want to keep doing something you’ve technically already failed at? I know I wouldn’t. So instead, I try to think of the goals I set for myself for the new year simply as that. Goals. (Yes – Eric does remind me on a weekly basis that it’s really just a matter of word choice, and I’m doing the exact thing I make fun of. Someone give him a call right now and remind him that I say they are totally different.) But at least this way, I feel like goals are things I can constantly continue to work towards throughout the entire year. If I mess up a few days here and there, I’m not sunk. I can just get right back up and keep going. I also think goals are easier to edit and change throughout the year as your life, and your wants and needs change as well.

So let me quick jump down off my high horse here so I can share with you my four goals for 2015. If you’d like to hear what they are, then keep on reading. And if not, that’s totally cool too. I know these posts have the potential to get a little boring. I admit I like reading about other people’s goals and resolutions, but then again, I’m super nosy.

In honor of 2015, I'm sharing my and my husband's four main goals for this coming year. Check out these New Year resolutions for newlyweds!

Goal 1: This year is my year to get healthy!


Not just on the outside (although yes, losing some weight is part of the goal as well) but on the inside too. I don’t know how many of you know this about me, but I do have some chronic health issues I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with. Some days I feel awesome, and some days I feel really downright crappy. At this point it’s just the luck of the draw for me. But I’ve decided that there has to be something more I can do. I’ve realized that if I’m not feeling well and feeling good about myself, there’s no way I will be able to help and support those around me, including my husband. So I’ve decided that this is the year I’m going to take charge of my health and make some serious changes, both inside and out.


Goal 2: This year we will get out of debt.


Between student loans, car payments, and a few large purchases that are still being paid off, Eric and I have ourselves a nice little mound of debt. I know that it could be a lot worse than it is, but it still drives us crazy. Especially when I pay my student loan payment every month and sigh over the number of pairs of shoes that money could have gotten me. ;)

My financial genius of a husband has come up with a plan for us to be completely debt free (besides our mortgage) by October 1st of 2015. It’s going to be an interesting journey, but I definitely think we can do it! If anyone would be interested, I would be happy to share little updates of how that is going for us over the next few months, and what we are doing to pay it off.


Goal 3: This year I will read through the entire Bible with my husband.


Eric and I have set a pretty large goal for ourselves this year in that we’d like to read through the entire Bible together in 2015. This will be good for us for so many reasons, but I love that it will give us things to talk about and discuss, and will force us to carve out some quality time together each night as well.


Goal 4: This year I will be more intentional with my time and my energy and use it to serve others.


Lately I’ve felt like I’ve really been wrapped up in my own “stuff” too much. This year, I want to use my free-time more wisely and to spend it helping out family members, “dating” my husband, or just spending time chatting with friends. I want to be more mindful of how I’m using my time, and to spend more of it connecting with and serving others. I want to not be so caught up in sticking to “my schedule,” and to be a little more carefree to go where the road takes me!

So tell me, what’s a goal you have for 2015? Let’s make it a meaningful year!


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  • Amberly

    Yay! I think all of these goals are great! I especially love the getting out of debt one :) That’s a great goal to have!!!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks, Amberly! It’s always interesting to see at the end of the year what goals you were able to stick to and what ones seemed to kind of change and your plans changed. We don’t have a ton for this year, but I’m going to work really hard to stick to the few we do have! Happy 2015 :)

  • Elizabeth T

    I love looking at these as goals instead of resolutions….I’m absolutely horrible at keeping them so this year I decided on a word of the year to base all my goals off. I really like your goal of getting out of debt….definitely interested in hearing how you’re planning that and any tips and tricks you learn along the way.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      LOL – so am I! I know it’s kind of just a silly word choice, but at the same time looking at it that way for some reason makes it a lot less intimidating for me. A word of the year…what a neat idea!! I think I read something about that on your blog, I will have to come revisit it! I will definitely post some updates throughout the year once we get a month or two under our belt – it’s going to be a challenge but I think it’s a good one to work for!

  • chelsea

    these are great, lindsay! i’m super nosy too so i love reading people’s goals. i agree that resolutions aren’t the best and i’m ALL about the goal setting! to help me be more successful with sticking to them, i make mine into “SMART” goals (specific/measurable/attainable/realistic/timely) because i’m the greatest at coming up with excuses or weaseling out of them :)

    one goal i have this year is to do at least four 21-day meditation challenges to help with my anxiety and happiness!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Glad I’m not too crazy! ;) Eric always makes fun of me for my “goals” vs “resolutions” but hey, whatever works, right?! I LOVE the idea of turning your goals into SMART goals! I may have to steal your idea and do that with a few of mine!

      And best of luck to you with your goal – I’d LOVE to hear how it works for you!

  • Lindsey Galabeas

    Great goals, and basically mirror mine exactly! Haha. I love that you are planning to be intentional about reading the bible with your hubby. It’s def a huge goal, but doable. You’ll have to let us know how it goes!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Haha, love it! :) We are still a bit intimated by that goal if I’m being totally honest, but even if we don’t totally complete it by the end of 2015, I know we will be a heck of a lot farther than if we never started in the first place! :)

  • Paige Gunter

    Wow, Lindsay, all of these look really good. I totally understand your lingo by the way. There is definitely a difference between resolutions and goals. :) I like #3 on your list the best. It is something I wish Justin and I could do more on a regular basis. As it is, it is precious time when it does happen.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Oh I’m so glad to hear! Sometime when you’re writing you feel a little crazy. ;) Absolutely – we hadn’t been doing enough of it in 2014 so that’s why we decided to make it one of our goals for 2015!

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