Lattes with Liv

Lattes with Liv: December 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Goals & Resolutions

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is enjoying some relaxing time with their families and loved ones.

Have you started to think about your goals for 2015 yet? Well, now is the time! New Years is only 5 days away. I can't believe how fast 2014 has flown by. 

Most of my goals for 2015 will be centered around my 101 in 1001 list, but I have some ideas for some other things I'd like to do as well. 

I find it hard to just simply list out a bunch of goals and stick with them. I need deadlines and a way to know I've accomplished them! I've gotten used to writing SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant & timely). Lists with a deadline (like 101 in 1001 or 30 before 30) really help with the timely aspect. If you have trouble accomplishing your goals, think about the SMART acronym while you're writing them. 

Have lots of goals you want to accomplish? Think about splitting the year up by category. I love Carly's method of month by month, or you could do quarters. This system is most effective when you pick a theme & then write goals for each theme. 

Tend to forget about them a few months down the road? Set days throughout the year to check in on your progress (like the first Sunday of every month) and make sure your list is easily accessible - whether that means taping it to your bathroom mirror or keeping it in a note on your phone. Half the battle is keeping yourself accountable & it becomes much easier when you regularly remind yourself of your goals.

Need some inspiration? Here's some of my past new year goals: 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gift Guide: Hostess

Someone is probably wondering what happened to all of the promised gift guides, or you didn't think about it until you opened this post. I'm going to start by apologizing - I'm sorry! Life the last three weeks has been insane (as I'm sure it's been for many of you). Between finals prep, finals and my trip to Chicago (more on that later), I've barely had time to breathe. This particular post has been pulled together since thanksgiving, I just never found the time for final edits. 

2015 is going to be my year of the blog (among other things) and I'm going to aim to post at least once a week. More on next year later (I should have more time to blog in the next two weeks- thanks vacation!) but for now, back to delayed programming. 

Holiday parties are in full swing & the last thing you want is to show up empty handed! I've bulled together some of my favorite hostess gifts to inspire you as you are out & about picking up other gifts! 

Cheers Wine Tote

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Another great option? Asking if there's any food you can bring or a nice bottle of wine! 

What's your go-to hostess gift?