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1.01.2014

14 Predictions for 2014

it's pretty customary for me to get excited about the new year and plan all sorts of things.  i like the fresh start of january 1 and i enjoy looking forward to and planning everything i want to do in the next year.  i've made resolutions in the past but it's not my ideal way of going about the task of making my year better.  resolutions are hard for me to stick to, because they usually have a negative connotation for me - 'quit this' 'get better at this' 'do this like you're already supposed to be doing.'  it's not very motivating, so i turn to other methods to help me embrace the changing calendar.  (which boil down to re-phrased resolutions, yes.  shhhh.)





last year, i decided to go with the 'word of the year' idea.  my word of 2013 was less, which i think i did excellent on.  have you seen my perfectly organized bathroom?  or closet?  i'm a champion of less.


i'm certain this closet contains even less than when this photo was taken, because i see things i know i got rid of.

this year, i can't think of a word i like more than less.  i'm still on a path to a more minimalist lifestyle, so i plan on continuing with 'less' through 2014.  and instead, i'm going in a yet another different direction.  something that will be lighthearted yet still get my butt in gear to accomplish some things.  i'm calling these my 'predictions,' if for no other reason than how much i enjoy being right.  yes, it's true.  nothing will make me more productive than focusing on the post i can write next december talking about how right i was in my 14 predictions for 2014:

i predict... i'll always be at least 1 week ahead on having my blog posts written, if not 1 full month ahead.  (i already have 260 posts scheduled. not all written, but a topic and title for every post in 2014!)

i predict... i'll cross 20 more things off my 101 in 1001 list, bringing my total to 65/101.

i predict... another kardashian clan baby.  but i'm thinking kendall this time.

i predict... i'll leave the state to visit someone.

i predict... 100 more pins on my pinterest boards (bringing me up to 600.)

i predict... my best friend meredith getting engaged.

i predict... a really, really good football season for the iowa hawkeyes and the chicago bears.

i predict... a staycation/vacation with john.

i predict... the first installment of mockingjay to be the highest grossing film of the year.

i predict... at least one brunch involving bloody marys and mimosas with nicole.

i predict... attending 5 weddings.  (already rsvp-ed to 3. woof.)

i predict... seeing my friend's band 10 times.  in addition to attending his wedding.

i predict... awesome coordinating halloween costumes with megan and tara.

i predict... 52 more instagram photos of hawkeye.  hmm, that's only once a week, better make it 104.


what do you predict for the new year?

56 comments:

  1. I predict YOU'RE gonna get engaged ;)

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  2. My guess would be Kylie. I feel like she needs some kind of draw or something unique going for her. Teen mom? It's a real possibility.

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  3. Just 10 times for Stache? I think that's a little bit of an under prediction as well as 104 hawkeye photos haha. Waiting for the first one of 2014 of her, get on it!! : )

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  4. I will be one person contributing to Mockingjay! And totally thankful I only have a save the date for one wedding in 2014!

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  5. You are just way too organized for me. Ha!

    Happy New Year!

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  6. i really like the word less. I guess thats how I've been trying to live and didnt realize it. Good call.

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  7. Haha these are some good predctions! I don't make resolutions but I would like to go back to a more minimalist lifestyle...since I got home that has been very hard to do!

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  8. what an excellent surprise to see ME on this prediction list! and dang it, I'm going to make sure that if all else fails (which it won't), you get at least that one right. it's seriously time to stop our vague "we should get together" nonsense and make it official!

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  9. I still envy your blog posts all panned out, so jealous and in awe. And I love the predicting lol It does totally seem like a wedding year I already know of two weddings and one that got engaged just not sure when the wedding itself is. My go to word I decided is revolved around GO!

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  10. I predict that 2014 will be awesome all around. I'm trying to get rid off clutter and minimize by selling all the stuff I never did and/or no longer use on Poshmark. But it's counter-productive right now since I've been buying more than selling lately...

    ♥ Duckie.

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    1. Hahaha no!! No buying things! I don't blame you though - that's why I can't use Poshmark myself ;)

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  11. Bahaha at the Kendall prediction... and I agree.

    I'm all for "reworking" NY's resolutions too. Otherwise it all gets way too ambiguous and disappointing. This year I'm putting my resolutions in terms of days/numbers: e.g., one of them is to have one veggie-fruit smoothie every day. But instead of saying it like that, I'm putting it as "Drink 365 veggie smoothies." More leeway since if I miss a day I can double up on a smoothie... And the best part is I can "tick off" each day I've had one, and feel accomplished and like I'm making progress :)

    Hope you had a nice holiday Stephanie~

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    1. Oooo I like the smoothie one! And I love the way you phrased it, that's definitely a better way to go about it. It's easier to keep track of and then you don't miss one day early on and think 'oh well, it's over now, forget it!' Let me know how you do!!
      Happy New Year Quinn!

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  12. I predict that I'll be reading your blog all through 2014 just so I can see what all those posts you have scheduled are! Your organisation has inspired me to try and be more organised x

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    1. Awww thanks Vicki! I hope you like everything I have planned - at least 2 posts per month based on organization ideas!!

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  13. I love the predictions! I definitely think another Kardashian baby will be coming, but I think it'll be another Kimye cherub...

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    1. I think it'll happen too, but I'm leeping my fingers crossed that it won't because I hate those two!

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  14. I predict happiness! Lots of it! :) Love your closet, by the way! I need to organize mine BAD

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  15. I predict that I will have like 300 instagram photos of walter. hahaha.

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  16. Another Kardashian baby hahaha, I'm going to put my bets on Kim.

    I predict you will have an awesome 2014 and I can't wait to see all 104 pictures of Hawkeye.

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  17. Love your predictions! I predict when you go out of state you will be visiting some Ohio bloggers :)

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  18. that's amazing -- having a word of the year! "less" is perfect. i've been trying to downsize as well and it is NOT easy. i have emotional attachments to way too many things. also, you are SO organized. i am unbelievably envious.

    xo,
    gabby
    www.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

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  19. I have no doubt that you will excel at even more "less" in 2014! I'm trying out a "word of the year" this year and I think I'm going with "change".

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  20. i'm sure your predictions are all spot on!

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  21. I'd like to see at least 104 pics of Hawkeye.

    I tore through my utility closet this weekend, it was glorious! I love less.

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  22. I want your closet! Seriously 260 drafts!! So impressed! I am totally working on less this year! Yes, please 104 pics of Hawkeye at least, Seamus needs his fix!

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  23. I can barely bet past your first "I predict." 260 posts?!?!?! WTF?!?!? Teach more your ways, Obi Wan. (I think that's Star Wars, I have never seen any of them!)

    I predict I will never be that organized. :-/

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  24. I predict I won't see any of the Star Wars movies

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  25. HAHAH i love it! EEK I cannot wait for mockingjay. Gah, another kardashian baby...the world cannot take it.

    also, I need your 'less' attitude & stop being such a pack rat

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  26. I love these predictions! Can't wait to see how 2014 unfolds!

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  27. you are the organizing queen of the internet. you need to come to my house. we've already talked about this.

    and i predict that john is The One. i had that idea when you guys first got together but the holidays and thoughtful gifts he gave you solidified that for me. just sayin'. (and no pressure on him! LOL)

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  28. I predict you'll be right on all of these.

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  29. You predict 5 weddings?? Dang...it must be the "season". :P

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  30. I am also a bit fan of less! Could live in a big house but we decided to live in a small condo for that reason. Less is more!

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  31. LOVE THIS! You really are great at less! I'm freaking impressed that you have some many blog posts drafted/planned. That's incredible and I can't wait to read them! Also, the rest of your predictions are great and I'm pretty confident you'll be write on so many of them ;)

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  32. I perdict that I'm going to become obsessed with your blog BECAUSE IT'S ALREADY HAPPENING!

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  33. 260 posts!? You are the worst ;) hoping your Bears prediction is right!!

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  34. I don't know how you do it all and do it all WELL! You're a marvel, woman!

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  35. I LOVE your "less" mantra from 2013. I WISH my under my bathroom sink looked like yours.

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  36. umm...wow! can you come over and organize my closet??? it's bad in there....really bad!

    i love the "less" word for 2013 and I think it's a great idea! Now you have me trying to pick a word for 2014.:)

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    1. Less was such a good word for me - it's how my closet came to look like that, honestly! It was way different this time last year. Now, it's perfect :)

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  37. please no kardashian baby- it makes me scared of the world!

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  38. "not all written, but a topic and title for every post in 2014!" This makes me feel so much less sucky. When I was reading scheduled I was always thinking written out and just waiting to go live. This makes me feel better. You aren't *really* superwoman, but you're super!

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  39. 260 post topics?!? I have 1. ONE POST idea. Stop making me look bad.

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  40. Less is a great idea; I loooove reducing and organizing in our apartment.

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  41. These resolutions are great and I really need to cut down on the amount of stuff I have - I am moving in June so that might be a good time to do that!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  42. Love this! Your predictions are pretty great, love the Kardashian one and I'm sure they will find a way to weasel their way into the spotlight again in 2014. I predict that you and I can perhaps meet up in the lovely city of Chicago?!? Maybe getting together with some other Chicago Bloggers??

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  43. I like your theory on "less"...I should work on that too. And I think I see all of your predictions coming true!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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  44. I love this! I feel the same way about resolutions..they're just not for me. Making predictions is such a good idea!! I'm excited to see which of them come true! :)

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  45. I love the idea of predictions instead of resolutions. Why didn't I think of that?!
    3 weddings already? Oy ve, why is like everyone getting married/having children? While I'm just over here trying to get a 6 pack. Blah.

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    1. Hahahaha tryiong to get a 6 pack is a way better use of your time! Hopefully at 29 I'm getting to the tail end of everyone springing weddings on me. And I don't do baby showers so at least that's one thing off my calendar!

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  46. lol to kendall's baby prediction!! and i also predict you visit another state/ friend...i predict sunny, southern CA ;)

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  47. I love this! Predictions can be very motivating. I'm going with a word of the year (Adventure & Grace...so really two words) this year instead of resolutions. I've failed at resolutions for one reason or another too many times and now it's like a joke to me, personally. I look forward to hearing your recap at the end of the year. ;)

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