The 2014 Blogger's Guide to Resolutions

Friday, January 3, 2014


It's our duty as good bloggers to hash out two kinds of post this time of year: the yearly recap and the 2014 resolutions. It's just something that has to be done, no excuses. But don't worry bloggers, I've come up with a perfect list to help you figure out how you can be a better person/blogger in the new year. No need to thank me, the pleasure was all mine.

In 2014 I vow to...

1. Have more trays around my house. 
Bloggers love decorative trays. The more you have around your house, the better your life will (probably) be. It just makes sense. I only have two, but by the end of 2014 I hope to have at least twenty-two.





2. Make more subtle "I have something big to announce soon" announcements.
If you're like me, you eat this stuff up. I really do, you guys. It doesn't matter if I just randomly came across your blog one day and have no idea what you're talking about because half of it is in Mandarin and I don't even know you one bit, if you say you have an announcement coming you better believe I'm interested to know what it is. So in 2014 I hope to make these announcements at least three times a week.

3. More bokeh. 
You know what bokeh is, right? It's all of those fun little blurry dots you see in the photo above. Thanks to my blogger sistas I've noticed bokeh is red hot. It's probably been hot for awhile now but because I'm usually late to trends I'm just picking up on it. I predict bokeh will be making its appearance in many more blogger photos in 2014.

4. Spend less time on social media.
"Unplug" as the cool kids say. However it must be noted that while "unplugging" you must also be growing every outlet of social media, as well. See #5.

5. Grow every outlet of social media.
Like all good bloggers say (secretly or not so secretly) their goal is to grow their blogs in the following year, myself included. And by "blogs" we also mean our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and every other way we put ourselves out there. Hey, no one said blogging was easy.

6. Run a marathon.
Because all good bloggers do. I didn't make the rules.

7. Do a juice cleanse. Or buy a juicer. (One in the same.)
Because all good bloggers do. I didn't make the rules.

8. Post more positive quotes on Instagram.
Don't ask why just do it.

9. Do more DIY stuff.
You know, like make headboards out of bark and coffee tables out of old lamp shades.

10. More hashtags on Instagram. And in life in general.
People say they hate over-hashtagging but I know they're just joking. Personally, I like to stick to three hashtags for the most part: #blessed #yolo and #nailedit. I like yolo because I'm three years late to it and that makes it all the more fun for me.

11. Go to the gym and stuff.
And make sure to take photos while at the gym so everyone knows I'm there. #loveworkingout

12. More planners. 
More specifically, more photos of me using my new planner.

Twelve seems like a good number to end on. So let's get to it, bloggers. I think 2014 is going to be our year.

Hope you enjoy the first weekend of 2014! It's going to be a balmy 2 degrees here in Chicago so I can't wait to have some fun in the sun.

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44 comments:

  1. #7 is never going to happen for me....my counter space in my kitchen is prime real estate and those juicers take up too much room....plus I really don't want to!
    #1 hilarious....I stole a tray from my parents house and put it on my bedside and I stacked all my daily jewelry...I thought about taking a picture....
    Thanks for the tips! ;-)

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    1. Jewelry tray is def my next tray. Not even kidding I'm going to search for one today at thrift shops!

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  2. Printing this list out and pinning in on my DIY corkboard next to my desk so that I remember to check off every single number before next January. #bloglife

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  3. MORE CHEVRON! ALWAYS more chevron.

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  4. I literally just bought this amazing planner for this year. I feel like if I plan, better things will happen. When it comes to social media, you are dead on. It is great to unplug, but during that time of unplugging you missed a ton of chances to grow. And also, gym is always a good idea :) it is where you will see most of my time this 2014 year.

    xo. Kailagh

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  5. It's a balmy -22 in Ontario today. I'm actually glad to be in my cubicle.

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  6. hahahahaha, this is hilarious!! I need to get on the decorative trays stat! I have none! Also, Bokeh??? I never realized that was a thing. Also, you may want to add to your hashtag repetoir, #forthewin ...it's a personal fave =)

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  7. I love everything about this list! Even though I won't be running a marathon anytime soon, a good post may come out of that fact. Light bulb! Thanks Tay!

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  8. You are too funny…sad but half of those are on my goals lists..altho i am not one for the tray trend…I think it just adds more clutter to my house because then i'll need to buy coffee table books and what not! Never knew what those little blurbs in photos were called…still don't even know how to make them! lol

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  9. HA! Many of these are pretty much my life, except DIY stuff. I guess it makes me a bad blogger, but I'd rather just buy something at a store.
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  10. You're funny. I love your posts. Whatever you do, don't stop blogging!!!!!!

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    1. Well that's the nicest comment ever, thank you Jodi!

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  11. Oh em gee I am #totes with you on these... sadly, I only have one single decorative tray in my house right now. What am I doing with my life? And honestly, I can't even run to the mailbox let alone run a marathon... #failure! ;)

    Jamie @
    The Growing Up Diaries

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  12. You had me at #1 and I cracked up the rest of the way. Well done, lady, well done! #nailedit

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  13. It's 15 degrees here in northern VA, with a -5 wind chill. I just don't know how you do it, Taylor.
    p.s. Thanks for all the ideas--I need to get my planner I got for Christmas on insta ASAP!

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  14. You make me laugh out loud consistently and this post was no exception! Keep it up in 2014 :)

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  15. no marathons, please! no. no. i am anti marathon. there i said it. but im not anti trays. or anti juicing. jk what's a juicer?

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  16. I think I'm going planner-free this year. I've been a slave to the moleskine but this year I'm throwing caution to the wind!

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  17. I can't tell if your serious or not which makes this great, Definitely taking these tips on board! ;)

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  18. So, I have something big to announce. Between now and...the end of February. Not subtle enough?
    I have neither instagram, decorative trays, or juice. Oh well...

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  19. Hahahaha I love this!!! I have no trays so I must be in a horrible blogging rut!! Thanks for the laugh :)

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  20. Wait I have to run a marathon? I quit blogging.

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  21. Hahahah this is hilarious! No marathons for me though... oh well guess my blogging career is over!

    Kristen
    www.alittlelookinsideme.blogspot.com

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  22. I look forward to your vague Mandarin announcements.

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  23. HILARIOUS, seriously though, what is with all the planners? And why are they so expensive? Isn't that what smart phones are for?

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  24. A big yes to planners and DIYs , well organizing apps keep spoiling me with ease.

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  25. Bahahah I love this and you (in a non creepy way of course)....

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  26. Um I bought three planners (why? I don't know) and I'm still not as organized as all these other bloggers! Probably because I only post pictures of them on instagram

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  27. Good gracious the planners...and the journals!!!! I am definitely a sucker for the big announcements too though. Maybe I should start more posts that way. "ohhhhh come back tomorrow for a BIG announcement." "Well thanks for coming back, turns out I can't make that big announcement until tomorrow so come back then". and repeat x 100

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  28. It is so embarrassing how many of these I'm guilty of doing/writing. I love your insight! You are a comic genius, my girl. I await your "announcement" soon!

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  29. Thanks for making my night with this hilarity!!!

    xo Always, Abby

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  30. bahahahha! You never disappoint with your spot on "blogger posts" it makes me so happy to fall in to every category:)

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  31. Hahaha...love these. You forgot to add more chevron. And topknots. #nopeandnope
    love ya girl!
    xoxo

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  32. Guilty of almost all of these! Although I have no trays or intentions of running a marathon. Heck. To the.No.

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  33. This list is so hilariously accurate it is amazing!

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  34. And you have to pick just ONE WORD to define ALL OF 2014!!!!!!!!

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  35. Ahaha, this made me lol. I decided against a planner because I'd rather not skip out on rent in order to get a good one ;).

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  36. This is too funny. I love your sense of humor about blogging!

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  37. You are always so funny!! :D #hashtagnonsense #justdoit

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  38. I can barely run up my stairs, much less run a marathon. I guess I should just quit while I'm ahead. #bloggerfail

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  39. HAHAHA yes, I must do all of those things! But I think you forgot apologize for life getting in the way of blogging, say you're going to change your blog's content, and take more food pictures. Or selfies. #nailedit

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    Prophets of God agree that all mankind may seek the Lord; a sharp contrast to Calvinistic teaching.

    Psalm 10:4 The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him. All his thoughts are, "There is no God."

    The wicked can seek God, however, they choose not to. Pride destroys the desire to seek God.

    Acts 17:26-27 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

    Mankind is to seek God. He is there for whoever is willing to find Him.

    Psalm 53:1-2 The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God.".....2 God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks God,

    If God selects men to be saved against their will, He would not have to look down to see who seeks Him.

    Proverbs 8:17 "I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.

    God says diligently seek Him. Calvinists proclaim that no man can seek God. Who do you believe?

    2 Chronicles 19:3 But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God."

    Men need to prepare their hearts to seek God.

    Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

    The writer of the Psalms says God will not forsake those who seek God. Those who preach, the John Calvin view of predestination, strongly disagree.

    Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom......

    Jesus says seek God's kingdom. John Calvin says men cannot seek God.

    Hebrews 11:6 ....for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

    God rewards those who seek Him.

    GOD DOES NOT ARBITRARILY FORCE MEN INTO HIS KINGDOM. MEN NEED TO SEEK GOD!

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