Holistic New Year Resolutions- Looking Forward...

For the most part, I am not a fan of New Year Resolutions in the traditional sense.  I find that they tend to focus on the negative aspects of life and only temporary fixes for them.  I am more of a "baby steps in the right direction, all year long" type of person.
I do however embrace the clean slate given by the turning of the year and the chance to focus on what I would like to manifest in the year coming.  This year, more than ever I feel big changes coming in my life.  I practiced a lot of self care in 2014 and it has resulted in a far healthier and happier me. Which in turn has led me to what I can only describe as a greater state of mental clarity.
I have become much more focused on my goals and feel more courageous than I have in a very long time.  Giving birth probably contributed to this feeling {I'm a beast if I can do that right!?} but not feeling tired and shitty all the time helps too.  Cleaning up the toxins in my diet and personal care had a lot to do with this but that is an entire other post, perhaps even an entire other blog ;)
For the first time in my life I know definitively that I am in control of my destiny and I have the power to get where I want to go.  What a HUGE realization for me this has been.  So without further adieu here are my musings on my goals for the year coming and what you can expect to see here on GypsyYaya~

1. Make My Blog More Personal

I started this blog 3 1/2 years ago on a whim.  I knew very little about computers when I started out.  I knew even less about blogging.  All I knew was that I wanted to share beautiful ideas and things and be part of this uplifting online community.  I had just started following some mega inspirational blogs at the time and I wanted in on spreading the love.  So I took the plunge.
It has been a rocky road to say the least. I have learned a lot and still have a very long way to go.  I basically still don't have a clue what I'm doing most of the time.  I do however, have a clear picture in my mind of where I'd like GypsyYaya to go.  I talked a little about this awhile back, here.
I began blogging by sharing bohemian bits and pieces from here and there that I was into.  Things like editorials and interiors that were influencing my vibe at the time.  That was cool and all, but more and more I have been finding it hard to maintain an authentic tone without sharing more of my personal story.  So I'm going to start doing more of that.
I've already begun posting tidbits of my travels and glimpses into my home and a few diys. Next I plan to expand in that direction and maybe even share some outfit posts, recipes, thoughts and more snapshots from my perspective.  Yikes!  I'm usually a Super Shy and Introverted Person, so this is a big deal for me ya'll.

2. Create Family Traditions

My darling husband and I have been married for just over two years and our daughter recently turned one.  She is just getting to the age where she's more involved with what's really going on around her.  This year we will see her walking and talking and becoming more of a participating member of our little family unit.  It's time to start forming our own special Family Traditions. Things that we will look forward to each year as a family.  I want to fill her little memory up with as many magical and warming experiences as I possibly can.
I have always relished the opportunity to celebrate milestones, holidays {and everyday life!} creatively.  I can hardly wait to share them with my little one and of course here on GypsyYaya as well.  I've got some exciting ideas for the coming year and I'm looking forward to seeing the wonder in her little face.
We started last night with our {new} New Years Eve family friendly celebration.  I gathered every overstuffed blanket and cushion in the house and made a giant nest on the living room floor to watch the ball drop on tv.  I made our favorite new recipes of the year, homemade pizza & raw chocolate pudding. We snuggled up and ate yummy things while the baby danced to the performances. Then we tucked her into bed and toasted with a bottle of red by candlelight.  It was honestly way more fun than most New Years Eves I've ever had. Cheers to a new chapter in life!

3. Spend More Time Communing With Nature

We live in a Very Urban Environment.  In Houston, Texas to be exact.  While we are lucky to live in a relatively pretty and very slightly walk-able part of the city, all in all we get very little time soaking in the real outdoors.
My husband grew up in rural Minnesota and me in the rural-ist of rural, Nova Scotia, so we need to spend time in the forest. We want our daughter to experience the deep and satisfying connection to nature that we were so lucky to have grown up with. After our trip to Canada this past Summer our passion for spending time in the great outdoors was fueled even further.
With the baby getting to an age where we have a little more flexibility, it's time to go outside.  I'm not sure where this will take us yet but we are fortunate to have many gorgeous natural landscapes right here in Texas to explore. Hiking, swimming, camping fools we will be.

4. Nurture My Personal Time

Haha. I know this is a funny one with a little one, and you Moms out there are like "good luck with that sh*t".  But hear me out.  I'm going to attempt to use what little personal time I do have to do more enriching things. Until now nap times have been scrambling to get laundry done or whatever other domestic duty calls.  More and more I can get these things done while the babe is awake, so I'm going to dedicate me time to me.  At least whenever I can.  I have a stack of books that I cannot wait to get my hands on and an even bigger stack of art supplies that I need to bust out. With my new studio space all set up I have no excuse to let my creative projects languish in the corner any longer. The housework can wait. Well you know what I mean.

5. Learn To Cook {More} From Scratch

In my quest to become a healthier me I have changed my diet up big time and in the process I have been teaching myself to cook.  I mean really cook, real food from real, healthy,whole, organic ingredients.  The more I learn, the more I realize I need to make the foods I want to eat from scratch. I've already mastered the art of making various types of beans and grains from scratch but it's time to take it a step further.  It is soo worth it to have big batches of nourishing food on hand for a busy family.  So soups! Canning! Baking! Here. I. Come.  I have developed a passion for food and can't wait to share some healthy, affordable, do-able recipes with ya'll!

So that about sums up my thoughts on the subject. No New Year, new me. Just maybe... New Year, better me, better perspective, more livin' and doin'. Happy New Year Ya'll. May your year be full of love and light. Thanks for hanging out with me.



  1. I'm really looking forward to seeing your new blog vision! Sounds like fun!

  2. I totally agree with more outdoor activities! Even with the cold here on the East Coast, we still bundle up and explore the outdoors. It makes a huge difference each day to get out and breathe in the fresh air!

  3. wonderful goals, Andrea, resonating with mine too! wish you could achieve what you plan this year with ease and joy! :)


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