Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wednesday Ramblings | 2013 Intentions


Are you a goal-setting kind of person?  I really am.  I like goals and I especially like achieving goals.  Because of this, I find it odd that I have never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions.

Last year, instead, I created a list of things that I wanted to be more intentional about doing.  Most people set resolutions with a mindset that, once it’s achieved, you don’t really have to think about it any more.  But by setting up some intentions for myself, it was my hope that I could create some lasting, lifelong habits to work on daily and I loved going back to this list throughout the year to see how I was doing.

So intentions are how I’ll kick off 2013 too.  I went back to last year’s list and realized that each one that I chose last year will stay on the list this year and that each year moving forward, I will only add to the list.  These are things that will enrich my life and things that I will strive to do more of each day.  

Here are last year’s intentions with a few notes on how I did:

1. Improve my photography skills (definitely ongoing) – I feel like I came a long, long way in 2012 but have much room to continue to improve. I will learn to use my tripod this year and continue to explore food styling and really find my own photography “voice”.

2. Pray more – I feel like I have a fairly good prayer life but can you really pray enough?  I will continue to strive to make prayer a #1 priority in my day.

3. Practice Yoga – I did not excel here.  I did a little yoga and a little pilates but I could have done better.  I think this year the intention will be to just take more “me time” to meditate, relax and center myself.

4. Stick to our budget – we did this, for the most part.  Of course, there is always room for improvement but I feel like 2012 held so many blessings.  We were mostly smart with our finances while still able to have fun and enjoy this time in our lives!

5. Recycle – definite success here.  Paul goes so far as to call me a hippy from time to time.  Our building makes it extremely easy to recycle so I keep a big bin under the sink where we throw cardboard, paper and plastic and take it to the garage every-so-often, and glass get dropped off on my way to church about once a month.  I have definitely made recycling a habit!

7. Eat more local, organic, fresh foods and less processed ones – some days I’m really good at this and others, not so much.  I try: I buy tons of fresh, local produce from the farmers market in the summer but when that slows down, it gets more difficult.  I don’t buy many processed foods but sometimes you just need a box of Wheat Thins, you know?

7. Write more – I did a little writing outside of the blog but mostly this place is where I type most words.  I have a prayer/Bible study journal too, but hope to continue to write more this year.

8. Read more (Bible included!) – I did read quite a bit this year.  She Reads Truth helped keep me on track with my daily Bible reading and I was able to read lots of “for-fun” books too.  I do need some new ones to add to my list this year, though!

And here are a few new ones for this year:

9. Unplug more often. I have spent much of the last two weeks unplugged and truly present with my husband and our families and I have loved every minute of that.  Social media can trap me if I let it so I will intentionally unplug this year to be present more often.

10. Serve others. I don’t do this enough – I have so many opportunities around me to give back when I have been given so much yet I don’t take the time to do it because I “need” to bake cookies or I “have to” photograph a salad.  I will make time to allow God to use my hands and feet this year.

11. Use the knowledge that I have gained by running this blog by helping others create their own success. I have been tossing around the idea in my head of doing a quick series on Food Blogging Search Engine Optimization.  Would you read it?  Do you understand it?  Do you have questions about it?  What else do you want to know about blogging?  When I started Bake Your Day, I knew next to nothing about blogging and I have learned along the way.  I still have tons to learn and am, by no means, an expert.  But I would love to be able to share what I have learned so far!

12. Be a more patient person.  Patience is something I struggle with on a daily basis and I will continue to attempt to be more patient with each passing day.  How do you practice patience?

I can’t wait to see what this year will bring and I am so very blessed by and grateful for your presence here!  Cheers to 2013!


34 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings | 2013 Intentions”

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    Sandy @ RE — January 2, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Love your list, Cassie. Your priorities are inspiring and I hope and pray you have a fruitful 2013. Thank you for blessing us with your blog!

    • Cassie replied: — January 2nd, 2013 @ 10:24 am

      Thank you for being here! I can’t wait to hug you in April!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 2, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Wow – what an inspiring list of intentions, Cassie!! You have much to celebrate and be proud of based on that list!! So many ring true on my end as well – thank you for the reminder!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — January 2, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    This is a great recap and list…it’s inspiring me to take some time to reflect on my own 2012 and 2013. Happy New Year! 🙂

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    Kim | At Home With Kim — January 2, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Hi Friend! I love your list. Great idea to take a look back at 2012 and process how you did in each “intention”. You and I share quite a few of the same “intentions”. Looking forward to 2013!!! Happy New Year!

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    Jackie @ Domestic FIts — January 2, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Such a great list, you are a very inspiring person 🙂

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    Joanne — January 2, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I love the idea of intentions and goals instead of resolutions. It has such a much nicer ring to it. 🙂 ANd you’ve got such a great list here! THe world would be a much better place if everyone strived to do these things.

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    Marie — January 2, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    Love that your list is intentions and not resolutions. Not so much pressure on yourself but a definite plan. Well done on your progress in 2012. Best of luck for 2013

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 2, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    I love your list of intentions, so many I can relate to as well. I would love to see a series about Food Blogging SEO because I am totally clueless and would love to see how you are so successful with your amazing blog. 🙂

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 2, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    You are amazing, Cassie. I’m hoping to do more yoga and learn how to stay in budget as well. It’s been such a challenge to do the latter but I’m hoping that will change in 2013!

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    Amanda — January 2, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    Wonderful list my friend!!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — January 2, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

    would love the SEO series!!

    I’m also working on patience 🙂

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    DessertForTwo — January 2, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Love this 🙂

    I would love a SEO tutorial!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 2, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    I love your list! The baby has definitely made me reorganize my top priorities. I think the SEO help would be awesome!

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    Laura @FoodSnobSTL — January 2, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    I would definitely love to read a post on SEO stuff!

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 2, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    I’m not great at setting goals, I’m to much of a procrastinator; but I love your list!

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — January 2, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    What a wonderful list, Cassie! I wish you all the best in 2013, and I look forward to meeting you in April 😉

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — January 2, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    I need to do more yoga tooooooooooo. And a ton of other healthy things. Ugh.

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    JulieD — January 2, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Love it all. I agree about sharing your knowledge, we all grow and learn from sharing and teaching. xoxo

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 2, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    I love that you call your goals intentions – I like that so much better than resolutions!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 2, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    Very inspirational!! I could copy a lot of those for my own life. 😉 One of my intentions is to practice hospitality (without grumbling, if I’m going to quote the verse) – I need to do better in that area!

    And yes, please do a series on SEO…I need it!

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    luv what you do — January 2, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    That is a beautiful picture! I’d say your photography is really quite good!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 2, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    What a great list! I love that you kept the one from last year, and just added to it.
    I would definitely read what you know about SEO – I am always looking to learn more!

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    Emily — January 3, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Love these! GREAT IDEAS!

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    katie — January 3, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Oh i love your goals for 2013! I like to write down goals too. I love that you want to unplug more. This is something I’ve been trying to do more often since returning back from Europe in October of 2012.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 3, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    You are such an inspiration to so many, and definitely to me! 🙂 I’ll especially support your goal to unplug more this year. Love the idea of you getting more time to just spend with Paul (without your cell!).

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    dervla @ The Curator — January 3, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Lovely goals, mine are mostly to take a bit more time to nurture myself so I can then extend that to others. Often i run myself too dry and then i’m no good to anyone. Happy new year, Cassie! Looking forward to what 2013 will bring.

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    heather — January 3, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing your list, it is very inspiring! I want to have a servant’s heart, and I fail at this so much.


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    Robin @ Simply Southern Baking — January 3, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Love your list Cassie. I’m with you on #9. I’ve been unplugged more the last few weeks and enjoyed it. Would love to hear what you have to share on blogging.

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    Baking Serendipity — January 3, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    I love the idea of intentions rather than resolutions. One of mine is to pray more this year too.

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    Liren — January 4, 2013 @ 1:30 am

    No.9. Yes. I made it a point to unplug over the holidays and how wonderful. I need to remember to do that more, throughout the year!

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    Shaina — January 4, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    I would 100% be interested in a series on food blogging search engine optimization. that stuff is so above my head sometimes. but i, NEEEED, to learn more!! if you do something like this please let me know!

    love all of your goals for 2013! happy new year 🙂

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — January 5, 2013 @ 3:19 pm

    I love setting and achieving goals, and I love intentions – I definitely also focused on intentions this year, things that I want to see become part of my life, not something I can “check off” and walk away from. Great list, and great work on last year’s list too!

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    Cookie and Kate — January 6, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Happy new year, Cassie! Your intentions are great. Hope 2013 is your best yet.

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