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2014 Goals

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I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Something about the words sound so negative and heavy to me. Or maybe it’s because try as I might, I can never manage to do anything the conventional  way. Whatever it is, I do like to set goals for myself in the new year. Looking over this blog, I can see whole lists of things I have accomplished (including: learning to shoot in RAW and nailing the focus in my photos while shooting in manual). Some of these are now so second nature to me, I hardly remember a time when those skills didn’t exist. So here, for the world to see, are my personal goals for 2014.


Get fit. Again.

2011 saw me go from being pretty much sedentary to being able to run a mile. I was juicing, eating clean and lost 25 pounds, bringing me down to my goal weight. All of that disappeared in one day. January 18, 2012 Apollo had an MRI and received a diagnoses of a double aortic arch. I have never been able to lay him down for a nap since. Not once. After the MRI I had to rock him to sleep every afternoon. I had gotten into a habit which never varied (even in the rain and snow) and that was to put him down for a nap and go on a run. All of that was lost January 2012. Things were further complicated in March 2012 after his first double aortic arch division. After that he had so much anxiety surrounding sleep he has never since been put in bed awake (without someone by his side) or slept on his own.

Two years later, I really have no excuse. I am in a situation where I can leave the kids in charge for half an hour…

1531834_10153665144745613_908023825_nBe consistent about school planning.

It goes without saying, homeschooling six kids requires some forethought planning.

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Grow my business, Little Earthling Photography.

I am passionate about photography in general and birth photography in particular. It is an understatement to say that the market is oversaturated…but I just can’t give up my dream of doing photography professionally. I simply love it too much.

On that note, the rest of BEN! and Adalia’s engagement photos are up on my Little Earthling Photography site, so be sure to check those out! And please, leave a comment, it helps my business 🙂

Master food photography.

My food photos suck. They really do. Sponsored posts often depend on the quality of photos and my food photos are distinctly lacking. Mainly because it isn’t something I am passionate about. But 2014 is my year. I will get better.

Be consistent about meal planning.

Continue to write Apollo’s story. 

I hope to have Apollo’s story published in book form someday.


I plan to print this list up and put it somewhere where I can see it everyday.

How about you? Have you made any goals or resolutions for 2014? I’d love to hear about them. You can either share in the comments, or if you’ve blogged about them, leave a link. I promise to check out each and every one!


  1. Michele P

    Just doing life here and trying to balance between having a fun blog, reviewing curriculum and loving my family! And, just for the record, I cannot see how any of your photos could not be good! 😉

  2. Penny

    My goals:

    Continue paying down debt and saving. I got a good start on that last year but this is no time to get lazy with it!

    Get healthy. Yesterday I joined the YMCA and on my way home from work tonight I’ll be stopping there and taking a swim. Due to psoriatic arthritis, most exercise is just too hard for me, swimming is perfect. I’ve resisted joining due to the cost but at some point you just have to do it.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Paying down debt is a goal of ours too this year…but that’s not a personal one, so I didn’t mention it.

      Good for you in joining the YMCA!

  3. Lauri

    Have you checked out Trim Healthy Mama? It’s awesome! I feel so healthy, energetic, clear headed, emotionally stable(as in, no mood swings!). and strong. I’ve been doing it for a year, and finding it very doable for a mom of a large family. So far, I’ve lost over 60 lbs.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I have read it and we’ve tried a few recipes. I just don’t want to have to cook seperate meals for myself and have all kinds of special ingredients.

      • Lauri

        I don’t cook that differently for my kids and I. If we were having meatloaf for example, I either make something like mashed cauliflower (which is really yummy) for my husband and I, and have potatoes for the kids along with a salad, or we would just have the meatloaf and salad. For breakfast, if we were having eggs, I make toast for the kids and sauteed veggies for us. Or if we were having oatmeal, I just don’t have any sugar on mine – just some chopped up apples and yogurt. I have a few special ingredients, but it’s taken me a year to collect them. You can definitely do it without them!

  4. brittany

    Your new year resolutions sound very good! I guess one of mine is really the opposite of most peoples. In order for me to be in my goal weight, I am required to gain weight rather than loose it. I am working hard at this, and hope to be in my target range next week, although it is so VERY hard for a teenage girl like myself to be ok with gaining weight!

    Blessings on your journey,

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      That makes sense, Brittany. Good luck to you with your weight-gain. Being Apollo’s mom, I can understand the real need for some people to work hard to gain weight.

  5. Alexis E.

    You are have straightforward goals. I want to lose weight, which I hate even saying at this time of year. I want to work on my photography mostly as it pertains to using it for the blog. I also want to continue working on my garden and focusing on some much needed curb appeal.

  6. Anna

    I’m going to quit setting myself up for failure. So I’m not making any resolutions. Or homeschool plans…except for a fun unit on…oh wait. I’m not setting myself up to fail. I’m going to try to accept each day as it presents itself to me…except today. I’m not liking today at all! :S

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Nothing wrong with that, Anna. Besides, with a brand new baby, getting through each day is enough!

  7. Melpub

    I’m thinking wow, go easy. After all those pregnancies you look to be in amazing shape. I’ve never lost the extra eight pounds after only three kids. I’ve finally gotten back to ballet and tap after a thirty-year lapse and am enjoying that. I think you have to enjoy whatever exercise you choose. Tap is more fun than I ever imagined, and you can actually learn it (and a lot of other things) on you-tube.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thanks…I didn’t really start gaining weight until after Tucker…mostly my age I think. I really need to put an effort into eating right and being active.

  8. Jess Guest

    You know how some people have a special word or phrase for their year? Like “nourish” or “Be Still”? Mine is “getting my crap together”. Not as warm and fuzzy but it feels so good to be thinking about things like personal fitness and renovations after two years of hospital vending machines and hardly getting out of my chair due to my daughter’s needs. I’m not one to sugar coat I guess. 🙂

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I love it! I am/was the first to say 2012 sucked. Two heart surgeries and a g-tube…that’s enough for one toddler, don’t you think?! I was never so glad to see a year end…

  9. Robyn

    You can do this! Your goals are good ones, they are achievable, and they are things you really want. Do you have a plan for making them happen?

    I really enjoyed hearing about your and Chuck’s running, eating, and health adventures last year. Good luck to you!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      I don’t really have a plan yet. That is step two. Step three is to post them where I can see them each day.

  10. Melpub

    What set off a firestorm? Hard to imagine a firestorm surrounding you, but a writer never knows. I guess. My New Years resolution (this really will set off a firestorm) was to indulge in a little pampering before I get too old. So I bought myself–on sale–for a fabulous 240 euros–a mink coat.
    Firestorm! Tactless! Spent it On Myself Instead of the Kids! Animal Rights Activists approaching as I write! But it is a beauty and these are American minks.
    Not endangered, that is.
    Back to your subject: the meals look wonderful.

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