Resolution Check In + Free Fragrance Drawing

It’s hard to believe, but we are halfway through 2014. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions you set back at the beginning of the year? Yes, those resolutions! Do you need a refresher? Here’s the original post with all your goals to review what you said on December 31 about what you wanted 2014 to look like. In effort to keep myself accountable, I’m going to do a little mid-year performance review.

Here were the S.M.A.R.T. goals I set for myself, as well as how I’ve done so far:

 1. Active Every Day (defined as: 7000 steps on my FitBit Flex or 20 “active minutes” on my FitBit Flex wristband)

Progress: Hitting it! I’m averaging over 12,000 and I moved my baseline “Must Hit” goal up to 8,000.

Going on lots of weekend hikes have really helped with this!

2. Protein Shake or Green Juice 4X per week to start off my morning

Progress: Hitting it! I go back and forth between Blueberry Kale Smoothie and Live Soup and Jamisen still drinks them, even at the opinionated age of 3.

Even Lily likes her morning green smoothie.

3. Read 53 books or more in 2014.

Progress: I am behind on this one. I’ve only finished 12 books which means I have a lot of reading to do to hit this one.

4. Floss every day (I seriously hate this one; I have to put it back on my goal list every few years because I fall off the wagon. This is one of those years).

Progress: Crushing it, thanks to my Carrot App that taunts me if I don’t.

5. Take three Friday mornings off per month to spend with Jamisen doing crafts and play time.

Progress: This is has not been going swimmingly the last month with business travel, I’ve had to catch up on office time. The summer will be a great way to catch up on those precious moments.

Working on a coaster making project with Jamisen last Saturday.

Now it’s your turn. How are you doing on the goals you set yourself for the new year?

In the comments, tell me how you’ve meet, exceeded or had to rework your goals for a chance to win a prize pack of new Bramble Berry items. The prize pack includes (clockwise from top left): 2 oz. of Burnt Sugar Fragrance Oil, the Doughnut Half Mold, a 13 lb. Stainless Steel Scale, 2 oz. of Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil, 2 oz. of Autumn Fig Harvest Fragrance Oil and 2 oz. of Espresso Fragrance Oil. You have until next Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to update us on your New Year’s Resolutions and a chance to win the prize pack.

If you need help getting back on track like I do (reading and Fridays), or if you’re not sure what a S.M.A.R.T. Goal is, check out the resources below:

Visualizing Success with Vision Boards

Setting up a Mastermind Group

Strategies for Managing Change

Ultimate Year End Business Inspiration Mash Up

It’s not too late to start on a better tomorrow! We still have six months left in the year =)

161 Responses to “Resolution Check In + Free Fragrance Drawing”

  1. My main goal this year was to pay attention to how I spend my time. Time Management is so hard for me! I have learned that I need to cut back on something if I take on a new responsibility. Also, along the same lines, family time needs to remain a priority! I feel like I am making progress, but it’s still really hard for me to say “No” to someone!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Christa!

      Saying no can be really tricky! I’m a people pleaser, so that’s something I need to work on too.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. Charlotte says:

    I have a goal of getting more exercise. I am doing more, but still inconsistent.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Charlotte!

      That’s where I am with that goal too. I’m trying to go everyday, some days are harder than others :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Erin says:

    Well so far I have completed my MBA as of 5/12/14. I also have signed a lease for my first store front in May as well. I am slated to open on or before 6/30/14 after my building inspections for my license are complete. Those goals I have set are dead on so to speak. I plan to start my doctorate program in the fall for business but I still need to choose my school. I have narrowed it down to my top three though. My goal I set for weight loss has been a complete failure :(!! Between doing things for the business, my family, school and the kids school I have had little to no time to focus on me. Not to mention my sleep pattern has been totally off (which is probably due to the hours I keep and what I am eating). I just really need to do better. I started our great with smoothies and eating right (I even lost 20lbs) but as of late I have been at a stand still.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Erin!

      Wow, congrats on your MBA! That’s so awesome. Don’t be too hard on yourself regarding the goals you are not hitting. There is still time, and it sounds like you are accomplishing a lot!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  4. I had some short goals for the year and some long term goals for the year. First off, before I opened shop in Etsy for my soap I wanted to have a very laid out Facebook page including pictures of my molds, dyes, fragrances and previous make soaps. I wanted notes available for people who may be potential customers or people who may be curious about certain things. These notes included my pricing, differences between fragrance oil and essential oil, projects with soap I have planned on doing, which essential oils can be useful in remedies, etc. I spent three months working on my Facebook page before I opened shop in Etsy. I wanted to be that much prepared. And I am pleased to say that when I opened shop I had learned a lot about picture taking, information people may be interested in and more of the business side. That goal was completed.

    A longer term goal, which is in the process, is that I have decided to write a book series. Before I officially start the book series, I have been planning on writing what I term “test runs”. These are shorter stories about individual characters to help me come up with ideas, backgrounds and layouts of the overall story and characters, as well as narrow down personality and voice that each character has. There will be at least 5 main test runs and I finished one last year and started another. I am still working on my second one. Throughout this experience, I’m learning that even if I am not writing I still need to brainstorm and come up with material so that when I do write I have more direction of what I am planning. I hope to complete my second test run this month (it’s 30 pages so far).

    Last, in March I opened up two blogs to write in (I had been considering a blog for a while as a start to the new year). One directed at my soap and another my main blog. The goal is to write once a week or once every other week. I really slipped up on this one. My soap blog, since there was a prolonged period was deactivated without my knowledge (it’s bak up now). I am pleased to say I have picked up pace again and one of my more recent blogs, that was a very personal topic to me, got over 50 views! My most views is usually 17 or under.

    I’m learning that these goals are really helping me out even if I’m not the best at them the fact that I’m trying means that I’m taking that extra step forward. Don’t give up everyone, your goals can be seen through! :)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Trisha!

      Wow, it sounds like you are really busy! That’s awesome :). Congrats on meeting some of your goals, and congrats on your successful blog post! As a blogger myself, I know how exciting that is :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. My goal was really simple (not) just wanted to hold myself accountable to eating habits. and getting my craft room in my new home organized so that I could learn the craft of soap making. I’ve been collecting scents, molds, soap goodies and Crocheting bath poufs, facial scrubs so that I could put some little gift bags together for Christmas. I have the crocheting part down to a fine art, just need the kick for the soap making and this would be an awesome start to my new art in the making..Thank you for the opportunity to endulge myself with/without the win. I’m in….

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Lisa!

      Christmas presents is a great motivation to start a new crafting project. I would love to learn how to crochet, it looks like so much fun :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Kymberlee says:

    Goal: 400 Etsy listings by the end of 2014.

    Progress: Today there’s 287 listings. I need to check my photography and jewelry inventory and relist things I actually have on hand. And I need to do a bunch of photo editing for the new soaps I did last week.

  7. CJ says:

    1. Exercising at least 2x a week

    It was going well for the first 4 months, but because of some difficulties and health reason, I haven’t even go to my yoga class in a month now. When everything settle down, I’m planning on going back to my normal schedule.

    2. Experiment on making at least 12 different kind of soap this year (1 each month) to see which one works best for my skin.

    I’m on 6 now, so I think I can hit 12 before the year end. Although there are some mistakes, mishaps and difficulties, I really enjoy the experimentation so far. Each batch is a new learning experience.

    3. Eat breakfast

    This is so hard. Maybe I’m just so used to not having breakfast and have my lunch around 10-11. I really want to do this, but so far I maybe have breakfast for a total of 2-3 weeks this year. Sometimes I don’t know what to eat, I don’t really like cereal because some of them are loaded with sugar, and those with less / no sugar doesn’t taste great.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi CJ!

      It sounds like you are right on track to make 12 different soaps this year, awesome job! If you ever get photos of them, we would love to see them on our Facebook page :) Breakfast can be hard. What I have started doing is make a huge batch of hard boiled eggs on Sunday, and then I grab two every morning and eat them at my desk. That way I still have lunch, and don’t have to wake up any earlier in the morning :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • CJ says:

        Oh, thank you for the tips on the egg. I might do that. Breakfast is definitely hard to do. I need to make it a habit.

  8. Tracy Carlin says:

    My main goal for the new year was:

    To reclaim my health as I have high cholesterol, been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and close to being diabetic. I wanted to achieve these goal by eating organic foods, loosing weight, and starting an exercise regime that I could do successfully while helping to relieve my pain level.

    How successful have I been?

    Well, I have lost a total of 45 pounds. So, while that sounds great I have another 40 pounds to go to reach my goal by the years end. I think my progress on this is on track and still obtainable.

    Now what about those organic foods I have commuted to? I have to admit I am kind of on again and off again with this one. I think I need to refocus and recommit to the level I started the year off with. I have very valid reasons to do this as I have found I am gluten intolerant and eating organic whole foods just makes me feel way better. While I have stayed mostly gluten free it is really hard to know what is in food that you consume from eating establishments or quick meals. They just aren’t healthy. If I were still eating organic who knows where my weight loss would be right now.

    And last, but not least, where am I with my exercise goals? Honestly, due to the fact that I broke my leg the first of February I know that I have been set back but overall I am hitting it. I am still in physical therapy as I have had some complications with my recovery and my therapist gas helped me to develope exercises that are meeting exercise goals for my fibromyalgia and at the same time strengthening the injured leg. I am very happy with the results I am getting as every day is NOT a struggle anymore. My job is very physically demanding and I am able to do more now than I have been able to do fir years. I am happy with my progress on this one. :)

  9. Jessica Evans says:

    I had two goals and they both going fairly well. I’m meeting new people (I moved to a new city last year). My other goal was to expand my crafting knowledge and learn new techniques. I’m not doing as well with this one. I did finally learn how to make picots in crochet but I haven’t been able to move from MP to CP. I’m working on learning how to make lotion from scratch though!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jessica!

      There is still plenty of time to try cold process! :) Congrats on your move, and expanding your social circles! That can be hard.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  10. Denise Burek says:

    I am a work in progress. My goals have been to simply make wiser choices at meals. To try to be more active and to start my own soap business, which I have this past month. I am still trying to be more consistent with the exercise part. Taking my journey one day at a time.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Denise!

      Exercise can be tricky for me as well. But after I added up how much I’m spending on my gym membership this year…I definitely have been going more, haha :). There is still plenty of time, good luck with your goals!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  11. I have three goals – exercise at least 2x per week, floss at least 3x per week and eat healthier foods. I am doing good with the flossing and healthy eating but sometimes fall short on the exercise. I am thinking the new pup I am getting in August will amp up the exercise really quick! :)

  12. Sara says:

    Personal Goals:
    1. Be Creative Every Day: I have been focusing on sketching the human form, mostly eyes and hands, and teaching myself how to infuse emotion into my drawings. I’ve also started to compile a series of short stories that I’ve written into a full novel.

    2. Take More Time to Appreciate: Every morning, I go out on my back deck and just listen and look and think about what I’m grateful for. Even in the roughest of moments, there is always something to be grateful for.

    3. Stop Being so Hard on Myself: I’ll admit, this one doesn’t come easy to me. But, when I make a mistake, I’ve learned that the important thing is to separate yourself from the issue and really take a look at it to see what you’ve learned from it. There is always something to be learned from mistakes.

    Business Goals:

    1. Open a Webstore by the End of January: This hasn’t happened yet but I’m still plugging away at it. I’m taking my time to weigh all of my options and to figure out what is best for me, which I’m learning may not be what is the most popular thing, and that’s okay!

    2. Add Three New Products to my Line: I’ve decided that this may be a bit too ambitious for me at the moment, since I have to figure in all of the research, experimenting, etc. So, I’ve decided on two new products and am just in the process of pricing out the ingredients and figuring out my recipes :)

    3. Make my First Batch of Cold Process Soap: As silly as this sounds, my imagination is running rampant over this one. I’m overly terrified of lye burns. I have images of my skin melting away before my very eyes and have to reign myself in so I don’t end up going out and buying a full fledged HazMat suit! It’s silly, I know that, and I’m working hard to overcome that fear and just go for it.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Sara!

      It sounds like you are making some great progress! While lye burns are something to take seriously, don’t let it stop you! Just be sure to wear long sleeves, gloves and some protective eye-wear. One thing I remind myself, if that if you have handled Drain-o, you have handled lye before! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  13. Samantha Dearlove says:

    My biggest resolution this year was to get trim and healthy enough to fit in the plane seat to visit my brand new baby nephew! With him as my focus, I haven’t cheated on my diet once and have lost 44 pounds so far. It’s slow going because of my health problems but my blood tests are showing improvements already and I hear it’s better in the long run to lose slowly. Baby Reef, here I come!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Samantha!

      Oh that’s amazing, 44 pounds is a great achievement, congrats! It always helps to have such powerful motivation :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  14. I don’t generally set new years resolution early. They tend to be easy to forget. Instead I typically make lifestyle changes such as eating healthier getting more exercise and spending time with family. On these particular lifestyle changes I am making progress. I am also challenging myself too minimize the items that I own to help clear out the mess.

  15. Amber B says:

    I’ve done good on keeping up with the homeschooling projects and not getting burn-out towards the end of the year. Even if I have a busy day I am still doing all the hands on projects that can be super time consuming and messy, but well worth it in the end.

    I have not did so good on the goals I had to spend time getting my horse in shape for the season and trained to run barrels. Had a death in the family and it seems everyone needs me right now more than I need to do that so is seems this one may get put off till next year, at least it wasn’t super important just a fun thing.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amber!

      That’s great that you are accomplishing some of your goals! Life is unpredictable, so don’t be too hard on yourself for not being able to get your horse in shape. It sounds like you are focusing on something more important :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  16. Courtney A says:

    My goal was to get in shape, but I ended getting pregnant. So my goal has changed to maintaining a healthy pregnancy with healthy habits and then after birth to get into shape.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Courtney!

      Congrats on your pregnancy! That is so exciting :). Sounds like you were able to rework your goal in an awesome way!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  17. Debbie Eldridge says:

    My resolutions this year were:
    1) to become healthier
    To this end, I have started going to the gym with a friend 3 times a week. I have also cut out sugary foods as much as I can. I am doing fairly well with this plan, although I backslide with soda often. I am not a coffee drinker so my ” jolt” has always been soda. Eating healthier is easier in the summer, salads are awesome, grilled foods are good, so hopefully I will stay on track.
    2) to make at least one new business contact every month
    So far so good with that.
    3) to better myself as a person
    I kind of lagged on this one, as I wanted to move forward with my Masters degree (I need 17 more credits). I am taking a class this summer and going to take two in the fall. I didn’t get to take any this spring due to family issues.
    I feel like I set reasonable goals this year. I am working on my health, not trying to lose weight. I am making contacts, not setting sales goals. Most years when I have specifically set those goals, I have failed miserably. I have found that I am losing weight, which is great, but I FEEL better, which is better. I have found that my sales have increased with reaching out for those new contacts, but while that is a good thing, building the network is more valuable in a way.
    I am pleased with my progress.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Debbie!

      It sounds like you are doing well with your goals! I love how well rounded they were. Congrats on your success!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  18. Jackie R. says:

    I had personal goals (family), soapy goals, and fitness goals to start the year. My plan was to make mini goals each month and build up through the year. For family goals, we’ve planned family days together on the weekends (zoo, etc…), then to add to that I decided to make picnic dinners with my kids on the nights my husband works late, which we do once a week or so, we have more reading time together, and more baking time. I didn’t add anything in May, but all in all, I feel pretty good about this one. Soapy goals are also going great! I hoped to add one new soap per month to the line I hope to sell by the end of the year. This has not been hard! Ha! Any excuse to soap! I have also chosen the site I will be working with and ordered some test packaging! Fitness goals going great- I started in January with 2 hard workouts a week. I built each month in either number or intensity. I am up to 4-5 times a week and longer- almost double- workouts than when I started. The monthly mini goals have been awesome- it has felt a lot less overwhelming and it’s exciting to meet my goals!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jackie!

      Those sound like some great goals! Congrats on meeting so many of them! I have recently started exercising more, and have found that once you start…you really miss it on days you don’t! Sounds like you experienced the same thing :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  19. Louise Tyacke says:

    I made a resolution over 30 years ago not to make anymore as people got despondent when they did not achieve their goals, in saying that…I do give myself some pritty high ones, just usually not in January! But…mid January this year we decided to move somewhere cold. We found Sisters Island neared Dawson City in the Yukon and successfully became the Islands guardians/owners yesterday! In the past four months I have learnt how to make jewerlry, ornaments, learnt how to paint glass so it looks like stained glass, make several different types of soap, wet and dry felting as well as running our farm out here, helping out at a wildlife rehab. place and my other job as a cook, that was every weekend up until three weeks ago.
    I am now on another nearly vertical learning curve (there have been a few…when I career change, I do it with a vengeance!), where we hope to sell mainly soaps (and felted soaps…love these, hence I learnt felting) along with other crafts, we will have a b&b and camping (in the new Tentsile tree tents) and of course some farming.
    The biggest challenge will be travelling nearly the whole width of Canada with our possessions and two dogs, two cats, two sheep a turkey, a rooster and ten chickens!
    Good job we like adventure….oh and not the least, learning how to live off grid! And in bear country!
    Lou xx

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Louise!

      Wow, it sounds like this year has been busy for you! That’s awesome that you are so interested in trying new things. That really does sound like an adventure!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  20. Ashlyee says:

    I have many goals this year, one of them being weight loss. I had weight loss surgery last July and I really wanted to hit 100lbs lost in a year. Im very excited that I have about six weeks to go and only five pounds left to get rid of!

  21. My main goal is to just keep my sanity and perspective this year! After working for 30 years, raising a daughter as a single mother and doing it all for myself and those around me, I am now in the position where I am taking care of my grandson and my daughter is working and paying all the bills. With assistance from my rapidly depleting “retirement savings” HA!

    I have been in a unique industry for the last 15 years and because of that, have not actually worked in an office, or had a real “boss” since 2008. (Disaster industry – travel to large disasters and do all the billing /logistics for companies on an independent basis.) But now I find myself not wanting to travel, been out of the office world for 8 years and am 55 years old. The triple kiss of employment death!! I really need to get this soap biz ramped up! lol

    However, I am trusting it all to God that it will work out because right now, the most important thing in the world is giving this 20 month old little ball of dynamite, my Grandson, the fun, stable, loving, secure, happy, life that he has. I’ll figure the rest out later.

    So my goals are, keep it in perspective, Trust God, and remember, I am doing an important thing here!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kathy!

      It sounds like this year has been challenging, but you have a great perspective! Your grandson will really appreciate everything you are doing for him in the future :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  22. Jess says:

    I had a few goals that I set in January, First of all- I hung a motivational poster in my living room. It reads: Desire, Commit, Achieve. I strive to live by those words now. Looking up everyday to this poster has given me the motivation to continue with my workouts, try new recipes that use new and whole ingredients, plant a garden, and to keep my head up when I redesigned my business this year. It’s been challenging- but I know if I want something, I have to work for it, and once I work for it, I’ve earned it.

    Six months into the new year, I feel healthier and stronger than I’ve ever felt, I have more confidence in my cooking abilities and my green thumb (I have a lemon tree I planted from seeds now!) and my business, Soap Bomb, is taking off in full force.

    Once you believe in yourself, it all just starts to fall into place.

  23. Pam Brouard says:

    My goals for the year were:
    1) Develop a website- currently working with a web designer on that
    2) Double the amount of soap I’m making- I’ve registered for a couple large shows so I may need to do more than double but so far I’m on track!
    3) Drinking at least 5 glasses of water a day- fail! I’m forgetting a lot of times and drinking coffee instead. Still working on it though.
    4) Train for a 10k by June- on track and currently running that distance!
    It was encouraging to go back, look at my goals and see that I am really making progress!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Pam!

      That’s awesome that you are making such good progress! It’s easier for me to drink water when I fill up a large container and commit to drinking the whole thing (or several, depending on how big it is) everyday. Just an idea! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  24. Lisa C says:

    I have several goals I set for myself this year, since I turned 55. I want to slow down a bit and enjoy my family and friends.

    For my personal/health, I planted a huge vegetable garden – too big actually, since we can’t seem to eat the lettuce and greens fast enough. So I am going to try the green smoothies. And to cut down on the red meat. I also have been walking 2 miles each workday – although I need to add in some longer walks on the weekends. I do need to work on being less critical of myself, which will help me have a more positive outlook on life.

    For my family/home, I am extremely lucky as my DH does ALL the housework – so that we are able to concentrate on the weekends on spending quality time together – taking long drives through to mountains, working on the gardens, activities with friends. We are going to get back into camping & fishing this summer. And travel time to see our family in other states, esp. our grand-daughter.

    For my business (I am self-employed and work from home), I am working towards decreasing my work hours slightly so I need to be more focused during these hours to be able to accomplish all my responsibilities an a slightly shortened work week – 4-1/2 days. So I have been starting each morning reviewing what REALLY needs to be accomplished that day and week, and concentrating on those items. Many of the conference call meetings I used to attend really accomplished very little so I try to minimize these to only the ones that I really need to be part of.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Lisa!

      That’s all so great! Green smoothies are a really great way to use up kale and other fresh greens :).

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  25. Kari Rowen says:

    I wanted to secure a new job working in a new field by the beginning of 2015, and I have done that as of May of 2014! I also take care of my mom, so another goal I had was to encourage and somehow get her exercising more so her health will improve, and that is also happening! Yay! (Dad, you’re next!) And finally… renovate a home and then move into it. (I can’t wait to have a place to set up my kiln in my crafting workshop!)

  26. Emily says:

    Something I wanted to work on this year is saying no to more things. I am three classes and six weeks shy of completing my Master’s, plus a comprehensive exam next week, so lately it’s been easier for me to say no to things! I still generally struggle with saying no and possibly disappointing someone I care about. Last week I was in Chicago for a conference and spent a few extra days vacationing up there with a friend. I decided not to do a three point assignment that was due while I was gone because I did not want to spend the time and effort on it while vacationing, so I didn’t! That was tough to do, but small bites!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Emily!

      Saying no can be hard for me too. But it is really important to take some time for yourself, and have fun! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  27. Dawnia says:

    Well, I have had several goals, and have done good with most…first I want ed to grow my business. I did that a lot by giving out samples, and that has brought me so many customers!! My etsy shop has grown, and keeps me somewhat busy, but mostly my business is local. I now make enough money that I call it my “self-supporting hobby”!!
    I have met my goal of eating healthier, organic, and losing weight. I lost 21 lbs, have another 20 to go, which I’m working on. I am fighting with some genetic issues, like cholesterol, so I have to work extra hard at that, using supplements and exercise.
    I am going to be a grandma in 3 weeks, so that will be a new goal, to make enough time for my granddaughter, my business, and stay active!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dawnia!

      Wow, congrats! It sounds like you are making some great progress! Having such important motivation really helps :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  28. Alicia says:

    After loosing my job earlier this year my goals went out the window. My new goals now are to A. Get back on track Financially, B. Loose the weight I put on while in employment limbo and C. To make more soap. So far I’ve succeeded at A and C. :)I learned to stay focused on what’s ahead and not let set backs cloud my attitude. No if I could only stay motivated with my work outs I would be golden.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Alicia!

      Life is so unpredictable, but it’s great that you were able to reevaluate and make new goals for yourself. And 2 out of 3 goals is great, there is still plenty of time left! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  29. Dawnia says:

    I forgot to list what I think is one of my most important goals. I can now afford to make soap to donate to homeless shelters on a regular basis. I just ordered a 5 lb mold from BB to do this. I am making little bags with a soap, lip balm, and a small uplifting message. I think it’s important that people feel pampered, and special, even on a small scale.

  30. Camille Mullen says:

    I just discovered soap making this summer. I love it! My new goal is to try a new batch of soap or a new technique every month. I have never been this excited about a goal ;)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Camille!

      That’s such a fun goal! If you ever snap photos of your projects, we would love to see them on our Facebook page :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  31. Lissa says:

    Well my main goal was to boost my business and start selling more seriously. I think this is an ongoing goal that I need to keep in front of me and just build on periodically. I have accomplished several things towards this goal however. I now have a website, a business license, insurance, and have been selling at my local farmer’s market successfully so far. I am very happy with where I am on this goal at this point. Other goals included more exercise in my life, eating better, and getting more organized. I am failing in the first two but still working on them as I am trying to drink a healthy juice or smoothy at least 5 times a week and working on cutting out some things like excess sugar and white flour. Working out in the mornings makes my day much easier to handle so I am trying to make it a habit, and, well the orgainzational goal? It needs some work!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Lissa!

      It sounds like you have made some great progress! Cutting out flour and sugar can be so hard…I’m having a hard time with that too. But there is still plenty of time :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  32. I few years ago I was really fit and healthy. Then I had a back operation and soon after that a neck operation. All the pills and anti-inflamitories I took played havoc with my stomach lining.All these problems led to very high acid levels in my body and other health problems. Every trip to the doctor resulted in more pills! In January this year I decided it was time to stop taking all these pills as I did not feel any better. I changed my diet drastically. I did a mood/ vision board and the two main things were diet and exercise. I am feeling much better, eating the right things is DEFINITELY working but I have to admit the exercise is not going too well. I figure the better I start to feel from the correct foods the more likely I am to want to exercise. Thanks so much for a great blog. You are an inspiration (soapy and not) and remind me of a younger me.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Odette!

      That’s so great that you are starting to feel better. Back and neck injuries can have such huge effects on your health, congrats on taking control of it and making some important changes! That’s often the hardest part :).

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  33. Michael says:

    I didn’t announce goals at the beginning of the year as I was just discovering the Bramble Berry site, but i will share all the same. My main goals this year was to quit smoking – its been my curse for most of my life and I started on Chantix in December and have been smoke free for 4 months now. A great big win for me, though some days I still have to resist the urge… I had another goal of de-cluttering my house, I’ve done pretty well with that one and have donated tons of stuff to Goodwill from my closets and my craft room, making room for more I suppose :-) I’ve been working at improving my soap making skills and I think I’ve done a pretty good job in the 6 months now that I’ve been doing it. I’ve done lots of “advanced” techniques and have formulated a few of my own recipes that work well for me. Like many, I also have a goal of being more active and dropping a few pounds, especially with my non-smoking lifestyle now. I work at a computer in a cube all day and need the activity. I’m about 50/50 on this one, some days I’m ready to get on my eliptical machine it as soon as I get home and other days I don’t want to face it. Guess I’ll just have to keep trying on all fronts!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Michael!

      Wow, 4 months is awesome! Great job! Decluttering was a goal of mine too…I still need to work on that one! It sounds like you are making some great progress :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  34. Betsy Gundersen says:

    I made the goal to be more active. I have a sedentary job, so I make the goal of getting up and walking on the treadmill or doing my Zumba Wii for 20 minutes a day, 2 times a day, 5 days a week. I am a little off, but I get at least one of those workouts in a day.

    I also wanted to lose weight. I have lost 35 pounds so far this year and look forward to the next 20-30 pounds coming off before the year’s end.

    I wanted to do more projects with my 9 and 10 year old daughters. So far we have made doll clothes, started a quilt for each one, made lotion and soap together at least once, as well as made yogurt and cheese.

    I wanted to have a “better than ever garden”. This is a work in progress. Parts of the garden are better – growing more veggies than before – but others are still a struggle – getting everything weeded before a shovel is necessary to remove the weed…

    At any rate, meeting or exceeding a resolution or goal has to play into life in general. If you are ready, willing and able to meet the goals you set for yourself, they will happen. Just don’t be too hard on yourself when you trip up or fall off the wagon. Dust yourself off and get back in there – persistence in the key to success!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Betsy!

      Wow, 35 pounds is amazing! Congrats! It sounds like you are doing a great job with your goals. I totally agree, setting goals for yourself is so important, but you can’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t meet them. Such a good reminder! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  35. Kristine says:

    After so many years of getting nowhere on vague goals like “improve my health” and “organize the house” I scaled back to only 2 very specific goals. 1) Get all my allergy shots and 2) Eat lunch! I’ve been on track with #1, and I’ve improved a lot with #2. The end result has been that my health actually is improving and my day tends to stay on schedule more often. Having specific, well thought out goals makes so much difference!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kristine!

      Having specific goals is so important. I often make vague goals, and then don’t really follow through with them. It sounds like you are making good progress!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  36. Jen E says:

    One goal I had was start eating better since my weight loss had plateaued on me. I drink a fruit smoothie everyday no matter what now and sometimes I have 2! Started exercising several times a week also with increasing my carbs. It’s made a difference with my energy in the day. One of my goals was to meditate everyday I did it for a while but somehow I ended up not doing it any more. Need to get going on that one ;)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jen!

      Congrats on all your progress! I love fruit smoothies :). Meditation is something I’ve always wanted to try!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  37. Victoria says:

    My goal was to move more and improve my cardiovascular fitness, and run a 5k before I turn 40 in Feb 2015. I’m on track for both and will run my 5k on June 21st!

  38. Ally of Shenanigan Soaps says:

    1) To start my soap business and begin sales at the local farmer’s market by the Fall. The time frame for this was adjusted for a variety of reasons, and I scurried as fast as I could to begin sales when the market opened in April. I’ve been at it for two months now and absolutely LOVE it!

    2) To complete all renovation projects on our house prior to my husband starting grad school in the Fall. Our upstairs is nearly complete, including the new nursery, and my husband is tearing out walls downstairs as I type.

    3) To not gain as much as I did during my first pregnancy. Woops! I’m dangerously close to hitting the same number on the scale, despite 6 months of success. Darn that third trimester!

    4) To make at least one CP recipe per week. Hmmmmm. Though my first two recipes went well and have nearly sold out, I’ve learned that instant gratification is more my style when it comes to soap making. I’ve leaned heavily on M&P soaps to keep up with weekly sales, but I do want to get back on the CP horse and perhaps adjust my goal to 1-2 recipes per month.

    5) To pay (myself) back the “seed” money for getting my business started by Christmas. There’s a slight chance this might happen, considering some huge craft fairs I’ll be attending in the Fall, but I think some adjustments to my prices are in order. Yesterday’s Soap Queen blog post on pricing your products was eye opening to the costs I’m overlooking as I establish prices.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Ally!

      It sounds like you have been making some great progress, and congrats on your upcoming addition to your family :) Glad you found the blog post about pricing helpful!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  39. Teresa says:

    My goal was to recover from being a victim of a terrorizing attack in person and online. To restart my soap business and make a success of it after being laid off my job too. I have almost succeeded in making my mail order only soap business into a reality with customers in 7 states now. Couldn’t had done it without BB and my friends being there for me with the right packaging ideas and answers to encourage business sales. My next goal is to lose the weight I gained over the stress and winter months to be as good looking as my products!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Teresa!

      That’s so great that you are making products on your goals! It sounds like you’ve had a tough year, so congrats on getting through it :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  40. Christi says:

    My goal was to help my husband and kids get through our first year without Josh (our 16 yr old that drowned last year). It’s been a rough road but we are making progress. Unfortunately we now have to cope with me having multiple myeloma now. God is giving us a lot of lemons. But we are making lemonade! My 14 yr old daughter and I make soap together every day. It has brought us closer and given us valuable time together.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Christi!

      Thank you for sharing your story with us, and I’m very sorry for your loss. That’s amazing that you all have been working together to get through these tough times. I’m glad that you and your daughter have found a fun hobby together :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  41. Victoria Christi says:

    Victoria Christi
    As my 80 year old father had to move in with myself and my 10 year old daughter (yes I am a single mother) last November. I had discovered quite quickly that I had even less patience than I knew about. It was very difficult for both if us at first as we were both used to our own independent lives. I had lost my temper a couple of times (which I am not proud if at all) we were both in tears a couple of times also it was very stressful and very hard. My main specific goal was to “learn” to have more patience. It took a while but 1/2 way thru this year I am starting to see myself as having achieved an amount of success with this goal. If course I am not done I will keep striving daily to become more and more patient. But I am most definitely benefitting from my achievements with having a much more harmonious household. My father in turn had wanted me to try and start some kind of home based business where I could make a few extra dollars doing something I enjoy. After purchasing a little $20 soap kit I found something that I feel is what I want to do. I have read and watched videos countless hours. Had my first successes and failures. But I think it is all starting to come around now. In short I am happy with how far I have come so far in 2014. And am looking forward to achieving even more in the rest of this year
    And a big special thank you to my 10 year old daughter for showing me how patient she can be with her “grampy” which inspired me daily to be as patient if not more so than her

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Victoria!

      Thanks for sharing your story with us. Patience is such an important lesson to learn, but it can be really hard. That’s so awesome that soaping has helped you during this difficult time. It sounds like you and your family are all learning so much, and it will end up being a really valuable year :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  42. Wanda Christensen says:

    My goal this is was to learn to make cold process soap and to rehab my new knee replacement enough to do a long bike trip. I took the soapmaking class at Otion in May and am loving my new hobby. Today I made plane and train reservations to do a 2 1/2 week bike trip around the Gaspe Pennisula in Quebec and with all the bike training so far the knee feels wonderful.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Wanda!

      That’s so great that you were able to take a class at Option, how fun! Congrats on all your progress :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  43. Mckenzie Adams says:

    I’ve actually done fantastic with my goals this year. I’ve been eating healthier and buying organic as much as possible. I’ve worked to grow my business and cut my losses. Be persistent with my goals without coming off as tactless. I research new soap techniques every day: always something new and exciting, and keep up on trends. I’ve started doing yoga again and listening to my body, which is hard with a few medical problems. I’ve entered paintings into shows and grown my name as an artist with commissions. But most importantly, being 20, I’m working towards doing everything 100% and helping out my loved ones through tough times. Sorry this is long, but since last year, I’ve really grown as a person and making soap and starting a business has really helped with that transformation. And as always, thanks so much BB for the inspiration and fantastic quality (and best customer service)!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Mckenzie!

      Congrats on all your progress! That’s so exciting that you have entered paintings in shows, congrats! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  44. Amanda says:

    One of my main goals was to branch out on soap making, doing swirls, salt bars, hanger swirl, two tone, etc. Well I’ve been making these on a regular basis. I also want to start my soap business, I’ve have been making strides towards that as well. My business plan is complete, I’ve researched insurance, licensing, and also honing my recipes. I attended a soap convention, and have joined an online message board for soapers. Personal goals were to continue health eating and exercising on a regular basis which I have kept up. One positive change that had happened at work is that I was promoted to a three position (I work in law enforcement… )
    Hope everyone has been working hard on their goals!!!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amanda!

      It sounds like you have made some awesome progress! Congrats on your promotion, that’s so exciting! :) Great name by the way ;)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  45. Leah H. says:

    This year, one of my main goals was to start making cold process soap. I am thirteen years old, so making enough money to buy all the supplies I needed was tough. After months and months of collecting hardware and ingredients, I managed to acquire everything I needed to start making soap from scratch.
    Currently, I have made seven batches of soap. Five of them were made using Bramble Berry’s fragrances: Lemon Verbena, Sage and Lemongrass, Tobacco and Bay Leaf, Celestial Waters, and Mayan Gold. I have also used their Sparkle Gold Mica, Liquid Green Oxide, palm oil, and shea butter (thanks Bramble Berry!).
    I’m happy to say that I plan on going further than just making soap- I will be starting a business primarily through etsy.com soon! I even plan on going to a fall festival with my soap this year!
    I want to thank Bramble Berry for supplying me with great soapmaking products and for answering my questions!

    Leah

    Leah

  46. I had the goal this year to spend more time being unstructured. Which translates into more time on my 4 days off just being instead of planning things to do. It has been a rousing success! And, I can’t seriously believe how crowded my time was before I took on this challenge.
    Never going back! To echo your sentiment – I’m crushin’ it!
    :-)

  47. Emily Springman says:

    This year I’ve made my goals very big but they are certainly following through and i hope they continue to do so! At the beginning of this year I made it a goal to graduate college & made it out with my bachelors degree! Then I was determined to start the rest of my life! One of the biggest resolutions I made this year was to start making cold process soaps, but this is adding so much more to the bigger picture of my life! After being inspired for so many years by this little handmade soap shop in my town I became unstoppable in pursuing my own business. After saving and saving, and reading information after information, I was just recently able to purchase everything I needed to make soap and start on this beautiful journey! One of my final years resolutions is finding a place to call home… After graduating college me and my little family (boyfriend, cat, & dog) are on mission to find a place to settle down and call home & we can not be more excited!! Still saving all summer but hopeing we will find a perfect little area to call home and potentially open up a shop of my own! I cannot wait to start making my own unique soaps, lotions, balms, and even shampoos!! Let the journey begin :D

  48. Addy says:

    My goal this year was to change my diet: cut out sugary drinks and snack foods, and replace with a healthy substitute. Snacking can be a problem for me-i love cookies, chips, cskes, candies-oh it’s bad! One thing I love to make as a snack are protein shakes. I don’t add the powders (as my husband does) but what I do add are: a cup low fat milk, a healthy scoop of peanut or almond butter, a banana, some strawberries, and a couple scoops of Greek yogurt. It’s tasty and healthy, and a great snack before hitting the gym. I’ve also removed ice teas (I cut out sodas pre-pregnancy) as those were another weakness and substituted with sparkling water, adding a touch (and just a touch) of juice or lemonade. I’ve been able to cut down on body fat and gain in a little bit of muscle!

  49. Angie says:

    My goals are on track so far-
    I wanted to start my business off the right way so…..
    (1) I got a business license- I was really nervous and unsure
    as to how far I wanted to go with my soap and jewelry business,
    but I finally decided to just jump in and see where the current takes me.
    (2) I got a permit to operate from my home
    (3) I’m now selling my products on consignment.
    (4) more quality time with my family. -can’t beat that :)
    My goals I’m still working on-
    (1) eating healthier and working out 5 times a week- so far
    I’m working out 2 to 3 days a week but I’m trying
    to make the time to work out more and not procrastinate as much.
    (2) Starting a website for my business.
    (3) Break out of my shell and talk to people and
    get social!
    (4) sell my products at more craft shows and
    vender events to get my business name out there and to
    bring in more customers!
    So far so good :)

  50. Lauren S says:

    My goals for this year were:

    To be more active and drink more water: it was a rocky start but I am doing much better with it now. (I had a stroke in mid April so that has helped to push me in being more active throughout the day and cutting out a lot of caffeine, which left me with a thirst for water)

    To craft more: this is going much better than the exercising/water intake. I love crafting and through looking for more ideas of things to do, I stumbled across your website which has caused quite a dent in my wallet but I’ve gained so much knowledge on how to make some awesome products!

    To be a better friend and keep in touch: thus far I have done much better with this than I thought I would. I tend to get lost in my own life of day to day activities but I have made conscious efforts to keep in touch with friends and family.

    And finally, to try to save more money: I have had a set back due to finding your blog and subsequently Bramble berry but I am all stocked up on supplies and am set to get back on track. I have become quite the couponer and have learned to wait for sales, rather than just buying something when I want it…back on track so far :-)

  51. Selina says:

    This year I wanted to focus on
    1) getting fitter and losing weight

    2) growing my soap business and

    3)spending more time with my family, especially my new grand daughter.

    I live and work half a continent away from my family but … I have managed to spend more time with them this year so far and am looking forward to a trip to see my gorgeous grand daughter again in about 6 weeks!!

    I am making and selling more soaps, I have approached several business to ask if they will stock my soap and have 2 that have agreed!! I am so pleased with that I am grinning from ear to ear!!

    fit wise is a slower thing but still slow and steady wins the race. I have had to readjust my thinking on this several times but I am still working on it and hopefully i will make my goal of 30 pounds lost. Currently only 14 but there is still time!!

  52. Heather Quinn says:

    I had three goals. Here is how they are going:

    1. Lose 10 lbs by the end of the year. Progress: lost 15 lbs by April and keeping it off so far! I’ve not been traveling as much, so my running is up, my diet is good and the junk food has been down. But now, I am traveling every other week until August. I hope to get out of it with only a few extra lbs.

    2. Start a consortium of researchers at work. Progress: consortium created, but research continues to be slow. We’re making progress together, though.

    3. Keep on top of the books for my soap business. Progress: still not quite on top of it. Better than last year, but I could be doing better.

  53. Lisa Utsey says:

    I been through many failed new years resolutions but never stuck to one until now. Three years ago my father passed away from a rare cancer, cancer of the esophagus. Prior to 2011 my father would love eating spicy food, which caused him to have a lot of acid indigestion. Towards the end of December 2010 my father was diagnose with this cancer and the doctor told him that it came from an infection that was caused by the acid problems he had over the years. January 4, 2011 my father lost his battle with cancer. Like father, like daughter, I love spicy food as well but soon found out that I too have acid reflux to the point where on several occasions I could not breath. So with many ups and downs this first half of this year, I FINALLY stuck to my 2014 new years resolution “Eat better, live better” and it’s been a month now and I am starting to feel better. Even if I don’t get chosen for this drawing, I wanted to share my story and awareness to others that a quick doctors check up on a persistent heartburn problem may save a life. Thanks to any and everyone for listening. :)

  54. AnnaRose says:

    My main goals this year were to blog more (about once a week) WHich I have been able to do…. mostly. Also I wanted to start a youtube channel, and start researching and preparing to start my soap business. I have started the channel but still haven’t truely looked up on starting up a business

  55. Renee says:

    My resolution as simple. It was to leave my past behind and live my life again. 2013 tested every inch of my being. I was at my lowest low and deeply depressed. I couldn’t see the light at the end of my tunnel for the longest time. One day I decided to leave my past in the past and live my life. No one but me could decide to make things better and I have been working on that ever since. I needed to occupy my thoughts so I searched for my creative outlet. This is how I discovered my love for soap. Well to be honest I have always loved soap and bath products. But I discovered I loved making it. Every one in my family is artistic in some way and creating soap and bath products is my creative outlet. I also discovered it was therapeutic and made it easier for me to leave my past behind. One thing lead to another. I am in markets and craft fairs and even have my product in a store! Who would have thought all these blessings could stem from my darkest hours. In 2013 I was a victim of rape. Later that year I decided to no longer be a victim but to be a survivor. I have surpassed my resolution for this year and I have new goals now. I hope this is OK to post and the details aren’t to disturbing. I almost decided against posting but figured why not. If my post gets removed I understand.

  56. Caroline H. says:

    My New Year resolutions were to go to Paducah Quilt Week, work on finishing my BA, losing weight, making M&P soaps, and making 5 quilts for my grandsons and 1 for my boss. I’ve lost 25 lbs and am seriously working on 1 grandson’s quilt and my boss’ quilt. I even made it to Paducah on a day trip with a local quilt shop. Unfortunately, severe financial difficulties have arisen in the last 7 weeks and put most things in jeopardy for now. I am hoping that I can find additional work to help, but at 54 and limited physically and living in a rural area that doesn’t look too promising. So my goal for now is to try to keep my hopes up.

  57. Sharon Ray says:

    I stopped making resolutions and created lifelong goals for myself. My resolutions always tended to be short term versions of these goals anyway.
    1. Financially I am working towards being debt free and more financially independent. I should be completely debt free in just over 5 years. Where I work we’ve had pay and hiring freezes for the majority of the time I’ve worked there. I don’t want to be fully dependent on just that income. So I started my own business a couple of years ago. I’ve made enough money that I was able to quit my second job last year. I’m working on a plan to expand sales. I am also getting closer to having my books published. Time management has been the issue there.
    2. Be healthier. I’ve dropped sizes. When I started this one I was wear size 22/24 in pants. I’ve dropped down to a size 16 but went back up to an 18 where I’m holding. I don’t exercise as much as I should but finding time is always an issue.
    3. Personal goals. These tend to be more difficult in some ways to measure success in or even define what steps to take. I am by nature shy, private, somewhat introverted and quite happy to be at home by myself. I like spending time with my friends but I get busy and lose track of how long its been since I saw them last. I’m working on those kinds of things. Being less of a homebody, better at keeping up with friends.

    I do add short term goals too. Like having my rewrites done by the end of July so I can get the books to a beta reader. Ugh. Struggling with this one. Time to get some more writing done.

  58. Christine says:

    I never make resolutions because they just don’t work for me.

    There are always ongoing goals of living more healthfully. I have started drinking green juice and have eliminated soda. While there are lots of other things on the list, small accomplishments add up and I’m happy with that. I also started a “painted picture” Pinterest board to help me visualize (and plan for) where I want to be in the next couple of years. Again, small accomplishments are adding up.

    Funny how you don’t notice until you take a look back. Thanks for the post as a reminder to do that!

  59. 1. Growth: Personal, business, and workplace. With growth is learning, and I will use my successes and failures to learn, and learn, and learn. With learning comes action. I will take action and not sit back and wait for all the pieces to fall into place.

    I think I am rocking this goal in all areas. Personally, I am always mindful of the example I am setting for my daughter. I see so much hate everywhere, and I am teaching her not to be that type of person. People will never agree on what is right, but not our place to judge.

    At work, I am spearheading a project to help animals at our local no-kill shelter, and getting lots of support and teaching others why they should care. As a supervisor, I make sure I am not “just the boss” but also someone who can listen and learn from my employees.

    I now have my own webstore as well as my Etsy shop. Squee!!!! And I have had orders. I am doing a lot of different things now, and I love all of it!

    2. Be consistent in health and fitness. Sometimes I am very good at working out and eating great. Other times, not so much. Working nights and seeing nasty sandwiches in the vending machines, I have been giving myself permission to eat Cheetos Cheese Puffs. Hmmm…..they taste so good but are not so good for my thighs! Take my own food to work and get at least a moderate workout 5 days out of the week. I want to rock a hot 41 year old bod, and I know I can do it.

    Slower progression here! My workout time is moderate, and I am having to sneak a lot of it in while playing with Lilly, the crazy 4 year old. Luckily she loves dancing and all kinds of performing, so I am getting some good cardio time in. I sneak in the ab work and yoga moves.

    Do one small thing a day to help keep the house clean. Sometimes I feel like I am spending the entire day cleaning on a day off. I would rather enjoy the day with my Lilly. I used to clean the bathtub during a shower and I will start doing that again. Sweep the floor when I have a spare 10 minutes. Etc. No more overwhelming myself!

    Doing it! The house can still become a wreck with the crazy 4 year old, but she will help pick up if you make it fun. We do a contest a lot to see who can do it faster. Of course, she always wants to help sweep, which can add an hour literally to the process. When she says she is getting her broom, I go on high speed and get most of the stuff up, and then she gets to help. :)

    • Those are all excellent goals, and I’m glad to hear they’re going well! It’s so hard to get in a good chunk of time for working out, but it sounds like you’re busy and active throughout the day anyway! Good luck through the rest of the year Stacey! :)

  60. Ceme612 says:

    Eery year I make a resolution to learn something new, yup every single year and I get that one thin done! In the past I’ve learned calligraphy (my handwriting has improved), how to knit (I’ve finished 48 lace shawls, my goal is to make 365), crochet (embellishing), sew (I make my own skirts every single summer because I love the colorful fabrics), and make jewelry (I’m wearing one of my sets right now now) are just some of the things I’ve done. This year it wanted to learn how to make my own soap, body butters, oils, etc., and with BB’s help I’m actually good at it ;o) Since I was a child my mom used to let us children watch the Philadelphia Mummers Parade through our block before eating breakfast and while we ate she would say, “ok, now write out your resolutions for the year.” That became a family tradition that me and my little sister (who is 46 by the way ;o)), still do. Every year we write out our resolutions, call each other and laugh our butts off because we know we’re not going to do 1/2 of what’s on the list ;o) Life is grand! When I said “I’m going to minor in soapmaking this year,” she didn’t laugh, she actually said “great, I’ll never have to buy soap again for as long as I live!” My response, “no you won’t, I got you covered!” She is my favorite tester, and I love her to bits. She even picked out my molds that I got from BB, she’ll even log into my account and put things in the cart or wish list, call me and say. I’ll send you the money, make me this or that and make this for my colleague, etc., she is the best ;o)

  61. It’s always good to check up on one’s goals! I made 3 goals because I wanted to keep things manageable with a busy family life.

    Goal 1: Work out regularly and lose baby weight.
    This goal has been a yes and a no. I am back to biking regularly and I feel as strong as ever. I have scaled back on the losing weight side, setting my goal at maintaining until my baby is weaned. I’ve lost some, but found that trying to go further while nursing just wasn’t working well. I’ve scaled back on MyFitnessPal calorie tracking as well and am doing a weekly weight check to make sure I am not gaining. My goal is to be here for baby first and to worry less about weight as long as I am fit.

    Goal 2: Get the Etsy shop going and improved with Ingredient lists and nicer looking listings. Success!! I’ve been doing about the 20 min a day I set myself as a goal and have been doing research, improving listings, and getting myself out there more. I’ve learned a lot of ways to improve and make the whole endeavor better, had a lot of fun, and had sales go up as I got more professional.

    Goal 3: Monthly outdoor outings with the children:
    I’ve been on top of this one too! We try to do a family bike ride once a week, and we have a bigger outing with the local Homeschool group monthly that I have been making the effort to go to even if everything seems busy at the time and I don’t particularly want to.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Margaret!

      That’s awesome that you are making such great progress with your goals! I like how you have reevaluated your fitness goals to fit in better with priorities. Thanks for sharing your goals! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  62. Nancy says:

    My goal this year was trying to find a peace within myself, without relying on others to MAKE me happy!

    Still working on this one, it’s tough!

    I have always wanted grandchildren, don’t think it’s going to happen, I was blaming everyone, especially my kids, and have some repairing to do on those relationships!

    I still am coming to terms with the “loss” (can it be a loss, if it never happened?), and am beginning to rebuild my relationships with my family.

    Two down, one very ROUGH one still to go! I’m getting there.

  63. Danna Brennfoerder says:

    My resolution this year was very simple – start a new career as a stay at home mother, stress less, and take more time to follow my dreams.

    As of Christmas Eve of 2013, I started my career as a stay at home mother with the birth of our second son, Jensen. It’s been one of the best decisions, even with all of the financial sacrifices, we have ever made.

    Due to the above, I find myself stressing a lot less. Not that some days aren’t stressful, mind you, but it’s a more manageable stress compared to bosses, 150 emails a day, and work induced anxiety.

    Following my dreams: well, I’m already doing this for sure! My dream started with wanting to stay home with my kids. And then after that I wanted to pursue my creative pursuit of soapmaking (which I am doing) and also spend a lot more time on doing crochet, hand embroidery, and making gifts by hand.

    So next year I will have to set the goals even higher and see how it turns out!

  64. Allison says:

    My goals are still a work in progress. I am trying to be more encouraging to others just as I stated in January. I can’t believe this year is halfway done! We had a brutal winter, so I wasn’t able to work out as much as I wanted. This summer, I want to enforce these goals more. I want to work out everyday in the nice weather. Also, I need to calculate the correct prices of the rest of my products. In addition, I still need to find a g

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Allison!

      I know, I can’t believe it’s already half way over either…time flies! It sounds like you’re super motivated, good luck with your goals! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  65. Allison says:

    (Continuation it got sent on accident)
    Good packaging method. Although some of my goals are still needing to be finished, I will work tirelessly this summer to get them done.

  66. Lois H says:

    1. Start having home parties up to but no more than 2 per month. – I have been only doing one party or craft show per month lately, but it has been more than enough to keep me busy with the increase in orders. I have also done a fundraiser for my daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop.

    2. Have 2 wholesale customers by the end of the year. – I think that this one my be put on hold for a year or two also due to the increase in business.

    3. Get my full line of soap made by the beginning of July. – I am making good progress in this area. I have one or two left to get done this month.

    4. Build and organize my new soaping shed by May. – Unfortunately, due to issue with the landlord, this goal is not possable at this time.

    5. Read as a family for 30 minutes minimum per week. – So far this has fallen by the wayside. It is still something that I want to accomplish. One of my fondest memories growing up was of my father reading to my siblings and myself. It made a great impact on me since I knew that he disliked reading.

    All in all considering that I have also had some health issues so far this year, I am pleased with the progress that I am making toward obtaining my goals.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Lois!

      It sounds like you have been super busy this year, that’s awesome! You’ve definitely made some great progress towards your goals!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  67. Linda Theobald says:

    My goal this year was to take charge of my health. The main thing I have addressed is my fibromyalgia. I am eating healthier, taking less medications, removed a lot of stress from my life and becoming more physically active. I have been able to stop being a couch potato, starting participating in craft shows to sell my soap. I have been bolder this year in my soap designs which are pretty much free hand in a loaf mold at this time. But color plays a large part in my soaps as I am still learning to incorporate color to be the focal point.

  68. Linda Theobald says:

    My goal this year was to take charge of my health. The main thing I have addressed is my fibromyalgia. I am eating healthier, taking less medications, removed a lot of stress from my life and becoming more physically active. I have been able to stop being a couch potato, starting participating in craft shows to sell my soap. I have been bolder this year in my soap designs which are pretty much free hand in a loaf mold at this time. But color plays a large part in my soaps as I am still learning to incorporate color to be the focal point.

    I have lost weight as I am moving more and eliminating unnecessary foods from my diet. I am enjoying what I do more and I love BrambleBerry very much and your blog even more as I move from novice to experienced soap maker this year.

  69. Leilani says:

    One of my goals this year was to learn more about the things I do to make money so that I can take on more projects and clients without feeling like I’m winging it all the time. I’m a graphic and web designer, so I committed to spending two hours a week on Lynda.com learning new skills, especially web design ones. I’ve been pretty good at keeping the goal, except this last month, because I was insanely busy.

    For my creative health I decided that I would expand on my soap making techniques by trying a new technique every month, thanks to Amy’s soap challenges I have been doing that almost ever month.

    In the health realm, I haven’t been as on top of it, but now that it is summer I’m trying to recommit to 20+ minutes a day and to eating better. I plan on riding my bike and making more smoothies.

    I also had family goals, I’ve been working with my son to help him change some of his bad habits and get him ready for college next year. And to help my daughter to balance her life better. They have both made great strides and are more prepared for the future.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Leilani!

      Those are all really great goals. I’m happy to hear that you’ve made some great progress towards all of them! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  70. Dita says:

    My resolution was to exercise everyday! I’ve definitely missed some days, but this resolution has totally helped me to just do my best! This is the first time that I’ve had a goal to exercise everyday and this really has made me work out a TON more than I did last year! I’ve found this super awesome youtube channel that has tons of free workout videos! I love it! :)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dita!

      That’s awesome! I have definitely been trying to work out more regularly as well. I’m happy to hear you’ve made some progress towards your goal :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  71. Martina says:

    I didn’t make any official resolutions, but I’m trying to do some new things or improve on some other things. For example, I am trying to declutter. My house just can’t seem to look neat, no matter what. Of course my 3 kids making mess constantly is NOT helping. :)
    Also, I have to try to eat healthier and lose some weight. My doctor told me last year I have high cholesterol (I’m 40). I made some progress there, in that I am drinking more green smoothies and, even better, the kids are drinking them too! But, I definitely need to exercise more.
    I am slowly getting some soaping supplies, because I’m just dying to make some CP soap. I just love the way it looks. It reminds me a lot of baking and all those beautiful soaps just look like candy and cakes to me! Can you tell I have a sweet tooth? :)
    So, anyway that goes back to trying to eat healthier, because I get cravings to bake which I love, so this way at least I won’t eat my creations! :)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Martina!

      Decluttering is something I definitely need to work on as well. My room being neat is something I struggle with! That’s awesome that both you and your kids have begun to eat healthier. When everybody in the family does it, it’s so much easier!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  72. My resolution for 2014 was to have every soap and body product that goes out my door be something I am proud of. This means taking the steps to insure quality results, such as planning, taking notes, focusing on the task at hand, proof reading, paying attention to detail and adding those final important touches. I’m gaining confidence in myself and my products, and am less sensitive when someone questions a technique, formulation, color or fragrance. My 2014 resolutions are helping me grow as a person and an artist.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kathy!

      That’s a really awesome goal! It can be so tempting to put something out there that you don’t stay behind, just because you don’t want to feel like your time was wasted. That’s great that in doing so, you have gained more confidence! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  73. Tamara Shurling says:

    I didn’t make any formal resolutions but have been trying to better myself by doing more of what I love and doing more for my health. I started making soaps and beauty products this year, that was something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years and I am enjoying the time I spend doing it and am pleased with the products I am producing!

  74. angie says:

    My goal this year is to pick healthier snacks and lose 60 lbs, as well as graduate with my BSN! So far i’m doing pretty good, i graduated in May and have started grad school, am now looking to yogurt, fruit, and chia seed pudding as snacks, and have lost 17 lbs as of today!

  75. Shawn Burkett says:

    My goal is to have more patience with my handicapped brother (TBI-traumatic brain injury) and to work harder at learning when to stand my ground and when to let things slip while still helping him reach the physical and mental goals his doctors and therapists have set for him.

  76. Seerah says:

    This year has been a bit of transition for me. I decided not to go back to college for the second semester of my freshman year, so that opened up tooooons of space and time in my life. I needed something to fill it with so I’ve been looking for ways to do that that’ll last. Firstly, I started a small business, my “side hustle”–just selling stuff I had been making for family and friends for years. Secondly, I decided to focus more on learning more about my religion. My goals included:

    1. One of my business goals is to come to a solid understanding of what I want my business to mean. What do I do? Why is it special? Why is it something that people need in their lives? I’ve made some progress, but I’m learning that part of this process is a lot of interaction with customers, asking them these questions and I haven’t really had the chance to do that. The women I serve are mostly really busy and are always on the run–no time for surveys and questions! I’m working on finding people who’d be willing to help me figure it out though.

    2. My personal learning goal was to complete one language course and actually come away having learned something for life, and to keep up with revisions. So far, I’ve been really proactive and I think I’m making progress. I think it’s helped that I already had some experience with the language.

    3. I also, of course, made the resolution to be more active and to eat better. This one, I’m super proud of myself for. It turned out to be easier than I thought it would be, especially since I’ve seen results. I started really watching my portion sizes, eating when I was hungry and not just when it was meal time, and drinking tooooons of water. I also started exercising for at 30 minutes every day. And here I am–20 lbs lighter!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Seerah!

      Those are all such awesome goals! The questions that you are asking yourself are really important, and that’s awesome that you have started asking your customers. Congrats on all your progress!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  77. Diana Neeley says:

    This year I decided it was time to take care of myself. I got a late start but in the last 2 months I have lost 15 pounds. I would like to lose at least 50 pounds this year. Yeah I’m 30 % of the way to my goal. I can do this!

    I am also working on cleaning up and organizing my craft room. What an undertaking that is but I will be thankful when it is done.

    I am a newby to soap making, and I what to give my friends and family soap that I made for them for Christmas. I am so excited to see how many different recipes I will be making. FUN! FUN! FUN!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Diana!

      15 pounds in two months is amazing! Awesome job! I think you could definitely reach your goal by the end of the year. Giving away your soapy creations for the holidays is so fun! I love giving friends and family something homemade and unique :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  78. Kimi says:

    This year I wanted to spend more time having fun moments with my family. I work a full time job and have a part time job as well so finding the time to do fun projects with my kids was tough. So far I’m off to a great start! I’ve managed to put off laundry and cleaning the house to take my girls hiking and picking new hobbies. (my 3 yr old looooves making bath fizzies). We have been painting, baking, crafting and have done lots of exploring. I purchased a camper a few months ago and being able to walk away from household chores and go play outdoors has been great for all of us. Plus, when the kids fall asleep, I can work on jotting down body product recipes!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kimi!

      That’s awesome that you have found some time to spend with your family. I imagine that is really difficult with two jobs! Congrats on making progress on your goal. I have such fond memories of camping as a kid, I bet they will too :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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