No Ordinary Resolutions

Jan 17, 2017 | Stories | 26 comments

Can you believe it? We are here. It has taken me about two weeks to try to digest that 2017 is really here! Ummm…where did 2016 go?  It seems like yesterday I was picking my jaw off the floor over Y2K.  I guess the feedback my teachers used to tell back then were true. “Never wish your life away” they’d always say. But it’s true. Do you ever wake up and say, ” I wished it was summer already?” or “I wished it was 5:00pm?” GUILTY as charged. The “older” I get, the more I realize how I want those words back. If you think about it, the days & years are soaring right by us like a plane taking off. From 0-180mph. Now that’s pretty darn fast.  Marjorie Pay Hinckley  provides the best solution on how we should live this thing called life! “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead!”

So with that being said, after two weeks of thinking, planning, strategizing, going broke in Office Depot and maneuvering how I wanted to achieve these certain goals in 2017, it really comes down to this: DO YOU!

Well what do I mean by that, you say? It’s simple. If you do the things that make YOU happy, you have already succeeded and your original goals that you set for yourself will play out right before you. Even though life around you is running at maximum speed, doesn’t mean you can’t slow down to enjoy MORE!

In no particular order, here’s a few MORE things I want to accomplish every day of the entire year!

MORE jamming
MORE enjoying life
MORE dreaming
MORE sunsets
MORE hugs
MORE road trips
MORE blogging
MORE love
MORE fun
MORE sleep
MORE coffee
MORE friends
MORE thinking
MORE Netflix
MORE creating
MORE mentoring
MORE sista time
MORE discovering
MORE mistakes
MORE leading
MORE smoky mountains
MORE chicken pot pie
MORE fierce
MORE authentic
MORE chances
MORE inspiring
MORE thankful
MORE chicken & dumplings
MORE LaCroix
MORE learning
MORE media

Hold on to each moment. Cherish it and REPEAT!

quote(photo courtesy of Google)

Have a wonderful New Year being YOU!

Do you have any things you want to do MORE of this year? I would love to hear what those are!


  1. V.J.Maheu

    I want to do more painting, and more teaching, but mostly, more art that I am doing not for a class, not for a commission, but because it is something I just have a need to create.

  2. Valerie Gray (@valmg)

    I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions but I do believe in making goals. I do have a goal of letting myself have more downtime to do things like read this year.

  3. robin masshole mommy

    I love this so much! If you do all of these things every day, you are going to have an awesome year in 2017!

  4. Jolina

    Now that I’m older, man I really get what people mean when they say don’t wish your life away. I look back and wonder where did all those years go! This year I just plan to be more in the moment, you know? And do a bit more traveling.

  5. kage2015

    Time is something interesting. We all have the same amount of time everyday. Interesting to see how each one of us use this time differently. We are not putting off traveling or enjoying something anymore because we think we will have time to do it later.

  6. Rocio

    Love what you did so inspiring. We all need to do these thing daily.

  7. Jacqui S

    Sounds like a lot of GREAT MORE’s :). I would say over half of your list is on my list as well :). I’m planning on a road trip to Tennessee this summer. It’s a 12 hour drive, but looking forward to it!

  8. Katie

    More coffee for sure! It’s a requirement for daily living. I am currently in love with JBC coffee- have you tried it?

  9. Amer Phils

    What a fun post… best of luck because you’re going to need MORE TIME to accomplish your goals.

  10. Dawn McAlexander

    I want to travel more. I just love going to new places and seeing awesome things. I really want to see more places this year than ever before.

  11. Dee

    I believe in having more positive life period. Just to knock out all the negative thoughts and people. This will make for a great year.

  12. nlampert

    I would love to read more this year and travel more! Since I’ll be finishing grad school in the spring I’m pretty optimistic that I’ll have time for more of both those things this year

  13. Chubskulit Rose

    Now I love all these resolutions you listed, they are realistic and it would make a new and happier you!

  14. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I love all the things you want to do more of in 2017. I too want to do more road trips and more enjoying life. Things can get so busy at times, but it’s important to slow down and enjoy, too!

  15. Heather Lawrence

    I’m there with you on the more road trips.
    I love sneaking away for a weekend just me and the hubby 😉
    I would add more “DISNEYLAND” to my list 😉

  16. MimiCuteLips (@mimicutelips)

    The one thing I’ve done the most 17 days into the new year is Netflix. Cheers to knocking out your list this year.

  17. Eileen

    I enjoyed reading your post! I loved the energy and the drive to be MORE this year. If I were to choose something I’d like to do or have more, it is more opportunities and more earnings! Wishing you all the best this 2017!

  18. Pam Wattenbarger

    I love “more chicken pot pie,” lol! I haven’t had chicken pot pie in ages, but it’s so good.

  19. Chloe

    I’m often left wondering “Where is my life going?!” I want more time, more travel and MORE MONEY WOO! Let’s make 2017 our year!

  20. Rebecca Swenor

    I love this quote and it really is so true that we shouldn’t wish our life away or wait for the perfect day. Do You is something that I am doing this year because life is way to short not to enjoy every day or every thing. Thanks for sharing your awesome list and this beautiful quote.

  21. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    This is such an inspirational post. I get caught up in what could be to forget that I need to enjoy and be thankful for what is. Lovely quote, I’m going to print your list.

  22. Tiffany VanSickle

    More quality family time. More husband-only time. More self-care. More Bible-time. And yes…..time is FLYING!

  23. bohemianbabushka

    2017 will be a year of travel- on all levels. Babushka will try to travel more w/hubby and on more spiritual and practical planes. Time to get my business and home where they should be. BB2U

  24. Katharine O'Malley

    Love your list! For my list, I included more sleep, more traveling, more rest time… Hopefully I get the rest and sleep because I’ve got a long list of travel plans as well.

  25. Richard Michael Quattrocchi

    Thank you for such a great reminder Liz!

    MORE Friend time
    MORE Volunteering
    MORE Spirituality

    • noordinaryliz

      Thank you, Richard! I’m going to hold you accountable 🙂


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