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2015 Resolutions - Paper & Glam

Happy New Year!

Early January is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives us an opportunity to dream and plan for a new year of living. Last year, I accomplished all of my resolutions (except exercising every day, that wasn't a S.M.A.R.T goal) and I'm fired up to set new goals for 2015!

Resolutions are about creating habits that build the futures we want to live. 

How am I going to live in 2015, so that I walk into 2016 happier, healthier, and more attune to God's work in my life?

As you can see from the graphic, I create a resolution for each area of my life: spiritual, creative, physical, professional, mental, financial, giving. Why? Joyce Meyer put it so well in my devotional for 2015 Hearing from God Each Morning:

God designed us with bodies, souls (minds, wills, and emotions), and spirits, and He expects us to take care of all these areas. Exercising our bodies and caring for our souls takes time and effort. Our minds need to grow and be renewed daily. To stay balanced and healthy, we must take time to take care of our entire being. We say we don't have time to seek God, but the truth is that we make time for what's most important to us.

I love the reminder that we make time for what's most important to us. Growing up, when I complained about busyness my mom would say, "people make time for what's most important." I need this reminder now as much as I did twenty years ago.

As we look at how we spend our time, what does it say is most important? What changes to we need to make so that our values align with our schedules?

If you'd like to make resolutions that cover each area of your lives, here are some questions to consider:

What habits can I develop to become spiritually stronger?
Physically healthier?
Professionally advanced?
Mentally sharper?
Financially stable?
Live generously?

(If you're a wife and/or a mother, I'd add a line for those roles as well.)

S.M.A.R.T. GOALS

As you're answering these questions, remember it's essential that the answers are S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time Bound. 

As an example, let's take the resolution to get in shape. "Get in shape" isn't specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, or time bound, but let's make it SMART!

Specific - What does getting in shape mean?
Eating healthier?
Working out?
Losing weight?
Feeling better?

Measurable - How will you know you're succeeding?
By the number of times you got to the gym per week?
How can you track your progress week over week?

Assignable - Can you reach this goal? 
Do you need buy-in from a partner?

Realistic - Is this goal attainable?

Time Bound - Can you accomplish this goal in a year's time?
If the answer is no, you may want to think about curating a Life List to hold your big dreams. As an example, I can't get my MBA next year, but I can take the GMAT and apply to grad school.

Paper & Glam - New Year, New Planner 2015

For more on resolutions and how I'm staying organized and accountable with my life planner, there's a video!

For a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Erin Condren shop, leave a comment below!
Giveaway will remain open through 1/09.

How we are going to live in 2015 to walk into 2016 transformed?

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made.
But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.
Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus.
I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.
If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet!
Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (Philipians 3: 12-16, MSG)

Cheers to 2015,
Lisamarie

Comments

Lisa

Lisamarie,

Thank you for sharing! I recently discovered your blog through instagram. I searched for Project Life 2015 posts to get motivated for the new year. I AM IN LOVE with your blog!! I love that you are crafty yet glamorous at the same time. I love your videos and have already watched them all..lol. I am going back and reading all of your old blog posts. Your blog has already inspired me in so many ways. I am redecorating my whole house this year and have gotten so many ideas from your videos. I also LOVE how you incorporate Christ into many of your posts. With an abundance of distractions at our fingertips in this day and age, it is easy to forget what HE has done for us. I am so excited to get to know you through your blog! God Bless!

Lisa from Texas

P.S- I am looking forward to your next video!!

Jill

Well said, Lisa from Texas! I too just recently found Lisamarie and her blog. Isn't she amazing?!
Happy New Year! 😊

Liz

Excited to get organized with you now that 2015 has begun!! Can't wait for your video too:) happy new year...happy new beginning!!! :)

Shante Jones

Happy New Year...2015!! Glad I came across this today...I finished my life list...and added to it today...and very proud...can't wait for new videos

Ellie Augustin

Happy New Year! This will be my 5th year doing Project Life & I was just searching on youtube for ideas to get me going this year once again and came across your page & now blog! Love it!! As a Mama of 4 kids this would be INSANELY awesome. For me my focus is one that I am so happy to get have started which is read the bible in a year. For me it's important to remember that no matter how crazy or busy one is we need to pause and make time for our Lord. I try to make sure I teach that to my children but truth be told I haven't been practicing it has much as I should so this is my goal to do this in a year and share what I learn w/not only my kids and hubby but spread the Love :) Thanks so much for the chance & Happy New Year to you again!

Stephanie Griffith

love the feedback and ideas for my planner!

catherine

I love the idea for the planner ... GReat resolutions ! :)

Kristen

Happy New Year, Lisa! So excited when I pop onto your site and see a new video or post! So inspiring and spiritual! I am grateful to have found this happy spot in the cyber world. Thank you again for sharing your sparkle! Wishing you all the great things that He has in store for you (and for all who know Him) in 2015!

Keri

I am so happy I found your blog!!! I just love it! You have such great ideas!

Trista

I love the way that you separated out your goals into the separate sections. I think I would like to attempt to make my own stickers as well. It's a great idea! I am curious though, did you print all of the stickers and cards yourself, or did you send them all to a printer (not just the large office prints)?

Paige

Still loving your decorations in your planner and how easy it seems to be to navigate and see what goes with what task! I'm finishing my undergrad so I'm trying to get more organized now and really buckle down! Like Trista said, the stickers are a fantastic idea! I would love to make some to go with certain tasks for school and reminding myself to tithe and things of that nature!

Chelsea

I absolutely love your blog and your youtube videos! I am a college student and have fallen in love with the idea of being organized. I always wanted to order an Erin Condren to help keep myself organized for 2015.

Ashley

I've been following you for a few months now and am in love with your videos and blog posts! You're so inspiring to me. I've always been a borderline planner freak, but seeing your videos have turned me into a monster! I recently received my first Erin Condren planner. You provide so many great ideas when it comes to organizing and decorating this planner, you've helped so much! During 2015 I'm going to try and read along with all of your book club recommendations. Thanks so much for all you share!

Courtney Barraclough

I cannot believe that 2015 has already arrived...I love your posts and videos. You inspire me in so many ways! Look forward to more <3

-Courtney

missdesi4

I love your blog! I can't wait to start reading along with the Paper and Glam book club!! Can't wait to see what the new year has planned for you!!

taylor

love that bible verse! one of my faves.
(and have you watched "scandal"? i know it's not a "new" show, but it's great for fashion and drama!)

Jessica

Ahh.. I love how you have everything set up!! So excited for the new year and maybe some new EC stuff 😉 have an amazing 2015!!

jessica

I love watching how you set up your planner! I am also incredibly jealous of your color coded books!

Shandra

I love how you have your planner set up, and I love your videos!

Robyn

I love how you set up your resolutions. It gave me great ideas for mine! I also love your commitment to doing things you've set your mind on like Project Life. I'm starting Project Life this year and I'm going to make it happen!

Beth

I love your blog and youtube videos! I really like the S.M.A.R.T. goal system, and I've changed all of my resolutions so they are realistic. I'm currently in college, and staying organized is one of my goals for this year. Thank you for your planner tips and tricks! All the best to everyone in the new year!

Kenetra F.

You are so inspirational!!

Nicole Zarate

I found your blog through Pinterest and I'm so glad I found this post so I can share it with friends. I've been making SMART goals for years and find them to be very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

holly

I always so look forward to your videos! You always have such awesome ideas, I have been trying to figure out what to do with my notes section and I just love your lookbook idea! Thank you for all your inspiration

Tammy

You are a true inspiration! I have enjoyed watching your videos and I absolutely LOVE the fact that you speak of The Lord! I have been praying that He helps me to now him better in the days, weeks and years to come and it is so encouraging listening to you! Bless you for your positive influence on others! Have a great 2015!

Jessica Thompson

Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas and goals with us! I love your site and your planner, and I am obsessed with your handwriting (I'm sure I've said that before on your youtube channel)! Congrats on all of your success so far, and I can't wait to see your and your site grow throughout the year!! Happy 2015 :)

Tina

OMG! I really don't know where to start. Since stumbling upon your YouTube Channel, I have been so inspired by you I almost feel as if I've been lead to you. I am a new subscriber to your channel and now your blog, as well as getting back into doing things that I used to do as in utilizing planners. I'm soooo excited about receiving my EC Planner that I've already began buying stickers and such, also I've made a list of people that you've purchased from to take a peek at their shops. I just want to add, your spirit is sooo sweet and loving and I LOVE the way that you Love the FATHER and make many mentions of him. Looking forward to a Grand Glam 2015 enjoying your videos and blog. Keep up the good work!!

Amanda D

Hi Lisamarie!

Thanks for sharing your goals and ideas. It's great finding another person who likes what you like. And total night owl too but it's a goal of mine to be more of a morning person.
Thanks for linking where you got all your stickers... when I was younger I loved them. Now I'm loving them again.

Good luck with applying to USC! I know it's tough making that kind of decision. I've been thinking of completing my BA in psych but it's a huge time and financial commitment for me right now. Maybe down the road :)

Happy New Year! (and thanks for the giveway! So nice of you.)

Amanda Bickel

Hello Lisamarie!
So I found your youtube channel recently and I just have to say that you seem like an incredible person! I love that you are not afraid to show your faith in Christ, and not being afraid to show your love for glam in the process! You seem to embrace who you are and I think that's beautiful! I also have appreciated your videos about the Erin Condren planners! I really want this to be a good year for me and your videos have inspired me to stay organize as I pursue my dreams this year! I pray that you have an incredible year and that you experience His presence!

Jose

Hi LisaMarie My wife follows you and watches you YouTube and since discovering you all she does is talk about you and the planner stuff you do..Congrats you you on all your success and good luck in all your future endeavors.

Lauren Rodgers

Lisamarie,
I absolutely love your videos. They are so inspiring. I am a junior in college and hope one day to have an apartment as adorable as yours! I have started reading Jesus Calling for 2015 thanks to your suggestion. I love when you release new videos and to see what you have to show us. I have also decided to give Project Life a try and so far so good! Thank you for sharing with us and letting us into your life. Good luck with your GMAT studying, I will be applying to grad school in December this year (so nervous)! Happy New Year!

Emily

LOVE the S.M.A.R.T. Goals guidelines! I will be using it to review and revise my 2015 goals. Thanks!!

Dawn

Thanks for video! You could use the blank/unlined notes paper for major projects or a gratitude journal or a recharging station ( example: one page could be for when you may feel fearful, you could write scriptures about fear and what God has done for us and why we don't have to fear, or one page on healing or worry or whatever you struggle with in your life. So you can replace any wrong beliefs/ thoughts with the Word of God). A recharging station is a place to go in your planner to be reminded of how awesome Jesus is. You could even make those pages reuseable with self laminating sheets, a craft knife/ scissors, and a marker. Stick the laminating sheet on one page, cut off the excess/ overhang, and use it like a dry erase board. You may need to watch a video on how to avoid air bubbles( it's a theory, I don't have a planner to test it out on, but if you try it let me know it works). Hope this helps. And please enter me into the planner giweaway, I think it could help in my life.

Dawn

I put in the wrong email, just wanted to leave a post with the correct email.

Valentina Bautista

Thanks for sharing your videos! I always look forward to them and inspire me to be even more organized, especially this quarter since I have a heavier work load than I am used to. Hopefully I get a chance to win this giveaway so I can expand my planning even more! Good luck with your GMAT studying, I know you can do it! Happy New Year!

Plwindstormmm

Love your planner videos/post as always! So inspiring and cute! Thanks for the chance to win, youre so sweet! :)

Ashli

I'm not sure if you already watch it, but The Good Wife is a pretty awesome show. It's smart, topical, and fashionable.

Your New Year resolution rules are fantastic. I like that they really help you to create specific and measurable goals. I am definitely going to use them.

I really enjoyed getting a look at your planner. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :-)

Alyson Myers

Would love to get more organized this year!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Queen Mary

Hello Bright and Beautiful Lisa Marie!
I have referred some people to your blog and your little shop, and I checked out your Etsy friends too. I found some stamps you might be interested in -- heavy on the might. I'm big on scrapbooking and card making, and one of my favorite stamp companies, www.myfavoritestamps.com is issuing a set of stamps and dies to go with the Erin Condren style of Planners! They go on sale tonight at 10 p.m. eastern so I don't even know how much they are. One of the design team members uses them here: http://onehappystamper.typepad.com/stamping_inspirations_wit/2015/01/mft-countdown-love-and-planning.html#comment-6a00d834eaf91453ef01b8d0b94b20970c
A couple of the others also used them, but I think Cindy used them the best. There is a die to make a tiny header to replace the existing headers on the planners, anyway, you can see what Cindy did -- and she used sticker paper! Just wanted to share the love kiddo, I think you are amazing!
All the best, Mary

Connie

I stumbled upon your videos on YouTube while searching for the perfect planner. I have one 2015 planner from Target that I'm using more as a scrapbook. Each day, I write down all the things I'm thankful for for the day, along with anything I want to remember. I've started printing and taping photos to each day, along with taping any other paper memorabilia. It can't wait to refer to it years down the line.

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Xiomara Vargas

I love reading you blog and watching your videos on YouTube! I love your SMART Goals guildlines and I can't wait to use it with my own goals for this year.

Ariana

Thank you for the book to movie reading list, I now have some great reads for the upcoming year and am super excited for Fallen, since I have read 3 of the 4 books. Finding your blog has reignited my passion for reading, thank you so much for that.

Austin

I recently discovered your videos and blog and I love all the new things I am learning about scrapbooking and using a planner. I had already made some goals for the new year but I went back and re-evaluated them based on the SMART guidelines and modified a few. I think with those tweaks I will be much more likely to obtain my goals this year. Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

Teresa Noce

Thank you so much for sharing your organizational skills! I am a wife, mom and "nana" to my two year old grandson who I take care of five days a week - which is such a blessing for me;) I enjoy your blogs and videos which have definitely inspired me to become more and more organized. You r so enthusiastic in your approach to life and sharing your creative skills. Looking forward to all ur future blogs and videos!!!!

Rochelle

I love seeing other people's resolutions as inspiration for my own.

Lisa Wright

Thank you for sharing SMART - we actual use this format in our tutorials that our employees can access through our performance management system. I have pre-ordered the UP3 from Jawbone. I have never used a fitness and wellness tracker. The hope is that it will keep me accountable, which will result in Happier, Healthier and Thinner!! I have printed the book stickers from Glam Shop. Love Love Love!! Thank you for sharing.

Ra Caiya Darden

I found you on Youtube and thought that rocked! I love that you have a website as well!!! You have inspired me to start my own blog!

Tone Lise

I just found your blog through YouTube, and I am in love. My friends all make fun of me for my obsession with stationary, it's so refreshing to find people who like the same as me, haha. Much love from the Norwegian living in London xx

Melissa C

Very pretty! Love the gold foil planner :)
I always get excited to see the way you stay organized!
All the things you use are soooo cute. I appreciate the time you take to make these videos.
Thank you so much for sharing! ☺️

Lindsay Morris

I have been going through your archives and I just can't get enough! LOL You are so inspiring to me!!! You have given me so many ideas that I want to do, starting with making goals for 2015 and Life goals as you have done on here! I just LOVE that! I am so happy that I stumbled onto your YouTube page and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you this year! I cannot wait to get started on a planner of my own! (Going to take a few weeks to save up for the Erin Condren! LOL But, when I finally do I cannot wait to incorporate so many of your ideas! :)) Thank you for inspiring me and thank you for putting it all our there as a young Christian woman! I hope to make big changes in the new year now thanks to YOU!!! :) I pray that God blesses you in all that you do this year and would greatly appreciate your prayers that I may be able to change and become a better ME this year and live the life that God has laid out for me! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

P.S. So looking forward to keeping up with your YouTube channel and this fabulous site!!! AND the Book Club of course!!! :)

Xoxoxo Lindsay Morris

Britany

As I was watching my normal YouTube subscriptions, I saw your page pop up on the side and I am so glad I clicked on your page. As many people stated above, you are so inspiring! As I watched your video on your holiday planning, I could not help but want to get myself more organized and ready for the 2015 year. I am super excited to start this journey on becoming a better me. Thank you!

Margaret

Thanks for your videos and blog. Enjoying them!

Kathryn

So my brand new EC planner comes in (my first!), I get all excited and start setting it up, put in my goals for the year, and then... I watch this video. I may have to redo them all! But, as the aim of goals is to improve one's self, improving one's goals is a valid and important first step. Or something. Right?!

Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

jessicakalaniii@gmail.com

Lisamarie!
I absolutely love your breakdown of your 2015 Resolutions. Mind. Body. Spirit.
I think I am going to adopt your style of Resolutions and write a blog post as well. :)
I love your videos and your openness to letting us peek into your life through your planner!

Can't wait to OWN 2015 with you.

xoxo,
Jessica

Heather Medina

Loved it! I had no idea about the planner and just spent 45 minutes deciding on one! This will be my first time using a planner for work and school. I think your an inspiration and cant thank you enough for your advice it really hit home for me. I love your blog and have been a big fan all year (i mean in 2014 too!) lol.

hugs! heather m

Leah S

Hi Lisamarie! You are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your goals! I have always been a goal setter, but sometimes I believe my goals are set too high for my to achieve. Thank you for reminding me to keep it realistic.

Kayla B

I love your resolutions for this year as you take it a step further than most people. I came here looking for organizational tips and have to say the way you use your planner for different purposes than what is listed is an awesome idea!

Jessica Ventura

I would love the opportunity to win! What an amazing giveaway. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

Deb S.

Thanks so much for another super video! I always get so much inspiration when I watch your videos. I hope everything on your Resolution's List comes about. You certainly have a great start on it! Wishing you all the best in 2015 ~ Deb

PW

I really love how open you are about sharing your resolutions! I always enjoy watching your videos and reading your blog posts!

Shantrell

This is really amazing. I love reading your blog. You are so inspirational and I just love how your relationship is developing with God. Working on setting my goals for this year right now.

Manufactured94

I've been obsessing over the Erin Condren Life Planner! I have enjoyrd seeing how creative you are and how you've personalized your Life Planner. I'm starting my second semester in college on the 22nd, and a good planner is needed. Thank you for replying to which lipstick you were wearing in your Holiday Planning Edition video! Have a great weekend, Lisamarie and thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

-Karina

Kacee Claybon

Hi Lisa Marie!

Please enter me into your wonderful giveaway! I would love to get an EC teacher lesson planner. Thanks for inspiring us and I love your channel. Have a blessed day!

Savannahsmilesxo

Sooo excited.. Dying for a perfect planner like yours! Thanks for doing videos like this. Truly appreciate them, not just because it's a giveaway but you are also an inspiration. You are so positive and organized, I love it.

Laura

I have ordered my first Erin Condren planner and I'm getting my fix while waiting for it to arrive by stalking all of your EC posts. I've just recently found your blog and I'm enjoying it thoroughly!

Jennie Holguin

I love your blogs!!! And videos!!!

Tone Lise

It is so nice and kind of you to host these give aways, it's so generous. I recently found your youtube channel and has pretty much watch every video on there, haha. The Erin Condren planners looks so amazing, I would kill for one, but as I am a student atm, I'm not in the finical situation where I can justify spending that amount of money on it. Next year though, next year I will have one, lol. xx

Paper and Glam

Jose, so glad I got to wish Delmarra a happy birthday from her inspiring husband. This comment touched me in so many ways. Congrats on the win, sir!

Paper and Glam

Lindsay,

How about we skip the saving up part, shall we?! Your gift card is one the way to your inbox! CONGRATS! Thanks so much for spending some time with me!

April

Just found you via youtube so far i love what i am seeing and reading <3.

Mandy

I just found your site and subscribed on YouTube :) Love the planner videos and hearing which scriptures are speaking to you. I'm in IT too!

skinnande@gmail.com

I just discover your blog and you tube channel ! Love it I have been looking to join a book club and am so excited !! One of my goals is to become more organized by utilizing my planner more and I just love your Erin concern you tube videos ! A great show for you to start watching is suits on USA you can see old seasons on Amazon prime but if you loved gossip girl for fashion you will love the fashion on this show too!

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