10 Things To Make Time For In The New Year

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As the new year is just around the corner, you might be tempted to claim goals, to-dos, and wants. But we want you to take a breath — or two — and make time for those things that may not be “productive” but make life a whole lot sweeter. 

Ten fabulous women share exactly what they'll be making time for in 2015.

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Kelly Wickham is a middle school administrator who writes about education and race and social justice and manifestos about things in which she believes.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This next year I'm hoping to make time to get married and enjoy a honeymoon! I know that may sound silly, but we've been engaged for almost 3 months, and we can't even find time to set a date yet. We want our six adult kids to attend the wedding, and trying to get family from all over the country is a beast. The only function this will serve [is] to be selfish and enjoy them all together.”

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Phyllis Myung writes about living life with one foot rooted as an Asian and the other as an American over at The Napkin Hoarder.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “I'm looking forward to carving out time for my weekly coffee dates with my friends, consistent date nights with my husband, and special mommy-daughter time with my 5-year-old. This ‘me' time will help me re-energize and take care of myself!”

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Kim Simon is the mother of two boys and can be found telling the truth about motherhood on her personal blog, Mama By The Bay.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This year, I'm going to indulge in my love of reading — not just bits and pieces online, but losing myself in long books!”

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Estelle Erasmus writes about a journalist's transformative journey raising a young daughter in midlife on her award-winning blog, Musings on Motherhood & Midlife.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “I'm hoping to make more time for dancing with my 5-year-old-daughter this year. I have fond memories of wildly dancing in front of her while she sat in her high chair before she could even walk. She loved watching me move to the songs playing on the radio.

“More recently, we used to dance together during the TV show Dancing with the Stars, but I've been so busy this year that we haven't done that for a while. She takes ballet, but I know she loves to dance with me, hand in hand, as I twirl her around the room, so I'm going to schedule some special daughter/mommy dance time this year.”

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Christine Yu is a freelance writer and yoga instructor who blogs at Love, Life, Surf.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This former art history major wants to make more time for art in my life — both creating art with my own hands through drawings and viewing works of art at museums and galleries.”

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Beth Meleski writes for Betwixt Girls, a lifestyle website for tween girls.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “I have a friend who sent a birthday card to each of her family members, friends, and acquaintances every year so we would know she was thinking about us on our special day. I, on the other hand, have made this thoughtful gesture optional in my own life.

“Sadly, my friend recently lost her long battle with breast cancer. So I plan to continue her birthday card tradition with all the people I love as a way to honor my friend, her generous spirit, and her loving heart.”

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Aimee L. Farley is a mother, wife, blogger at Why I Left My Job, and a dreamer living a big adventure in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This year, I hope to make time — and have the courage — for meeting new people and making new friends.”

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Deborah Goldstein is the co-publisher of VillageQ, the community website for LGBT families, and the author of a medley of miscellany on her humor blog Peaches & Coconuts.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This year, I would like to get busy with my wife more often, which is not to say busy in a productive way, but busy in a ‘remember when we were hot for each other?' way.”

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Kirsten Piccini is a cupcake connoisseur, high-heel devotee, infertility survivor, twin mom, daydreamer, and storyteller.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “This past year, I have made some new, but the forever kind, of girlfriends. I hope to spend more giggling, chatting, and heart-opening time with them.”

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Keesha Beckford is a mom, dance teacher, writer, and performer of mediocre housework.

About what she'll be making time for in 2015, she says, “I am hoping to make time to just sit down and reconnect with my hubby.”

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Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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