I finally took some time to get my goals out of my head and onto paper. Well, actually into my computer. I feel a little self-absorbed talking about my goals on IBC, but I guess it’s only appropriate since this is my space to share things with the world. While I’ve had a lot of thoughts about this new year, they’ve been a bit of a jumbled mess in my head until now.

After preparing goals for several years, I’ve learned some things that work and don’t work for me. First, I like having a word to focus on for the year. However, I need some concrete ideas to back it up. A word is easy to remember but, for me, it just needs a little substance. Second, my goals for the new year need to be broad, rather than really specific. For example, instead of saying “I want to lose 15 pounds this year,” I’d rather focus on eating healthier and exercising more frequently. I’ve learned that if I give specific numbers, days, etc. I’m less likely to hit those marks because I feel pressured. Then when I fail, I throw the goal out the window. With broader goals, if I stumble a day or two, I simply need to pick myself up and try again.

ROAR | Inspired by Charm #roar

With that preamble, my resolution for 2014 is ROAR!

As you may have guessed, this goal was inspired in part by Katy Perry’s song, “Roar.” Despite having listened to it a million plus times (Yes, you can blame me for overplaying the song.), I’m still completely obsessed with the song and its encouraging message. To give my roar a little more substance and definition, I thought making it into an acronym would be just perfect. So here goes:

ROAR | Inspired by Charm #roar

I had originally intended to separate my professional and personal goals, but since my work and life are often (if not always) intertwined, I decided to merge the two. This resolution, however, focuses on the work side of things. Anyway, the underlying message here is to approach things with a more courage. To take more risks. Being in this community of bloggers, I’ve been inspired by so many fabulous people. And every time I see a really special project, idea, or thought, it was usually a result of someone taking a risk. Someone stepped outside the box and did things a little differently. Yes, when doing this there’s a possibility of failure. There will be criticism. People won’t like you because you did something different. However, I’m not going to worry about those things and instead focus on the end results or what I want to accomplish. Because honestly, that’s when the real magic happens.

More specifically, this year I’m going to work on growing Inspired by Charm. Last year I spent a lot of time helping other brands grow, this year it’s IBC’s turn. I’m hoping to do more projects, I want to dive into the world of blogger collaborations. I want to start making more videos and I’m also hoping to announce two wonderful secret projects that I’ve been working on.


As you know, last year I closed my B&B and Gift Shoppe. I also began transforming my house into my home. Through this transition I realized how much stuff and junk I’ve accumulated. I’m nowhere near hoarder status, but I need to get organized. Despite what the pictures on IBC show, I’m really not the tidiest or most clutter-free person. I partially blame that on my artistic side. The art must be perfect; everything else really doesn’t matter. However, I’d like to change that with lots of simplification and organization. Having this huge house all to myself, it should be fairly easy to keep things in order. Now I just need to make it happen. I’ll be sharing a little bit of that journey (the pretty parts at least). I want my house to be ready for visitors at a moment’s notice, rather than having to frantically run around or be embarrassed by projects scattered throughout the house. Also, having a more organized space will allow me to complete projects more quickly and with less stress. If things are in their place, I won’t have to spend half an hour looking for a paint brush.

Through this reorganization I want to to redecorate, paint, more bedroom upstairs. Then I need to make each bedroom have a specific function. I’m also hoping to create a workshop in my garage (another change that happened over the holidays which I have yet to share). But, most importantly, I need to tackle my disaster of a basement and find a place for everything.

ROAR | Inspired by Charm #roar

Last year at this time I probably weighed less than I ever have in my adult life. I was also in moderately okay shape. Beyond that, I felt good, confident, and comfortable. I still had a tummy of sorts and my muscles only slightly made themselves known if I would flex, but I really felt good about myself. I’ve come to accept the fact that I will most likely never have visible abs or muscles for days and I’m totally okay with that. I seriously am. Here’s the thing, I like food too much. I’m going to continue to eat cheese, pizza, cake, pie, etc. However, during the past seven months or so, my diet has been beyond terrible. If I told you, you probably wouldn’t believe me. Anyway, I want to get back to feeling the way I did a year ago. I don’t necessarily need to be a certain number on a scale, but I do want that feeling in my head and heart again. I’ve already starting to be more conscious of what I’m eating, when I’m eating, and why I’m eating. I’ve also begun running on a regular basis. A week in, I’m already feeling better and I’ve shed a couple pounds. Slow and steady wins the race. Right?

Beyond being more healthful, I need to spend less time on the computer and my phone. With a job that requires me to be online, this is a challenge. However, it’s a must. A few instances made me realize this. First, waking up and immediately checking my email, before I even have two feet firmly planted on the floor is insane. One bad / stressful email can literally set the tone for the day. Not a good idea. Secondly, when I’m with my friends and family, I need to be with my friends and family, not checking my phone to see how many likes my latest Instagram photo has or having a conversation via text with someone else. Like seriously, that is crazy and totally rude. If last year taught me anything, I learned that I need to be in the moment and treat every event or interaction as if it’s my last. Finally, social media has made me a grumpy goose; Facebook, specifically. I’m not going to go into much detail here, but I will be spending less time on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.

ROAR | Inspired by Charm #roar

This is probably my most important (and hardest) resolution for 2014. It simply comes down to me being thankful for what I have. I often feel pressured by the world, especially when it comes to work. Why am I not doing such and such when someone else can? How can I improve my social media numbers? What can I do to make more money, work harder, sleep less, and have all of the things everyone else has (even if I don’t want or need them). I could go on…. But recently I’ve come to realize that the world isn’t pushing me; I am. Having unrealistic expectations of what mylife is supposed to be is only going to lead to disappointment and heartache. In the grand scheme of things, I’m doing okay. I have so much to be grateful for. This year I want to take time to rejoice in that. I want to work smarter, not harder. I want to focus less on the numbers and more on the people. Because they are ultimately what matters.

And that, folks, is my 2014 resolution. While I have lots of fun projects and exciting opportunities to tackle this year, these are the underlying ideas that will help determine how those projects and opportunities happen, or don’t happen.

And as the always fabulous Katy Perry once said, “You’re gonna hear me roar.”

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  • Jeanette at

    Roar Michael….lovely goals for the year and food for thought! I’ve really enjoyed watching you grow last year and transition into new things and look forward to this new year with you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That means so much Jeanette! Thank you! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Rin at

    This was really encouraging to read first thing(ish) in the morning. Loving the animal print bullet points just as much as your message! Best of luck with your goals, and here’s hoping our 2014s are a roaring success… oh, and thanks for the kick in the blog-pants.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I figured the animal prints would be appropriate given the topic. Hope all your goals for 2014 come true!

      xo Michael

  • Karin at

    Fantastic words this morning and I know you’ll achieve your ROAR goals this year. I share many of your thoughts! Best to you and I am inspired by/enjoy your blog very much! And on the ROAR note, I invite you to read my daughters blog as she also has the ROAR factor on her mind, for much different reasons but when faced with life, ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Thanks Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Karin, I’ll have to check her blog out. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

      xo Michael

  • Maureen at

    Best word of the year so far Michael! You are awesome. I just found your blog last year and have been hooked ever since. Always inspired!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thank you so much Maureen! So happy to have you following along.

      xo Michael

  • Claire @ A Little Claireification at

    Love. This. What a fantastic goal and I love the way you broke it down. So glad this was in my inbox today! {and I feel your pain about FB, etc. SO done obsessing over that complete effort in futility!!}
    Here’s to an awesome 2014 for you and IBC! xo

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so glad there is someone out there that agrees with me on FB. Haha. Hope you have a fabulous 2014 as well. Thanks for all of your fab comments. 🙂 I really appreciate them.

      xo Michael

  • Shannon at

    I kind of love this. I’ve realized recently how impressed I am by people who are able to define why things are important to them, define who they are, why they do what they do–just like you did here. My word for the year (and the previous two years) is Persist. I want to stop giving up on things! Good luck with your excellent resolutions in twenty-fourteen!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Aww, thank you so much Shannon. I just hope I can stick to them! Love your word too.

      xo Michael

  • girlfromwva at

    Love your word for the year! I am sure we are going to see/hear you ROAR this year. My word is Joy.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Joy is such a great word! Thank you so much.

      xo Michael

  • Ann at

    Michael, I found your blog several months ago, and just wanted to say “Thanks”. I appreciate your honesty about your life so much. Many of us just don’t “have it all together” and feel “less than” when we look at others (social media, etc) and see a perfect life. As an older woman, I can tell you, many just put out what they want us to see, and it’s an illusion. Participating less in other’s lives and more in our own always benefits. Love your “word of the year” and how you wrapped it in realistic ways to improve your life. I am inspired (not just by your charm!). Looking forward to more in 2014!

  • Julia D. at

    Roar as loud as you can! Your work and words are fabulous! We all enjoy your wonderful talents, so keep up the good work and continue to do what makes YOU feel good. That is all that matters……

  • Jamie @ Anderson & Grant at

    In a lot of ways, you goals for the year mirror my own goals…you just found a better way to put them out there! I became overwhelmed with life in general in 2013 and this year I have to make some changes. I can totally agree with your need to organize and to leave the social media world a little. I need to find a way to eliminate things that are demanding too much of my attention and space. Best of luck with everything you want to accomplish this year. I can’t wait to hear what projects you’ve been working on!

  • Jen at

    Michael, I’ve been a fan of yours for a while now (discovered you on Pinterest, then fell in love with your blog). Your blog was a large part of my inspiration to become a blogger as well. Of all the posts of yours I’ve read this is my favorite. I totally identify with the “RISK” part of your acronym. I think you may be a bit harsh on yourself at times, but I guess that is how you push yourself to your personal best. I chose CREATE as my word for 2014 and my wheels are already turning on making my word into an acronym too- awesome idea! Plus the song is stuck in my head now (not a bad thing!) Can’t wait to hear you ROAR this year!!!

  • Amy at Living Locurto at

    I just wrote a post about my goals and they are very similar to yours! I think artists work best in clutter. ha! Either that or we just have too much going on in our heads to bother:-) I recently read where Adam Levine is a mess, that made me feel better. Good luck with getting organized and your 2014 goals.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I like to think you are right. It allows the creativity to be the focus. Right? Haha. Thanks so much Amy!

      xo Michael

  • Noelle at

    Loved this! I also need to put down my phone. Be more present in what’s occurring around me, family and friends especially! We have some similar goals. Look forward to your seeing your blog grow!

  • Buzz at

    Much like the saying ” Eat to live, not live to eat”; the same can be said for work. It’s difficult in this day and age of technology and social media to make time for self reflection . Starting each day with a “ROAR” is a great way to wake up! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jamie @ Southern Revivals at

    I can identify with every single thing you wrote! I love Katy’s Roar but your ROAR is just as inspiring! You lost me at weighing the least in my adult life – I have no idea what you’re talking about there! 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! I’m glad you could resonate with some of these. Best of luck with your goals!

      xo Michael

  • Stephanie at

    That tiger head ornament is so ridiculously cute!! Love it. Good luck to you in 2014…

  • Connie at


    Your goals are wonderful! It’s lovely to see someone express such similar goals to mine and be willing to share them out loud. Being in the design world, I too, feel the pressure to land bigger projects, make more money and sleep less. However, I had one project put on hold in January and I turned down two projects and decided it was time to take a leave. I don’t know how long I will be on this “leave” but I do know it was much needed for clarity, prioritizing and to simply take a deep breathe.

    With such a wonderful attitude that you seem to posses, there’s no doubt you will meet your 2014 goals.

    PS- I have really enjoyed your lovely blog!

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