Things I’m Trying & Changing For The Rest Of The Year


One thing I’m a firm believer in is it is never too late in the year to try something new, to start a new habit, or to make a change. Sure, having a holiday or a fresh start of a new month does help, but so does any random weekday. All you need is the determination to try. With it being the last 3 months of the year I sat down and thought about what I want to try and change. So I decided I would share with you what I’m working on to better myself/life these next 3 months, in the hope it will inspire you and give you some ideas too!


If you watched my Instagram stories last year you may remember me starting to sew myself a dress. Sewing is something I took in high school and loved, and last year I decided to start doing it again. Sadly I started right before the holidays and everything just got too busy and hectic to continue. So this year I want to at least finish the dress that I started, and hopefully start sewing a new one too.


Being outside in nature is one of my favorite things to do, but sadly the heat in the summer is just too unbearable to do much outside. With the weather finally cooling off and staying that way, I plan on taking as many opportunities as I can to be outside. I’ve already gone on 2 hikes this past week, and have a few more planned for the future. Not only is it great exercise, but it really does wonders for helping me de-stress.


I talked about this in an Instagram post this month, but I really want to start cooking more. This time of year always inspires me to try new foods, so I’ve started looking for recipes to try. For some reason, I never thought about looking on Pinterest, but I’ve started a recipes board (you can check it out here), and oh my has it been wonderful! I’ve found delicious looking meals and treats to try. This roasted tomato soup recipe is the first one I’m going to try, and I’m actually making it tonight. Once I find a lot of recipes that I like I’ll definitely be sharing them on here too!


Overall I’m a relatively organized person. Although I do keep my space pretty neat, I find that I tend to leave little tasks and things just lying around to do later. And this results in me being overwhelmed and stressed by how cluttered parts of my space become. For these last 3 months I want to get in the habit of putting things away right after using them, and making sure everything has a spot. Recently I bought 2 of these wooden boxes from IKEA to store books and other things, and so far they’ve been great.


As a book lover, I read every day, but the one things I always struggle with is feeling guilty for reading books on my phone. Now, nothing will ever come close to reading an actual book, but I’m trying to work on feeling less guilty when I choose to read on my phone. It makes it easier to read more because not only is it free, but there are way more books to choose from. My goal is to find a healthy balance between reading physical books and reading a few on my phone.

And those are a few of the things I’ll be trying and changing this year! Hopefully, this will help hold me accountable for doing these things, but also inspire you to do something new too! I’d love to know what one thing you’re working on for these last months of the year.

50 responses to “Things I’m Trying & Changing For The Rest Of The Year”

  1. Janet says:

    I love this Kara! Anytime is a great time to try new things, lots of people wait until the traditional new year’s resolution. One thing I am trying to do more is tidying up as I go as it does get overwhelming. Pinterest is amazing for everything, I hope your roasted tomato soup was delicious! I know what you mean about the heat in summer and outdoors, I feel the same way! Hope you have a great new week lovely xx

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so happy you liked it, Janet! Tidying up as you go is a great thing to start doing. I hope you had a wonderful week! x

  2. This is so interesting!
    Nice post, Dear!

  3. Kathrin says:

    I agree that it’s always a great time to try something new. Waiting for the right time can lead to waiting forever.

    I’ve actually decided to try a few more recipes this season as well. I really like the idea of cooking, but don’t seem to end up doing it as often as I’d like. I’d love to read more about the recipes you find and like.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Kara Callahan says:

      That’s great that you’re trying some new recipes! Also, that’s good to know that you would like to read more about that. I’m hoping to start adding food posts to my blog soon x

  4. Babita says:

    Anytime is good time to start something new! I know how summer becomes unbearable at some times! But spending time outside is always fun! 😊
    Anyway, love this! Love your home decor! Looks so beautiful!

    Xoxo Babita

  5. Love this, so motivating! I can directly relate to finishing sewing projects! It’s such a side hobby of mine and it’s one of those things that’s sitting there and I never get to it LOL. One day…

    x Nicole

  6. I love trying new recipes too, it is so rewarding

  7. Love that you are making a plan for the rest of the year. I adore this space and these photos.

  8. Samantha says:

    Such great goals! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hannah says:

    I definitely agree that it’s never too late to start something! It’s like when people wait for new year, it doesn’t make much sense, as you can always start a change whenever. Good luck with all of these, I hope you manage to do everything you want to xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  10. Simone says:

    I do try out new things throughout the whole year, it’s so much fun and never too late to start something new. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to cooking, it’s just not my favourite thing to do. It’s a good idea though to try out a new recipe, usually I just cook the things I know.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  11. Eva Redson says:

    super interesting post! love it 🙂

    Check out my latest blog post if you want:
    xx, Eva

  12. It’s always the right time to try something new. Cooking new things is always a struggle for me as I tend to cook things that are easy and fast, specially with children.


  13. Jessica says:

    I really like this end of the year approach to resolutions and I hope you stick to yours! Lovely photos!

  14. Yiota says:

    Good for you for wanting to change things!! I love to spend time outside, the weather is amazing and it’s feels great to be outside in the sun and nature!!


  15. Len Parent says:

    sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!!!
    Happy Tuesday!
    Much love, Len

  16. List of thing that you want improve for the rest of year is very beautiful. I wish you success in all of them. Spent more time in nature is my favorite, but trying new recipes can be very interesting and you can prepare delicious food. As you I also believe that we can start something new right now, and we don’t need to wait new week, month or year. I start regularly exercise and feel great.

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  17. Gabrielle says:

    I love how you’re setting new goals before the year ends 🙂 Trying new recipes is a fabulous idea; especially with the festive season just around the corner – the perfect excuse for plenty of cosy, seasonal baking!! x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Seasonal baking is always my favorite! Good treats just make this time of year so much better x

  18. Annette says:

    It’s a pre-new Years Resolution, finishing those sewing projects: you must have a lot started 🙂

  19. Joti says:

    Trying new recipes is something I find calming! I wish cleaning and organizing was my go to though!

  20. Mira says:

    So motivating! And I like the photos!

    Mira Audrey’s

  21. Allie Mackin says:

    You are so right it is never too late to learn something new be late in the year or even late in life. And you have set some excellent goals for yourself. I am still trying to learn French. But this year I taught myself Final Cut Pro so I am quite proud of that!

    Allie of

    • Kara Callahan says:

      That’s great that you taught yourself Final Cut Pro! And wishing you the best with learning French! I’m sure over time you’ll master it x

  22. Susie says:

    I completely agree!! It is never too late to change or try something new 🙂 I would love to see how your sewing goes!!! I have a few half-finished projects I want to get done before the end of the year ahah

  23. E says:

    I should do a list like yours, it is very productive and we still have two months to do everything we want till 2019.
    Big kisses,

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