Well hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve written on my blog, but I’ve had so many “new year” thoughts running around in my head the last few days that I thought I’d sit down and funnel them all into a new post. This tends to happen at the beginning of every January – I’m suddenly inspired by the twelve months ahead and am determined to tackle all of the changes I’ve been wanting to make in my life. So while I sit here in a cafe sipping green tea, let’s chat about an old year, a new year and life goals, shall we?
2015 brought more change to my life than I ever could have expected, in both significantly good and bad ways. Early in the year I lost my mom to cancer, and I can’t even begin to put into words the countless ways in which that impacted me. However, with my mom’s passing I learned that life is short. After seeing it firsthand I realized that I needed to stop saying “tomorrow” to the things I want in life, and start saying “today.” I spent the rest of 2015 saying “yes” to all the things life had to offer, including new friends, spontaneous travel, and falling in love.
As I look out at the year ahead, here is my biggest goal: identify and remove the obstacles in my life that are preventing me from living my ultimate existence. We all have these road blocks that keep us from reaching our true happiness – some we are already conscious of, others we are yet to realize. In the past, I’ve let these obstacles feel like mountains, too tall and too daunting to climb over. However, there is a quote I remind myself of every time I feel like an obstacle is too big for me to conquer: Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. So what if it will take another 6 years to get that degree? Or 2 years of saving to go on that trip of a lifetime? Or an entire year of proper diet and exercise to reach your fitness goal? What is your dream life? Why aren’t you living that life?
I may not know exactly what I want my life to be, but I do know my priorities: health, relationships, education, and travel. I think emphasizing these aspects of my life will be the most rewarding. Keeping that in mind, here are some of my resolutions for 2016:
- Travel to one new location internationally and domestically. I’ve always been pretty good about seizing opportunities to travel abroad, but for having lived in the US most of my life, I’ve only seen a small fraction of this country. I would like to have an ongoing goal each year to visit somewhere new outside of my country, as well as somewhere new here at home. I did spend New Year and the first week of 2016 in Scotland, but I’m choosing to count it as my new international destination for last year instead of this year, so somewhere new in 2016 still awaits!
- Take more time to nurture my “smaller” relationships. By smaller, I don’t mean less important, I just mean the people I don’t see all. the. time. I can be bad about keeping in touch with friends I only see occasionally, and I want to make a bigger effort to communicate more often. I also want to become a card-sending person. I’ve never sent out a round of holiday cards, but the joy I experienced in receiving them this last season made me realize it’s a tradition I want to join. You know that person who never misses sending a card for an occasion? Yeah, I want to be her.
- Spend less money on purchases that do not go toward the priorities listed above. These include, but are not limited to: mochas, Etsy stickers, calling an Uber when I’m too lazy to walk, and Lululemon gear (I’m sadly admitting that dropping $ on another Swiftly Tee doesn’t qualify as a ‘health’ expense).
- Expand my video and blog content to reflect more of my interests. In my years as an online creator, my primary focus has been beauty. While I love beauty and it is a huge hobby of mine, it is only one of many interests that I have, and I would like my overall content to be rebalanced to include a larger portion of other life areas, such as home, food, fitness, and life ideas (like this post!).
- Break up with sugar. I love it. It’s so bad for me. Thus, I want to make a big effort to stop consuming so much added sugar (it’s in everything these days) and instead try to mostly consume sugar from natural sources, such as fruits and veggies, and uh, chocolate is a natural source of sugar, right? #thestruggle
- Take a class. Yeah, I haven’t narrowed it down much more than that. But being a few years out of college, it’s been a while since I’ve taken a course to acquire some new knowledge. This could be for foreign language, cooking, or an exercise, but I miss the feeling of showing up to a regular lesson and learning something.
- Find new ways to help my community. Aside from volunteering at my local humane society in high school and a few other organizations in college, I don’t have an extensive history of donating my time and effort to the community around me. But as the years pass, I’m becoming more conscious of the imprint I’m leaving on this world, and I want to contribute more. I’m not sure where to start so if you know of any great ways to get involved in your community, please let me know in a comment below!
So there you have it, all my “new year, new you” thoughts. What are your goals for 2016?