Happy Monday and welcome back! While I didn’t originally intend to, I kind of took a mini vacation from the blog this past weekend. I have to admit – it felt good. After running around on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, it felt nice to spend the remainder of the weekend relaxing and enjoying the non-planned days. ‘A’ and I got to spend some time together and I even got to catch up with the bestie.
As promised a few weeks ago, I also took some time to evaluate 2014 as a whole. In doing so, I wanted to create a realistic set of resolutions for myself because after this emotional roller coaster of a year, I need 2015 to be as kick-ass as possible. So without further adieu, here is my list:
While this does include shedding some pounds (especially after my food intake this weekend) this goal is much more than that. I want to create a whole new outlook on my health which includes body and mind. ‘A’ got me a Fitbit for Christmas which is the perfect gift for starting this journey and I am rereading ‘What I know for sure‘ by Oprah to start tackling my mindset.
One think I have been successful at this year is depleting my savings account. Between moving and getting a new car, my savings has seen a few big hits this year. Although I have slowly been able to start putting it back together, I am determined to really get a hold on my finances this year.
If you read this blog, you already know I am travel obsessed and while I may not get to travel as much as I want to, I dream about traveling constantly. I have always said “If I can take just one big trip a year, I’ll be happy.” But then years fly by and I may sneak off to the beach for a long weekend, but Santorini is still waiting for my arrival. Not anymore! I am determined to book at least one adventurous trip this year.
This blog has definitely saved me in many ways. Not only has it created connections with people I would never know otherwise, but it has also provided me a creative sanity that I lacked for years before I started this little space on the internet. I am thankful and beyond happy with the progress of the blog thus far; however, I am also aware of the potential that still sits inside this spot. I have already begun brainstorming ideas to expand on the creative nature of this blog and cannot wait to put things in motion. Stay tuned!
One of the biggest lessons of 2014 came to me when I lost one of my close friends to cancer. To lose someone who was so full of love and life made me very aware of how quickly life can change and how important it is to cherish every moment you have. With this, I am committing myself to creating moments at every chance I get with the ones that I love. I refuse to take anything for granted from this moment on.
As confident as I may be in various aspects of my life, there have definitely been some moments where doubt has taken over me and prevented me from doing things. While I accept that this is not something I can change overnight (or even in a year), I want to be more conscious of these moments and push past them. I accept that there will be times I fail at things and completely embarrass myself, but I know for sure I would rather live with that than the regret of not trying.
I have always tried to make charity and giving back a priority in my life, but I don’t always do as much as I am capable of and that needs to change! While continuing to contribute to the efforts of charities in my community (like Sunday Breakfast), I also want to reach out and help other charities or organizations that are giving back. Feel free to suggest any causes that you may know/believe in.
I can’t tell you know many times I have said “I’m going to learn how to knit” or “I’m gonna take a class to learn Italian” or how about “I want to learn to play the piano.” In fact, if I paid myself every time I wanted to learn something, but never followed through, number two (saving) wouldn’t be on this list! So here’s to me finding something I really want to learn – calligraphy? kick boxing? – and actually learning it!
This is more of a goal for ‘A’ but I want to be a supportive girlfriend in his efforts to achieve all of his goals too. He’s so lucky…
Feel free to share some of your New Year’s resolutions and here’s to all of us actually accomplishing some of them!Pin It