First off, Happy New Year! Whether you rang in the new year all dolled up to go out or stayed in wearing sweats, I hope you had fun while doing so. Last year, when 2014 rolled around I didn’t make any resolutions. We all know that it’s not as easy as we would like to stay true to our resolutions when we’re knee deep in something called life. So instead of resolutions, I tried to keep a few simple ideas in mind and apply them day by day. Below is the picture of these ideas that I posted exactly a year ago:
As much as I dislike the cliché “New year, new me” mentality, there is something exciting about a fresh year and we all like to imagine what we can do for ourselves to advance in some way or another. Here are the 5 goals that I’m jotting down in my journal this year…
1. Forget the numbers. As a college junior, I’ve been in school for now the majority of my existence where numbers are often stressed more than actually learning. Perhaps it’s the way that America has resorted to standardized testing for even placing its children in elementary school programs (yes, little Grace was included in this) but somehow we are obsessed with scores and GPAs and curves. Education is very important to me but I think it is so important to remember that your worth is not determined by the numbers on your transcript or how close to 2400 your SAT score is. Weight, BMI, number of followers on Twitter…these things don’t make or break us.
2. Unplug more. I am as hooked on social media as the next blogger so, admittedly, this one will be difficult for me. I’m going to try my best to do more without being glued to my phone or my Macbook. Obviously a lot that I do for school, extracurriculars, and work leave me no choice but I know that I can make more time to do things like journal, read, spend time with friends, and work out. (But it’s actually painful to go to the gym without music and headphones…does that count?)
3. Pursue what makes me happy. I often struggle between what I think I should do and what I actually want to do due to various things – how others might perceive me, if it’ll make me a better candidate for a job, doubt, etc. I started doing more things for myself and listening to my heart and not just my head in 2014 and while some decisions were as fun as pulling teeth in the process, they were so worth it in the end. Being happy makes life a hell of a lot better..I don’t think there’s any further explanation needed here!
4. Communicate better. Less beating around the bush, more honest and open communication.
5. Work hard, play hard. Okay so this one may be a little (or a lot) cliché but it seems pretty brilliant to me. I don’t want to sacrifice the things that I have worked hard for all these years to have fun and live life but at some point there needs to be a balance of work and play. For sanity, for relationships…for a lot of different reasons, it’s imperative to be able to put your efforts into your work but also know when to slow down and unwind. The struggle that I have with this is just knowing where to draw the line but that’s what I’m going to explore this coming year.
I hope my goals give you an idea if you haven’t come up with some things you’d like to tackle in 2015. As one of my goal suggests, I’m going to try to work harder on this blog and put in more time and more energy into growing this into an even better blog. I don’t publish personal posts very often but they are a lot of fun for me and I have received great feedback on past posts (one of my favorites is “50 Things I’ll Teach My Daughter” so I will try to work on more of a similar nature.
Thank you for reading and thank you so, so much for supporting me!