HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you’re all having a wonderful time eating, drinking and celebrating! We just got back to New York and I’m getting started on one of my favorite traditions ever: New Year’s resolutions.
I’m an obsessive goal-setter, so twice a year — New Year’s and my birthday — I get real about looking at the year ahead. In 2014, I wanted to get Adventures of a Twenty-Something off the ground and finally start writing the book. ✓
But to be honest, I really don’t feel like I’ve been seizing life enough this past year or so. The whole point of this blog is to see the adventure in everything, and I spend way too many days in a “get up, work, workout” drone mentality, where the only part of the day that really makes me happy is seeing Mark at the end of it! I just can’t shake the feeling that I should do more to embrace life (cliche alert, but it’s true) and really challenge myself in more positive ways.
In 2015, I want to continue loving the heck out of my family and friends, find new and exciting ways to challenge myself, and I really really want to accomplish something.
It’s hard to put that sentiment into a numbered list of resolutions. That mantra is the main goal, but there are a few things that can be itemized from it.
1. Finish the book
Though I write full-time for my real job, it’s definitely a tangible goal to finish the book this year. Late summer is my tentative deadline, but I’ll keep you posted!
2. Grow the blog
I started Adventures a little less than three months ago, and while I’ve been blown away by the response, there’s a lot of room for growth here. With all the writing I do, though, I’m not sure how much more time I can dedicate to the blog until the book is done. I have a sneaking suspicion (fantasy?) that when I finish the book, everything will really take off.
3. If you can do something kind or helpful for someone, do it.
There are a lot of little old ladies in New York, and when I first moved here, I saw one moving at a snail’s pace through the cold, carrying her groceries back to her apartment. I offered to help her, and she was so sweet, I’m still glad I spoke up. But the subsequent individuals I offered to assist had wicked tempers and harsh Brooklyn accents — “What, you think I can’t do this?” So now — I’m ashamed to admit — I often just think, “Ohh…I hope they’re OK” and keep walking.
If you do nothing else that’s pro-active during the day — just mathematically speaking, between work and the gym, there are going to be days where you can’t do much else — you can at least do something nice for someone.
I have a few more that I’m not going to write here (spoilers), but you’ll find them out in due course. In the coming year, just remember that if you’re not happy about something, it’s no one’s fault but yours if you don’t get up a little earlier to fix it.
I would love love love to hear your New Year’s resolutions! If you want to write one or all of them in the comment box, feel free! My aunt started a tradition a few years ago where we all wrote down our resolutions in a letter to ourselves, then sealed the letter in an envelope and opened it the next year. However you do it, if you’re looking to make resolutions, I definitely encourage you to write them down!
Happy New Year!