I’m not normally a New Year’s resolution type of gal. I don’t sit down on New Year’s Eve and think of all the things I’d like to do differently in the year ahead. Whenever someone asks what my resolution is, I never have a good response. To me, resolutions are hopes for improvement. They’re made when you want to change your habits or your lifestyle. And whenever I tend to make any, I tend to break them two weeks later.
But New Year’s has always appealed to me because of the blank slate it brings. When the calendar pages flip back to January, I can’t resist imagining all of the moments that will take place over the upcoming 365 days. Since I’ve always been a planner, I’d rather go through my year with measurable goals rather small resolutions.
Let me be honest with you. For 2013, I planned to have a year full of progress by completing a Happiness Project a la Gretchen Rubin. Instead, 2013 became the year of worry. I spent too much time focused on what (I thought) I was doing wrong with my life and not enough time thinking about how I could change what made me unhappy.
It’s safe to say that I am fully prepared to close the door on 2013 and open up to a fresh start.
So when the creators of Brown-Dudley popped up in my inbox asking what my New Year’s resolution would be, I thought long and hard about how I wanted 2014 to be different. Here’s my overarching hope for the year:
“…to simply enjoy the present…I’ve realized that there’s no amount of worry that can change tomorrow and there’s no amount of regret that can change yesterday, so my goal is to smile more in the here and now.”
While I’m working on finding a little happiness in my day-to-day, here are some of the goals I plan to accomplish in 2014:
- start writing a book
- apply to graduate school
- read (at least) 30 books
- complete more arts + crafts projects
- re-design + expand this blog
There’s no time like the present to get started on the things you’ve been wishing to do for so long. That’s my mantra this year: just start somewhere.