The beginning of a new year can be both exciting and sort of overwhelming. The planner in me has always been invigorated by the prospect of new opportunities and setting goals. I enjoy pushing myself to grow. However, there’s also a certain amount of pressure that comes with trying to stick to ambitious resolutions. Many people, myself included, can take resolutions too seriously and get down when things don’t go exactly as planned: when a day at the gym is missed, when the “right” amount of money isn’t saved or that home project isn’t completed.
This year I’m trying something new. I decided I’m not going to “wipe away” 2015 to make room for 2016. Why would I? I had a lot of fun this past year! Instead, I thought it would be positive to look back (we all know how much I love to reminisce) and list things I accomplished or things that simply brought me joy in 2015. I’m grateful for this past year, and I want that to influence the year ahead.
Then I made a large list of possible resolutions, writing down anything that came to mind. (Have I mentioned I love lists?) Then I looked at those ideas, but this time considering my 2015 highlights. Why were those moments special to me? Who was involved? What did I learn from them? Keeping those thoughts in mind I narrowed my resolutions to include ideas that were realistic and supported the main objective of living a healthy and creative life.
1. I read some awesome books
2. I began a new job
3. I made great friends
4. I traveled to South America and swam in the ocean for the first time
5. I began a new relationship
6. I roasted beets for the first time (yep…post coming soon!)
7. Emma and I started Tomato Vine Vintage!
1. Create weekly meal plans to save money and to play with new recipes
2. Save all funds needed for a trip to Seattle and make the plans
3. Meditate at least once a week using my new favorite app: Stop Breathe & Think
4. Continue to push myself creatively with new blog posts
Wish me luck with these resolutions! I hope everyone has a wonderful start to 2016, and remember to take the time to enjoy it. If 2015 was any indication, the year will fly by! 😉