New Year, New Goals

Saltstraumen - Nordland - NorwayNow that we’re already more than one week into the New Year, I wanted to take some time (after a very long absence!) to reflect on this past year. A year that was good and bad, easy at times and hard at others, sweet, frustrating and full (as I hope your 2014 was too).

I started the year without a job in sight as my freelance gig ended exactly on New Year’s Eve and, almost exactly one year later, find myself six months into loving my new job within healthcare. And it’s been so good. For the first time since we got married, we have stability and the goals we’ve had for ages (buying our first home, getting Audrey a baby brother, saving for Europe) feel much closer.

In numerous ways, 2014 has been the year I’ve felt most like an adult—a feeling both unsettling and satisfying. There’s so much I miss about being a student and freelancer, like the variety, flexibility and general sense of possibility for all that lies ahead. While I still believe in possibility, so much of my life now feels regimented. I’ve already hit some early milestones—graduating college, earning my masters, getting married—and sometimes question if a new adventure will ever strike. With that said, I’ve began 2015 in a bit of a funk.

Although we’ve started the home-buying process, I wonder if it’s truly the right time or, more honestly, whether I event want to own. Yet, I’m trying to be wise financially and isn’t investing in a home a wise thing to do? So! In an effort to alleviate the anxiety I’ve felt so much this week, here’s a few resolutions I hope will brighten these fresh new days of 2015.

1. Stay present. Why is remaining in the moment such a challenge for me. Is it for you? I have no trouble pointing the finger at my Smartphone or this rush-paced world, but I can choose to slow down. At home, I’m rarely online; but at work, in moments of downtown, turning to my phone has become automatic. How else can I fill this time? I’m still sorting out how to filll these spare moments (maybe it’s okay to leave them empty?), but a few ideas include making a cup of tea, writing a poem, taking deep breaths and jotting down a list of things I’m thankful for.

2. Save money. I spent far too much in 2014 on things I didn’t need—books I could’ve borrowed from the library, eating out when we could’ve just made spaghetti. Saving is freedom and in 2015 I want to make a conscious effort to dramatically curb my spending. In fact, I’m very tempted to avoid shopping for an entire year. B doesn’t think I can do it, which makes me even more tempted to try. I’d make exceptions for socks and underwear and other essentials, but I really don’t need to shop and I don’t often wear half of what’s in my closest. Anyone want to join me?

3. Move more. Confession: I hate being confined to desk for 40+ hours a week and it’s such a frustrating oxymoron that sitting all day makes me too tired to hit the gym! I’ve been sneaking in a few barre classes here and there and always feel better for it. So my third goal this year is to get to the gym a minimum of 3/times a week and aim to squeeze in more movement everyday.

4. Be patient. The last couple of years have tested my patience in myriad ways. So many of my wants and what feels like needs to me have been perpetually deferred, which leaves me feeling restless and ungrateful for all that I do have. So this year I’m going to try and embrace the waiting and trust in God’s timing even when I don’t feel like it.

Four goals. I think I can stick to that. Sorry if this got a bit rambly, but it feels so therapeutic to write! I’d love to hear your goals for the New Year.

Have a great weekend everyone,
Em
Photo courtesy of Earthy Allurement

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New Year, New Goals

2014We’re a week into 2014 already and before another day goes by, I want to commit my goals for the year on paper. 2013 was a very special year–one where I felt safe and really grounded–but I’m looking forward to all this new year holds. I’m ready for new adventures and new ideas and a year of new books. With that, I’m making a few resolutions to bring more joy and less worry into the new year:

1) Write More. Sitting down to write creatively for more than a few minutes has long alluded me, but I want to change this in 2014. My sister knowingly gave me Writing Down the Bones for Christmas and I’m learning again and again that, like brushing my teeth and doing the dishes, writing needs to be a non-negotiable in my life. I’ve already signed up for a creative writing class next month and I don’t even care if my writing is good or, more likely, terrible. I just want to write.

2) Stay present. I never use to be much of a worrier. I always did well in school, but in high school and college I was never too worked up about grades or my social life. When did this change? When did I become a chronic worrier and someone consistently racing ahead to tomorrow? This year, I want to be present and enjoy the small pleasures of each day.

3) Healthy as a lifestyle. Throughout this past year, my workout routine and healthy eating was largely in spurts and, without too much thought, I too often skipped the gym and ate a bit too much popcorn in front of the TV. This year, I want to focus on being healthy not to lose weight, but to simply feel better on a day to day basis. More vegetables, less sugar, more movement, less stagnation!

I am so incredibly blessed and want to keep living with gratitude. I want to let Brady know how incredible he is on a daily basis. I want to be content with the clothes I already have. I want to cook more in our tiny, cosy and perfect kitchen.

Have you made resolutions? What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?

Have a great one everybody,

Em