I can’t believe it’s already my last day in Napa Valley, no no no no, somebody please pinch me awake and promise me the last week hasn’t really flown by so fast! It’s already 2014, winter break is coming to an end, and I only have two quarters left of college…basically my life is flashing by before my eyes and there isn’t a single thing I can do to stop it. But enough whining and nonsense, the real reason I showed up to blog today is to talk about New Year’s Resolutions.
Most people seem to lean towards one extreme or the other when it comes to resolutions. There are the crazy diehard resolution makers who vow to loose 15lbs, run a marathon, buy a house, save $20,000 and spend at least 25 hours a week working at the local soup kitchen. Well…yah, I don’t fall in that category.
On the opposite extreme, there are those who hate the idea of resolutions as a whole. They scorn the goal setting process as ridiculous and see absolutely no reason why New Year’s eve should inspire us any more than perhaps, March 3rd, July 17th or October 22nd. Why set goals when we have no intention of sticking to them? While I see some valid points here, I don’t exactly agree with this category either. I’m somewhere in the middle.
I’m a goal setter, goals give me drive and ambition and really just make me happy. Over social media I’ve seen some discussion how goals and lists can take away from living in the moment and thus steal joy from our lives. I think for some people this may be true, however, for me it is not. Goals help give me a sense of purpose which ultimately makes me feel much much happier.
With that being said, I’ve decided to set a few New Year’s Resolutions of my own. Some are serious, some are not so serious but at the same time actually still real, and since there are only ten that covers all of them.
1. Write a book. If it’s absolutely horrible, and a disgrace to the world of literature, reread it and toss it aside, pretend it never happened, whatever. I just want to get my ideas out there and on paper and luckily I already have an idea I’ve been tossing around.
2. Run my 4th half marathon. If I wasn’t a wimp this goal would read “Run my 1st full marathon” but I am a wimp, so a 4th half marathon is my commitment level right now.
3. Turn 22, and then, continue to spend the rest of the year dancing like I am. Preferably at Paradiso…
4. Start a book club, and actually follow through with it (this one is already in the works but since planning stresses me out I haven’t officially created the Facebook group yet and we all know if it’s not Facebook official it’s obviously not real).
5. Do not, under any circumstances, text under the influence of champagne. Not that I have, or ever would…I just think it’s a good resolution to live by.
6. Graduate college, and spend the remainder of the year doing something meaningful. This one is important to me, I want to go to grad school, or find an internship I can learn from, or travel. I want to push myself to learn more and do more than I already have.
7. Blog my dreams. Oh fine, I copied that saying off of some cute little clutch I saw online but I’m mostly serious. I have fallen so in love with this little blog of mine over the past year, I want to continue to improve my writing as well as push myself to improve in design and photography.
8. Drink more water, as in, let liquid that isn’t caffeine enter my blood stream. I’m hoping this will result in less jitters and fewer headaches.
9. Travel. Of course I would love to travel abroad, but at this point it isn’t really financially feasible, I have food&rent to thank for that #GrownUpProbz. BUT I want to camp and hike in the summer, I want to travel around the United States anytime I am given the opportunity and I want to really appreciate every moment of it because the world really is such a beautiful place.
10. Show love, even when I’m angry. Show love when I’m frustrated, show love when I’m sad. Just let the people I care about know that I care about them because I hate that we live in a society that only focuses on how much we cherish our loved ones after they’re gone.
Now if I can’t complete these you have every right to take away my fairy princess privileges for
all of eternity a whole year. But then again, it’s just after 9:00pm here and I can’t think of anything more appealing than eating ice cream in bed for the rest of the night soo…I don’t know what that says about the future of 2014?!
Do you make resolutions? Of course we all want to work out more, spend less money or whatever but did you make any specific or unique goals for the year? I’d love to hear about them!
P.S. I chopped off THREE inches of my hair yesterday and it feels SO much healthier. It’s also blonder because my hair fades to nasty golden about two weeks after a trip to the salon…can anyone help me here…do I just need to use blonde/purple shampoo more often or is there another trick? I hate looking like brassy Goldilocks.