Reflections and resolutions

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This is the time of year where we always look back at the preceding 365 days to think about all that we accomplished (or perhaps didn’t) and look ahead at all of the potential there is for the next 365 days. I probably say this every year, but I love New Year’s! I love any opportunity that I am given to start over, refresh, reinvent myself. I am a big believer in new beginnings and second chances.

I also tend to be fairly quiet around this time of year, as I come off the high of holiday craziness and spend some time thinking about what this past year held, the accomplishments and the disappointments, and about where I want to go next.

I took a look back at my goals for this past year that I set out on January 1, 2014. My 5 main goals included: Implement changes for The Stolen Colon, Get organized/save money/stay on budget, Stay focused on another semester of grad school, Run my third half-marathon, and Plan an amazing vacation. I am very pleased to say that I accomplished every one of these goals in the past year. Maybe not as fully as I would have liked at times, but I’m glad to be able to read through this and know that I did follow through on some things. What I’m disappointed about is that I really didn’t stay focused on these things. Some of them were things that just naturally happened, but I really wish that I had continued to remind myself of these goals and not just hoped that they would happen at one point or another.

Despite the fact that I used “resolutions” in the title of this post (I’m a sucker for alliteration), I don’t really believe in resolutions. I don’t think that just deciding to change something because it’s a new year is not the way to do it. But I do believe in goal-setting. I think having goals are important. I mean, if you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you get there?

So here’s my roadmap for 2015… (And I plan to put this somewhere that I can look at and remember all year long):

  • Stay focused and plan ahead for The Stolen Colon.
    • This has been a difficult thing for me to stay on top of over the past few months, with so much going on, but I know that simply being a better planner and being sure to set aside specific time for this will make it a lot easier!
  • Get more #OstoMYstory posts published on a regular basis.
    • I have a backlog of a number of great stories that I’ve gotten from some of you. (Sorry I haven’t gotten them all posted yet!) So in follow-up to my previous goal, this is a specific step that I want to take and get those published in the coming weeks. (And you can still send me your OstoMYstory! Just shoot me an email and I’ll give you some more details.)
  • Work on my graphic design skills.
    • I love doing graphic design, but it’s not something I’ve had a lot of time to devote to in the past. I have really enjoyed getting to do my own graphics in the past (and, not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of my disco/New Year’s ball that I created!) and hope to become more proficient this year.
  • Run another race.
    • I’m not sure what length at the moment… I’m thinking a 10K in the spring, and maybe a half in the fall… Not making a final determination of this just yet, but I definitely need the motivation of a race looming in front of me to get back on track with running.
  • Well… this goal I can’t tell you about just yet. But I will soon!

Here’s to the wonderful memories of 2014 and the exciting possibilities for 2015!
What are you hoping to accomplish this year??

One thought on “Reflections and resolutions

  1. Crystal

    Happy New Year and my this year be the best ever!! Congratulations on your new home! Just from your previous posts, congratulation on your next adventure and bundle of joy on the way! Excited to hear about how you are feeling.


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