It’s New Year’s Eve! Can you believe it?
While I am not a huge fan of resolutions, because they generally lose steam by the second week of January, I am a strong advocate of goal setting. I usually begrudge New Years, but this year I am making an effort to use this time to reflect, to give thanks, and to set my intentions for the next 365 days.
2014 was good to me. I began a new chapter in my story by embarking on a new career, achieved a personal writing milestone by becoming a columnist for Ms. Career Girl, began/ended/survived a new relationship, and said a bittersweet goodbye to restaurant life.
This past year has shown me that, above all, the best is yet to come. Life is unpredictable, amazing, exhilarating, and at times nearly impossible. Life cannot be controlled, told where to go, or predicted. It is meant to be felt and experienced and lived. Our experiences are the most beautiful gift life can give us.
I am personally still working on embracing each experience for what it is and without judgement. I am striving to chase my dreams, live with an open heart, accept that mistakes are inevitable, and live fearlessly. Sometimes I stumble along the way, but I brush myself off and press on. Stumbling is still progress.
A new year is a new opportunity for growth and change. It is the perfect time to evaluate what you want out of your life and give yourself the opportunity to start chasing it. Your goals can be as lofty or as simple as you like, but I think simple is more manageable.
Here are the goals I am setting for myself in 2015. I tried to keep them simple and at gut level- things I want for myself more than anything and that I will do anything to accomplish.
1. Write More
2. Embrace Grace
3. Read More
4. Career Advancement
I hope that whether you love this holiday or hate this holiday, you make the most of it. I hope that 2015 is full of beautiful new beginnings in your story. I hope that you too believe that the best is yet to come. Wishing you a very warm and happy New Year!
How was 2014 for you? What would you like to see for yourself in 2015?