Wow, see ya 2014!
I’m writing this post with some hesitation – I sort of feel like I didn’t do anything in 2014. I know I did, and I accomplished some huge goals, but because I scaled back on blogging and social media I almost feel like I don’t have a lot to show for the year – isn’t that terrible? I’m hoping that by reflecting in this post I will revisit all of the great things 2014 brought and all of the exciting things that will come with 2015.
My 2014 highlights include (in chronological order): celebrating one year of my morning workout routine, having some medical issues but ultimately being ok, getting a waffle maker and going nuts on waffles for the rest of the year, discovering massaged kale and spaghetti squash, celebrating Valentine’s Day at L’Espalier, going to a BC hockey game in a luxury box, discovering my new favorite restaurant: Sarma, passing my huge work/credentialing exam, discovering the best music video of the year: Turn Down For What, road tripping from San Francisco to Denver, obsessing over my favorite record of the year: Say Anything’s Hebrews, seeing Paramore and Fall Out Boy on the Monumentour with my friend Melissa, seeing my favorite movie of the year: Obvious Child, getting a Cat Tipi and sprucing up our living room, touring the USS Constitution twice before it was dry docked through 2018, going to the Arnold Arboretum, camping, getting real about blog burnout, celebrating Reggie’s 13th birthday, marking 3 years as homeowners, celebrating 7 years together with John, completing our bedroom makeover project, booking our June 2015 Alaska cruise, going to a BC football game, seeing Lena Dunham speak at The Wilbur with my friend Nicole, being surprised by John with a beautiful birthday dinner at Clio, ringing in my actual birthday with prosecco at Lake George, taking a birthday road trip to The Adirondacks, reading my favorite book of the year: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, going to Foxwoods for a friends weekend, seeing Louis CK in a secret show right in our town, seeing Say Anything, Saves The Day, and Reggie and the Full Effect, and in general, watching great TV shows (Orphan Black, Fringe, Broad City, Sherlock, The Fall, True Detective, Orange Is The New Black), doing a bunch of hot yoga, having a freelance job for 7 months, and finding new and engaging professional endeavors all year.
On to 2015! As you know, I am not a resolution person. I usually like to pick a theme and have that idea or concept guide me throughout the year. In 2011 it was Holistic Well-Being, in 2012 it was Balance, in 2013 it was Take Care of Me, and in 2014 it was Clutter-Free.
All of my goals for 2015 are interconnected. I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this post but they all sort of fit like a puzzle. When I looked at all of my goals cumulatively the common thread is that simply doing the best I can is enough and every day should be a celebration of that (rather than a pity party or a should-have fest). I have a tendency to be a black and white person; all or nothing has been the name of my game. But in 2014 I learned that this prevents me from doing things, stops me from trying, boxes me in, restricts me from being open minded. This is, flat out, dumb. I want to try even if I fail. I want to start even if I can’t finish. I want to have goals even if I can’t do them perfectly. I want to have expectations but to change what meeting them looks like.
For my 2015 theme, I want to Do My Best which includes simply being enough and living in the gray areas of life a little more. Also:
1) Stay healthy and fit. No diets, no pant size goals or lbs. to drop goals. Just eat a nutritious range of foods, move my body, speak nicely to myself; making healthy choices every day.
2) Diversify every day food. Food ruts are real. So aren’t the way in which we eat food. I’ve been doing the same thing in regards to meal planning for 15 years (making all of my food for the week on Sundays, eating the same meals every day all week), and I’m so ready for a change.
3) Stop letting perfect be the enemy of the good. It’s ok to ask for help or to take shortcuts. It doesn’t mean I’m “cheating” or cutting corners, it means I’m being realistic about what I can and cannot do and that I’m placing value on my time, giving certain things energy and other things a pass.
4) Celebrate what’s right in the world. I feel like 2014 was full of things wrong with the world – war, suicide, racism, strife, hunger, drought, disasters, sadness, desperation, unfairness – but there is so much good too, it just doesn’t stick as much. The brain holds on to negative thoughts and sad stories more easily, but in 2015 I want to give more attention and acknowledgement to what’s positive and joyful in the world by celebrating small wins and finding ways to hold on to positivity and praise. Also, more random acts of kindness on my part as well.
5) Rediscover my passions, and do them for me rather than for credit. This includes so many things like finding new meaning and place in my life for blogging, forgotten hobbies, trying things I’ve never done before or that I have actively dismissed in the past. Ultimately my biggest goal is to follow the quote below and have that be a big factor in the 2015 theme.
Some really specific things I’m looking forward to in 2015 are our Alaska cruise in June, setting and meeting professional goals, John graduating from grad school, my mother-in-laws’ retirement, and our trip to Las Vegas in October to celebrate those two things.
Onward, and Happy New Year!