Like many people, I accomplished about zero of my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions. Oops. While I did wear pants more, I also bought some pretty cool leggings. 2015 was definitely a roller coaster of a year. I moved to Austin, I started a new career in social media, and went through a lot of changes.
If there is anything I learned from last year, it was that things don’t always go how you want them to. And while I grew a lot in 2015, I think I will grow even more in the year to come. With how quickly plans can change, my goal for the new year is much more abstract than last year. in 2016, I want work on positivity.
I think that this goal is pretty all encompassing. Everything I do in 2016 will (hopefully) have forward momentum. It will be a year of positive growth in my career, health, relationships, and financially. To me, positivity is about being okay not being in control, it is taking better care of myself, it is about being kinder to others, and it is about asking for what I want.
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Another thing that inspired me to be more positive in 2016 is a song I listened to on my drive back to Austin after the holidays. I definitely want to “shake off” more things on 2016. In order to do so, I need to not only worry less about what other people think, but spend less time worrying about other people. It is hard to not feel like others are judging you, when you are always judging them. This is the core of my resolution. Judy Garland said it best:
We have a whole new year ahead of us – and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other – and a little more loving – have a little more empathy – and maybe next year at this time we’d like each other a little bit more.
Another important factor of this resolution reflects something I wrote about when I graduated last year. I want to say yes more. I want to take more chances, do more things that scare me, and be a little less calculated in the coming year. I only get to be 23/24 once, so I want to take full advantage of any and all opportunities I have coming my way.
So happy new year to all of you! I hope you’ll join me in my quest for positivity, and zen. What are your goals for 2016? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter! Let’s make 2016 our best year yet.