So it’s about that time once again… time to get a year older and hopefully a year wiser. I made quite a list of goals last year and I had some success but some less than success as well. Here’s how it went:
1. Work out more days in the week than not *This happened some weeks…*
2. Eat less processed foods and more fresh homemade deliciousness (which thanks to my mom’s thoughtful gift of a new cookbook I’ve already started on!) *SUCCESS!!!*
3. Start my IRA that I never got around to starting in the past *Add this on to this year since I didn’t quite get there*
4. Save at least $10K in my savings. I have a few big things going on this year that should cost me a good amount (including the Mr and I having to buy furniture when we move in together) but I’m hoping I can actively put aside $10K this year and that putting this out there will hold me accountable. I’ve never tried to save that much so this could be not that big of a deal but from here it seems large. *This did not happen. I had a lot of larger expenses this year (moving in with the Mr, furnishing our apartment, lots of trips for this year that I’ve already paid a big portion of the costs for, etc). I did make real progress though and I know I will meet this goal this year and then some.*
5. Make a dent in my student loans (which will make #4 harder) *I sort of did this. Not nearly to the point that I want to*
6. Stop drinking soda at some point in the year (which will make #4 easier lol) **SUCCESS!!!** I consider this the big success of the year since I was straight addicted to Coke Zero.
7. Sew more *Yes and No….*
So maybe I was a little overly ambitious last year and this year I’m making things a little more simple. This birthday is sort of hard for me because I have officially become older than my older brother got a chance to be. It’s one of those things that is never supposed to happen, and yet it has. I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and about the fact that there was so much in his life that he never got a chance to do. He was a flawed person, as we all are, but he had a real passion for life and deserved to accomplish far more than he did.
I think the only thing that I can do to really cope with this is to try to really live my life. As opposed to just existing in it, which I sometimes feel like I do. It’s so easy to fall into a pattern of floating through the workday, eating the same things, going to the same places, and talking to the same people. Then a year passes and we wonder where it went and how we haven’t gotten around to getting in shape like we wanted to, how we still don’t know how to use our fancy cameras, why we haven’t laughed more, travelled more or spent enough quality time with our friends. This year and every year going forward I think it is so much more important for me to really do the things that I want to do. I know that I can do incredible things and really engage my life so much more than I have been lately. I’m going to do everything I can to fully enjoy every day, to take risks and do great things.
This year my goal is simple: Commit. Commit to my health, to my relationship, to my family, to my friends, to my financial well being, to my career, and to the things that make me happy like cooking and sewing and crafting. It’s going to be a good year. I’m going to make sure of it.