Every year a lot of us make and soon thereafter break new year’s resolutions. I’m as guilty as anyone of doing just that. I never lose as much weight, I don’t save as much money as I set out to and I don’t stay as organized as I’d like. Each new year is a chance to start over. Instead of “resolutions” I’ve decided to make a to-do list for 2015…
So here’s my 2015 To-Do List:
1. Stop dieting: Be conscious of food choices and drink tumblers of water every day.
2. Complete the random acts of kindness challenge: privately.
3. Stop beating myself up about missing the gym. Find unconventional ways to exercise.
4. Take a social media break every now and then.
5. Find new ways to go above and beyond at work.
6. Ditch the phone when eating with other people.
7. Worry less about what people think. Shyness doesn’t get anyone anywhere.
8. Give more compliments.
9. Clear out all the clutter- literally and metaphorically.
10. Try new foods. No more picky-eater!
11. Treat the parents to dinner.
12. Meditate, or at least try to. Take time to just be.
14. Remove toxic people. Come to terms with who those people are.
15. Complete a 5K.
2014 was a strange year. It had its highlights: I started the year in Colorado. I watched my childhood best friend get married. I brought my little corgi love Harrison home which has made my life nothing but better. I got to go to Calgary and see the most beautiful scenery in the world. I saw Paul McCartney perform LIVE! I got to spend Thanksgiving with my best friend in Los Angeles. It also had its lows: I lost another person from my life I thought would be there forever. We lost our last family pet. I was used and betrayed by someone I thought was a friend. I took a giant leap of faith and quit my job of a year and a half. I was extremely unhappy and deserved better. I went to what I thought would be my career job.. I was wrong. I was let go after 7 months of hard work and dedication to that company. I try to not be bitter about my departure anymore. I redirect my focus to how wonderful my new job is promising to be. I have to remind myself that this new job would have never happened if I hadn’t taken that leap of faith. I’m embarking upon a new industry and completely new chapter of my life. There is no overlap in my work social circles which is extremely refreshing. I feel like I finally have the rare opportunity to start completely over. I have a brand new job full of new people and new possibilities.
I’m leaving a lot in 2014. I’m leaving the bitterness I have toward my former bosses and co-workers. I’m leaving behind bad friendships that I’ve given far too much to and get nothing in return. I’m leaving behind the lazy, procrastinator who presses snooze too many times. I’m determined to not fall back into bad habits. I’m determined to make 2015 something to look back on a year from today and be proud of what I accomplished.
Here’s to a great year!