Saturday, January 2, 2016

Explore. Dream. Discover. And Put Down the Doritos... 2016 Goals

I've always been a big New Year's fan... not necessarily New Year's Eve but New Year's DAY... January 1st, the anticipation of a fresh start.  I'm a goal-oriented person and I love new beginnings, both of which New Year's has come to symbolize. I've certainly had my share of new beginnings over the years, a few of which were not necessarily planned and some have been happier than others, but all have led me to where I am today. 

My love for New Year's means a fondness for setting New Year's resolutions, as cliché as that may be, although I prefer to call them goals. I set specific goals for myself throughout the year but they are usually based off of my overall New Year's goals.  They tend to share similar themes year after year - some sort fitness goal, a financial goal, sometimes a bigger "out of my comfort zone" goal like going back to school or tackling my fear of heights - but they serve as my road map for the year. 

Do I fall short of some goals?  (Not a short joke, although have at it...) Of course I do, I'm not a robot(and I'm 5'1"), so sometimes I overreach and it doesn't work out.  BUT I'm learning to enjoy the journey, be okay with making missteps (that's a toughie for a recovering perfectionist such as myself!) and reprioritize when needed.


Yesterday, on my way home from a relaxing and inspiring NYE trip to Martha's Vineyard... far, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city... I thought about what I wanted my 2016 goals to be.  I didn't give in to any preconceived notions, just came up with a list based on where I want my mindset and priorities focused....
  • Create more / Facebook less
  • Travel / including 'off the beaten path' places
  • Choose my mood / don't let others choose it for me
  • Drink more water / eat fewer Doritos
  • Don't sweat the small stuff / but do appreciate the little things
  • Take more opportunities to live in the moment / spend less time worrying about the future and being wistful for the past
I received a card almost 20 years ago with a quote from Mark Twain that quickly became one of my all-time favorites and basically sums up what I want for 2016:

Wise words from Mr. Twain

Don't get me wrong, it's not like I was waiting with bated breath for 2015 to end... it was a pretty good year overall.  Sure there were some sad moments like saying goodbye to my sweet Huggybear, frustrating months of battling a seemingly never-ending bout of bronchitis, and chilly months of trudging through (literally) a seemingly never-ending winter.  The good far outweighs the bad though and I'm taking that mindset with me as I anticipate 2016. 

So with that... CHEERS to a happy, healthy, exploratory and fun-filled 2016!!

Sunset on South Beach in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard ~ 12/31/15

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