2015 New Year celebration

Hello friends and hello 2015! I can’t believe another year has come and gone. 2014 has been a great year, but I think 2015 is going to be even better. And with some hard work I think I might be able to meet some goals of mine.

The new year is always a time for self-reflection and goal setting, and although some are staunchly against making resolutions, I find it comforting to reflect on what has been in order to decide where to put my focus and energy over the coming year. It’s like Lowe’s always says, never stop improving, and I intend to make that my mantra for 2015. Here are some goals I’ve been thinking about.

HEALTH  A couple of years ago I lost over 30 pounds and it changed my life. I saw myself and my world in whole new ways. Although I’ve kept most of the weight off, I did let my weight creep up a little this year due to several factors, falling in love, added stress, and overindulging over the holidays. I bought some new running shoes and have updated some workout gear and I’m officially ready to get off my duff and get back to basics cooking healthy meals and working out several times per week. It’s a great stress-reliever, too! (like, duh) And I know more than anything when I take good care of myself I feel better about myself and that shines through in everything that I do. I’m excited to tap back into this side of myself.

HOME This is one I started work on at the tail end of the year and have been working on this week as 2015 has gotten going. Oprah always says, “Your home should rise up to meet you,” and over the last couple weeks I’ve really taken that to heart. It was such a rush moving out on my own and putting together my own space in 2013. Liberating, really. That said, for much of that year my mattress was on the floor and my collection of cute but mismatched things didn’t entirely create the environment I want for myself. That said I’m also on a budget, so my home decisions have to be doable on a teacher’s salary. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

BUDGET This has been a goal for some time now and I know that realistically it will not be erased by 2016. Just in the way that health and fitness are not all or nothing sports, neither is working on my finances. I have to chip away at it and find some success. As I’m fond of saying, I’m but a lowly public educator, but I want to erase this from my vernacular. I don’t want to let my small salary define me, because it doesn’t. I do work that feeds me and constantly motivates and challenges me. I live a comfortable life. I have some debt that I’d like to take care of and improvement always starts with a goal and a plan. I’m ready to make that plan.

Goals are great for the soul. I truly believe that. What’s unique about blogging is that I can share my work with others. When you share goals, plans, and strides with others it helps you stay focused and motivated to continue. That’s the plan anyway. I think 2015 is going to be a great year. And with a little hard work and determination I hope to make my goals become realities a bit more every single day. I’m not perfect, nor do I attempt to be. I just want to do the best I can with what I’ve got and live a happy life.

I’d love to hear your goals for the coming year, so if you’re pondering some of your own please post them below. And with that, Happy New Year, friends!