Annual Reflections

Another year is coming to a close. Isn’t it crazy? It’s amazing how at the beginning of a year you’re stunned and amazed that it’s a whole new year, a new adventure, new ambitions, new resolutions. And then half-way throughout the year, you sit back and wonder what you’ve accomplished and then a month or two after that…. You’re wishing the new year would hurry itself on over.

And then you get to this point, where it’s a few days past Christmas and you realize that a new year is suddenly upon you and what have you even accomplished during the year? Have you done all the things you wanted to do in the year? Have you accomplished your 2014 New Year Resolutions? What have you failed at? What do you wish you can do over?

As I get older with a career (desk job, really), these thoughts have plagued me over the past few years. I get into really good motivated moods and then at the end of the year I realize I have nothing to show for the past 365 days. It’s mind-boggling. Part of it is because I am very lazy a lot of the time… What can I say, I just love relaxing and being alone. But it’s not only that, I get into funks and weird moods where I feel extremely unaccomplished and a tad bit worthless. And then there’s another times when I’m so frustrated with certain aspects of my life, they literally eat at all of my available mental capacity until I realize that I have wasted days (even weeks) on worrying about those things.

Anyways, I say all of this to say that it’s ok. There’s no point in being stressed out and worried about these things that I did or did not accomplish in the past. A new year is upon us, and though many many people discourage new year resolutions (they say that you’re more likely to not accomplish/go through with these goals because you’re putting so much importance on the fact that it’s for a “new year”), it is nice to reflect and look at what you’ve accomplished. And what you want to accomplish. And who says you can’t go ahead and start making goals and working on accomplishing them?

What have I accomplished this year..? Anything that’s worth mentioning?

I stuck it through a shitty, crazy-ass job. That’s a good thing worth mentioning. I’m surprised I’ve lasted this long, honestly. But that’s ok.

I legitimately lost some weight (yay!) and started working out and eating better. Though I will say after a friend’s wedding (in which I was a bridesmaid and tried to lose the weight for), I’ve totally rebounded and gained a few of those pounds…

Blogged/wrote more than I did last year(?). I’m not 100% sure on this one… I do remember that last year with my previous job, I had a lot of time to really think about things to write about. However, none of those ideas actually came to fruition… So I suppose I did better this year.

I’ve read more (yay!), whether it was books or articles or stories online… Definitely did more of this the past year and it definitely made me happy.

Picked up knitting again – I stopped after making a few scarves earlier this year, but definitely starting knitting again when the cold weather (and Christmas) came about.

So what are my plans for this upcoming year? I’m not 100% sure (and I always write them down in Evernote to remind myself), but I think I have a good idea of what I want to do this year and what I really want to accomplish.

1. Become healthy (and subsequently lose weight!) – I know that losing weight is important to me (I’ve gained more than a few pounds the last few years), but I really want to become healthier. Eating better, getting more sleep, working out regularly, drinking more water… I really feel that if you can become a healthier person, then things like weight loss, bad skin, headaches… will eventually di`sappear. Let’s not forget to mention the fact that I’m having a wedding next year!

2. Read more! – How can I become a good writer if I’m unaware of other pieces of fiction? Seriously?

3. Write more – Same as above… There are so many ideas and thoughts roaming around in my head. I’m sure it’d be nice to clear up some of my mental space if I can just get rid of these ideas and get them written down and published somewhere.

4. Organize my life – When I get stressed, I really let everything get crazy and messy. If everything in my house seems messy, then how can I sit back and relax and get down to business and do the things that I want to do?

5. Stop with the trash tv! – How many hours have I wasted staring at reality tv? Seriously… Most successful people a) work out early in the morning and b) don’t watch tv, especially not reality tv… So I really want to limit my intake (I can’t help it, it’s so easy to get other things done when it’s on as background noise!) to when I’m working out or doing something else extremely beneficial to me.

At the end of the day… I really want to do things that will help me get closer to my life goals. Being healthy and fit, consumer tech reviews/blogging…

So cheers to a new year, and I’m looking forward to what 2015 will bring (and what I will bring to myself by taking life by the horns and getting what I want!).

Happy New Year!

Categories: Motivation, Personal