It’s that time of the year where, surprise, I’ve decided to make some new years resolutions. Although I feel the time of change is completely arbitrary, I like that a new year encourages me to reflect on where I am, where I’d like to go, and how I can get there.
Although I have many things I’d like to work on, I’ve narrowed my list of things down to 3 areas:
1. Balancing Quality and Quantity of Relationships
One thing I came to realize in the last year was the importance of friendships. As I mentioned in my last blog, I had a tough year figuring out what my next steps would be and recreating my identity. I can’t imagine going through that alone, and I’m very thankful for everyone who listened to my concerns for the past year and a half.
This year, I’d like to spend time each week to strengthen the relationships I have. I realize its important to let the people you care about know that you value spending time with them. I’d like to spend more 1:1 time with those I am closer with to get to know them on a new level.
On that same vein, I’d like to go out on a limb more and expand my understanding of the world by expanding beyond my bubble. I also often feel awkward when networking and meeting new people. I’m hoping challenging myself to get to know more people will allow me to gain new perspectives and make some new friends.
2. Stronger Mentally and Physically
I registered for a marathon. Go big or go home?
At the end of my senior year in college, I came to love running as a way to relieve stress and push myself physically beyond the limits I knew it could handle. My ability to focus on my work was better, and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I discovered I could actually run more than a mile if I tried.
For the next 6 months, I’m following the training plan found in Jeff Galloway’s Book Marathon! (You can find a sample of his plans here.) I picked up a very old autographed copy of his book at a book sale at the Boston Public Library for $1, and I found his words to feel approachable and encouraging. Plus my Type A personality likes having a plan.
3. Create More
I’m always surprised at how many people consider me to be a creative individual, although I feel it’s been a long time since I truly dedicated myself to creating new art. I need to stop feeling like I’m not as good as everyone else and start practicing again! This year, I’m going to make more of an effort to undertake a small creative project every day: be it a sketch, blogging, or taking a photo. I’m excited to see what I can make!
I’m sharing my goals to keep myself accountable and to see if anyone has any thoughts on them as well.
Cheers to a better 2017!