Thinkin’ About the New Year

Happy New Years Eve!

Now that the 31st is upon me, I decided to write a list of goals that I would like to accomplish for the year 2015. I do not take myself very seriously so some are silly, some will take work to accomplish, and some are actions that I hope to take much past this next year.

  1. Make my butt a BOOTY

In 2014 I took working out more seriously, but seemed to falter out after the fall subsided and winter moved in. I love yoga and continue to practice that daily, and have recently taken up spin classes at a local studio. But, for 2015, my goal is the booty. I have carefully chosen some intense workouts and exercises that will help me add a little more cushion. Burpees, squats, lunges, and more traditionally, walking up the five flights of stairs to get to my office.

  1. Meditate daily

Recently, M talked to me about meditation, and from her recommendation I have tried to tune myself out for at least a half an hour a day to help relieve stress. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

  1. Read more than 15 books

I absolutely love to read. I am usually drawn to fiction, and my favorite author that I read in 2014 was Gillian Flynn. I read all three of her books, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places. I really enjoy novels with strong female characters, and my kindle is full of such books. I hope to reach 20 books in 2015.

  1. Learn a new hobby

I find myself to be a creative person, but I have not really found any hobbies that suit me other than reading. I hope to find a different outlet, (maybe writing!)

  1. Worry less

No real explanation necessary. I constantly say the phrase ‘no worries.’ I picked up the saying a few years back and it stuck. If someone bumps you, no worries! If someone makes a mistake, no worries! It makes me feel like I put less pressure on myself and others that are just living and learning. No one is perfect, and no one should be worried all the time.

  1. Tell my friends and family how much I care for them more often

This goal is incredibly important to me as I have some of the most amazing friends a girl could ask for. I feel its important to let people know that you care for them and why. It doesn’t have to be full on sappy, but people really resonate with feelings of gratitude. I am incredibly thankful for my friends who more accurately could be described as family. Family is forever, so let people know that you love them! Be humble and appreciate the people who make your life better.

  1. Break in my new converse that are currently too tight

I got some really awesome converse sneakers for Christmas and they are a tad too tight. I usually prefer to wear converse with no socks during the spring/summer, so this winter it’s time to break these baby’s in! Fashionable sneakers were big in 2014, and I see no signs of that trend slowing down. So be comfy and make those sneaks a fashion piece!

  1. Visit 5 new places

Traveling is a first love, and living in Central New York a new destination is just a drive away. I hope to hike the Adirondacks, explore the lakes, and feast my eyes on some beautiful upstate scenery!

  1. Be a great friend

Similar to #6, I want to be there for the people I love. A friend isn’t always traditional, but I take great pride in being a good friend. Compassion can go a long way. Even just a small sticky note on a desk, or a nice text.

  1. Offer kindness first and always

Kindness is the key to relationships. Not just romantic, ALL relationships. Listen, be patient, be interested, and offer support. Kindness first and always.

  1. Set up a Galentine’s Day Celebration

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, we celebrate lady friends! The premise is from my favorite television show Parks and Recreation. The main character Leslie Knope, puts together a breakfast for her gals to celebrate each other. I wanted to enact the same type of celebration with my ladies, the day before valentines day, minus the boyfriends and husbands!

  1. Be more organized

My mind tends to wander when I am unorganized. I am dedicating this year to learning more organization techniques and making my time at work and at home more efficient.

Cheers to the New Year!

-A