2015 has been…well, hard to narrow down to a single word. There were highs and there were lows. The year is finishing off in the lows, which makes me want to yell “2015 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year!” But when I stop to think, there has been so much good between the difficult bits. I went to New York and London, I performed in many shows, I met so many wonderful new friends, I graduated college…so thank you, 2015, for those moments. But I’m asking the universe for more of those moments in 2016!
On to resolutions, which I doubt I’ll actually keep but why not set myself up to fail? Mm I’m in such a positive mood today. No but really these are things I’d like to do more of this coming year, whether or not I accomplish them daily.
- Be healthier (aka the standard resolution). I put on my big girl panties and joined a gym after graduation and have gone nearly every day so the main goal is to keep this up. The next step is truly fixing my diet. While I would love for the end result to be a leaner body, what I want most is to be stronger. Strong enough for anything life throws my way.
- Make art every day. I would like to motivate this by choosing a word every day as my inspiration. So I welcome any word suggestions!
- Embrace new challenges and face old fears. I’ve just graduated and will likely be moving to New York (or anywhere I can get a performing job) soon so this year is going to be filled with challenges and (hopefully) opportunities. I get very anxious about not knowing what the future holds, so I’d like to focus on going with the flow this year. I want to step out of my comfort zone and face whatever comes my way with a smile. Even if I fail, I’ll keep striving for success.
- Be more social. This resolution actually terrifies me. I am a textbook introvert and am pretty uncomfortable in many social situations. But again, it’s a year of new beginnings. And when I move, I will be without my current family and friends. I need to push myself to go out and meet people instead of (only) sitting at home reading.
- Be more frugal. I’ve been lucky enough to have incredible parents who’ve provided for my every need. And while I am pretty good with money, I will be living on my own in (most likely) a very expensive city. Probably without a job for awhile. Which means far less online shopping, far fewer visits to Panera, and far more saving. I should also make an attempt to put my business degree to use and put some money in stocks and the like.
I have many other things I’d like to focus on in 2016, but I’ll leave it at that for now.
I hope 2016 is kind to all of you and that you find the strength to face any challenges the year brings!