Last year around this time, I talked about setting intentional New Year’s resolutions. My goal was to explore in 2014, and it turned out to be a great point of focus. I have explored new relationships, many health and lifestyle changes, and found a new home in Seattle. I also found a better sense of direction for my career! It was a year full of friendship, beauty and change. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s over already.
The point of last year was to learn more about myself. A year of studying my spending habits, professional ambitions, relationships, and hang ups has helped me find some guide posts in the vastness of my own little universe. Finally, I feel ready to shift out of an idle, analytical mindset into fully strategized action.
2015 is the year of building.
Building requires a structured plan and a solid foundation, which I have spent the last year cultivating. Resolutions and habits stick best when there is a meaningful “why” behind them. My year of exploration deciphered the blueprint for action, so the next step is making it come to life. Even before laying a single brick in this plan, I feel deeply satisfied to have a clear direction. I’m also excited to see my resolutions play out like chapters in my life.
Looking at my last resolution in hindsight, I think I could have done a better job making sure that I spent my time in ways that served the idea of exploration. This year, I have a tool to help me do just that: The Passion Planner.
Due to the West Coast labor strike, the arrival of my Passion Planner has been delayed, but I am so excited to incorporate this amazing tool into my life! Creator Angelia Trinidad wanted to develop a planner that did more than help people organize their time — she wanted to empower them to organize their lives and live their dreams! The Passion Planner includes elements of life coaching, journaling, brainstorming and the traditional planner to help incorporate your dreams and passions into your daily life. Finally, there’s a planner with an eye on the bigger picture.
What am I planning to build in 2015?
- Financial Freedom: save for a trip to Europe in 2016, save to purchase property down the road, get debt-free
- Professional Prowess: develop selected skills, join 2 professional networks, complete 20 hours of relevant volunteer work
- Healthy Lifestyle: Run a 5k, go gluten and dairy free for 30 consecutive days, develop key cooking skills, complete 10 challenging hikes
- Rewarding Relationships: develop new friendships, maintain a small and select social circle, embrace long distance friendships, create new traditions
I realize that I’m asking a lot of myself this year, but I believe that I can accomplish most of these things without too much strain. The biggest challenge will be singling out the core group of professional skills I’d like to focus on. When there are so many interesting things to learn, I think it would be easy for me to bob around the surface level of a lot of skills before diving in the way I want.
When I thought about the things I wanted to accomplish in 2015, finding the right word for my one-word resolution was easy. Now the hard work begins, breaking these many goals down in to monthly, weekly and daily actions that help me keep moving forward, inch by inch.
I can’t wait to share more details about how my resolution translates from lofty ideas into my daily life. I hope you are as energized as I am to make this year the best yet!