Last year, I made an ambitious list of resolutions. This year, I’m not even bothering. It’s not because I don’t believe in resolutions or even that I didn’t accomplish any of mine, which for the record, I did.
In 2017 I learned that planning your life out on a grand scale, say, over an entire year’s time, is not only intimidating, but really impractical. You never know where life will take you. This time last year I thought I’d be living in Paris. I can only laugh about that as I pack my final bags for Somalia.
That doesn’t mean I’ll stop hoping, dreaming and planning, though. It just means that I’ll be adjusting how I do those things.
- Grab the cutest planner you can find
Writing onto the crisp pages of a cute new planner gets me excited. Opening it makes planning feel like an event – a special daily ritual, even. I keep one main planner and a few supplementary notebooks for life’s to-do lists, my blog and journaling. And yes, they are all adorable.
- Plan a little now, plan a little later
Planning too far and too specific in the future gives me anxiety. I silently freak out. I plan in monthly or seasonal intervals. Plans that don’t seem so far away become less intimidating and more tangible.
- Break big goals down into smaller, specific ones
I’ll be honest: to me, big, vague goals like “save money” or “be healthy” don’t seem real. Last year, I wanted to “move more”. Then spring came, and I realized I hadn’t gotten any closer to making it happen. I needed to give it specifics. I wanted to take a yoga class. After I looked up dates, times, prices and locations, it became real and pushed me to finally get my shake, shimmy and body roll going.
So, how do you plan? Or are you just done and over with New Year’s Resolutions completely?
Overall, I really just want to see growth within myself. I don’t want my life to be a passing of days. I want to have something to show for every day, month and year I’m out here in the world. I mean, if I’m going to have get older, I might as well be getting better, right?
I’m so incredibly grateful for another year! I hope I provide some inspiration for you all through this blog, this blog of mine. Thanks for following along and cheers to another year!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Love and light,
Where is my next travel destination? Can you guess – Hint hint (think cactus)
Story of my life ^ lol