‘Tis’ the season for contemplation, limitless goals, dreams of change (anything else fancy and dreamy you can imagine up?)… oh, and don’t forget a quick time frame to forget the last three things I mentioned! I know they say Spring is when it seems like a new life is dawning and we all feel rejuvenated-and while I must admit that is one of my favorite times of the year-I can’t help but share in the exciting hope that the new year will bring us all a fresh start and new opportunity. It really is amazing this rush that comes (for a week or two) to make our lives better! Have you noticed the problem with this? We forget our resolutions, we give up, we make excuses, ‘life’ gets in the way and within a few weeks or month’s time we are back to our same old same old. So here lies our battle-how do we make our new hopes and dreams and the new life habits we dream of become our same old same old?
I have challenged myself to not making resolutions, but to make new habits. A resolution seems to me like a token or a point to put on some imaginary score card. Almost like if I can just lose 10 pounds, or not swear all year, or something along those lines that I have succeeded. Those are great things to shoot for, but what do I do after the 10 pounds are gone? Or do I quit after I swear, or stop at the end of 2015 if I met my goal? This all seems too ambiguous for me, so instead I’ve made the shift to thinking of how to make concrete, measurable habits part of my life. Yes, these are some petty things I want to change, but I want them to become part of my routine and who I am-not just a test to pass and move forward without. With that said, here are the four things I hope to accomplish in 2015 written in measurable terms.
My New Habit My Daily Goal
Enjoy work more Saying good morning to and smile at 3 people each day as I walk to my classroom
Be Happier/Appreciative Write one positive moment from each day
Keep the House Cleaner Make the bed every day
Read More Books Read something every day (for pleasure, interest)
I have done some searching, listening, and reading to find some of the best tips and tricks out there to make your vision become reality in 2015. Take a look at these awesome articles!
1. Goal Setting 2015 (from The Ugly Duckling House)
The Ugly Duckling House does a great job of breaking resolutions down into categories such as: home, blog, and personal goals. Similar to me, I have written my daily habit goals to touch on a bit of my home, personal and work lives in order to keep myself balanced and focused in each area! Try taking a look at each area of your life and see how you could improve in each!
2. A Look Back at 2014 (from House Tweaking)
While this article from House Tweaking may not be about setting new resolutions, it is a great reminder that we all have made a lot of success and accomplishments in the last year and to relive those moments, write them down, and appreciate them is a wonderful thing! Not to mention…the photographs on here are beautiful! Don’t just think about what you want to change in yourself or in your life, but also recognize how far the last year has brought you!
3. What 2014 Taught Me (from Centsational Girl)
Again, this is not a resolution or a list of ‘to-do’s’ for 2015, but rather a very real reflection of how far one year’s time can bring you and the lessons it will teach. The most powerful quote to me in this article was ‘Don’t let anything suck the life out of you.’ Take some time to look back at your last year, realize your strengths and growth, and then be realistic about the areas in your life that continue to be draining and from there if you choose to set realistic goals for the new year, do so with thought and dedication.
I am wishing you all a year filled with reflection, hope, and lots of happiness! Cheers to 2015!