Truthfully, during all of 2015 I felt pretty much one thing -- distracted. I literally blinked and the year was gone. 2015 was a flurry of change and constantly living at a quick pace. Just getting by and through the days feels like an accurate description of what life was like. Honestly, I'm glad 2015 is over.
2015 held what I thought would be a year of possibility, of growth and opportunity. And instead became of year of exhaustion, distraction, disappointment, & at times -- very real frustration. I changed jobs, I gained some weight, I didn't focus on our marriage. 2014 was also a year of intense busy and change as well (i.e. - got married) but not like I remember 2015 to be.
Don't get me wrong, 2015 held a lot of wonderful things too. Most of which, we bought a house! We went on vacation. We visited with friends. We were stretched out of our comfort zones. We decided to start a business. But I can honestly say, 2015 was the first time I truly realized that life/marriage. is. hard. For the first time I realized how truly important it is to be intentional with your choices, decisions, thoughts, and time.
I never like to think of the beginning of a new year as the chance for a fresh start because, every day is a chance to make better decisions, think better thoughts, & develop new habits. But this time, I'm ready for a blank slate. I feel hopeful and excited about what 2016 will bring. I feel much more "settled" going into 2016 than I did going into 2015.
I'm definitely not an expert at goal setting, but I think it's an important habit to practice and one I'm to develop (can one of my goals for 2016 be learning how to goal set? HA.) I don't like to set goals for the whole year, as that can seem daunting and unattainable as you look at the whole year stretching out before you. I'm going to be working on breaking my goals down into a few months. For now, my 2016 goals are:
Goal: Remember & celebrate more birthdays. | Action: Purchase bulk notecards to have ready to send for upcoming birthdays, log friends/family members birthdays in my Google calendar, set to reoccur yearly.
Goal: Plan my week's outfits every Sunday night. | Action: I've created a Style Profile for 2016 that I will pull inspiration from, I will ensure that all laundry is done by Sunday afternoon and that there is time set aside on Sunday to plan outfits.
Goal: Spend more time living life than always documenting it electronically. | Action: This is one I'm still trying to make an action plan for. Ideally I would like to spend less time on my phone, less time always trying to "instagram" something, and less time trying to frantically make sure something gets on the internet. I definitely want to continue to document life, but I want to do it in tangible ways like photo albums and notebooks. I want to take less than perfectly styled photos in order to remember that exact moment as it truly was.
What are your goals for the upcoming year? What tips/tricks do you use to help set & keep your goals?