As I watch the CNN New Year's Eve special at my hotel, I realized that yep, it’s that time of the year again—time to make plans for the upcoming year! I like making resolutions because it forces me to reorganize my short-term goals and makes me face reality. I also like it because it makes me feel hopeful, as if whatever happened last year no longer matters. Instead of looking back on the past like looking at the rearview mirror, we need to focus on the present. As we go through changes in life it’s always helps to make a list of things we need to focus on.
In 2012, I’d like to focus on improving the following things:
Focus on Career—the first 6 months of 2012 will be spent in a vigorous training program for my new job. I will be in Atlanta all by myself, so I won’t have a lot of distractions. I am 24 now; it’s time to take my job/career more seriously. I need to concentrate on getting through the training program (apparently it’s super competitive) and hopefully be relocated to a great city (i.e. Seattle or Irvine).
Spend Less—I literally have this on my resolution every year, yet I rarely get through a month without blowing my budget. I need to be more conscious of what I spend money on since I need to pay for everything myself now (Nathan and I used to split things when I lived in Boulder). I can’t run out and buy every limited edition eyeshadow palette every season. Things need to be streamlined. Let’s keep our fingered crossed that hopefully I’ll be better at it this year.
Relax—I don’t know if it’s my upbringing or what, but I’m probably one of the most negative people you’ll ever meet. I’ll be the first one to admit that nothing’s ever good enough for me. Things can always be done better. I realized how being so hard on everyone including myself has made me bitter and unappreciative. Things don’t wow me anymore. I’ve become so jaded that there’s little excitement in life. I need to relax and regroup. I’ve got a long road ahead of me; I need all the motivation I can get. I can’t afford to lose steam this early in the game.
Eat Healthily—I think I’ve got the exercise part down, but I need to focus on having a cleaner diet. I eat nothing but junk food, and you can totally tell that it’s not doing me much good. More fruits and veggies need to be added to my diet, and I need to cut out the majority of carbs and fats (Nutella will be the death of me). Hopefully when I see Nathan again in 6 months I’ll look like a million bucks.
Increase YT/Blog Quality—It’s simple: I need to learn how to edit my stuff to look more professional. My favorite Youtubers include Emilynoel83 and Pixiwoo, among many others. I feel that there’s more credibility when the person sounds/look professional. I definitely need to work on that. Please let me know if you’ve got any tips.
Anyway, those are some of the major things I need to work on in 2012. It will be challenging but I’m up for it. Let me know what some of your resolutions are.