There are people who refuse to make resolutions for the new year and have lots of reasons for that. I respect it (and even get it to a certain extent) but I am not one of them. Yes, I'm one of those people that makes resolutions every year. And yes, every year I forget at least a few if not many of them. But that never deters me from making them. I like the exercise of having a "clean slate" (although everyday is arguably one) and writing down my yearly goals to becoming a better person.
I remain on a quest to become an early riser, to drink more water, read 20 books and buy more fresh flowers, but on this first Monday of the year (first Motivation Monday, if you will), I'm going to share a few of my main resolutions of 2014 from the list of nearly 20 I've scrawled in my notebook.
Be on time. I'm notoriously infamous for being late. I've embraced it as part of me because it's always been who I am, but honestly, I don't like it at all. When it comes to professional things, I really need to embrace the concept that "if you're 5 minutes early, you're on time." And personally, it's definitely a funny joke between my friends and I, so I don't hate it entirely. But I can't knock the feeling that I'm letting people down when I show up late. I'll probably always struggle with this in one way or another, but this year, I'm trying at least.
Continue to build my blog & have the courage to publicize it. I have been blogging for, what, 5 months now and I have yet to tell most of the people in my life about it. My boyfriend knows and 2 of my closest friends read it occasionally, but that's it. Sometimes, I'll post related things on both my blog and my social media accounts (i.e. you'll probably see one of these photo quotes on IG/twitter today), but I've never connected them. Whenever I see an IG post captioned with "check out the new post about ______ on the blog", I silently wish I could just do that. It's just a pretty big deal for me to put myself out there like that for people that I know in real life. It probably makes no sense, but writing is kind of an intimate part of me and for some reason, it's a lot easier to expose to the general internet. But sometime in 2014, I'm going to have a captioned pic and a blog link in my IG profile, damn it!
I also plan to continue to build my blog actively. I'm going to focus on 3 posts per week (like MWF) and really concentrate on the content I put up here. Although I loved Monday Morning Motivation and Friday Favorites posts last year, I don't think I'll be doing it weekly this year. There may be posts that are also motivational on mondays (like this one, sort of) or related to my favorite things on fridays, but they won't be a simple photo kind of post. It feels like cheating. If it's a quick photo post and really nothing else, they'll be "add-ons".
Become a runner. Disclaimer: I'm not someone who's always wanted to run but never thought she could do it. Granted, I probably can't, for the record. But I actually hated running for like ever. I have nightmares from my gymnastics training days about running around the track and my dad chasing behind me on a bike yelling "move faster". It's a strong word, but I hated it. Strangely enough, at the end of 2013 I began running on and off, and I've found that I actually enjoy it. Tides change. I'm slow as shit though, of course (I can hear my father yelling on that grandfather bike now).
Love the home I live in. You've already read about how I need a cleaning schedule to prevent my apartment from descending into total disarray. It's such a task, even more so in the city. City apartments are small. And when I say small, I mean, take the normal idea of small and think ⅓ of that. We live on top of one another in cupboards of apartments with running water than is at times far too hot and radiators that are far too cold in the dead of winter. I'm making the city sound so unattractive right now, but I love living here, as I've said a million times. I want to love my home too, which requires that I really streamline my possessions (the tinier the space, the quicker it becomes a mess), conform to a cleaning schedule and decorate to turn my apartment into my itsy-bitsy castle. Stop being afraid to be a "writer." It's not as if I haven't written about this, so this is a continuation from the progress I made last year. Late last year, I finally found the courage to post some of my fiction, but I'm still not completely confident in being a writer. Sure, I can tell my friends that I write, but I'm not at the point where I can introduce myself as "Kari. Attorney and writer." Part of the reluctancy is my lack of "credentials" for lack of a better word. Graduating law school serves as my credential for my first title. But for the second, what? I like to write? I'm still figuring it out, but I figure that taking a writing class could be a good start to answer this question. And always carrying a good pen. Because anyone who walks around with a fancy pen must have it to jot down brilliant prose, right?
The notebook that I've written these resolution in has this quote on the cover. I'm obsessed.
Travel more (as always). I'm sure this is on everyone's list for 2014. I spent a single weekend outside of New York last year. One. And my poor wanderlust soul is screaming "let me out" because of it. It would be heaven to get out of the country at least once this year (I haven't left the U.S. since the summer of 2012), but I'd also settle for a few weekend trips. I've always had this urge to adventure and discover, and I want to do a lot of that in 2014. "London, Paris! I'm talking about you two beauts!"
Fall in love with my life. This is pretty much the theme of 2014 for me. Live. I want to live a life that I love. A few weeks ago, my Instagram feed was flooded with "Best Moments of 2013" videos. Almost instantaneously, I felt like my "best moments" weren't enough. I've accomplished quite a bit in 2013 for sure, yet I viewed my year as quite - I'm just going to go ahead and say the thing you're not suppose to say - boring. I'm being dramatic (& maybe I'm letting social media factor in too much), but I don't want to be bored with my life.
Got any goals for 2014? Tell me about them in the comments!