I’m sitting here in my sweats with a cup of hot cocoa as the snow falls outside, reflecting on 2015, and my goals for this year. There were a lot of things that happened in 2015 that were outside of my control. But despite it all, I was still able to work towards my goals, and achieve most of them.
I know a lot of people don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s face it, the Holidays have a way of filling us with hope and joy. Definitely not a bad thing. But the euphoria can sweep us away, causing us to see the future in unrealistic terms. We set resolutions for the next year aiming for perfection, only to quickly fall short and lose our resolve within months (or weeks!).
That being said, I still enjoy setting goals for the new year. I try to set financial goals for the new year that are realistic and measurable. I also try to be flexible, and make adjustments to what comes along. After all, life happens, and you never know what the future might hold. January is also a great time for me to set personal goals, and try to form new habits. After all, life and work are a little slower in January, giving you more time to make changes. It’s also Winter, and the weather isn’t exactly ideal for getting out. What better time to work on making improvements?
I was reading L Bee and the Money Tree’s Thoughts for a New Year a few days ago, and was really intrigued with her idea of setting a one word intention for each year. I like the idea of having a theme for the year. I think this appeals to me even more this year, when I’m starting off the year with so many unknowns. If I had to choose a word for 2016, what would it be?
After a lot of thought, I finally found something that fit: Exploration. Not exploration like travel; I’m hoping to take a vacation or two in 2016, but I definitely won’t be traveling the world, or anything wild like that. Instead, I’m thinking exploration on more of a personal level. Bryan and I will be exploring our dreams and wants for the future. We’ll be making plans. We’ll be trying out new things, figuring out what works, and what doesn’t.
I briefly considered Change as my word, but I’m not sure how much change 2016 will involve. I think this year will involve more thinking and planning for the future, rather than implementing change. But maybe I’m wrong? 2015 definitely taught me that a lot can happen in the course of one year!
I’m definitely far from perfect as a person. I fell like, at 37 years old, I’m still exploring who I am, what I want, and what type of person I want to be. I try, but I definitely have a lot of space for improvement in my life. That’s another part of my life I’m hoping to explore during 2016.
If you had to choose one word for 2016, what would it be?
- Cindy W.