2015 had some pretty awesome experiences, but also included a lot of lessons that I had to learn. Seriously - I thought that by 31, I'd be done learning life lessons. Nope. Apparently that isn't a thing that ever stops. And I am by no means saying that all of these lessons were bad - to the contrary, most of them were good.
So what about 2016? What's going to be different? Well... I don't really believe in resolutions. But I do believe in changing your life for the better. So that's my goal - to do little things that change my life for the better. I mean, my life is pretty good (despite all my complaints to the contrary) so we aren't talking a total life overhaul here. And while many of these goals are private (please... I am NOT sharing all my dirty little secrets with the world) - there are a few that I can share:
- Think less. Turns out that anyone who knows me even a little bit, knows that I am an over thinker. Seriously. I can turn almost any situation into a life-ending tragedy in my brain. My brain is the supreme pessimist. I don't know when I stopped trusting my instincts and started overanalyzing. So... 2016 is the year to stop it. Breathe. Trust. Let go. And just see what happens.
- Disconnect from social media. Let's call this more of a social experiment than a goal for the year. For the month of January - I am deleting Facebook from my phone (I'll still have access to it via computer and/or iPad - so I won't go totally off the grid.). I've read several articles about how social media affects the way we see ourselves - and I feel like having it at my fingertips 24/7 is just too much. So... I'm giving it up for January. Maybe for longer. We'll see how I do. So far, I'm on day four and I haven't caved yet. Stay tuned.
- Travel more. I don't care if it's a day trip to the coast or a weekend trip to eastern WA or a weeklong trip to Central America. I just want to get out of the city more. Seattle is bustling and I think is probably a top contributor to what makes me anxious sometimes. Sitting in traffic and dealing with being surrounded by people all that time can be exhausting and I am just not built like that. I love the city, I really do - but I find that I'm happier when I can get away from it all.
- Make my bed every day. Why? Discipline, that's why. Don't worry that the last two days - Grace has totally removed the throw pillows from it when she wants to snuggle up - but at least I can say that I've tried. (And to clarify, it's not like I was a delinquent before who never made the bed - I usually do. I'm just making the concentrated effort to take the extra minute before work to do it correctly, throw pillows and all. I know... I'm weird. Whatever. I'm okay with it.)
And so here we go. Let's have an adventure.