“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
It’s taken me weeks to write this post. I was hoping that by taking a break from the blog and from my “regular” job, I’d be able to answer some questions I’ve been asking myself for an entire year. 2015 was a big ol’ year of questions for me. I asked myself “why” more than I’ve ever asked myself “why” in my entire life. But even after a break, I don’t have any answers. And I suppose it was naive to think that I’d be able to answer life’s questions in a couple of weeks.
Here’s what I do know: I know that for me, 2016 needs to be the year of being brave. I’m not setting any goals or making any resolutions. What I am going to do is focus on one little word: Brave. (Idea shamelessly stolen from the inspiring Ali Edwards.)
I’m going to be 30 this year. (Dear Lord.) And I need to start doing what is right for me instead of what is expected of me. I need to live in the moment and not focus so intently on the future. I need to do the things I’ve dreamed about. I need to be brave.
Here’s hoping 2016 will be a year of answers for me.
As someone who is goal-oriented it can be hard to remember that the end goal is not always the goal. As people, our final destinations are the same, but our journeys are different. And the journey is what counts.
Let me know how you’re making it count in the comments.
In the past I’ve written goals for my birthday. I’ve set a lot of them: 27 before 27 and 27 before 28, but this year for my birthday, I’m giving myself a break. Sure, I’ve got goals and super big, super secret things I want to and will accomplish this year, but for now I’m practicing the art of leaving things undone.
I’m a seasoned “do-er.” I’m a list-maker. I’m committed and hard-working and fastidious. But I’m also often stressed out and burned out and quite frankly, tired. I don’t want to make even one goal, but if anything, this year, I want to learn how to relax. I want to learn how to relax and still accomplish things. I want to learn how to take a break and I want to learn how to not count my self-worth by my to-dos.
How have you practiced the art of leaving things undone? Let me know in the comments!
This month I finally hit a milestone financial goal. I’ve saved a huge (to me) chunk of money and I am so very proud of myself. Saving this amount of money has given me peace of mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still worry about money, but I feel much more safe now. I have a buffer, a fall-back plan, a rainy day savings fund. But more than peace of mind, having this money has given me the ability to dream.
When I was living paycheck to paycheck, I thought well, I’m going to work like this until I die. And then maybe I’ll work some more when I’m dead. There was no end in sight and no room to dream. With money in the bank, I now feel that I have room to dream and plan how I live my life. It is so liberating. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel free to live life on my terms. It’s a beautiful thing.
Has money changed your dreams for the better? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year! I know it is unconventional to have “Link Love” on a Monday, but I’m crazy! (And I collected a lot of good reads over the holidays.) Let’s do this! We can do this!
A garage converted into a stylish apartment! (I can’t find the original source for this, but it was too good not to share.)
Although these small San Fran apartments are huge to me, they’re still much smaller than average and much more stylish.
This RV makeover happened in just 6 days!
Apartment Therapy has been publishing a lot of round-ups. Here’s a few of my favorites:
20 tips to save you cash
A year of small space advice and strategies
10 smart money tips for travel
How to simplify holiday decorating. Good to remember for next year.
The “new rich” isn’t handbags and luxury items, it’s experiences.
One strange reason you might not be reaching your goals.
To reach goals, focus on discipline, not motivation.
The 30 day minimalism challenge.
The minimalist’s guide to goal setting and achieving.
This summer will definitely include beach time!
For the past couple of years, I’ve set birthday goals. I usually set goals according to my age, 27 goals before 28, etc. but this year setting that many goals just seemed overwhelming. And goals should never be overwhelming, they should always be inspiring. Am I right? This year I decided to set just 7 goals for this summer. My goals are mostly fun, but also things that I’ve just been meaning to do for a while. Somethings, like getting my passport, I’ve been meaning to do for years!
Here’s my summer goals:
- Apply for passports
- Plan our summer vacation
- Help George open an IRA
- Make a dentist appointment (eww!)
- Fix the rust hole in the back of the Airstream
- Take pictures of the inside of our home!
- Learn a new skill
The summer also brings in a new schedule for me. I work 4 10 hour days during the summer and I have off on Fridays. It’s wonderful to be off on Fridays, but those 10 hour days are crucial! With my commute, it’s almost a 12 hour day, so I practically have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work! In the past I’ve spent my Fridays recuperating from the grueling week, but this time I have high hopes to use my Fridays to learn a new skill. We’ll see how it goes. You know I’ll write about it here!
Do you have any hopes, dreams or goals for this summer? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
I’m obsessed with moleskin planners.
Ya’ll probably know by now that I am obsessed with goal making. Just the process of setting goals makes me feel more productive and ready for… well… life. Making S.M.A.R.T. goals is the best way I’ve found to achieve my goals.
But this year was a bit different. Usually I’m pumped about making goals, but as I thought about what I wanted to achieve in the upcoming year, I got a little overwhelmed. I want so much! But instead of worrying about creating too many goals, I wrote each thing down that popped into my head. Maybe we’ll call them intentions instead of goals. 🙂
Writing down every.single.thing. that I wanted to accomplish was liberating. Brain dumps can be that way sometimes. I’m not going to share my goals here because the majority of them are too personal, but the goals ranged all the way from daily flossing to appreciating the everyday.
What are your goals for 2014? Share them with me in the comments!