Power On in the New Year

A new day, a new year, a new start.  Last night was the first time I attended an actual New Year’s Eve party.  Normally my New Years Eves are spent watching a movie with the family and possibly walking the Rose Parade Route.  Our New Year’s day is built around Pasadena’s Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, both classics at least for those native Southern Californians.  While some of us might be nursing the after-effects of last night’s fun, I’m ready to get the ball rolling and start off 2014 right.

I’m taking a leaf out of the Thought Catalog and Elite Daily (honestly they have the BEST recommendations) listing out some of my aspirations and thoughts.  No strict resolutions, no hard deadlines, just goals, and positive thoughts for the future.  These authors have some of the best advice I’ve read yet – “24 Rules For Being Human in 2014” and “25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Make for 2014

“Realize that perspective determines everything”

  • Run Baby Run – Sign up and run in at lest two half marathons and potentially consider running a full. (*I would love to run a full marathon by my 26th birthday, so this year I could just throw around ideas of where and when to run) 🙂 
  • Balance – Test out more workouts with strength training and rest days.  I’m in love with the selection of classes at 24 Hour Fitness, so I plan to make those part of my weekly routine.  Also, listen to my body so that years from now you’ll still see me running those road races.
  • Reduce my use of technology and social media and become more present –  It’s fascinating how we spend so much time cultivating the perfect image through online media – posting cropped pictures, brainstorming the best caption or update, even claiming our FB friends as our true friends. (Exception where some of my blends truly are my friends)  I could write up a post about loneliness and image (and I may in the future) but this video says it perfectly.

“Be radically, sincerely honest. Be shocked at how deeply you can connect with people when you are.”

  • Proofread more – Yes, some most of my posts come out as tangents rather than cohesive thoughts, but I try 🙂
  • Break Free – “Go an entire Saturday without a smartphone, and intentionally get lost in your own city — ask for directions from strangers and read street maps if you need to find your way back somewhere.” (based on this article) ALSO, don’t check your social media feeds with friends, it’s called living in the moment for a reason.
  • Be Bold – “Approach someone at a bar/event who seems cute and cool, and without even thinking about it, just start up a conversation with them. Remind yourself that you don’t even know this person, and even if they don’t like you back, it will have no bearing on your life.” (based on this article)

“Boldly make yourself your first priority. You’ll do everything better when you do.”

  • Less judgement, more empathy – Reduce criticism of myself and of others. I’ve gotten myself into a few tiffs over this in the past, so I plan to take a different perspective on the world and who knows what I’ll learn?
  • Continue to appreciate me for being me – from my random tangents to crazy (sometimes “blonde”) ideas to my athletic lifestyle.
  • Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

“Reach out to people, open your heart, and watch how eagerly they jump in and do the same.”

  • Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.”
  • Shop locally, eat locally and recognize where your money is going.  
  • Keep Learning – Expand my vocabulary (yes Meghan, you know what I’m talking about)

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” — Omar Khayyam

  • Travel More – There are so many places to see that it’s time to just be bold and do it!
  • Continuing last Friday’s post, learn to let go, relax, and appreciate me.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

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13 thoughts on “Power On in the New Year

  1. Love every single one of these goals, because they’re not specific goals, but broad ideas, making them more attainable. Happy new year!! I have an idea for at least one half for you this summer on a very specific island 😉

  2. Great, great stuff here! “Positive thoughts for the future” is right. Living with a mindful attitude brings the rest of the change people are looking for, and I am sure you’ll enjoy every moment of 2014!

  3. Great post and great goals for the new year! I can definitely say I will be working on a lot of these same things…and I am excited to keep reading about all of your challenges and successes and experiences this upcoming year 🙂

  4. There are so many resolutions there I love! The idea of getting lost in your city without a phone – something I really would love to try myself. And reducing technology dependency – I’m terrible for this! Eating dinner without watching the tv or checking my phone is a new challenge for me this year 😉

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