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old resolutions & a new mindset

Happy New Year! I hope your Eve was spent exactly how you wanted it, whether that means counting down the seconds with sparkler in hand with a crowd of people, or from your couch with a glass of something bubbly. I spent it playing games with my parents and Dago, eating the best little hors d’oeuvres that my dad made!
For whatever reason, I’ve sort of been dreading writing this post. I knew I didn’t accomplish my resolutions for 2014 because I could only remember 2/3 of them. Looking back at last year’s resolutions, I had myself a big LOL. Become a crafting queen? I did an okay job at this between February and March with my hoop art, but I certainly wouldn’t say I became crafty in general. Write a memoir? HA. Instead I learned that this just isn’t a goal I’m ready to go for. Save more money? This is the resolution I didn’t even remember setting, so, no, I didn’t save money. At all. Girl’s got more bills than she can keep up with.
While I forgot about my own resolutions for 2014, it was actually someone else’s that stuck in my mind all year. Last year, Linda of Little Tin Soldier wrote the best New Year’s post I’ve ever seen, where she described the difference between resolutions and realizations, and came to the decision to realize herself as a plucky and creative woman in 2014. Her words were so powerful and significant, and I thought about them often as I traveled through 2014. What an effective way to think about a new year and the kind of person you want to be in that time.

For me, the alternative to resolutions this year is a mindset. I want to give myself a mindset to use as a lens as I move through 2015, setting and achieving goals, working and blogging, loving others and myself.

In 2015, I want to be me, bravely. I want to love the body I live in, which is an act of bravery every single day. I want to blog without comparing myself to others, and put my best work out there to my readers without getting caught up in what other bloggers are doing. I’ve learned that it takes guts to stand apart. I want to go above and beyond at work, which can be scary because it’s unprecedented in nature. I have good ideas and I’m going to make sure they’re heard and carefully put them into action.

In 2015, I want to become a better me; the me I’m meant to be without hesitation or doubt. As Ariana Grande sings, “Now I can become who I really are.”

Are you setting resolutions this year? Is there a mindset you want to take on 2015?

Sidenote: I almost deleted this post twice because I found other New Year’s resolution/reflection type posts that I loved. Ultimately, I’m sticking with what I came up with (ahem no comparisons!), but I wanted to share them anyway. Nicolette Mason borrowed a really awesome format for her resolutions, and I also identified with so much of her end-of-year recap regarding the many tragedies the world faced in 2014. I also wanted to share this list of 50 reflection questions that I found through Jessica of Here & Now. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days carefully considering each one, which was really cathartic.

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