Some might say, “Ugh, New Year’s resolutions?! Again?”. Well, yes. Again. Actually, it’s a first for me. No matter how lame some people might think New Year’s resolutions are, I think that the idea behind them is a great one. As long as you make sure to fulfill the ones that really matter to you.
Truth is, those resolutions mean hope, a new beginning, a new challenge. People need new beginnings, a Monday to start a diet, a new month to quit smoking, a new year to change something they want to. That’s why they make New Year’s resolutions, that’s why they wish upon a shooting star, that’s why they make plans.
According to Statistic Brain, the top 5 resolutions people make are:
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend less, save more
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Stay fit and healthy
People also try to learn something new and exciting, quit smoking or drinking, fall in love or spend more time with their loved ones.
For me, 2014 was a year of change, a year of transition. Both for my personal and my professional life. A lot happened, I met a lot of new people, my perception of the world changed, my goals for the future became different. It wasn’t all good and it wasn’t all bad, but it sure as hell was a lot of experience and I definitely learned a lot.
What did I learn exactly this last year? That no matter what plans you make, sometimes someone has a different plan for you. That you can never stop no matter what happens, you have to go on. That you can always find something new to make you feel excited again. That you can never give up.
In order to try my best to keep and fulfill my New Year’s resolutions, I decided to write a post, so that I know that I publicly promised to make them come true. So here they are (the order is not important):
- Read more books – I only read about 13 books last year
- Start taking a yoga or Pilates class – everyone working in an office starts missing physical exercise at some point
- Travel more – with the right planning, travelling can be very affordable – book early, use groupons, use low-cost airlines
- Find a new hobby
- Be kinder to the people around me and use less sarcasm (though I love it, it can hurt people sometimes)
- Reconnect with old friends, find new ones
- Cook more – there’s almost nothing better than home cooked meals
- And last, but not least – be more positive and don’t take everything too seriously :)
Did you make any resolutions this year? What are they?