i have never been one for new year resolutions. instead, i have typically just made a loosely-structured mental list of goals for myself at the start of each new year. however, last year i decided to take the time to write down a few goals for 2013.
there were six goals that i set for myself in 2013:
1. continue to eat healthy
2. keep going to the gym
3. shift my outlook
4. learn more about photography
5. continue blogging
6. have fun
i'm happy to say that i actually did all of those things in 2013! over the past year, i really made an effort to continue to eat healthy and to keep going to the gym. both turned into a wonderful lifestyle change, and i feel so much better because of it! i also worked on shifting my outlook during this past year. since it's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, it's all too easy to lose focus of what's really important, so i really made a conscious effort to shift my outlook to be more positive. i certainly still need to work on this more, but overall i found myself taking time to appreciate the little things and trying not to take certain things and people for granted. that little shift has really made such a difference for me.
in the past year, i tried to learn more about photography too. i'm far from an expert, and i still have a lot to learn, but i can definitely see a difference in my photos. i kept blogging during 2013 (my blog turned two years old in october!) and i have really enjoyed blogging as a hobby. i also had fun this past year. we went on some amazing trips and did some really amazing things. (2013 was the year that i got to cross "go to hawaii" off my bucket list!!!) now, i can't wait to see what this new year has in store for us!
in 2014, i plan to continue my healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising. i hope to be a bit more disciplined about doing yoga, and maybe even get myself back into a dance class too. i want to remember to stay positive and to not dwell on the negative. i want to challenge myself with my camera, and learn more about photography/videography and photo/video editing. i plan to continue blogging (and maybe i'll finally even get around to giving this blog of mine a much needed redesign and face lift). i want to remember to unplug from time to time, and to get better at keeping in touch with friends. i hope to explore new places, try new things, and carve out a bit of time for myself to learn new hobbies too.
. . . and, of course, i want to have fun and take time to enjoy life and my wonderful family!
what are your goals for 2014?