So, I feel like I am a few days late to the 2016 resolution posts. I sat down quite a few times in the days leading up to 2016 and even the first few days of the year to try and write a post, and every time wrote a few lines and ended up quitting. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to write, because I have never been much of a “resolutionist” (I made word that up) and I didn’t want to talk about resolutions that didn’t exist because it’s a trendy blog topic. After some reflection, I think I’ve narrowed down some things I’d really like to start this year. I try not to look at them as resolutions, but habits I can create for a better year and life in the years to come.
1. Read more books. A few summers ago, I read a lot of books. More than I ever had. I read four or five books in just a few weeks, and found myself heading to used book stores to buy more in my spare time. I remember always gushing about my latest read, and as school eventually rolled around and life got busier, I stopped reading. I never really got back into reading, and it’s something I’d really like to do this year. Right now, I am finishing up “the life-changing magic of tidying up.” I hope to write a full blog post about it at some point, but in the meantime… if one of your resolutions is to be cleaner, more organized, or anything similar.. pick this book up. I will truly shed a different light on why we are organized and tell you step-by-step how to improve your life through tidying up. Next up on my list: Leave Your Mark. It was recommended to me by a colleague and I can’t wait to read it!
2. Learn more about photography. Two years ago as a college junior, I decided to buy a DSLR camera. I took money out of my savings, which I never do. I had NO idea what I was doing, and it was a total risk that I wasn’t sure would pay off. I hadn’t, and still have not, taken a photography class or had any kind of training. I’ve learned through trial and error, and continue to do so. I am at the point where I feel like I have plateaued, and I would love to go through some professional classes or training. Not only for my blog, but every day life – I’d love to learn how to capture beautiful moments through a lens beyond my iPhone. For anyone who is interested, I bought the Canon Rebel T3 and still use it today. I typically shoot with a 50mm lens.
3. Write more thank you notes (and cards in general). In a world of technology, social media, and text messages, I have found myself slipping away from handwritten cards. They can be expensive, time-consuming, and slow for the person to receive. However, I have made it a priority for 2016 to be better about sending cards… of all kinds. Thank you cards, birthday cards, sympathy cards, and the good old “I am thinking of you” cards. I started this past Christmas and sent a card to every person who gave me a gift (via snail mail). It was such a good feeling to write a note to each person and thank them. I highly recommend buying a few packs of cards and keeping them around, along with a stock of stamps. I buy all my cards at Marshall’s (packs of 16 for $3.99-$5.99.. and SO cute)!
4. To lead a more positive life. Ok, probably one of the more cliche resolutions of mine… However, it’s really something I want to do more of. For those familiar with Strengthsfinder 2.0 (if you aren’t, definitely check it out!), positivity is in my top 5 characteristics. I have been slowly losing that mindset as I leave behind a very stable and familiar part of my life and head into the unknowns. For so many years, there was a “plan”: high school, college, graduation, job. Well, now I am there. What’s next on the plan? No one really knows. And that’s a scary thing on the surface. With a more positive mindset, I hope to change my thinking to view the possibilities and opportunities this new phase in my life brings. I would be lying if I said I was positive all the time, but I am extremely optimistic and hope to get back to my positive self this year.
My 2016 Planner
What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? I would love to hear them! Thanks so much for reading – sending you all best wishes for an amazing 2016.