“Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right!”
– Oprah

One thing I love about the new year is that you have a chance to try again at whatever it is that you didn’t quite achieve in the previous years. Now, I don’t typically make new year resolutions, because I think they can be a bit far-fetched and pressure-filled, but of course it varies person by person.

Most realistic goals are attainable with the right amount of effort and intention. If we are intentional in remembering our actual new year resolutions perhaps we’d put more effort into actually achieving them.

Okay, so as of yesterday ( December 31st ) I am 26 years old…At this point I’d like to be able to say I’m still 25. But hey, one of my goals is to age like fine wine. Which you will read more about later.

So….I’ve decided to step away from my usual ‘why put off for tomorrow what you can do today?’ way of thinking and embrace this year by creating a list of things that I want to accomplish throughout 2015, along with ways that I will accomplish them. Because what’s a goal without a plan of action, right?

I have the tendency to want to build Rome in a day, but all great things take time.

I read something about creating a “wow goal”, which is a goal so big that you keep it to yourself for the sake of falling flat on your face and not accomplishing it at all. That’s hilarious to me. Perhaps that’s the downside to most new year resolutions, many people make these unrealistic goals and never bring them into fruition. I’ve never been afraid of  failure when it comes to trying new things… in college I was afraid of failing exams. But that’s a different story. I have found that making people aware of what I am “trying” to do inspires others. And I love being able to inspire. I guess that’s why I don’t mind being transparent in my blog.

Moving forward let’s set goals that will make us happy, make us feel good about ourselves and make us feel one step closer to OUR personal definition of success. 2015 shouldn’t be a year of comparison or embarrassment, it should simply be a year of abundant happiness.

Abundant happiness = my definition of success.

In 2015 I will…

  1. Adopt a healthy lifestyle –  I’m getting older, my body isn’t the same as it was in college. This year my goal is to work out consistently. To Be mindful of what I am consuming. And not to eat heavy and sit on my ass or nap right after. I will drink more water.
  2. Think Positively – I will not sweat the small things. And trust me, they are all small. It’s easier said than done, but I will work on being slow to anger and more intentional in my attitude.
  3. Save money – I will be serious about my savings account with a certain percentage being saved monthly and left untouched throughout the year.
  4. Create – I will take on a new hobby that allows me to artistically express myself.
  5. Develop an additional stream of income- I will create an additional stream of income , whether it be a “side gig” or something large. I hate to sound greedy, but I need more money!
  6. Execute a new business idea – I will execute one of the business ideas that I’ve been playing around with. *Twiddles Fingers*
  7. Volunteer – I will find an organization and cause that I feel passionate about and want to support.
  8. Love – I will be a selfless, loving and attentive girlfriend.
  9. Host an event – Los Angeles is full of life, I will add to the scene by producing an event in my new city.
  10. Use my digital Camera- I’ve had a digital camera for a few years now, but I rarely use it. This year I will learn how to use it and actually put it to use!
  11. Clean up my credit – During my apartment search I realized how important credit truly is, and mine wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t perfect (and apparently perfect is the standard) so in 2015 I am going to clean up my credit. Anything that it outstanding will get paid.

So here it is, my to-do list for 2015. What are your goals for 2015, and how will you accomplish them? Let’s get this goal setting thing right once and for all!