2015 // refocusing and realigning

Friday, January 02, 2015

I've never been one to make new year's resolutions. I think it's because life has always seemed to go along pretty swimmingly without me making goals. However, after reading so many new year posts and some self reflection, I feel like it's to my detriment that I don't set goals for myself. I take too much of a "que sera sera" approach with my life. I just let things happen even when I maybe could partially influence what I want to have happen. Or things don't happen because I don't put any effort into making them happen. And what better excuse than the new year for me to hit the reset button and really refocus and realign myself on what's important and what I want to achieve. I know, a lot of rambling.

2014 was an interesting year for me. I feel like it was the year I officially stepped into adulthood. I started my first real adult full-time job. I started paying my own bills. I had to deal with the gain and loss of multiple relationships. I feel like all a lot of the realities of adulthood hit me this year, and I didn't necessarily know how to deal with all of them. I've just only started on the journey of adulthood, and the rest and the best is all yet to come. Looking back (but not for long), I think that I lost focus on the following areas this past year, so I'm making them my resolutions for 2015:

  • Invest in family. Family has always played a big part in my life. I have the best family. They are always there for me, especially when I don't deserve it, and I've realized that I often take them for granted. I want to make sure that whatever time I spend with them, I'm giving them my full attention and care.
  • Invest in friends. Maintaining long lasting friendships has been tricky for me, mostly because of my family's somewhat nomadic life. There have been so many great friendships that I have developed wherever I've been but all my best friends are now scattered across the world. I hate to admit it, but I can't help but feel like a loner especially on the weekends. The good news is that I don't see myself moving again for the foreseeable future, and I want to start getting more involved in my community and investing in relationships that will add to my life and others.
  • Surrender and invest in my relationship with God. Oh man, this is the one that I feel like I repeat year after year, but I think it is so much more relevant this year in comparison to previous years. Jumping headfirst into adulthood this year made me overly distracted with work and relationships. A gnawing feeling always reminded me that this was important, but it was all in my head and I didn't have the heart for it. I know I won't get far in life if I don't get this, and I would much rather figure this out early on than after a lot more mistakes have been made and tears have been shed.
  • Use my free time wisely. There are a lot of things I want to do outside of work, such as all the above, perhaps more blogging, and I've also started to think about taking the GMAT. Sounds like another list is in order so that I won't say that I don't know what to do on the weekends :P

Whew. If you made it all the way to end, thanks for reading! What resolutions do you have for the new year? Any tips for me to achieve my goals? Would love to hear from you.

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