More Like Goals: 2015 Review


taken at Machu Picchu, 2015

It's that time of the year again... goal making time! I wish I could say that the reason I've waited until now to post about this is because I wanted to be thorough and really think this through, but that's not true. I mean, I did do those things but that's not the main reason for such a delay in talking or even sharing about it. Or I wish I could say it's because I wanted to be a rebel and not jump on the band wagon that is every other blog hyping up resolutions towards the end/beginning of the year. And while this may also be true in a round about way, again, it's not the main reason. Truth is, I don't have one. I got a slow start to the year and have been taking my time getting comfortable and observing life before feeling ready to really embrace it and join in. I even decided to read last year's goals post and do some reflecting before deciding on what to tackle this new year. So let's do a quick review to see how I did and remember, I'm only human, I'm not perfect and that's just a ok!

1 | Focus more on me ---> I had the best intentions but I'm not quite sure I nailed this one. I know for sure that life, work and some individuals got the best of me and made me loose focus but hey, there's always this year right?!

2 | Date more often and spontaneously ---> Again, I think we tried, we really, REALLY tried but you know what I'm gonna say... life, work, yada-yada. But I'm not ready to give up on this one just yet so...

3 | Travel more ---> YES! Nailed this one for sure! Besides doing some really cool weekend trips that I photographed the bagezus out of with the intentions of blogging about, I also crossed a major one off the bucket list. You might have noticed the caption below the picture above saying something about it being taken in Machu Picchu... boom! Because yes, I did in fact quit my day job and actually do it and man oh man did it feel great/I have zero regrets. Posts about this (and the other trips) coming scattered throughout this year because why not share?

4 | Become a morning person ---> Not just failed, I think I may have even regressed if that's possible. See the thing is that I've been battling depression (more on that later) and when those low times hit, it takes just about everything in me to even make it out of bed some days. But again, nothing that can't be worked on :)

5 | Be outdoors more often ---> I think this one was somewhat accomplished because of the long weekend trips I mentioned above but I could have definitely made more of an effort incorporating it into my everyday life. But baby steps, we all have to start somewhere so I'm pleased with last year's efforts.

6 | Blog more frequently and more honestly ---> With a whopping 12 posts last year, this one was another fail. I thought blogging more honestly would make it easier to blog more often but it was a lot harder than I expected. Not that I didn't want to share the truth, but at times I felt so raw, I just couldn't. Again, that's ok and I'm ready to open back up and start sharing again (I think) so let's see how this year goes...

7 | Look my best to feel my best ---> I'm happy to report that I do think I successfully pushed this one, even through the sad times so yay me! I feel like my style, due in part to the things I've been through and just me changing as I age, has evolved. I feel like I finally (FINALLY!) found the real me and can't wait to share with you guys. Hopefully I can inspire some of you to really hone in on yours...

8 | Read more ---> Ok, I'm not going to admit that I still haven't finished Gone Girl because it's just kind of ridiculous at this point... Nor will I admit that I joined a book club and bought more books, none of which I finished... I'm just not.

9 | Reach out to those I love ---> So this one was a slow starter and a painful one at that but I did it. And you know what? It felt so incredibly good to re-connect with some of my favorites and I can't even begin to understand why I thought it would be so scary or didn't do it sooner. This year I'm gonna tackle people in person (not literally) and I'm excited about it!

10 | Start running again ---> Well I started... and then I stopped. And then I started again and was a little more consistent, until I wasn't. And repeat that through out the year and it basically sums up my running. I just wasn't feeling it and forcing myself to run made me feel frustrated rather than uplifted, so I stopped...

So there we have it folks, me and my goals under the microscope for the world to examine. After reviewing, I have to admit two things:

1. I never re-read last year's post or reviewed my goals throughout the year to see how I was doing, not even once. I think this year I'll definitely go back and check in from time to time to see what needs more work and what's coming along finely.

2. Reading it now and seeing my short comings hasn't been easy. But I've decided to look at it as an opportunity to grow and learn from rather than to get bummed out about it. In 2015 I wobbled a bit but I believe that it will only help me walk stronger in 2016.

How did you guys do on your own personal goals and/or resolutions last year? Did any of you guys check in throughout the year to see how you were doing or did you forget like me? Feel free to share your experiences and your 2016 goals in the comments, I'm always curious to know! Also stay tuned for my 2016 goals coming shortly...

***Today I am thankful for another chance to work on things... we will get this!***


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