On December 31, I was running around like a lunatic. Doing my nails, finishing up work, writing down my resolutions and texting people to figure out plans, all in hopes of starting 2014 right. 2014, I decided, would be my year. 2012 was one of the most tumultuous of my life, 2013 was a year of recovery and growth, and 2014 was devoted to achieving extraordinary things. I was determined, and I was determined to wrap up all of the loose ends of 2013 on December 31 so that nothing could hold me back and I could start the year off running.
I woke up on January 1 feeling great. Ready to take on the world. So I did. I started gathering recipes and making plans for my Whole30 challenge that I was to start the next day. I went to two different grocery stores to get my ingredients, and prepped for hours. And I was off. Ready to take on the world, one Larabar at a time.
I also started making a plan to take on 2014. First were my resolutions:
- Hone my skills in branding and graphic design
- Continue to buy at most one item of clothing/shoes/accessory per month
- Make my bed every day
- 1second everyday video
- Do one thing I would never have expected myself to do
- Make a new recipe 1x/week
- Start a blog, update it at least 1x/week (oh, hey!)
- Take on a task or project that I am scared about/challenges me
- Be financially confident
- Try on no more than two outfits in the morning, put away clothes at night
Then the things to always keep in mind:
- Open myself to new experiences
- Be mindful of what I eat, how I treat my body, how I treat others and how I treat the world
- Put out in the world what I want to get back
- Invest in mutually beneficial relationships
- There is no such thing as “should”
- Do things that make me happy, avoid the others whenever possible (recognizing that it’s not always possible)
I reminded myself of all these things for a month, and proved to myself that I am capable of taking on the world. I trained with my personal trainer, stuck out all 30 days of the Whole30 (okay fine, I have three more meals!), cooked dozens of meals, kept organized with my work schedule and personal schedule, contributed as a member of a startup team, had a weeklong successful work trip to Miami, didn’t have a sip of alcohol (because of the Whole30!), took a Skillshare class, found a new office for my team, and took on my first branding client. I made sure to keep in touch with friends and to filter out the energy I didn’t need around me. I avoided dating so that I could focus on myself and what makes me happy without the distraction of adjusting to someone else’s needs. I spent time with family. I booked a trip to Peru for April. I started implementing Friday “personal workdays” where I can focus on tasks and projects I am working on outside of my job description (I am fortunate to work a four-day work week at my day job!). Overall, I got things done.
January was one of the most productive and empowering months of my life, and I believe it was all about the framing. I went into 2014 with a positive, can-do, ready to take on the world attitude. And that’s what I did. I believe you can do the same if you set goals and actually believe you can.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next 11 for me and all you troublemakers. Let’s make 2014 a year of productivity towards ourselves and the world. Are you in?