Not sure about you, but I’m glad to see 2013 off.
Don’t get me wrong: it was a great year filled with many changes. I stopped working in the city (after a whopping 10 years), got a new job, moved in with my boyfriend, embraced life in the suburbs, and found a new calling as a foster mom to shelter dogs. So far we have taken in four and I hope to continue doing so in the new year.
On the other hand, I let my blog sit idle for long periods of time, I wrote uninspiring posts, and I was generally dissatisfied with my writing and post frequency. I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo AGAIN and I kick myself repeatedly at another missed opportunity.
I’m not fishing here… just pointing out that I would like to grow both personally and professionally in 2014, and I’m optimistic about changes in the year ahead. I have decided to set a few goals, so if it’s okay with you, I’d love to share them here. Here they are, in no particular order.
- Embrace uncertainty. I used up a lot of time in 2013 worrying. Many times, my anxiety reached epic proportions and I said no to things because I didn’t want to panic and stress. Life is a crapshoot, but that is no way to live. So, anxiety, it’s you and me, kid. We’ll get through this together.
- Set a new standard, because fuck the competition. I am here to please myself. This means laughing it off when people dive into discussions about my uterus and ticking time clock. Whatever will be, will be.
- Give my blog a facelift. I’m currently working with a very awesome designer and My Pixie Blog will debut a very new look and feel in the next few weeks. I am insanely excited and have Vanita of The Strategic Mama to thank for this.
- Be good and kind and sincere. Just before the holidays, I was rushing to get home to a dog I was convinced had chewed her way through the blinds. Along the way, I was asked for change but I ignored the man and kept walking. I easily could have spared a dollar or headed over to the market to pick up a small soup. I resolve to be a better, kinder, and more patient person in 2014.
- Laissez le bon temps rouler. Because the bottom line is that I should always have fun in this life and in this world.
- Go further in my career. I’m proud of the advances I made in the past year, but I want to keep pushing myself, growing further, learning more. My exit from publishing and leap into social media was the best decision I ever made professionally. Now I have to find a way to take it to the next level.
That’s it. So far at least. It’s a non-resolutions kind of a list of things that are reasonable and doable.
What about you? Have you made any this year?