I wasn't a huge fan of 2014 but I think this is because we didn't travel as much as in previous years and didn't even go on a plane. Not 1! The previous year, we went on 10 that I can recall! Travel withdrawal is not the end of the world though and one of my resolutions this year is to be more positive and eliminate negativity as much as possible! There were many great things that happened in 2014 too. We witnessed many friends get married, many friends give birth to beautiful healthy babies, we went on a couple of pretty great road trips....BUT I am very excited for the new year. I have high hopes for 2015 and feeling extremely positive about it. With ringing in the new year with some of my favorite people, to Tottenham kicking Chelsea's butts in a Premier League match and our first plane ride since 1.5 years ago coming up in one month (for a quick getaway to England), this year is already off to a fantastic start and I am looking forward to all that's in store for us!
As mentioned, a major focus this year is to be positive. As I was decluttering and purging earlier this week, I looked back at photos and mementos from my teen years, including my journals. They were filled with such simple and positive words and I definitely saw the world in a better way back then. Yes, as adults most of us are not as carefree as we were in our teens and we have a lot more responsibilities, but this doesn't mean we should allow the responsibilities and routines of adult life get in the way of us looking in the world in a more positive light and being optimistic and happier ourselves.
I have a few other resolutions and goals for this year as well:
- hike at least two times a month and spend more time outdoors
- meditate twice a day for at least 5 minutes
- learn to drive
- read more
- blog at least twice a week and generally write more and be more creative
- exercise at least three times a week
- and the usual: stress/worry less, declutter, stay organized, spend more time with family and friends, don't be judgemental etc etc (just be a better person)
I believe that being positive will help me achieve these goals and also sticking to these goals will help keep me positive and ultimately help to clear my mind and keep the stress levels down. I have already registered for a meditation seminar and class and am really looking forward to exploring this practice.
I also have some simple tools that will help keep me positive and I will be sharing these in the next week.
What are your goals, resolutions and hopes for this new year?
I leave you with some photos from January 1st, 2015. After throwing a NYE house party which resulted in a giant mess (see photo for proof), a lack of sleep and a hole in our wall, I called my former high school creative writing teacher, Miss Nabata, to wish her a Happy New Year and ask her if she'd like to get together sometime in the near future. She suggested we go for a walk right that moment. I hesitated as we had to complete the daunting task of cleaning the suite BUT it was such a beautiful day outside and if we weren't going to get out there, we would definitely regret it later! She convinced us to seize the moment and I figured I may as well get a good start to my resolutions. Our impromptu walk ended up being a 5 hour adventure around downtown Vancouver and False Creek and I thank the fabulous Miss Nabata for convincing us to seize the moment and allowing us to have a fresh start to 2015...cause boy that air sure was fresh!
I wish you all an amazing 2015 and hope it is filled with good health, lots of love, amazing adventures, positivity, good energy, blue skies, sunshine, lollipops and all that your hearts desire. Hugs and kisses in whatever part of the world you are in!