2016 Goals

My goals for 2016:

  • Get things done.  Finish what I start and don’t just talk about doing things, just do it.
  • Do more of what scares me.  No more running from my fears, I intend to face them.
  • Start a new job.  I love where I work, but I hate the little pay and lack of opportunity to move up.
  • Live a overall healthier lifestyle. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a variety of foods, being open to different foods, and learning to cook real food.
  • Treat myself more often.  Make myself a priority and not feel guilty about it.
  • Put more time into blogging.  After the 30 day challenge in November, I wrote that my goal is to blog at least twice a week.  That remains my goal, and I intend to be deliberate about it.  I also think this will help me become a better writer. I plan to comment on other blogs more often  and be more active in the blogging community.
  • Get into Financial Shape. My goal to start a new job, would certainly help this.
  • Volunteer.  This was something I did often a few years ago.  I’m not sure why I haven’t been as active as I use to, but I’m going to jump back in.  Volunteering is so fulfilling and any free time, I have, I will use to volunteer.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Goodbye, 2015.  Hello, 2016.

Its hard to jump into 2016, without at the very least, glancing back at 2015.  There were many ups and downs.  There were times when it was more down than up, and sometimes more up than down.  All of it made for good times and bad times.

The moments that I really treasured in 2015 were when I did something I was afraid of doing.  I’ve made new relationships with coworkers, I’ve gone to places I was afraid of going, I went out more, I’ve made progress being social, going out, meeting new people, and  I gained a level on confidence that  I did not have but hope to continue to gain.  I’ve found great bloggers on this platform.  All of whom have been supportive and encouraging.

Of course 2015, was filled with its portion of disappointments.  There were times I was depressed and discouraged.  I was confused about the direction I was going, or wasn’t going and I questioned myself at every turn.

In 2016, I am going to continue to improve on the positive, and grow in areas where I struggled in 2016.  I want to be deliberate about writing in this space more often.  I’m even contemplating removing some of the anonymity of the blog.  A step towards eventually removing it completely perhaps?  It is scary for me to think about, but I’m open to it.  I plan to do more things that scare me this year.

 

Fall Trees

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My favorite thing about fall…the leaves changing colors.

So representative of change.

After a hot summer, fall comes in brisk.

The leaves, they change color

And soon the trees will  be bare.

Soon after those trees will take a beating from winter.

Ice and snow from winter’s fury.

But before you know it, the trees will be full again.

Signifying change once again.