The holidays are over and we can all return to some semblance of sanity.
The end of the holidays means that New Year’s Eve is upon us. The time of year where we make a bunch of promises to ourselves that we never really keep, hope for a fresh start and inevitably mess it up while reflecting on the previous year.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m not one for personal reflection, which drives my mom bonkers. She likes to reflect on the past all of the time and ask me where I think it all went wrong. It’s lovely.
Regardless, despite my best intentions, I tend to look back at the year before it comes to a close and make plans for the one to come. This year I’ve accomplished some pretty major milestones. I stopped being a stepford wife and became a woman. I stoppped being an employee and became a student. I stopped being miserable and found a way to be happy. I crossed a couple of names off of my “dream interview” list. I’m much happier than I was 365 days ago, which is really all we can ever hope for.
As we head into 2012, I thought about all of the things that I wanted to accomplish this year
1. Get a Driver’s Liscence. This is one of those promises that I make and break every single year, but it’s time. I REALLY need to learn to drive. So, no more excuses, no more bouts of laziness. I shall finally become a liscenced driver. Will I ever drive a car? Who knows, but I think it’s time I gave myself the option.
2. RELAX. Seriously. Drew often tells me there is no one in the world more high strung than me and he’s probably right. I need to learn to stop worrying about every little thing. Worrying ages you and I don’t want to look my age (hahaha). It’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time and the farther I remove myself from certain stressors, the more I learn to trust people and accept things at face value and yes, even lighten up.
3. Develop Real Time Management Skills. The chaos is fun but my blood pressure would tell you otherwise. I know I’ve only had 14 weeks to balance student/writer/mommy but I really need to learn how to do it better. I am a great many things to a great many people. I am a mother, an editor, a student/study partner, a blogger, a girlfriend, a friend, and a dog owner and I need to learn how to juggle all of these things in a way that helps me achieve goal number two.
4. Cross at Least ONE Thing Off of My Bucket List. I once posted a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I die (which can be found HERE) and if the Mayans have their way, I only have 11 months to do it. Even if armageddon is unlikely, I still would like to accomplish at least one of them before 2012 is out. So, whether it’s kissing on a ferris wheel or reading Harry Potter, I have some work to do!
There’s always the normal resolutions, like get to my ideal weight and cross a few more names off of the “dream interview” list but these are the important ones for now. Whether or not I accomplish them is another story. In the end, I just hope I’m happier 365 days from now than I am right now.
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Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com
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