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One Door About to Close…New Years Reflections and Goals

As the hours pass by and the clock keeps ticking towards midnight and towards the new year, one may feel a sense of nervousness, excitement, sadness and fear all bottled up together. And yet these emotions are far from uncommon. An entire year has gone by. Think of all the laughs, tears, smiles, adventures, embraces, hellos, goodbyes, and times that you had. Sometimes it’s hard to let that go, especially if this was one of the best years of your life (as for me, I’m almost 19 so even though I haven’t celebrated too many New Year’s days, each year feels like the best one yet). However, as we prepare for the impending start of 2015, we should remember to reflect on the good and the bad of 2014.

One of the last sunsets of 2014.

One thing of many that I learned during 2014, is this: embrace your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t fear your failures. Everyone makes mistakes and yet everyone can learn from their experiences.

I’ve always been the one to make New Year’s Resolutions. And like the majority of people who make them, I don’t stick to them, or I only accomplish a few. It’s not that my resolutions were unattainable, they just weren’t realistic for the time. So this year, instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m making New Years goals. A goal is something to strive for. And often, a goal is reached because we are so passionate about it. What I love about the following goals is that they don’t have a “deadline.” I don’t need to finish them during or by the end of 2015…these are life goals. I want to do and experience the following day after day.

Love more deeply. Live intentionally. Forgive quickly. Laugh so much that my stomach hurts. Smile more. Notice people in need. Crave experiences, not “things.” Spend more time with family, old friends, and new friends. Spend more time alone processing my dreams, goals, and life. Love God fully and completely. Say Yes. Never stop dreaming. Compliment not criticize. Hug more. See beauty everywhere. Be in nature more. Give more, expect less. 

I hope you have an absolutely fun-filled and celebratory New Year! What are your New Years goals?

2 thoughts on “One Door About to Close…New Years Reflections and Goals”

  1. Just wrote my goals for my blog:

    Eat & sleep well. Indulge a little.
    Enjoy the little things.
    Celebrate the little victorious even if I’m my own cheering section.
    Stop comparing – what other people think of me or do is none of my business.
    Exercise regularly for a whole year.
    Stop texting so much and call more often.
    Let the little things go. If it doesn’t matter in five years then it doesn’t matter.
    Never lower my standards for anything. I have standards for a reason.
    Never wait for others to encourage me to do something – just do it.
    Take a risk. I may live to regret it, but at least I lived.

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