2014: Recapped & Some Food for Thought

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Some outfit favorites of 2014 🙂

 

So here it is–another year passed.  Goodbye, 2014–I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what the new year brings. I have to admit that this year definitely wasn’t one of my favorites.  But in retrospect, I’ve learned some things about life and about myself, so I can’t completely dismiss this year as one to which I’d like to shove under the bed and forget.

The other day I read a really good article about what types of resolutions EVERYONE should make when it comes to the new year. Although meant to be silly, parts of it made me wake up and smell the coffee, so to speak. A couple of them resounded with me to really get me thinking about my life and what direction it needs to be heading. For one, stop caring about things that don’t matter. This one is the basis of my existence–call it anxiety, fear, whatever–but in all honesty caring too much what others think of me (and my work) has become my greatest enemy. As I sit here and type this I am both saddened and irreparably angered by the thought that something this mundane could actually have affected my overall temperament for this long. Instead of tapping into my thoughts and making them actions, I often sit and wonder about what others will think/say/do and this holds me back.

If I can make one promise about the upcoming year without sounding completely cliche– I will vow to make it a priority to stop dwelling/worrying/and most of all caring so much about what others think or what MIGHT go wrong. The fact that I am now 29 tells me that instead of getting to where I know I could be in my life, I have wasted too many years remaining stagnant in many phases of my life. This year, will be different. I’m done waiting to see if things will happen when I know there’s only one person who can make sure they do.

Others that particularly hit a note with me on that list included strengthening meaningful relationships with people while dumping ones that drain me, letting go of what I can’t control, spend more time away from the phone/computer/iPad, and to stop allowing myself to be lazy.  I have been lazy with everything from the blog to my personal fitness and well-being this year and I’m not sure why. Getting to a point where I’ve allowed myself to accept mediocrity has not only depressed me, but sparked an anger in me that I’ve never known before. I’m over sleepless nights worrying about what other people think, procrastinating, and saying I’ll fix “insert issue here” tomorrow.

Change is in the air and there’s no better time than a new year to spark up the courage to achieve what really matters– happiness and peace of mine. I truly believe that there’s so much more out there than one’s phone, gossip, and mindless competition within realms that shouldn’t matter. Getting to a place that you can be happy and makes others happy around you is the true basis of what we’re all here for. So, cheers to 2015– it’s the year that things are finally going to happen. I wish all of you an amazing new year and I hope that you find true happiness and peace within yourselves to make meaningful changes to better you and those around you 🙂

 

1 Comment on 2014: Recapped & Some Food for Thought

  1. Gentry
    January 1, 2015 at 5:30 am (4 years ago)

    Girl I’m so excited to see what 2015 is going to bring! I love your thoughts for the year & know it’s going to be fabulous (and not mediocre at all!!) 🙂 Happy New Year!

    XO,
    Gentry
    Girl Meets Bow

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