Holy moly - I haven't blogged since last year! Okay, I'm done with the corny-ness. I know a lot of bloggers intentionally took a "blogging hiatus" between Christmas and New Years, but that was not my plan at all. I actually had planned to recap 2013 and tell you all about my wonderful Christmas and a few other things, but life kinda got in the way.
First, I got deathly ill for the four days surrounding Christmas and couldn't bring myself to do more than shower and lay on the couch all day. Then there were all of the family gatherings, and not to mention going to work.
There are still time for recaps though, but not today because I still don't have the energy quite yet. Today I'm going to talk about my plans for 2014. I've never really been one to have strict "resolutions" for the new year like "lose 20 pounds" or "save X amount of money" but I did want to make some goals for this year. My goals aren't quite your traditional goals or resolutions though. Maybe you could call them un-resolutions.
In 2014 I will not:
Step on the scale every day. At the end of 2012 I got my first big girl gym membership and started seriously working out five (most of the time) days a week. I lost about 15 pounds right away and I have kept it off, however I obsessed over that number on the scale. Stepping on it every day (and sometimes more than once a day) to see if that number had moved. Even though I will continue to work out, nourish my body, and live an overall healthier lifestyle, I will not be focused on the number between my feet.
Compare myself or my life to others. If there's one thing that blogging has taught me, it's that there will always be people who have more, who can do more, who know more, than ourselves. And even though comparison can make us strive to better ourselves, if we are always focusing on obtaining the things that other people have, then we will never be happy with what we already have.
Get too caught up in blogging. Don't get me wrong, I love this little place of mine, and I will continue to blog on a regular basis. But will it be five times a week? I don't know. I've felt the direction of my blog changing over the past several months and I am loving every step of it. I guess you can say I've found my "blogging voice" and I'm just letting it take me wherever it goes.
Let my blog fall apart. Wait? Didn't I just say I wasn't going to get too caught up in blogging? Well, yes I did, but I also want my blog to flourish in the best way that it can. I don't mean by growing in numbers, but growing in readers; in true, real, meaningful friendships. In 2014 I will focus on connecting with other bloggers with whom I share common interests and who genuinely care about me and my blog instead of focusing on how many people "follow" my blog.
Let the little things stress me out. I am a big over-thinker and over-reactor and this is something I want to change about myself. I know it won't be an easy task but admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, right? Plus, how can I be happy about my life and all of the blessings in it if I'm too busy stressing about silly things like how much I don't like my in-law's dog.
So what are your New Year's resolutions (or un-resolutions)?