That’s how I would describe 2014 as it comes to a close.
I’ve had some ups and downs. I’ve dealt with too much especially during the second half of the year, and it tested my patience to no ends. But I figured, it’s getting out of my comfort zone and doing a little sacrifice that will define where I will be in the years to come. If it is for the fulfillment of my ambition, then so be it.
But I’ve had emotional blows, even unnecessary comments coming from people whom I expected to support me and yet all I got was... meh
Still, there is a reason why I am moving on. And so, here are my resolutions for 2015 and may the Year of the Sheep be gentler to me.
1. Consume Only The Good (What’s good for the mind and body)
On the more obvious side, I would want to stick to only organic products and highlight them. I am making a conscious effort to live a healthier and greener lifestyle. On the other hand, I have the choice to believe what I want to believe. I can feed my mind and body with positivity and not let the negatives get to me in any way, no matter who they’re coming from. Which leads me to....
2. Learn To Say No
Because people around me know that I like to be kept busy and that they can play up my contributions, I am now aware that I have the power to say no. Many times this year I have been approached and asked to do things that didn’t even benefit me or the direction in which I would like to take. In short, it all meant wasted time. But I learned to choose my priorities and the people who are really close to me.
3. Keep Moving, Keep Going
This applies both ways. I have to physically keep moving and to keep going so that I am not affected by the negativity that comes my way. Sure, everybody around me is entitled to be an expert, but after they have said their piece, that’s done and I learn to move on. I have relatives who apparently have an opinion on everything, and sometimes it is just a reflection on how unhappy they are in their lives. I keep these thoughts to myself of course, because I don’t want to appear arrogant, but the aura overflows from their pores.
For the record, I pretty much stuck to last year’s resolutions. There were only two of them and I’m proud to say that I stuck with them:
Save Up- I’m now smarter when it comes to handling finances and I saved up! Better to start early. Money has to be earned and a portion of it saved for the rainy days. The spending portion has to be budgeted.
Do Some Art- this one was easy and I’m still doing some now. I have transitioned from colored pens to paper cut-outs and now I have a set of acrylic paints to go crazy over. It’s my therapy.
But this year I made new friends and gained new experiences and also discovered that I have a meaningful ability and vocation where I am good at. I am also able to thrive very well in a place of my own, and it only goes to show that I can do well when I leave the nest.
For 2015, I know that I am going to overcome really big challenges like never before. If I want to go places, I know that I have to adjust and that I have to give my best shot it securing qualifications that mean something to me. I know that I have to go after my dreams and not someone else’s image of what success looks like. I can be happy.
What are your resolutions for 2015? How was 2014 for you?