Goals for 2015

LIFESTYLE | January 1, 2015
Tagged: Health + Wellness

Happy New Year, my loves! I hope the start to 2015 was wonderful to all of you! I recently purchased a new DSLR camera (moving up from my Canon T3 to a T3i) and I finally have a flip-out screen so I couldn't wait to take long exposure photos with sparklers (pictured below) this new year! And I don't typically go for the whole New Year's Resolution thing, but I figured with my new camera and the new website design I'm currently working on, I'd just compile a list of some goals that I'd like to strive for within the next year.

1. Read one book a month. I used to read all the time in high school. I would finish one book and start another the next day. Ever since I started college, reading just never seems to be anywhere in my mind or on my to-do list. So I've decided to change that. I want to read a book a month in 2015, which is only 12 books a year. I used to read 10 every summer, so there's no excuse for me to not achieve this goal. I thought I might plan a reading list, and maybe even do a blog post on it, but I decided against it because my interests and moods change so I'll just decide on my next book as I finish each one. I've recently taken a liking to artsy and out-of-the-box type books, so for January, I've chosen to read Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow, which is non-fiction writing comparing psycholigical studies with how humans perceive and remember things differently.

2. Create 2-4 fine art pictures each month. If you haven't checked out my fine art photography, view it here! Believe it or not, it was what started this entire site! I began my interest in photography in 9th grade and started manipulation in Photoshop throughout high school. It quickly became my passion and fueled my entire love for graphic design. Anyway, I've tried 365 projects in the past, but I realized that's just not logical with school and work and this blog, so I've decided to do 2-4 photos a month. That gives me about 2 weeks a photo, which gives me plenty of time to prepare and not rush to spit out content. I've got a little notebook filled with ideas and I can't wait to start shooting.

3. Find balance. Between school, work, family/friends/boyfriend, photography and my blog, there just never to seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything I want accompished. I'm the type of person that hates to end any day feeling like nothing got crossed off of my to-do list. This year, I would love to find a way to balance all of these things so I get as much out of each day as possible. If I focus to much on my blog, my grades suffer and if I focus too much on school (and yes, it's possible), I stress out and just want to be lazy for any free time I get. I would like to really get this blog off the ground and take on design projects this year without failing college, and my goal is to find a new (and practical) routine that will help me accomplish this.

4. Tone up. Now I know everyone's resolutions are always "lose weight", "go to the gym", "eat healthy", and majority of people don't really follow through. This goal isn't meant for me to do any of those. I put on some weight my senior year of high school and all throughout my freshman year of college, I wore sweats and tee shirts because I just hated how I felt in my own skin. So I told myself as soon as the semester ended, I was going to dedicate my summer months to getting back in shape. And the week after I finished my finals, I signed up for a gym membership and was in the gym 4 or 5 times a week (sometimes even on weekends) at 8am for at least an hour. I wasn't really worried about a 6-pack of abs or defined arms or any of that. I just wanted to shed some pounds and feel my clothes fit better. By the time August rolled around and I started school again (about 2.5 months), I was down 18 pounds and I've kept it off. This year though, I want to focus more on toning my abs, arms, legs, etc. because now that I've lost the weight, I really want to define the weight I lost and continue on this healthier track.

5. Go to bed earlier. I've always been a night owl, and there's nothing really wrong with that. There's nothing better to me than a night with no work and no school the next morning to spend editing the blog or watching Netflix until 3am. However, as I mentioned above with the whole weight loss thing, last summer I forced myself to get up early and work out and make each day productive. Once school started back and I went back to my old ways of sleeping late, taking naps, and never going to bed before midnight, I feel so much more sluggish and less accomplished. So this year, I really want to form a better routine for myself. I'm striving to get up earlier, eat breakfast, and actually get work done.

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