2015: The Year I Learn to Love Myself

Sunday, December 28, 2014

I love making lists and goals and lists and even more goals. Therefore (needless to say) I LOVE NEW YEARS. I'm not talking about glamorous parties and champagne (although I'm certainly not opposed). It's a chance to start fresh, to really decide to make a difference. I love it.

2014 was a seriously awesome year. It didn't start out that way, and through about June it was pretty rocky if I were honest. I was dealing with a lot of deeply personal things, problems in my life, and some seriously crippling self-doubt and, to an extent, some self-loathing. It took a toll on my health, relationships, and general well-being. Luckily, summer rolled around and I was able to figure out my stuff a bit, I had 2 amazing internships, a killer job, and was preparing to make my ultimate dream a reality.

In August, I left Denver for four months to live and learn in one of my favorite places in the world: France!

Studying Abroad changed me in so many unimaginable, indescribable, and seriously awesome ways. I'm still figuring all of them out, but I know that my experience in France has fundamentally changed me. So when I sat down to write out my 2015 goals (which happened in stages), I knew this:

2015 is going to be the year I learn to love myself. 

All of my goals for this year are centered around making decisions that help me achieve the ultimate goal of loving Zoe. It's not going to be all sunshine and rainbows, I know. But it's work I'm willing to do. Without further ado, my 2015 goals!

- Read a book every month for fun, starting with The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I read a lot for my major (#historymajorprobz), but I also really love reading for fun. This book is actually originally French (L'Élégance du Herisson), and it takes place in Paris. Enough said.

- Stick with Blogging.
I have loved every second growing from La Vie en Zoe to now Glittering Eyes. I want to keep it up!

- Encourage my creativity. 
It's a part of myself I have denied and slowly deprived for way too long. It's time to feed that part again. I'm really into calligraphy (I just got some new nibs!), watercoloring, and hand-lettering. I think I want to also maybe find an art class, even a once a week drawing class at the local Art Students League or something.

- Make self-care a priority.
More veggies, less takeout. Get back into my yoga practice. Stop fearing the gym.

- Rock my internship!
I'm so excited about this internship! It's going to be amazing, and I am going to work so hard to be amazing too.

- Stop comparing.
... myself with others, myself with who I think I should be, my actual life with my life planned, etc.

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Teddy Roosevelt.

- Make some life decisions.
Grad school? Where and when? Where to go after graduation (June 2016)? Working? Summer internships and jobs for 2015? Breathe. It will happen. Make it to 2015 first.

Less stress + less stuff = more love + more time to do what makes my soul happy

- Choose joy.
See the bright side. Make the choices that are the best for me and what I need.

- Live with intention
Every day is one of a kind. Enjoy it. Breathe in the moments.

What are your goals for 2015? Let me know in the comments or drop a line by email. We can do it together! I can't wait to see all the awesomeness this year will bring. *nonstop smiles*

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