January always seems to go by so fast, doesn't it? The last week of the month is probably much too late to be writing a post about New Year resolutions, but, hey, I'm doing it anyway. ;)
Last year, I was much more timely with my "resolutions" post. In fact, I wrote it in December, and posted it right on January 1st, ambitiously bestowing it with the tile of "2014: The Year to Make It Happen". In 2014, I decided I would revamp my blog, practice yoga daily and become a yoga instructor, start a small business, volunteer, have a better work/life balance, and practice living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Oh yeah, and there were some other personal goals that I didn't share in that post!
Fairly ambitious right? The thing about setting a lot of big goals like these, is that it's easy to feel disappointed with yourself if you don't complete all of them. The first couple of times I re-read the "Make It Happen" post over the course of 2014, I thought - 'Man! I'm so far away from achieving this stuff! I haven't even touched some of these goals!' But when December came around, and I re-read it for what I promised would be my last time, I realized that I had made a lot of progress - much more than I was giving myself credit for. For example...
I didn't become a yoga instructor, and I didn't practice everyday, but I practiced a LOT. I explored different methods and different studios, and I ending up joining a new studio that fit with what I needed in order to deepen my practice. Since January 1st of 2015, I have been practicing yoga every day. Which kind of leads into why I didn't make any new year resolutions this year.
I didn't make new resolutions, because I decided to continue expanding on last year's resolutions. They were good enough for me in 2014, and they are good enough for me in 2015. Didn't get to start that small business in 2014? Who cares? I did some research and explored some hobbies, and now I've got a better idea of where I see myself going with it. Didn't do a big new blog design? That's ok, because I actually took some time away from the blog world, which led to some insight into what I want my blog to look like, where I see the direction headed, and little extras I'd like to add to it. (A new website is currently in the works!)
Did you have a bunch of goals last year that you maybe didn't finish and ended up feeling guilty about? Or did you feel like you didn't set big enough goals compared to other people? We live in a world where "more is more" and "hustle" is a word attributed to the best of the go-getters. It's super cool these days to do a lot, and to have a lot of hyphens in your title. (i.e. designer-photographer-baker-writer-yogi). You get the point. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've realized I'm only capable of so much, and while I love a good descriptive title (ahem, "Designer, Dreamer, Adventure-Seeker"), I'm ok with taking a couple of years (or more) to cross some things off my resolutions list.
Not to keep harping on yoga, but two different yoga teachers expressed their dislike of New Year resolutions in my classes this month. One said that she "had issues with them," and eluded to the "good and bad" of making these goals at the onset of the year. I never asked her to elaborate more, but I understood where she was going with it. Another teacher announced in a class this week, "Instead of making resolutions to do more, we should focus on doing less." That really resonated with me. I'd love to get back to the mindset of less-is-more. We can be ambitious, and we can achieve our goals, but we don't have to treat our lives as a giant checklist.
I believe that we can create change and fulfill goals individually, at our own pace, remaining present the whole time, enjoying the journey and not just thinking of the endpoint. Isn't the journey the fun part anyway? :)