As 2013 comes to a close, there has been a question several people have asked me recently, “what are your New Years resolutions?” I typically make them but usually don’t broadcast them to the world. But this year I’m going to do something a little different. So here are my resolutions and some pithy explanations to go along with them.
1. Enjoy being single. It is no secret that I have done the relationship thing. I have been there AND done that and I am confident in saying I truly know what I want and need in a future relationship. And I’m even more content with being single until the time is truly right. I am certainly not a girl that can’t be alone and I will not settle just so I can “have someone.” I see a lot of girls who simply cannot survive without a guy in their lives, not only is this unhealthy, but it never gives you a chance to become who you are meant to be. I am happy to say I am single and I will be a well rounded, financially independent, smart, non-clingy woman when the right guy presents himself. Until then, it’s me, myself and I. And a lot of good friends :)
2. Be a good friend. I have been truly blessed with some incredible, dear, true friends this year. That has not always been the case in my life, as friends have come and gone. But I resolve to treasure the amazing ones I have and really enjoy every moment and adventure we have together. It is also time to allow the door to close on friendships that aren’t reciprocal. This new year is all about treating people with love and respect and getting that in return, as friendship should be, and if I am the only one maintaining our “friendship” I’m going to spend my time elsewhere with someone who appreciates our time together.
3. Dig into my Faith walk. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a very religious/spiritual person. This past year has been a huge year of growth for me as a Catholic adult, and I want to dig in even deeper to the writings and doctrines of the Catholic Church so that I may always be equipped to discuss my faith intelligently with others who may challenge me.
4. Write more. I used to write a LOT. Documenting my personal thoughts on politics, relationships, internal battles and overcoming certain situations. It not only helped me, but seemed to help others who reached out to me privately after reading what I wrote. I have a lot of life experience under my belt and have endured a lot even at my age, and I need to not keep it to myself, but instead use it to help whoever could benefit from hearing my story. I am proud of who I have become through my trials and hope it will help others through my future writings.
5. Double my bank account by December 2014. I made a promise to myself after overcoming some serious trials in my life, that I was going to graduate from Pepperdine, land a good job, and reach a certain financial goal by December 2013. I am proud to say that I am now a Pepperdine alum, with a job I still can’t believe working for Caruso Affiliated (still can’t believe I’m living my dream!) and am even more excited to say that I exceeded the financial goal that I set. So this year, as I start my very own 401k, as I turn 23, as I embark on my own insurance plan, I am going to double my bank account by the end of 2014, and I will do it. Who needs an apartment when you can save for a house?
6. Take every opportunity and adventure that comes my way. There have been times in my life when I have not always put myself out there, or gone home after a long day instead of going out with a friend. This year, life is too short and I can sleep when I’m dead. I am excited for many more adventures in 2014, and exciting new opportunities that I will be presented with. My job alone is a new and exciting opportunity each new day that I am here and I am excited to see how 2014 unfolds here in the workplace as well.
I have been incredibly blessed by an amazing family, friends and a job I cannot believe. I still don’t know how I got so incredibly fortunate. Thank you to everyone who made 2013 so memorable. Here’s to 2014.