It’s new year’s eve. I haven’t been a big one for resolutions in the past because I feel that a lot of people, myself included set goals that are often unachievable usually because of the time frame. This year though I decided to give intentions for the year another try.

I’m doing it a little differently than I have in the past. Rather than one huge goal for the year, I’m looking at a few different goals for each of the areas of my life that I’m focusing on for this site next year.

Wanderlust: For me you don’t need to have a passport to be a wanderluster. While I’d love nothing more than to travel to everywhere on my bucket list in the near future, I like most people don’t have the time or funds that would entail. If you are in a position where travel isn’t in the cards presently you can still fulfill your sense of wanderlust by exploring new cuisines, cultures, and neighborhoods in your own town or simply opening yourself up to new adventures.

Wanderlust goals for 2016: 

1. Travel: I let concerns about time, money, and other commitments prevent me from traveling when they really don’t have to. This year I plan to take some local trips and am challenging myself to take the time to travel someplace new.

2.Cooking around the world: I love going to restaurants with cuisines from all over the world. I thought it would be fun to add dishes from different countries to my cooking repertoire.

3. Unusual experiences: I’ve had some fun experiences in the past. I’ve participated in a no pants subway ride, gone to James Bond role-playing parties, and even went to trapeze school.  This year I want to make it a point to be on the lookout for more opportunities for new experiences.

Wellness: I focussed on this last year too and will focus on this every year. For me, wellness is health, mindfulness, and balance.

Wellness goals for 2016:

1. Yoga journal: Last year I started practicing yoga and experimented with different styles, instructors, and studios. This year I’m starting a yoga journal to track my progress and growth.

2. Meditation: Partly in tandem with yoga I’ve also begun meditating on a regular basis. I meditate nightly before bed and I find that it helps calm my mind and helps me fall asleep faster. This year I want to make an effort to meditate at other points in the day too.

3. Push myself: When something feels comfortable I’m guilty of sticking with that routine or pace. This year I want to challenge myself to up my game and try new forms of exercise.

Working it: I used to be a career counselor and I still find myself mentoring friends and former colleagues on career development, job searching, and discovering their passions. I love helping others find work that is challenging and fulfilling. This will be a new topic for the site this year that I’m going to put a lot of focus into.

Working it goals for 2016:

1. Projects for my day job: Having the holidays off was a great opportunity for me to recharge my batteries and think about what I should be focusing on this year and quarter at work. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running when I go back to the office next week.

2. Future planning: I’m really bad about looking ahead especially when I’m content. I started a new position this past June and I absolutely love it. I can see myself there for a while. Recently I had a nice dinner with colleagues in my field and someone asked, “Where do you see yourself at 45?” I and most others couldn’t answer that. I do want to take some time to really reflect on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I want to be in the future and come up with a flexible game plan on how I see myself getting there.

3. Coding: I know some basic HTML, but I really want to enhance my coding skills this year. I work in the tech industry and even as I continue to build out this site I can see how having more coding knowledge under my belt would help me. Beefing up my skills will be a focus for this year.

Life: This topic encompasses several former categories from the site and expands to include other subjects too. In these posts, I’ll cover style, home, entertaining, DIY, and some spinster humor.

Life goals for 2016: 

1. Budget: Setting up a budget isn’t hard. What is more challenging is figuring out what are the priority things to save up for and plan your spendings and savings around that.

2. Home: Last year I was focusing on purging items I didn’t want. There may be a little more purging to do, but I am excited about moving on to bringing in new items and arranging my home in a way that truly feels like me.

3. Style: This is similar to my home goals. I purged my closet last year and this year I’m focusing on adding new pieces that reflect my style and life at this age.

So those are my resolutions. What are yours?




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