happy 2015!

We’re just five days into the new year and I feel no different than how I felt back in 2014.  However, I have this unexplainable excitement that warms my soul and I can’t wait to see what will unfold.  Back in 2014, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at some social media posts saying things like “omg thank GOD 2014 is over!” or “2015 is DEFINITELY gonna be better than 2014” blah blah blah.  We get it, you literally can’t with 2014 anymore.  However, I just overlook ungrateful, negative thoughts like these and keep my eyes focused on what’s ahead in 2015.

2014 was a pretty tough year for me that included some unfortunate events, but also some blessings.   I am embracing 2015 with open arms, not because I want a do-over from 2014, but because 2015 involves unknown events, good and bad, but I am curious and excited to see what will happen this year.  Everyone is has a right to their opinion/summary/conclusion at the close of a previous year, but everyone should also see the start of a new year as another opportunity to experience life in general.  There will be good and bad, but that’s just how life is, from year to year.

I don’t believe in resolutions because I can admit that I set unrealistic ones for myself, don’t stick to them, and end up either extremely apathetic or disappointed.  Instead, I am setting goals to enhance myself, not to change myself.  Here are my ideas:

be more creative

I don’t expect anyone to understand, but spending time by doing artsy/creative things is extremely therapeutic for me.  Some prefer yoga or running, but I prefer pencil to paper, or fresh fabric and straight pins. For example,  I wasted this morning by finishing an old sketch I found in my sketchbook and couldn’t feel more accomplished.  Today was my day off and I could’ve done anything else, but I chose to do something that I typically ignore because I don’t justify it as being “productive”.  Well, this year I’m going to reevaluate and allow myself lots of time to let my energy out through my fingertips.  (And that includes paying more attention to this blog, too)

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be more rewarding

I need to loosen up and maybe be a little less responsible than I am right now.  Oh my god, I could punch myself in the face for how that sounds, but let me explain.  Instead of saving any leftover money from my paycheck (after bills, student loan payments, etc.), I want to put  it towards something.  Without a tangible item in sight, what do I have to look forward to?  And what about rewarding myself with a big gift this year, instead of hundreds of meaningless morning lattes that will probably just go to my thighs?  (LOL)  So I’ve decided: I am going to save money to go on a trip somewhere, and/or I will buy myself a Prada bag.  There, I said it.  Now I have the rest of the year to make it happen.

be less comfortable

I need to shake up my routine (or lack thereof).  I work a very sporadic schedule thanks to the fabulous life of retail, but I am pushing myself to wake up early every morning.  Every morning.  This will be a huge challenge for me, but I need to give myself a schedule or a routine or I’ll quickly let my day go to s***.  And what is so bad about waking up at 7 when I work at 10?  I can use that time to blog, draw, sew, primp before work, run, etc.  No more laziness, sister.

be less safe

This year, I will apply for jobs that once intimidated me because of their distance from home, questionable pay, or how fabulous/competitive the job might be.  Or I’ll build my brand.  What is stopping me from applying to work for NastyGal in LA?  Nothing.  Or what is getting in the way of making my dream of a catiemaxie brand a reality?  Nothing.  So I am promising now that I will push myself to take the steps necessary to get myself to where I have always dreamt of being.  No more playing it safe.

January 2015 is the first blank page of a brand new empty sketchbook, and I can’t wait to fill it with color.

I encourage you to not make radical changes, but to enhance your true self and to leave your comfort zone.  What are your goals???



2015(original photo via pommellane.com)

p.s.  I want to hear from you!  2015 is a new year and I want to post fun, new, exciting topics on my blog more frequently!  Leave a comment and let me know what you would like me to create, discuss, etc.!  xx

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