Well, here we are in 2017. 2016 was a weird and challenging year for me, personally, and it seems it was for the world, too. For me, it ended on the sourest of notes, with the feeling of the carpet being snatched out from underneath my feet. Somehow, I’ve managed to already pick myself up, dust myself off, and decide that it’s going to be okay. I think this comes from years of having to put myself back together and learning that yes, it is going to be okay.
While I have some loose ends to tie up from 2016, I can already begin to focus on my goals for the new year. I don’t like to make resolutions. I don’t have the resolve to do anything right now. Goals are more flexile in my eyes, and I can begin when I’m ready. I have merely 3 goals to focus on, and I see them as intertwined:
- Cut down on social media
- Minimize my life
- Accept that who I am is good enough
There are many little mantras that I believe in, and one of them is that “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Nothing creates comparison like social media, and that feeling of everyone else is doing xyz, so why aren’t I? can reduce confidence in the highest of self-esteems. I’m smart enough to know that no one has a perfect life, and that others use social media to create the image they desire to have. I want to see a little more vulnerability and reality on my newsfeed. So, while I’m not going to do a complete exit (because I want to work more on this blog, and I want to share it with my friends), I’ve already completed a mass defriending and removed my Facebook app from my phone. It was liberating.
With less comparison, I can accept who I am. And who I am is someone that loves to write and share her thoughts and feelings and adventures and misadventures with the world. I’ve always loved to write. During 2016, I was so caught up in trying to find my niche in the world of sales that I misplaced my love of writing. I think about a lot of things and I’m going to share them.
Finally, by minimizing the virtual and mental clutter I can focus on minimizing the physical clutter, too. And that’s where we come back to my home. I’m not going to go all KonMari on you, but I do want to purge things I don’t need or love. In fact, I’ve already started. I’m at a point where I can start doing the room-by-room renovations that I thought about when I first moved in, beginning with my mudroom. I have a Pinterest board titled “My Mudroom Needs Help” that has given me many ideas for this head-to-toe makeover.
January 2017 is going to be about the purge. The rest of 2017 is going to be about acceptance and creativity. I hope that maybe I’ve inspired you to think about what your goals are, and why. Feel free to share your thoughts below – I am going to be MUCH more interactive than ever before.