Whilst waiting for the movie to start, I decided to catch up on my blog reading and noticed a lot of resolution/goals posts floating around. I’ve never been one for resolutions, really. I occasionally “resolve” to do something around January 1st and then totally forget about it by the time my birthday comes along two weeks later. Goals, for some reason, feel different. Having “goals” feels like you’re constantly working towards something instead of just pledging to immediately change a part of yourself. I also think setting attainable-but-ambitious goals is the key to actually accomplishing them. Something that pushes and challenges you but doesn’t automatically set you up for failure. So, here's what I'll be working on in 2014:
1. I will NOT renew my gym membership. Let's be honest here, people. That baby hasn't been put to use in a solid year (except for one Zumba class with Michelle a few months ago ...). So I'm NOT wasting money on renewing it since I know full well it won't get used. Instead, I'm coming up with ways to workout at home or outside in nature. I've never really liked the gym anyway. It smells funky and there are too many mirrors everywhere. Trust me, I do not need a 360-view of myself sweating it out at the gym. Plus, I feel most energized when out in nature so why wouldn't I want to spend more time with the trees and the breeze? This year, I will squeeze in my fitness time with hikes through the headlands, walks to explore new neighborhoods (sounds easy but have you seen our hills here?), and maybe even a run or two through Golden Gate Park if I'm feeling ballsy. And I’ll throw in a few at-home Brazil Butt Lift work outs just to keep things spicy, too. But going to the gym? Nope. Not this gal. Not in 2014.
2. I will NOT give up any particular food group. In the past, I've given up sugar (for, like, a day ...), carbs, coffee, dairy, and soda. And you know what I've learned? Giving up an entire food group is just a set up for major failures in life because no matter what the food group is, I will eventually eat it and I will eventually feel guilty for it. And, frankly, I'm so over the guilt thing, I'm just not even going to open that door. It's just food, after all. Food. Something we literally need to survive. So why feel guilty for finding enjoyment in such a simple thing in life? In 2014, all food groups are fair game (except for gluten, of course, because my body obviously thinks it's poison). The key for 2014, though, is moderation. One or two gluten-free Nutella M&M cookies are okay, but ten are definitely not.
3. I will NOT compare myself to others, personally or professionally. This one will probably be the most challenging on the list and yet, in many ways, it’s the most important. When your daily work is so immediately visible for critique and comment, it’s tempting to fall into the trap of comparison. But really, what good does that do? We all - every one of us who shares anything publicly, whether on a blog or Twitter, or through Facebook and photographs - curate our work for the public and display that which we feel represents us best. The work that represents me cannot possibly be compared objectively to anyone else because I’m the only me out there. And the life I’ve created for myself cannot be compared to theirs, either, because we all have our own paths to follow. So why drum up unnecessary stress and anxiety over what so-and-so is doing, shooting, writing, baking, decorating, etc. when, to truly measure growth and success, the only person I can realistically compare myself to is me? Where was I last year at this time? Where am I now? Is there noticeable change and progress? If not, how can I make some? That’s not to say I won’t still be following and admiring all the many others. I love photography in general and I love reading other blogs and feeling like I’m getting to know so many more people than would otherwise be possible. And who doesn’t love seeing pretty little things and yummy little foods all over Pinterest? I’ll just be doing viewing with a little less judgment towards myself and a lot more appreciation for what I can still learn & improve on.
What about you - do you have any goals for 2014? I’d love to hear about them!
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