here’s to a better 2016

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2015… what a rollercoaster year.   i spent the majority of the year working more hours than i ever thought possible, and it really took a toll on me.  i didn’t even want to hear the words “work-life balance” when i was in so deep that i would walk into work on a friday saying “how is it friday ALREADY!?”  luckily things have taken a turn for the better, which means i have more time for things like getting in a good workout, preparing real meals, and having the occasional happy hour drink with a friend.  is that too much to ask?  for a 20-something with no kids, i’ll say no.

2015 wasn’t SO bad i suppose, when i consider some pretty exciting events.  friends got married (we are seriously the best wedding guests, we love them so much), spent a weekend at lake tahoe in a house with 9 of our dearest friends (for a wedding), celebrated our 1st anniversary (with a big wedding reception bash), and went on our real honeymoon in paris (6 months after our real wedding).  we discovered a love for the hudson valley, spent a weekend in chicago spoiled with family and friends, and enjoyed nearly every member of our immediate family visiting us in jersey city at one point or another.  we celebrated babies being born, babies being conceived, and babies’ first birthdays.

according to my instagram, i was only sad 2 days out of the year.  but honestly that’s the way i want it to look.  i don’t need to be reminded that i hardly saw my husband all year (let alone my friends), that i hated waking up for work knowing i wasn’t coming home until past my bedtime, and that i failed to lose weight (and consequently gained it instead).  i want to look back and be reminded that “hey, 2015 wasn’t SO bad afterall”.

as bah-hum-bug as people like to be about new years resolutions, i’m a firm believer that any reason is a good reason to set a goal.  if a new year is what does it for you, do it!  consciously setting a goal always helps me reach them (or at least gives me that extra ounce of motivation to try).

so, in light of the new year, my resolutions are:

  1. be better at technology.  whether it’s figuring out how to sync all my devices to each other and the cloud, or sucking it up and accepting that autocad is always going to have a newer (and i “guess” better) version, i need to be better at technology at the end of the year than i am now.
  2. adopt a better morning routine.  one day, way back in the day, i used to go to the gym in the morning.  IN THE MORNING!  and it felt great.  this whole setting the alarm clock early so i can go lay on the couch and snooze for another hour thing is for the birds (and by snooze i literally mean snooze the alarm every 9 minutes for an hour, i’m “that” person).  rushing to get ready, grabbing whatever food that takes the least time to prep, and tossing on that no-ironing-required-but-actually-looks-hideous outfit isn’t exactly the best way to start a girl’s day.  my gym does open at 5am and literally provides everything but my clothes and make-up to get ready, might as well take advantage of it!
  3. put a stamp on my passport.  this one’s already covered, but i hope to make this an annual goal.  i spent the first 21 years of my life without a passport, but can’t imagine my life now if i hadn’t used it.  leaving the country, seeing how other people live, exploring amazing landscapes, speaking another language (or at least trying), eating the food, EATING THE FOOD!…  traveling is life-changing.  and everyone with the means of doing it should.  sure there are plenty of places we want to experience inside our own wonderful country, but it’s just not the same.

there you have it.  jenn’s 2016 resolutions.  sure there are a ton of box-checker goals that i’m not going to mention.  these are just the on-going, feel better, do better, get-a-better-grip-on-life kind of goals that at the end of the year will help me say “hey, 2016 wasn’t SO bad afterall.”

have a happy (and safe!) new year!


1 Comment

  1. Loving these resolutions, Jenn!!! Mine are:

    1. be a rockstar mama to our new addition (haha, some days are better than others, but slowly figuring it all out…!)
    2. make time to read more (52 books is my goal–aim high, right?;-)

    Here’s to a very happy 2016, xo!

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