25th Birthday Resolutions New Year, Same Me - just hopefully a little wiser
It’s a new year so that means it’s time for some new resolutions. It’s safe to say that 2016 was a roller coaster year for everyone. I’ve heard both horror stories about people’s years and stories of a lot of joy and accomplishment. Nonetheless, it seems as if everyone was busy. Especially people who are my age. Our mid-twenties are among us and are definitely making their presence known. My birthday happens to be just after the new year and I have the luxury of being one of the first of my friends to turn 25 – today, yikes! Let the quarter-life crisis commence!
Even though 2016 was a rocky year for mankind as a whole, I qualify it as a personal best (i.e. travelled to Paris, Madrid, Bali, New Orleans, reunited with college friends, moved out of my parents house and into NYC, started making more $$, dabbled in some new relationships, learned how to work a drill by myself). However, the year was most certainly exhausting and I’m as ready as everyone else for a fresh start. New year, new age, same me (but hopefully a little bit wiser). I have no idea how I got here so fast, but here we are and there’s no choice but to keep pushing forward.
So, in the most cliche way possible, I’ve decided to make a list of resolutions that come to mind when I think about how I want to shape my 2017. What better way to keep track of our goals than with a list, amiright? Here goes nothing…
I want to be friendlier and more open to new people.
This is the absolute first thing that comes to my mind when I think about a 25th New Year’s resolution. In NYC, it’s so easy to get pigeonholed into your close inner circle in an attempt to maintain self comfort in such a big city. I feel like it’s so easy to miss out on great connections with people just because we didn’t have the courage to say ‘hi’ back or make conversation with someone we didn’t know. I’m not saying I’m going to start walking up to anyone and start chatting – but I just want to make sure that I’m consciously aware of my friendliness level. At the absolute very very least, I need to smile more.
I want to grow this blog.
I started this blog because I needed an outlet for my thoughts and creativity but starting a diary seemed stupid and was giving me carpal tunnel. First things first will be revamping the look and feel of my website which is a project I’m working on now (stay tuned for the unveiling!). We’ll see where that takes me but I would like to grow my audience and continue to share my stories and experiences.
I hate to say this, but I need to start working out (bleh).
Even if it’s once a week, I need to do something healthy. Idk.
I want to travel more.
I’m lucky enough to say that the last few years have been jam packed with travel. I definitely have the travel bug and I want to see more of this world and get as many different perspectives on life as possible. I’ve already planned a trip to Barbados but I also want to get back to Europe as well as plan something adventurous.
I want to save money to travel more.
This is another gross one but it’s sadly a reality. I want to experience life but also make a millennial salary and pay astronomical NYC rent. I need to budget so that I can make sure to do the things that are most important to me – which is usually everything so I need to figure it out. This one’s hard.
I want to be overall more self aware.
As I’m getting older I’m beginning to realize the value of being conscious of the way that you come off to people. Being from a large, Long Island, Italian family, that’s not exactly what I was surrounded by growing up. I just want to be nice to everyone and try to get along unless I have a reason not to. Being self aware also means making sure to always respect myself and make sure that I’m treated the way that I deserve. It means making sure to always make myself happy no matter the situation I may find myself in. 2016 was definitely the ‘year of me’ and I expect 2017 to follow suit.
I want to get out of my comfort zone.
It doesn’t matter whether this means going to see a movie by myself or hiking Machu Picchu (which I do hope to do, by the way). I just want to make sure to push myself to do things that I wouldn’t normally do. Life’s too short to play it safe by continuously only doing the things you know you like. I want to hang out with new people, see new places, try new foods.
While I’m sure that there are tons of other things that I’ll strive to accomplish this year, these are the few resolutions that stand out in the forefront of my mind as I begin my 25th year on this planet. I want to make sure that I’m always learning from my past experiences and growing as a person. I still feel like a kid sometimes but I can also feel my maturity level rising and I want to make sure to reflect that in the overall aura that I put out to others. I’m so ready to kick some ass in 2017. Happy Birthday to me, let’s do this!